Welcome to Honors Programs
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The Collegium is characterized by small classes and individual attention. It encourages intellectual exchange
among students, discussion leaders, and professors. Ample opportunity is
provided for dialogue and for confrontation of ideas and values within a friendly and informal atmosphere. Students enjoy the advantage of intimate
classes and the challenge of an education that strives to connect rather than isolate their studies.
Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning
The interdisciplinary approach to learning ranks among the most distinctive and significant characteristics of Honors Collegium courses. The essence of the Collegium is its commitment to combine these courses with knowledge and experience gained from a variety of the traditional academic disciplines. The Director of each Collegium class shapes the interdisciplinary nature of the course, often by inviting guest lecturers from the life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the many professional schools on the UCLA campus. Some
Directors draw from the Los Angeles community and other university campuses as well.
The hallmarks of the Collegium are its small class size and the resulting individual attention available
to its students. Course directors, teaching assistants, and guest lecturers are readily available to answer questions and to assist students in developing
a full understanding of the course material. The faculty are selected partly on the basis of their commitment to fostering productive, interactive,
intellectual contact with students.
Distinguished Collegium Faculty
The Collegium chooses its faculty on the basis of their firm commitment to teaching, their interest
in student concerns, and their outstanding scholarship. These faculty members tend to be spirited lecturers. They have also made notable contributions
to the academic community as scholars, writers, and researchers. Several are recipients of distinguished fellowships. Some hold UCLA's Award for
Distinguished Teaching or are members of the National Academy of Science.
Honors Collegium Faculty List
Community Atmosphere in a Large University
The small, intense classes encourage student interaction. One focal point for the academic activities
of Collegium students is the Honors Programs' Irving and Jean Stone Honors Commons in Kinsey Hall, where many of the Honors Collegium seminars are
An Emphasis on Writing Skills and Styles
The Honors Collegium offers an opportunity for accomplished writers to hone, and average writers to improve, their skills. Several
of the Honors Collegium courses include a specific writing component. Students taking these courses attend weekly seminars where they study rhetoric and
composition. Their writing must respond to the demands of the diverse disciplines embraced by their Collegium course work. Students are required to practice
articulate argument while mastering graceful form. The completion of any Honors Collegium course listed with a "W" (e.g. HC 40W) with
a minimum grade of "C" will satisfy the College of Letters and Science Writing
II requirement. In all of the Collegium courses, an emphasis is placed on clear and cogent written expression. Former Collegium students testify
that polishing their writing skills and styles in such seminars greatly facilitates their work in other courses, providing an advantage for them
that goes far beyond their Collegium experience.
Alternative Means of Fulfilling General Education Requirements
Most lower division Honors Collegium courses will satisfy General Education requirements. Students
in the College of Letters and Science who completed fewer than 16 quarter units prior to Fall Quarter 1983 must meet General Education requirements.
(Students who completed 16 or more quarter units before Fall Quarter 1983 should consult an Honors Programs counselor about application of Honors
Collegium courses toward breadth requirements.)
Most Honors Collegium courses are open to any student interested in taking an honors class. Students
enrolled in College Honors must take at least two Honors Collegium courses as part of their College Honors course requirements.
Participating students should have satisfied English 2 (Subject A) and should strive to take lower division Honors Collegium courses in their
freshman and sophomore years.
Information regarding enrollment procedures for Honors Collegium courses will be provided to incoming freshmen
during Summer Orientation. Continuing students may enroll in most Honors Collegium courses through URSA and in others by permission of the instructor.
If a class has a restriction (Res't) of "Yes" on the Schedule
of Classes please call the Honors office for further information. Students are responsible for adding Honors Collegium classes before established