General Information

The West Valley College Honors University Transfer Program is one of the institution’s primary instruments for advanced academic excellence and scholastic training within a critical-thinking mode. The program’s primary mission is to create and maintain an alternative curriculum model which, by virtue of its interdisciplinary structure, ensures course enrichment and accelerates the intellectual and creative development of high-ability students.

Program Description

Honors Program courses require a higher level of analysis in order to benefit from an innovative curriculum model called a transdisciplinary unit, which expands the concept of team-teaching and interdisciplinary instruction. An Honors Program team consists of three to four instructors who coordinate their course content and methods. The Honors Program concentrates on three instructional themes (two per semester): Civilizations of the World, Science: Inquiry and Applications, and Thought and Politics. Each transdisciplinary unit offers an integrated curriculum without sacrificing the integrity and rigor of the content of the specific disciplines. Students have the option of enrolling in one, two, or three courses depending on pre- and Corequisites, the number and type of general education courses already completed, and the requirements of their majors.

By design both our Honors Program instruction and counseling services challenge students to be involved, communicate better and meet academic standards and expectations. As a team both counseling faculty and program coordinator work effectively to support students and address any personal, academic, family-related concerns they may experience in pursuit of their academic and transfer goals.

Most students are aware of the Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) with UCLA. Honors students who wish to transfer under the terms of the transfer alliances with selected universities receive priority consideration.

To qualify for the TAP agreement, Honors students must complete five Honors courses or a minimum of 15 Honors units, with a 3.4 or higher GPA (specific to majors) as part of their 60 or more transferable units. Additional transfer opportunities provide students with a competitive edge when applying to other colleges and universities throughout the country.

Course enrollment is limited to approximately 20 students. Because students often register for more than one course within a transdisciplinary unit, the Honors program encourages peer support study groups, and esprit de corps.

Course Content and Methodology

The difference between the Honors curriculum and the traditional curriculum is qualitative. The Honors curriculum allows for more individualized, interdisciplinary, experiential, and collaborative learning experiences. Students will participate in advanced seminars as well as independent projects. Knowledge will be demonstrated primarily through written assignments and oral presentations.

Courses in the Honors Program have been selected to fulfill University of California and California State University general education requirements.

Please refer to the following descriptions of each specific honors course listed in order to find course description, units and prerequisites.

Honors Courses

ANTH 3H: Honors Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ANTH 120

Honors Introduction to Cultural Anthropology uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course is a study of culture and social behavior as developed through the anthropological study of contemporary peoples. Comparative survey of the range of cultures of the world with emphasis upon social organization, economics, religion, kinship systems, cultural patterns, values, ethics, and ecology.

ARTS 1AH: Honors Survey of Western Art I

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ARTH 110

Honors Survey of Western Art I uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified trans-disciplinary unit. This course is a general survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture in the western world from prehistoric times through the Gothic period, using art as a reflection of human interaction with events of the time, emphasizing aesthetic, cultural and historical values. Pass/No Pass Option

ARTS 1BH: Honors Survey of Western Art II

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: Pre-approval into Honors Program.

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ARTH 120

This course is a general survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture in the western world from the Renaissance to the present day, emphasizing the evolution of the changing attitudes toward form and content. Honors Survey of Art II uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. Pass/No Pass Option

ARTS 1DH: Honors Art of the 20th Century

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ARTH 150

Honors Art of the 20th Century uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course is a general survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture in the western world from the Impressionists to the present day, emphasizing the evolution of changing attitudes toward form and content. This is an information competency infused course. Pass/No Pass Option

ARTS 4H: Honors Art Appreciation

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Art Appreciation uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This is an introductory overview to general trends and concepts of visual expression. Art objects under study are considered both as aesthetic entities in themselves and as crystallization of thoughts and beliefs during different periods of history. Students have the opportunity to gain greater awareness of processes and media required to create art. Pass/No Pass Option

COMM 10H: Honors Persuasive Speaking

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 905 or qualifying assessment score

Advisory: READ 53

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID COMM 190

This communication studies course offers students the opportunity to examine historical and contemporary approaches to persuasive messages throughout time. It focuses on the presentation of persuasive appeals, and learning to construct, deliver, critique, and analytically evaluate persuasive messages in a variety of contexts. This course includes preparing, outlining, and presenting at least two extemporaneous oral persuasive speeches that are given in the physical presence of other listeners. This course also includes a project that analyzes persuasive messages with a presentation of findings component. Honors Persuasive Speaking uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit.

