BY GUADALUPE GONZALEZ
The honors program has been developed to provide highly motivated students an encouraging learning environment.
It consists of a series of courses specifically designed to prepare students for the transition to a four- year university or college.
The program at East Los Angeles College is recognized by UCLA, UC Riverside, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, Whitman College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, Mills College, Loyola Marymount University, and Occidental College.
The program offers priority consideration for admission when transferring to honors affiliated universities and colleges.
They also offer certificate awards upon completion of five honors courses with a 3.0 GPA, unique scholarship opportunities and UCLA library card privileges.
Campus visitations and tickets to various events in Southern California are also included.
Class sizes are smaller in comparison to normal class sizes, containing between 25 to 30 students.
The courses offered in the honors program are: Anthropology, Art History, Astronomy, Biology, Chicano Studies, Earth Science, English, Geography, Humanities, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Theatre Arts.
Students are given a year to either choose to complete the full honors program of five courses, or sample a limited number of courses.
The requirements for completing this program is enrollment to six or more units per semester and completion of five honors courses, with a 3.0 GPA average or higher.
The program is open to both full-time and part-time students who are taking a minimum of six units.
Eligible ELAC students can register for the honors program, even if they aren’t planning to go to a UC or private University.
The eligibility requirements for those entering as a freshman is a 3.0 GPA in high school and English 101 placement.
Continuing students must have a completion of 12 transferable college units with a 3.0 GPA and completion of English 101.
Students are urged to take this opportunity offered on campus to sharpen their academic skills.
They can discover innovative ways to analyze, evaluate subject matter and to participate in research conferences, field trips and cultural events.