Orange Coast College currently offer honors courses in 18 disciplines (subject areas): anthropology, architecture, art, astronomy, biology, business, English, geography, geology, history, humanities, mathematics, marine science, photography, political science, psychology, sociology and Spanish.
Honors Courses take a variety of forms: Most Honors courses are
"stand alone" sections of courses offered in a subject at a particular level; that is, the classroom will be filled with only students studying at an Honors level. Some Honors sections, however, are
mixed with non-honors sections of the same course, but the Honors students will receive a separate or an augmented syllabus and will have additional criteria to meet in order to receive Honors credit for the course. There are no online Honors courses offered at OCC.
Honors courses fill up quickly at the start of each new registration period. Since Honors Program members do not yet have priority registration, it's important that they plan their schedules (and alternate choices) ahead of their registration dates so that registration can take place immediately at the scheduled time.
Honors courses at OCC are usually only offered in the fall and spring semesters, though occasionally honors courses may be offered in summer or winter, either on campus or in connection with a study abroad opportunity. Some honors classes may only be offered in either fall OR spring but not both (e.g., sequential courses such as mathematics or Spanish; or classes that may depend on other factors such as teaching availability). Students may wish to complete some of their honors coursework at other community colleges; we will accept up to 7.5 units of honors coursework completed at other institutions toward certification and the completion of the OCC Honors Program.
Honors courses are challenging. Honors instructors enhance basic curriculum requirements of their classes by offering more intensive study than is possible in most non-honors sections. Freedom of inquiry and student discovery are stressed. Honors sections are intended to foster discussion, a mastery of content, critical thinking and analysis. Guest speakers, field trips and comprehensive research (including presentation of results) further enhance most honors sections.
Honors courses are open to all students, whether or not they are enrolled in the Honors Program itself. In addition, there are no prerequisites for honors sections other than those that apply to non-honors sections of the same courses. However,
completion of or concurrent enrollment in English 100 is strongly recommended as most honors sections include an advanced writing component.
To search for honors courses in the class schedule:
- Click on the "Class Schedule" link on the OCC homepage.
- Scroll down in the window to the "Subject" box and select "<all>"
- Then scroll to the "Session" or "Attributes" box (near the bottom of the page) and select
"Honors" or "Honors Course" by clicking on it once; then click on the "Search" button
I have a feeling from taking such a class, "Yes I can do anything in life." Being successful means setting goals and pushing one's self to the limits to reach them.
~ Joanne L. Edwards, Honors Student