Location: Room AH 102

Phone: 619-388-3512

Each year over 500 students participate in City College's Honors Program. Honors classes are stimulating, engaging, and offer a greater level of depth while emphasizing student involvement, participation and performance.

The City College Honors Program offers three different options for participation: the Honors Core, Honors Courses, and Honors Contracts.

The Honors Core is a two semester learning community.  The Core begins every fall semester and features a team taught Honors English 101 course linked to Honors Sociology 101.  During the spring semester the entire Honors Core cohort progresses to a second learning community linking Honors English 205 with Honors Humanities 101. The Honors Core allows for a relationship of complex ideas that can be explored over an extended period of time.  Academic skill-building is reinforced, and a stronger sense of community is developed among all participants in the program.  Students must maintain good academic standing in order to progress to the following semester.  These courses are subjected to application approval; applications can be obtained at the Honors Program office, Room AH-102 phone number (619) 388-3512.

Honors Courses, outside of the Honors Core, are offered in several different subjects every semester. They are identified on the class schedule by an Honors designation. These courses are open to any student and do not require an application.  They explore topics in greater depth and breadth; honors students encounter a range of historical, technical and cultural points of view that they may not experience in a non-honors section of the same course.

Honors Contracts are the most popular way that students participate in Honors.  An honors contract is a mutual agreement reached between a student and a professor to enhance a course through honors level objectives and tasks that are completed in addition to the regular classwork. 

Honors contract requirements may include additional readings, writing, and/or special projects. The biggest advantage of honors contracts is that they allow students to explore their favorite subjects in greater depth while compiling the honors units that they need to transfer within the boundaries of their own personal schedule. Almost any course can be converted into honors; however, the only stipulations are that the course must be face-to-face, 15-16 weeks long, and 100-level or higher. 

COVID-19 REMOTE/ONLINE LEARNING: Due to the Covid-19 health crisis, the Honors Program will be accepting Honors Contracts in REMOTE, HYBRID, and WEB (fully online) classes for Fall 2020. In order to complete an Honors Contract, please follow these steps:

  1. Download a contract here: Honors Contract Fall 2020. Read and print contract for your records.
  2. Ask your Professor if they are willing to create an Honors Contract with you.
  3. If your Professor agrees, fill out this Google Form by Friday Septemeber 4th, 2020.

Contracts are made at the discretion of the Professor and with the assistance of campus honors coordinators. All contracts will be verifiied with your Professor, so please be sure that your Professor is in agreement.

If you are interested in the City College Honors Program please contact the Honors Program Office or one of our Coordinators:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Transfer Agreements: The City College Honors Program offers access to several transfer agreements with partner universities including UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Pomona College and more. For more information on our agreement with UCLA please follow this link: UCLA TAP. For more information on agreements with other universities, please click here: Honors Transfer Council of California. If you would like to talk to an Honors Coordinator about your transfer options, please contact Hector Martinez at hmartine@sdccd.edu