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Honors Programs and Societies

Freshman Honors Program

The Freshman Honors Program is designed for academically talented students from all programs and majors who want to be a part of a vibrant intellectual and social community supported by enriching extracurricular programming. We support excellence in academic and extra-curricular endeavors designed to enrich the social, cultural, and intellectual lives of our students.

Honors PACS 001: Freshman Honors Students are required to take Pacific Seminar I in the Honors sections, which allows them to discuss the readings and issues to further develop their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Honors Seminars: Once a month, the Freshman Honors Program hosts a distinguished faculty member from Pacific who presents a lecture on his/her research or scholarship. The topics of the talks span every field from science to humanities, arts to law.

Co-Curricular Programs: We encourage our students to be well-rounded individuals and their academic program is supplemented with a wide range of co-curricular activities, such as sports, performing and visual arts, visual media, community outreach, and culinary arts. The Honors soccer teams compete in the intramural leagues and students in the arts groups stage a yearly theatrical performance and an art exhibition. Honors students can also use their creative talent working on video and web projects and can participate in various community outreach events. The culinary arts co-curricular group learn the necessary techniques to organize a cooking competition and cater all major events of the Program. We arrange a number of off-campus events to encourage our students to take advantage of the resources in Stockton and Northern California. We host an annual off-campus Honors Retreat, as well as occasional forays elsewhere.

Residential Program: Freshman Honors students are encouraged, but not required, to live in Honors housing, which is responsible for much of the success of the Program. The Honors Residence, John Ballantyne Hall has become well known as the best place on campus for freshmen to live and our students make the transition to college life more smoothly and quickly than do the residents of most halls.

Conferral of Freshman Honors

We expect students to maintain high academic standards and to take the required Honors section of Pacific Seminar I in their first semester. Freshman Honors students are required to take HONR 021 and 023 in their first Fall and Spring semesters, respectively. These one-unit courses encompass the Honors Seminars and the co-curricular program activities. Students who maintain a 3.0+ grade average in their freshman year, pass PACS I Honors, HONR 021, and 023 receive a certificate and an Honors Sash to wear at Commencement, when they graduate.

Program Contact

Balint Sztaray, Director, Professor of Chemistry; 209-946-2856

Dinelle Davis, Program Services Assistant; 209-946-2283

School/Departmental Honors Programs

Some Schools and College of the Pacific departments offer students the opportunity to complete an honors program in a student’s major area of study. Schools and programs will determine the eligibility and program requirements, and these programs will generally commence in a student’s junior or senior year. Completion of the program will be noted on the student’s transcript. 

National Honor Societies

Alpha Lambda Delta. For freshmen with an academic average of 3.50 or more.

Alpha Sigma Lambda. For adult learners.

Beta Alpha Psi. For accounting students.

Beta Beta Beta. Biology honor society for students with a Biological Sciences GPA of at least 3.0.

Beta Gamma Sigma. Honor society, recognizes outstanding scholarly accomplishment of those receiving their professional training in business and management.

Eta Kappa Nu. For honor students in electrical engineering.

Lambda Pi Eta. For communication students.

Mortar Board. For seniors winning recognition for scholarship and campus leadership.

Omicron Delta Epsilon.  For honor students in economics.

Omicron Kappa Upsilon. For honor students in dentistry.

Order of Omega. For leaders who are members of fraternities and sororities, maintaining a GPA of 3.0.

Phi Alpha Delta.  For students in Pre-Law.

Phi Alpha Theta.  For honor students in History.

Phi Beta Kappa. For honor students in liberal arts and sciences.

Phi Kappa Phi. Scholarship honor society for the upper tenth of each graduating class who have distinguished themselves, and for outstanding graduate students, alumni and faculty.

Phi Sigma Tau. For students in Philosophy.

Pi Delta Phi. Theta Chi Chapter for honor students in French.

Pi Kappa Lambda. For music students.

Pi Sigma Alpha.  For honor students in Political Science.

Rho Chi.  For honor students in Pharmacy.

Sigma Delta Pi. For honor students in Spanish Language and Literature.

Sigma Gamma Epsilon. For honor students in Earth Sciences.

Sigma Pi Sigma.  For honor students in Physics.

Sigma Tau Delta. Phi Chi Chapter recognizes and encourages outstanding achievement in English language and literature.

Tau Beta Pi. Engineering Honor Society – all engineering majors.

Tau Kappa Omega. For honor students in dentistry.

Theta Alpha Phi. For students in theater arts.