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College of Social Sciences
The Honors Program in the College of Social Sciences (COSS) provides students with
an opportunity to gain research experience, receive recognition as an honors scholar,
and receive one-on-one mentoring with faculty who are experts in their respective
The Honors Program includes two semesters of rigorous specialized course work beginning
in the Fall semester and culminating with the completion of an Honors Research Paper/Project
the following Spring semester. Courses must be taken in this sequence and students
will only be admitted for the Fall semester. Not all applicants will be selected into
this highly competitive program. Students who are accepted into the COSS Honors Program
will receive priority registration while they remain in the program. College of Social
Sciences Honors Scholars who successfully complete the program will earn an honors
medallion to commemorate their success and will be recognized in the College of Social
Sciences Convocation in May.Participation in the College of Social Sciences Honors Program does not preclude participation
in other honors programs at Fresno State.
*Students in the Honors Program will get priority registration*
In order to qualify for consideration for the College of Social Sciences Honors Program,
1. Have a cumulative and major GPA of 3.5 or higher
2. Have completed at least 75 units before beginning the program and have at least
one year of school left at Fresno State.
3. Be currently enrolled in, have already completed, or will enroll in a research methods
course in the Fall 2023 semester at Fresno State, preferably in your major, and earn
at least a B grade in this course. (Note: If you take the methods course in the Fall
2023 semester, a B is required to remain in the COSS Honors program in the Spring
2024 semester). Possible research methods courses include, but are not limited to:
If you are interested and you meet all of the above requirements, we encourage you
to apply for the College of Social Sciences Honors Program by March 1, 2023 by 5:00 pm PDT.
Apply by fillng out Google Form here and attached required documents:
Deadline: Please complete the application here by March 1, 2023 by 5 pm.
You will be notified via email if you are admitted into the COSS Honors Program. Please
remember this is a two course sequence (Fall 2023 and Spring 2024). Students must
register for the 3-unit course Fall 2023 course - SSCI101H, “Social Science Honors
I.” This course features research talks by Social Science faculty and student development
of a research proposal. Permission numbers for this course will be distributed during
the summer after verification of a 3.5 GPA after completion of the Spring 2023 semester.
To complete the program, students will be required to enroll in a second 3-unit "Social
Science Honors Symposium" course in Spring 2024 (course number including days/times
are not yet finalized). All students enrolled in this course will be expected to produce
a research paper to be delivered at an appropriate academic conference and/or at the
Social Science Honors Research Symposium on campus at the culmination of the Spring
*One-year program requirements for successful completion*
Once Admitted into the College of Social Sciences Honors Program, you must register
for a 3-unit course, SSCI 101H: "Social Science Honors Research Series." This "Research Series" will feature social science faculty who will share their insights
and experiences in research in a broad range of social sciences. You will also begin
design of your own research projects, identify a faculty research mentor , discuss
your research with your peers, and complete a research proposal.
Students who earned an A grade in SSCI 101H and have maintained a 3.5 overall and
major GPA or better will be able to take the second 3-unit course of the Social Science
Honors Program SSCI 102H: "Social Science Honors II" in the spring semester. All students enrolled in this course will be expected to
produce an Honors research paper/thesis to deliver at an appropriate academic conference
and/or at a Social Science Honors Research Symposium at the culmination of the Spring
semester in which you are enrolled in the course.
If you have further questions, please e-mail Dr. Annabella Espana-Najera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For More Information:
Please Contact:Office of the DeanCollege of Social Sciences 559.278.3013SS108