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Program Description  

The Honors Program at SBCC now accepts student applications year round:  we have abolished application deadlines.  You can find our updated application over there, to the left.  

We also encourage you to take a look at our website, SBCC Honors Program, which is the second link from the top in the second set of links. That website updates during the summer, and  gives you a good sense of our Program.

Our tag line for Honors is Expect More. Be More.  And we try to live up to that:  we offer a robust program of courses, which we continually update (Honors Economics courses will be joining our line-up Spring 2019), group activities to help us bond and to provide community (Get Up and Getty is this year's kick-off event), as well as intellectual events, such as the All-SBCC Student Conference Honors hosts in the spring, along with various debates in the fall.

Because we think of Honors students as change agents on campus, and from there, we hope, the world, we encourage first year students to be part of our mentorship program, PODS, lead by second year students.  When students are accepted into the Program, we send more information about PODS.  Students completing PODS for a semester are eligible for book grants.  

Honors seeks to meet students where they are. Our goal is inclusion, and the more students from the more places with the more varied backgrounds, the better. We reject any premise that Honors students are "born."  Honors students make themselves when they decide they want more from their education.  Honors classes are exciting:  they challenge students individually and collectively to get more from their education.

To be accepted into Honors we require a 3.0 unweighted GPA (either from high school or from college) with no grade less than a C, as well as eligibility for English 110 and Math 107.  Finally, we require a writing sample, which should be any paper you have written over the year that you think reflects you as a thinker.  We want to see you arguing a thesis, so please no personal narratives or application essays. 

Honors offers students a chance to pursue a certain theme throughout the year. The theme is chosen by students in English 292H each spring, and the 2018-19 topic is Seeking | Alternatives.  This topic weaves connection through the Honors classes students will take across the year.  In this way, Honors courses contribute breadth to students' majors in both humanities and sciences; they show connections and interrelationships between disciplines, and they satisfy all SBCC General Education, Mathematics and American Institutions Requirements for the Associate in Arts or Science Degree.

Combined with the excellence of SBCC's academic majors, the Honors  Program curriculum provides the strongest preparation for transfer to public and private universities and colleges, and all Honors Program courses are designed to meet General Education, IGETC and college requirements.

Honors Program graduates have gone on to be District Attorneys in Los Angeles, have won cancer research prizes at UCSF, and have received a variety of impressive scholarships, including renewable scholarships at UCLA.  

The Honors Guild

Honors students created the Honors Guild as a group through which they can meet other Honors students and can influence their environment, be it SBCC, Santa Barbara, or the web. The Guild is instrumental in running the Annual SBCC Student Conference, hosted by Honors, as well as maintaining our campus community. Additionally, the Guild provides students a chance to make their concerns widely known: over the years, Honors students have worked with local schools, have started reading groups, have bowled together and so on. They selected the word “guild” to suggest their affiliation as curious, interesting learners.

Faculty & Offices

The Honors Program faculty develops, coordinates and teaches the Honors curriculum. Students interested in the Honors Program may contact:

Director: Melanie Eckford-Prossor, English (IDC-311)  Please email mceckfordpro@pipeline.sbcc.edu

Marc Bobro, Philosophy (IDC-357, ext. 4710)

David Elliott, History (WCC, ext. 2480)

Jamie Griggs, Counseling (SS-120)

Wendy Peters, Counseling (SS-120, ext. 2377)

Danielle Swiontek, History (WCC, ext 3736)

Priscilla Mora, Dean

For information about the Honors Program, contact the Director, Melanie Eckford-Prossor at (805) 965-0581, ext. 3014.


Eligibility for Honors Program

Students may apply for entrance to the Honors Program based on high school transcripts. For consideration, a student's high school grade point average must be at least 3.0, with no grade below a "C" in an academic subject.

Continuing, returning and transfer students who have completed 12 units of academic course work may apply for entrance into the Honors Program based on college units completed. A minimum overall college grade point average of 3.0 is required, with no grade below a "C" in an academic subject.

To be accepted into the Honors Program, students must demonstrate eligibility for ENG 110 and at least MATH 107 (Intermediate Algebra). Mathematics eligibility is met with three years of high school math, including two years of algebra, with grades of "C" or better. English and Mathematics placement examinations are part of the SBCC enrollment procedure.

It is expected that some potential Honors students entering from high school will have satisfied the SBCC ENG 110 requirement by earning a 3 or above on the Advanced Placement English exam or by completing SBCC ENG 110 in high school. These students should contact the SBCC Assessment Office or Honors Program Counselor for placement into the appropriate English course.

How to Apply

Applications for the Honors Program must be filed with the Honors Program Director. All new and returning students requesting entrance into the Honors Program are required to file two applications: an application for admission to SBCC and a separate application including a writing sample for admission into the Honors Program. Official high school transcripts must be submitted with the applications of students using high school records to qualify. Continuing students are required to file only the application for admission to the Honors Program.

Application forms and further information may be obtained on this website, or from the Academic Counseling Center and the Honors Program Director’s office (IDC-311).

There is no application deadline for Honors, but if students want to be Honors students for fall, we ask that you apply a week before school begins.  In order for a student’s application to be considered by the Honors Program Committee, English and Mathematics placement examination scores and all supporting materials must be on file at Admissions and Records. Placement examination dates and locations may be obtained from the Assessment Office.

Please note that Honors asks for transcripts from all but continuing students because we do not have access to transcripts sent to admissions.  

Honors Scholarships

The Foundation for Santa Barbara City College provides a generous array of scholarships donated by individuals and businesses. These scholarships are broadly available to qualified incoming freshmen applying to the Honors Program and to all continuing students participating in the Honors Program. Recipients of Honors scholarships are required to remain in the Honors Program, in good standing, for the duration of their course of study at SBCC. For further information about scholarships available to Honors students and requirements, contact the Honors Program Director and/or the Financial Aid Office.

Outstanding Honors Program Student

The Honors Program Committee selects one student each year from within the Honors Program to receive the "Outstanding Honors Student" award. Selection is based primarily on the student's academic excellence and may also consider service to the Honors Guild, to the college, or to the larger community. No application is required. The recipient will be honored at the Awards Banquet held by the college in the spring of each year.  Currently, there is a $2000 scholarship that accompanies this award.  

Honors Transfer Agreements and Transfer Scholarships

Completion of the Honors Program (Humanities/Social Sciences and/or Sciences/Mathematics track) makes available to the student, transfer agreements and transfer scholarships. For details, transfer information contact the Honors Program Counselor, (805) 965-0581, ext. 2285. For scholarship information contact the Honors Program Director.

Honors Society: Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges. Santa Barbara City College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is Beta Gamma Upsilon. Although not tied to the Honors Program, membership in Phi Theta Kappa and in the Honors Program complement each other perfectly. Students are required to have completed 12 units at SBCC and have a GPA of 3.5 to be considered for membership.

The benefits of membership include nationwide recognition of scholarly excellence, scholarships, access to prestigious universities, special graduation certificates and transcript notations, leadership opportunities as chapter officers, and fellowship and service opportunities at SBCC and in the community.

For more details on how to apply, contact the campus adviser, Manou Eskandari-Qajar, IDC-357, ext. 2435.


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