ECON 1AH: Honors Principles of Macroeconomics

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Corequisite: ECON 2AH

Prerequisite: MATH 903 or MATH 903R or LRSV 945

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ECON 202

Honors Principles of Macroeconomics uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. The course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course is an introduction to aggregate economic analysis of market systems; aggregate measures of the economy; macroeconomic equilibrium; money, the banking system and role of central banks; monetary and fiscal policy; international trade and exchange rates; and macroeconomic growth. This class must be taken concurrently with online laboratory Econ 2AH.

ECON 1BH: Honors Principles of Microeconomics

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Corequisites: ECON 2BH

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ECON 201

Honors Principles of Microeconomics uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified trans-disciplinary unit. This course provides an introduction to microeconomic analysis which focuses on individual economic decisionmakers and markets. Topics include scarcity and allocation of resources, distribution of income and wealth, market equilibrium, price ceilings/floors, elasticity, consumer theory, cost/production analysis, market structures, factor markets, market failure, international trade and finance, and the role of public policy in the economy.

ECON 2AH: Honors Principles of Macroeconomics Lab

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Corequisite: ECON 1AH

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ECON 202

Honors Principles of Macroeconomics Lab uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This online laboratory introduces macroeconomic analysis and principle including analysis of: market systems; aggregate measures of the economy; macroeconomic equilibrium; money, the banking system and role of central banks; monetary and fiscal policy; international trade and exchange rates; and macroeconomic growth. This lab must be taken concurrently with Econ 1AH.

ECON 2BH: Honors Principles of Microeconomics

1 unit: lecture 0 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ECON 201

Honors Principles of Microeconomics Lab uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This laboratory introduces microeconomic analysis, analysis of the allocation of resources and the distribution of income through a price system, economic theory related to demand, production, competitive and non-competitive product markets. This lab must be taken concurrently with ECON 1BH.

ENGL 1CH: Honors Critical Thinking and Writing

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 105

Honors Critical Thinking and Writing uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, critical writing, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course offers instruction and practice in methods of critical thinking, critical writing, and formal argument writing, emphasizing the following: the principles of classical argument structure and methods of reasoning; analysis and evaluation of rhetorical argument and texts; identification of the assumptions underlying a given argument; identification and critique of fallacies in arguments; analysis of language use and its implications in argument writing; research strategies, information literacy, and proper documentation. Students in this course practice critical thinking by writing substantive arguments, essays, and a documented research paper.

ENGL 6AH: Honors World Literature

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 140

Honors World Literature uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course surveys literature from around the world produced from the beginnings of oral history up to the year 1650. This course emphasizes literature outside the Anglo-American tradition. Students analyze and compare texts representing various genres from different cultural regions, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands. Through this cross-cultural study of literature, students engage in thinking critically about cultural diversity and related issues’ such as global migrations, international power dynamics, and transnational patterns of inequality in a world context. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 6BH: Honors World Literature

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent placement score

Advisory: ENGL 1A or equivalent

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 145

Honors World Literature uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course surveys and compares literature from around the world produced between 1650 and the present. This course emphasizes literature outside the Anglo-American tradition. Students analyze and compare texts representing various genres from different cultural regions, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Through this cross-cultural study of literature, students engage in thinking critically about cultural diversity and related issues such as global migrations, international power dynamics, and transnational patterns of inequality in a world context. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 43H: Honors Classical Mythology

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Classical Mythology uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. Using translations of epic, poetic, and dramatic texts of classical writers and philosophers, this course examines the meaning and function of myth in the literature of Ancient Greece and Rome as well as its recurrence and significance in modern works.

ENGL 46H: Honors Contemporary American Multi-Cultural Literature

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Contemporary American Multi-Cultural uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course examines contemporary American literature by writers from at least three of the following groups: African American/Black, American Indian, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Chicano/Latino, European American, and Middle Eastern-American. Students examine issues such as race, class, gender, and sexualities as explored in the literary works. This course satisfies the 3-unit Cultural Diversity requirement for the associate degree.

