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Honors Program:


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.

Scheduling an Honors Course

To request to teach an Honors course during the 2015-16 school year, please submit the completed Honors Scheduling Form below via email to by January 30, 2015.Courses must have been submitted to CurricUNET by Fall 2014 in order to be requested with this form. If you have a special request to teach a course as Honors that does not have a separate course outline, please contact Kay Ryals at


Request to Teach Linked, Co-enrolled Honors Courses for 2014-15

In the 2014-15 school year, the Honors Program would like to pilot an interdisciplinary Honors module using two linked Honors courses from different disciplines. Students would be required to enroll in both courses, with enrollment capped at 20 students. Interested faculty members should submit a completed Honors Interdisciplinary Proposal Form to Kay Ryals at by February 14, 2014.Proposing faculty should also submit an Honors Scheduling Form by January 30 (see above).


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 at for more information.

Honors Courses with C-ID.docx


Dr. Kay Ferguson Ryals
Honors Program Director
T: 949-451-5300

Michelle Minkler
Honors Program Counselor
T: 949-451-5251

Liberal Arts Building, Room LA 107A

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