Frequently Asked Questions

For more information on the transfer process, please refer to the MiraCosta College Transfer Planning Guide available in the Transfer Center.

Will the workload on the HSP students be greater?

The workload of the honors student is the same as for the general population of students under the Carnegie unit, that is, two hours of work outside for every hour inside the classroom. The difference in an honors course is in the kind of work honors students are doing; more time will be spent on higher-level materials and assignments.

How will the content and conduct of the Honors course be different?

Honors classes are different, not necessarily harder. Topics covered are the same; the difference is in the teaching and learning experience. The materials may be covered at greater depth. In addition, students will experience a more interactive learning environment, such as discussions, seminars, oral presentations, and in-class workshops. Emphasis is placed on skills needed at the university level, such as written analysis, critical thinking, research, and collaborative learning.

What recognition will Honors students receive?

Students who complete Honors Scholar Program requirements will have the notation “Certified Honors Scholar” posted on their transcript. Honors students are also recognized at graduation and at the President’s Luncheon.

What does it mean to be “Honors Scholar Program Certified” and how do I get certified?

Being HSP Certified means you have satisfied all requirements for the Honors Scholar Program and completed all required Honors courses with required GPA. To get certification, a student must complete an Honors Certification form and submit it to the Honors counselor by the deadline posted on the Honors listserv and website.

Is it possible to take an Honors class and not be an HSP student?

Yes! You may take Honors classes without being a member of the program. If you decide to apply to the program after you have completed the courses, they will be counted toward your completion requirements.