The Honors Program is open to all who are interested. Although students may apply to the program at any time, the first course of the program is offered in Winter so that faculty can recruit potential students during Fall Quarter.
In the Peninsula College Honors Program, we believe students are the best judge of their achievements and self-assessment is used to evaluate performance throughout. In Winter quarter honors students learn about how knowledge is pursued in different academic fields and engage in seminar discussions of thematic readings on important ideas. The goal is for students to develop the capability to explore ideas from multiple perspectives, and thus deepen their academic experience.
The first year ends with a projects course. Here, students are introduced to the variety of past honors projects and work with an instructor to identify their own interests. Through these project introductions, students develop an independent project proposal and seek out a faculty project mentor. At the end of the quarter, a committee of honors faculty approve the project proposals.
In the second year of study, students continue the process of self-assessment and interdisciplinary understanding while making progress on their projects through a fall and winter seminar series. Students share developments in their work with classmates; classmates provide useful commentary using an integrative approach to knowledge. In spring quarter students complete all phases of their research projects, including the final project product, a public presentation of key features of the project, and a video where they explain its significance to themselves. Through this sustained two-year effort, students will graduate with an enriched academic experience and be able to demonstrate their capabilities with their projects.