Academic Honors Programs
Honors programs at Eleanor Roosevelt College and UC San Diego have been established to provide exceptionally motivated and capable students with enhanced educational experiences through close interaction with faculty and other honors students.
The ERC Transfer Seminar will not be offered in Fall Quarter, 2016.
The Freshman Honors Program consists of a year-long Freshman Honors Seminar and occasional enrichment opportunities.
The Freshman Honors Seminar is taught by the Provost. The structure is informal, giving students an opportunity to participate in interactive discussion. There are no exams, but class participation and occasional reading are required. Students receive one unit of credit per quarter.
The fall quarter focuses on enhancing students’ ability to make arguments and marshal evidence in academic settings. In the winter and spring quarters invited faculty from a range of disciplines discuss current research on topics tied to ERC’s mission. This year we have focused on global climate change and global health.
Members of the Freshman Honors Program are also invited to take part in special enrichment activities. In the last two years honors students have had a seminar with celebrated Lincoln scholar Eric Foner and a private lunch with Eleanor Ostrom, winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics.
Participation in the Freshman Honors Program is by invitation, and based on a combination of high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores.
Students who complete the spring quarter of their freshman year with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 are invited to participate in ERC 92, the Sophomore Honors Program. This independent study course enables students to learn the fundamentals of research under the direction of a faculty member.
Participants receive two units of lower-division credit for each quarter they participate. Some students join ongoing research projects; others strike out on their own. Some work in laboratories; others write research papers. Some sustain a single project over the course of a year; others complete their work in a single quarter.
Regardless of topic or format, students in ERC 92 gain valuable knowledge and skills. Recent projects have included study of wetland fertilization experiments, the ideology of the Sons of Liberty, the influence of tourism on folk art in Tonga, and education in China.
A collaborative effort with the Academic Internship Program (AIP), ERC’s Transfer Seminar invites students with outstanding transfer GPAs to participate in an informal one unit fall quarter seminar led by the Provost. Participants will be given special opportunities to use the university’s resources, meet faculty, acquire some of the skills needed to write an upper division research paper and prepare to apply for a winter quarter internship with AIP.
AIP will play a pivotal role during fall quarter in helping students secure faculty advisors for their internships. In winter quarter, students will enroll in AIP 197 for four units and complete the requirements as mandated by AIP, including committing 10 hours/week to the internship and writing a 10-page research paper under the direction of a faculty advisor.
Students are awarded Provost’s Honors each quarter. To be eligible a student must complete at least twelve graded units and receive a minimum grade point average of 3.5. Provost’s Honors are designated on a student’s academic transcript. Students who maintain GPAs of 3.5 or higher for a full academic year are awarded Provost’s Honors certificates.
Outstanding students may qualify to enroll in departmental honors programs. Departments may designate students graduating in their major to receive their degrees with distinction, with high distinction, or with highest distinction. Up to 20 percent of graduating majors may be so honored. They will have completed a special course of study within the department or program, usually including an honors research thesis in addition to special course work. Information on the special courses of study is published in the UCSD General Catalog.
Department Honors will appear on the transcript and diploma for eligible UCSD students.
Qualified students graduate with a degree awarded cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude. A maximum of fourteen percent of graduating seniors may be so honored, and ranking is based on the GPA for at least 80 letter-grade units of course work at the University of California. Typically, the top two percent will graduate summa cum laude; the next four percent, magna cum laude; and the next eight percent, cum laude.
University Honors will appear on the transcript and diploma for eligible UCSD students.
For the 2016 - 2017 year, the Latin Honors GPA brackets are as follows:
|Cum Laude||3.695 – 3.829|
|Magna Cum Laude||3.830 – 3.929|
|Summa Cum Laude||3.930 – 4.000|
NOTE: Must complete at least 80 UC graded units to qualify.
Phi Beta Kappa is America’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. UC San Diego’s Sigma Chapter is among only 255 chapters chartered since the Society’s founding in 1776. From the beginning Phi Beta Kappa has supported the growth of knowledge, intellectual honesty, tolerance for new and challenging ideas, and the pursuit of a broad range of intellectual interests. Each spring Sigma Chapter invites top students in their junior and senior years to join. Among the selection criteria are a student’s academic record, the breadth and quality of courses taken, and evidence that the student has pursued a rigorous academic program.
UC San Diego offers many opportunities for students to develop research skills and to explore career options. Students who are considering graduate and professional school programs are strongly encouraged to develop research experience appropriate to their goals, and to participate in some of the many campus research conferences.
Research experiences range from paid or volunteer work on faculty research projects to research papers required for courses, individual student-initiated research projects, and departmental honors theses. There are also a number of structured research programs such as the Amgen Scholars Program, the Faculty Mentor Program, the McNair Program, and the Summer Research Program. For these and other programs, as well as job opportunities, see the Undergraduate Research Portal.
ERC students have the unique opportunity to present their research at the college’s annual Undergraduate Research Conference. Held each spring, the URC gives students of all levels the opportunity to share their scholarly work with fellow students, faculty, staff and members of the community.
Internships provide another avenue for exploring career goals and developing professional networks. Internships may be completed for academic credit, for pay, or as volunteer community service. ERC’s academic advisors can help students identify internship opportunities at home and abroad.