ENGL 48H: Honors Introduction to Shakespeare

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Introduction of Shakespeare uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. In this course students read, view, and critically analyze a selection of Shakespeare’s major plays and poetry. The course provides overviews of the historical and political events of Shakespeare’s age, the religious and philosophical ideas of the Early Modern period, and modern critical approaches to Shakespeare’s works. In addition, the course gives students opportunities to evaluate productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 49H: Honors Modern Fiction

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Modern Fiction uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course focuses on reading and analyzing fiction from the Modern Period (1895-1945). It also covers Pre-modern literary movements and Postmodern texts. It fulfills general education requirement for literature.

GEOL 1AH: Honors Physical Geology

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 unit

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID GEOL 100, GEOL 101

Honors Physical Geology uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common them with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course provides an introduction to the field of science as applied to the study of the nature, properties, and distribution of earth materials; how the material forms, changes, and moves throughout the earth; and how landscapes develop. It is designed to serve both the non-science major and those students intending to major in the earth sciences. Pass/No Pass Option

HIST 17BH: Honors United States History

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID HIST 140

Honors United States History uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. History 17BH is a survey of the political, economic, and social and cultural development of the United States from Reconstruction to the present. Topics covered include Reconstruction, Native American culture and western settlement, Industrialization, the Progressive Era, World War I, the Twenties, the New Deal, and World War II. Also covered are domestic, social, and foreign policy issues of the post-World War II period from the 1950s through the 1990s, including reform movements, Vietnam, the Civil Rights and other ethnic movements, the Feminist Movement, popular culture, and post-Cold War foreign policy.

KINT 51H: Honors Dance in America: A Cultural Perspective

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Dance in America: a Cultural Perspective uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course examines dance as a cultural expression in the USA. The course explores and analyzes indigenous dance forms including the social, political, economic, and religious significance. Pass/No Pass Option

MATH 10H: Honors Elementary Statistics

4 units: lecture 4 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: MATH 106 or MATH 106R or MATH 106S or qualifying score on Placement Test and proof of Algebra II

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID MATH 110

Honors Elementary Statistics uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. This course covers the use of probability techniques, hypothesis testing, and predictive techniques to facilitate decision-making. Topics include descriptive statistics; probability and sampling distributions; statistical inference; correlation and linear regression; analysis of variance, chi-square and t-tests; and application of technology for statistical analysis including the interpretation of the relevance of the statistical findings. Applications discussed use data from disciplines including business, social sciences, psychology, life science, health science, and education.

POLI 1H: Honors American Government

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID POLS 110

Honors American Government uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course covers the structure and functions of the American national government including consideration of state and local governments. Emphasis is placed on the development of democratic institutions through historical and contemporary studies.

POLI 3H: Honors Introduction to Political Science

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID POLS 150

Honors Introduction to Political Science uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course is an introduction to political theory analyzing the ideological origins of nation-states from direct democracy to totalitarian forms of government. This course may be used to meet Social Science Area D requirements in the General Education pattern for transfer to the California State University System.

PSYC 2H: Honors Experimental Psychophysiology

4 units: lecture 3 units; lab 1 units

Prerequisite: PSYC 001 and MATH 10 or MATH 10H

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID PSY 205B

The course introduces the student to the theory and application of the scientific method with particular emphasis in the area of physiology and behavior. A computerized psychophysiology laboratory will be used to introduce students to (1) experimental design and analysis, and (2) theoretical and methodological concepts in psychophysiological research, which investigates the relationship between physiological events and behavior. General areas covered include: philosophy of science, research design, experimental procedures, data analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and summary. Elementary statistics will be incorporated into the course using actual data collected from experiments conducted during laboratory sessions. Computer modeling will be compared and contrasted with empirical research as a problem solving method. Primary references used for experimental write-ups and the final research project will require data base searching on Dialog.

THEA 10H: Honors Introduction to Theater

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Introduction to Theater uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified trans-disciplinary unit. This course is an introduction to the world of theater. This introduction includes dramatic literature, technical theater, theater history, production techniques and the critical evaluation of productions.

last published: 12/13/18