What is Honors?: The Honors Program seeks to provide students who are both academically talented and highly motivated. The Honors Program is compatible with all academic majors. Successful participation in the Honors Program gives highly qualified students the ability to become skilled in their specific disciplines and the personal satisfaction of having met and accomplished the most innovative and challenging program available at Southwestern College.

How to Join Honors: You can join the Honors Program by enrolling in one or more courses designated with an honors section and completing an Honors Contract within the first four weeks of class. The contract is to be submitted to the Honors Office, Room 104A. For more information, contact Myriam Moody, Honors Coordinator, at mmoody@swccd.edu or Nicholas Nguyen, Honors Counselor, at nguyen@swccd.edu

Admission Requirements

  1. Entering freshman – Have an overall minimum GPA of 3.5 in all high school work.
    Continuing student - Have completed a minimum of 12 units of college-level courses with a GPA of 3.2 in all college work, and be eligible for English 115.
  2. Provide copies of transcripts of previous academic work to the Honors Counselor. Unofficial copies will be accepted. Entering freshman should submit high school transcript; continuing students with coursework outside SWC should submit college transcript.
  3. Must be eligible for English 115 and proficient in college-level reading.

Program Completion Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 15 units or more in Honors courses.
  2. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 in all Honors courses and a minimum overall GPA of 3.2


  • Enhanced admission opportunities to the most selective transfer institutions
  • Increased scholarship opportunities
  • Special recognition on transcript
  • Intellectual growth and exploration of new ideas and concepts
  • Increased learning opportunities through research, study and independent projects
  • One-on-one mentoring from faculty members in the field of interest
  • Networking opportunities with faculty and students at Southwestern College (SWC), 4-year institutions and graduate schools
  • Career and employment networking opportunities
Course offerings very by semester:

Anthropology 101 7,9,11 M. Jelaca–Tavakoli
Anthropology 102 1,3,5 M. Jelaca–Tavakoli
English 115 5, 10 J. Arredondo
English 115 27,36 R. St Louis
English 115 39 M. Weigle
English 116 4,80 M. Rutter
English 116 13 M. Wickert
Italian 101 1,3 S. Figueroa
Italian 102 1,3 C. Calandra
Math 244 1 M. Moody
Math 244 2 S. Nadalet
Math 250 1,5 K. Cliffe
Math 250 7 M. Carey
Math 251 2 K. Cliffe
Political Science 101 3 A. Aguilar
Political Science 102 1,5,9 A. Aguilar
Political Science 104 1 A. Aguilar
Psychology 101 36 C. Hayashi
Psychology 106 4, 501, 502 D. McAneney
Psychology 230 3, 501, 502 D. McAneney
Psychology/Sociology 270 60 C. Hayashi
Spanish 101 5 D. Guadiana-Costa
Spanish 101 13,60 D. Alonso-Post
Spanish 102 9 D. Alonso-Post
Spanish 216 60 E. Castro
Spanish 221 1 D. Guadiana-Costa

Last updated: 11/19/2015 9:06:19 AM