Honors Curriculum (Faculty Only)
Beginning in Fall 2013, the IVC Honors Program will begin transitioning to having separate course outlines for all Honors courses. Details about this new procedure will be forthcoming and will be communicated to all faculty. Below are resources available to help faculty in this transition.
Characteristics of an IVC Honors Course
Honors courses at Irvine Valley College are designed to provide students with academic experiences and requirements not normally available in a conventional course. What typically distinguishes an Honors course from a non-honors course is not the quantity of work required but the attainment of a higher level of quality and sophistication that comes about from more intense student involvement in class discussions, a wider exposure to the critical literature, and more sophisticated analyses of a given topic. The UC system requires that Honors course outlines show evidence of “increased content and/or rigor. "In most cases, the Honors course will reproduce the course outline of the regular version of the course but will show evidence of this enhanced content and/or rigor and innovative pedagogy. To find out more about constructing an Honors course, please see the Building your Honors Curriculum handout.
Building Your Honors Curriculum
The document below contains two parts that will provide guidance to faculty creating new Honors courses or course outlines for existing Honors courses. The first section discusses ways to enrich courses to make them meet the Honors criteria of “increased rigor and/or content”; the second portion provides suggestions for language to be used in constructing the course outline in CurricUNET.
Building Your Honors Curriculum.docx
Honors Courses and Transfer Degrees
The document below created by Articulation Officer Tiffany Tran. It lists all currently offered Honors courses and their status in relation to state C-ID course descriptors. If a C-ID exists for a course being written as Honors, the proposing faculty should consult the state descriptors to ensure that the Honors course as well as the related regular course is accepted towards any transfer degrees. Please contact Tiffany Tran for more information.
Honors Courses with C-ID.docx