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Certificate of Achievement

Honors Transfer Certificate

The American River College (ARC) Honors Program is a community of students and faculty who are dedicated to the pursuit of intellectual and personal enrichment in a diverse and challenging academic environment. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better who have completed at least 15 units of approved Honors coursework earn a Certificate of Achievement noted on the transcript. A maximum of 6 units of Honors coursework may be transferred from other colleges. Some courses may need to be petitioned. A total of 12 units of degree-applicable coursework must be earned at ARC to meet residency requirements. Most courses in the certificate fulfill requirements for the ARC A.A., A.S., A.A.-T., A.S.-T. degrees, the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), and the CSU General Education Certification Pattern. Check with an ARC counselor for exceptions. Completion of the certificate with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or better allows students to take advantage of transfer agreements with highly selective colleges and universities through the Honors Transfer Council of California and to participate in the Transfer Alliance Program at UCLA. Honors students must meet with a counselor to ensure completion of ARC graduation and/or transfer requirements. In addition, Honors students should meet regularly with an Honors faculty advisor to ensure completion of the Honors certificate in a timely fashion.

Catalog Date: January 1, 2023

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
A minimum of 15 units from the following: 151
ANTH 480 Honors Biological Anthropology (3)
ANTH 481 Honors Cultural Anthropology (3)
ASTR 481 Honors Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology (4)
BIOL 482 Honors Marine Biology (4)
CISP 480 Honors Introduction to Structured Programming (5)
ENGWR 480 Honors College Composition (3)
ENGWR 481 Honors College Composition and Literature (3)
ENGWR 482 Honors Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking (3)
HIST 480 History of Western Civilization - Honors (3)
HIST 481 History of Western Civilization - Honors (3)
HIST 483 History of the United States - Honors (3)
HIST 484 History of the United States - Honors (3)
NUTRI 481 Honors - Cultural Foods of the World (3)
POLS 480 Introduction to International Relations - Honors (3)
POLS 481 Introduction to Government: United States - Honors (3)
PSYC 480 Honors General Principles (3)
PSYC 481 Honors Abnormal Behavior (3)
SOC 480 Introductory Sociology - Honors (3)
STAT 480 Introduction to Probability and Statistics - Honors (4)
Total Units: 15

1Up to six units of the Honors Certificate may be earned with non-Honors coursework for which there is an Honors Contract. Contact the Honors Coordinator for details.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • analyze the broad areas of human knowledge that contribute to purposeful and meaningful lives.
  • incorporate argumentative reasoning and logic involved in the process of advanced problem-solving in an academic setting.
  • investigate advanced methods of inquiry and analysis employed in a variety of disciplines.
  • justify personal accomplishments as a highly motivated, self-directed individual in an advanced academic setting.
  • demonstrate cultural competence in a diverse academic setting.

ARC Honors Program

program is here to assist you to help ensure successful completion of your educational and career goals. For more Honors eligibility requirements Information, Honors Certificate eligibility, and other information please explore our program.

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