Honors Project at College of San Mateo - Program Requirements
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Honors Project

Program Requirements

All CSM students are welcome to enroll in an honors seminar and attempt to earn honors transcript credit.

All CSM students interested in honors are encouraged to apply to become officially part of the Honors Project learning community program. Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements at the time of application may be accepted provisionally, with the opportunity to meet the requirements before graduation or transfer.

All students accepted into the Honors Project receive priority registration.

Eligibility for Acceptance

Students must be eligible for English 100 or 105, or a more advanced English course, and must submit a personal statement of approximately 250 words, providing the following information:
  • Describe why you are interested in participating in the Honors Project
  • Share an academic or personal experience that inspired you to apply
  • Discuss what you hope to gain from your participation
  • Explain how you hope to contribute to the Honors Project community
For continuing CSM students, a minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA is required for admission.

For students entering CSM directly from high school, a minimum 3.5 unweighted cumulative GPA is required for admission.

Students who do not meet the GPA minimum requirements are encouraged to apply, for provisional acceptance. The personal essay should briefly explain previous academic experiences and future academic goals.

Program Completion

In order to complete the Honors Project learning community program, including for UCLA TAP certification, students need to complete at least two Honors Project seminars, and a minimum of 15 units of transferable honors coursework (seminars are included in the 15-unit requirement), with an overall GPA of at least 3.2.

Note: the seminars do not automatically transfer to UC as GE, and do not count toward the 60 unit minimum required for transfer.

Students can achieve honors credit units through any combination of the following:
  1. Pairing transferable courses with the seminars;
  2. Completing Independent Honors Contracts for transferable courses (note: students can begin completing independent honors contracts only after completing one Honors Project seminar);
  3. Completing one designated honors course at one of our two sister colleges, Skyline or Cañada.
All students who complete the learning community program receive special transcript recognition, "CSM Honors Project Scholar".

Good Standing and Active Status

Honors Project students need to maintain a 3.0 GPA in all honors course work. To remain on active status, students need to be enrolled in a seminar, or a designated honors course, or engaged in an independent honors contract each semester. One semester without honors work is permitted, but a second consecutive semester of non-participation will result in removal from active status. A student who has been removed from active status must re-submit an application to the program.

Students in good standing and active status receive all program correspondences. In addition, continuing students with updated student educational plans (SEPs) in DegreeWorks get access to a higher registration priority. With earlier registration, students have a better chance of getting the classes and the schedule they need. 

In order to develop an SEP, students must meet with a counseling faculty member. The Honors Project has one counselor, Michael Vargas, designated to work with students in the program. Students are strongly advised to meet with Michael as they move through the program for guidance, assistance and valuable feedback on academic and career planning. To schedule an appointment, please stop by the Counseling Support Center in Building 10, Room 340 (3rd Floor), or call (650) 574-6400.