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Introducing the Honors Program

The Honors Program at La Sierra University is open to undergraduate students in any major who show outstanding intellectual and creative ability. It is a learning community that provides a challenging, yet supportive, environment. As an Honors student, you receive a top-quality education and have fun, too, with special Honors activities including an international study experience. In your senior year, you'll present an original research project, the culmination of your Honors studies.

Acceptance into the Honors Program is competitive, so we encourage you to apply early.

Mark of Distinction

When you complete the Honors Program, you show graduate schools and employers that you are willing to accept challenges and go the extra mile toward excellence. This helps you stand out from the crowd.

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Phone: 951.785.2310

Benefits of the Honors Program

More Student Involvement

Honors classes meet general education requirements, but you'll participate more and listen to fewer lectures. Most Honors classes are not harder than regular classes. They are completely different classes, designed for students who are especially capable and motivated.

Smaller Classes

Most classes in the Honors Program have fewer students than other classes. This gives you a better chance to get to know your teachers well and form close friendships with fellow students.

Preparation for Graduate Study

The Honors Program features discussion oriented classes that prepare you for graduate school. You'll develop the critical-thinking and communication skills that will make you succesful in a future career.

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What Students Say

"From the small classes that enable me to create a bond with the students to the eye-opening international experience to learn about a different culture, I am thankful for the Honors Program at La Sierra University. It shaped me to be a better world citizen."

Leslie Mutuku

The Honors Program allowed me to pursue my academic interests in applicable ways, such as a community involvement project and the honors thesis. Both of these endeavors have led to numerous opportunities for me in independent and collaborative research, resulting in an internship and several conference papers.

Zulema Ibarra

University Honors Designation

If you complete the Honors Program of general studies, the Honors Scholarship Project, and graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above, you will have the designation "University Honors Program" listed on your diploma and transcript, as well as in the commencement program.

Special Living Environment

You may apply to live in a special Honors residence hall. Men and women live in separate wings and share a study room, lobby, and kitchen. The Honors residence hall provides an atmosphere where studying and scholarship are valued and respected. As space is available, single rooms are offered at double-occupancy rates.

The International Study Experience

To become more informed global citizens, your Honors class will travel abroad for three or four weeks following your sophomore year as a required part of your Honors experience. Recent tours have focused on Turkey, Malaysia, and Singapore.

I treasure the opportunity I was given to travel in Europe, engage others in discussion on a regular basis, for strong friendships, and explore unfamiliar academic areas of interest.

Christian Bosse, Class of 2009

The Curriculum

Required courses in the Honors Program make up more than a quarter of undergraduate course work and fulfill the general education requirements for a bachelor's degree.

Among these courses are:

  • The Scientific Process - Asks the questions, "What is science?" and "How is science done?"
  • Religious Understandings - Explores religious traditions as sources of insight, personal meaning social structure, and moral guidance, with special attention to the Christian faith.
  • Global Cultures in Context: Theories and Perspectives - Examines global cultures and worldviews through an international study tour.
  • Science and the Future - Includes social and historical context, as well as moral, political, and legal implications of scientific development. Also examines connections with religion and philosophy.
  • Changing Communities - Looks at the way communities change over time, and the way that individuals and groups may transform communities.
  • Religion and the Future - Examines contemporary issues facing the Christian community and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in their social and philosophical contexts.
  • Seeking, Knowing, and Serving - Students evaluate the development of their personal philosophy and worldview and understand how these worldviews relate to the perspectives of different groups across space and time.

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Projects and Admission

Honors Scholarship Project

You will have the chance to work in collaboration with faculty members to develop an original research or creative project that is presented publicly. Some students present their projects at professional meetings and/ or publish them in professional journals. For other students, the projects have developed into graduate specialties.

Recent Honors Scholarship projects have included:

  • "Modeling the Spread of Lyme Disease"
  • "Daybreak: Jerusalem" - an exploration of the characters surrounding Christ
  • "Who Benefits from Visual Self-Expression?"
  • "International Students an Culture Shock"
  • "The Star Wars Alternate Prequel Trilogy"
  • "'I Told the Doctor I Got a Good Heart': A Stage Play"

Community Involvement Project

The Honors Program emphasizes service throughout the curriculum. During your junior year, you will engage in direct community service and report on the experience.

Past projects have included:

  • Educating young girls to form healthy habits
  • Improving health care for the homeless in the Inland Empire
  • Helping children to gain proficiency in math, science, and reading
  • Encouraging bus ridership in order to minimize the impact on the environment

Honors Program Graduates

Recent Honors Program graduates have:

  • Been accepted into the Loma Linda University School of Medicine
  • Pursued graduate studies in the history of space
  • Published a children's book
  • Been accepted into a Ph.D. program in biophysics at the University of California, Berkley
  • Taught English in Afghanistan and China
  • Been accepted into the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
  • Pursued a master's degree and taught math at the University of California, Riverside
  • Worked on chaplaincy credentials

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

Admission to the Honors Program

The Honors Program with consider all highly motivated applicants. Successful Honors students generally have a high school GPA of 3.7 or higher, or a college GPA of 3.5 or above, as well as combined SAT scores of 1700 or higher, or an ACT score composite of 25 or above. Space is limited, so early application is recommended.

Scholarship Funding

In addition to GPA-based financial awards, special scholarships are given to Honors Program Students. These scholarships usually increase with each year in the program.

Learn More about the La Sierra University Honors Program

Feel free to contact us for more information and answers to your questions.

For more information:
Email: Honors@lasierra.edu
Phone: 951.785.2310