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HAVC Department Honors

Honors in the Senior Comprehensive Requirement

All seniors must complete one seminar, 190–191, as their “senior exit” course to satisfy the senior comprehensive requirement. Seminars can be taken for senior exit credit only by permission of the instructor. Within the context of this advanced seminar, students will work under the close supervision of their professor to produce a written project that demonstrates a high level of achievement in research, writing, and critical thinking. Students whose performance is outstanding are eligible for honors in the senior comprehensive.

Honors in the Major

At graduation, the department sponsoring a student’s major program may confer Honors or Highest Honors in the major. This notation appears on the transcript as well as on the diploma. In general, no more than 15 percent of the graduating class in a major will be awarded Honors.

  • Highest Honors is a GPA of 3.9 and above in all HAVC courses
  • Honors is 3.7 and above in all HAVC courses


Deans' and Chancellor's Awards

The Deans and Chancellor wish to encourage and stimulate outstanding scholarship and creativity among undergraduate students, based on work developed in courses or programs in the normal pattern of each academic year at UCSC. 

The application usually opens in February; the deadline for completed applications is usually in late March/early April (see for current application information and deadlines).

Deans’ Undergraduate Awards

Fifty undergraduate projects, 10 from each of the academic divisions, will receive a Dean’s Award of $100 for outstanding achievement in their division.

Chancellor’s Undergraduate Awards

Fifteen Chancellor’s Awardees, three from each division, will be selected from the Deans' Award recipients to receive the Chancellor’s Award of an additional $500. Examples of research papers from HAVC students that have received the Dean's or Chancellor's Awards:

Howe 2017

Wander 2012

Lentz 2010

Polzak 2007

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For more information on other UCSC Honors Programs, see: