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Why was I invited to enter the CSUB Hawk Honors Program?

A query of your SAT/ACT scores and high school GPA was conducted, so your academic excellence was the basis for the invitation.

Will participation in the CSUB Hawk Honors Program compel me to take extra classes and/or classes outside of my major's requirements?

No.  The required classes fulfill the General Education requirements.  The only extra requirement is the Independent Study (described in detail below).

Do courses labeled as Hawk Honors follow the same 4.0 grading scale?

Yes.  Although the courses are labelled as “Hawk Honors,” the grading scale is the same, but they provide the opportunity for our top students to interact in an academic setting making the courses both stimulating and intellectually challenging.

Am I required to take every Hawk Honors course available?

No.  Science, Nursing and Engineering majors, for example, are exempt from science GE requirements.  There is also a course-substitution process if there are compelling reasons that prevent you from taking the offered courses during a semester. Please email or for further information.

What are the requirements for joining CSUB's upper-division Hawk Honors Program?

Incoming junior students (either transfers from another college or native CSUB students continuing in the university) will be invited to enter the CSUB Hawk Honors program if they have earned a 3.50 or above GPA in their first two years of college.  They will receive a letter from the Director of the Hawk Honors Program inviting them to participate in the program. Students must confirm their intent to participate by calling (661) 654-3461.

What are the upper-division honors course requirements?

All students at the university (regardless of their majors or career goals) are required to complete three upper-division “theme” classes, one in each of the following areas:  Q - Quality of Life, R - Revolutionary Ideas & Innovations, and S - Sustainability & Justice. CSUB Hawk Honors students must satisfy at least two of these three themes by taking specially designated courses through the Hawk Honors Program.  The program will offer three upper-division honors theme classes every year—one in each of the three
different areas.  This means that all upper-division honors students will have six honors theme classes during their last two years from which to choose their two honors classes (one per year).  These upper-division honors theme courses are taught by our very best professors at the university, and they are filled with other exceptionally bright, hard-working students, and this means that the level of discussion is appropriately high for honors courses.  Students must maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA to remain in the program. (During the first year, freshmen have a whole year to reach and maintain this GPA).

What is the Independent Study Honors Seminar?

In addition to completing two of their three upper-division theme courses through the Hawk Honors Program, CSUB honors students are required to take an Honors Independent Study with one or more of the professors in their major discipline.  This is the last and most exciting of the honors requirements because it offers a one-on-one intimate academic experience that can lead to conference papers, publication in one’s chosen field, graduate study, international programs, and/or success in finding a job after graduation.  These Honors Independent Study courses are offered for 2 - 5 variable units, depending on the extent of the project and the agreement between the student and his/her professor.  The Honors Independent Study requirement should not be confused with the Senior Seminar that each student must take in his or her major discipline.  These are two distinct classes that satisfy entirely different university requirements. One, however, may use some aspect of their senior project for their independent study with the agreement of their professor and the Honors Director.

What are some typical examples of Independent Study Projects that have been approved in the past?

Here are some examples of  the Independent Study Honors Seminar that might appeal to students: (1) assisting a professor with a research project, (2) proposing and completing a research project chosen by the student; (3) preparing a paper for presentation at a national, state, or local conference, (4) an internship experience coupled with a reflective paper, and (5) pursuing international study overseas.  Students who have additional ideas about potential projects are encouraged to discuss them with a professor in their major department.

When should honors students take their Independent Study Honors Seminars?

These Honors Independent Study units should be completed during the first semester of the student’s senior year.  The first step is contacting a professor in your major department who might be willing to supervise your project.  Most professors will be working on their own research projects, and they will be overjoyed to have a bright, energetic honors student join their team as an assistant.  You will never know what the possibilities are till you ask.  Once you and your professor have agreed on the parameters of your project, you will need to fill out the proper paperwork.

How do I complete the paperwork for this project?

To begin filling out the paperwork visit our Honors Program Assistant, Henna Singh, in the Honors Office, Education Building, Room 211. You will need to complete two forms:  an Independent Study Honors Seminar form and a Petition for Course by Individual Study. 
This process, including registration for the independent study course, must be completed no later than the fall semester of the student’s graduation year.  Failure to do so may jeopardize receipt of several of the rewards students earn for finishing the process.

What is the penalty for incompletion of the Hawk Honors Program Requirements?

In the case that a student fails to complete the requirements, they do not get completion of the Honors Program which forfeits the medal or cord and the Honors designation on their diploma.

What benefits do students receive for completing the CSUB Hawk Honors Program?

Students who complete two years of the CSUB Hawk Honors Program (as juniors/seniors) will have this accomplishment listed prominently on their official CSUB transcripts and receive a gold/blue honors cord to be awarded at our end-of-the year Honors Convocation. Students who complete the four year course of the CSUB Hawk Honors Program will have also have this accomplishment listed on their official CSUB transcript and receive a gold medal to be awarded at the Honors Convocation.  The cord/medal may be worn for graduation.

What additional advantages does the program offer?

In addition to providing special sections of general education classes taught by the university’s top professors, the CSUB Hawk Honors Program offers the following extra advantages:  priority at registration (so students will always get the courses they want at the most convenient times); an Honors Lounge where students can relax between classes; special waivers in the general education program; international study opportunities; excursions to cultural events; parties and other enjoyable social occasions; and increased scholarship potential.

How do I find out more information about the CSUB Hawk Honors Program?

Interested students are encouraged to visit the CSUB Hawk Honors Program Web Site at, which includes a one-year projection of honors classes, further information about the program, and photographs of past and current participants. 
You can also contact the Hawk Honors Program Director, Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley at 661-654-2249 or at, or you can contact the Hawk Honors Program Assistant, Henna Singh, at 661-654-3461 or at


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