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Program Overview


A BRIEF OVERVIEW: CSUB has offered special honors classes for its very best students since the fall of 1980.  What began as a two-year general education Honors Program was expanded to a four-year program in 1998 when Mrs. Helen Hawk Windes, a local philanthropist, donated one million dollars in support of its activities.  Approximately 300 students are currently enrolled in the Hawk Honors Program, which provides classes with CSUB’s finest faculty members, registration priority, scholarships, enjoyable social events, a special honors lounge, and other unique educational opportunities available only to members of this distinctive program.  Unlike honors courses traditionally offered at the high school level, the honors classes at CSUB are not graded more severely than their non-honors counterparts.  These courses do, however, provide a chance for our top students to interact with other extremely bright, high-achieving undergraduates from throughout our service region in classes that are exciting, stimulating, and intellectually challenging.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: In order to be admitted directly from high school, students must fulfill one of the following criteria:  (1) an SAT score of 1180 or above (on critical reading and math only), (2) an ACT score of 26 or above, or (3) a high school GPA of 3.80 or above (with at least an 1120 on the SAT or a 24 on the ACT).  Transfer students or CSUB continuing students may be admitted to the program at the junior level if they have earned at least a 3.50 GPA in their first two years of college.

COURSE PATTERNS:  During the freshman year of the program, students will take one special honors seminar (plus two or three non-honors classes) each quarter.  The university is converting to semesters in fall 2016 and you will be informed of the new course patterns as soon as they are finalized.  The courses are intended to allow you to fulfill one of the university’s general education requirements.  In their last two years, students will take upper-division gen ed honors classes offered through the program (one per year).  In addition, they will complete an Independent Study Honors Seminar with a professor in their major discipline.  This Independent Study Seminar requirement may also be satisfied through international study or cooperative education classes.  Please see the reverse side of this sheet for our 2015-2016 schedule of honors courses.

GRADUATION AWARDS: Students who complete all four years of the program will receive special recognition in the graduation program and on their transcripts, plus a beautiful gold and silver honors medal. 

FURTHER INFORMATION: Students desiring additional information about the program should contact Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley,  Director of The Helen Louise Hawk Honors Program, c/o the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, CSU Bakersfield, 9001 Stockdale Highway, Bakersfield, California, 93311-1022; (661) 654-2249 (office telephone) or (e-mail) or consult the CSUB Honors web site (

Please see additional documents under "Related Links" located to your right.

The Helen Louise Hawk Honors Program

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA  93311-1022

Dr. Jacquelyn Kegley
Phone: 661-654-2249

Hawk Honors Program Office
EDUC 211
Amelia Slover
Phone: 661-654-3461