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Honors Program

Sierra College's Honors program offers a more academically enhanced classroom experience for students motivated to push their academic limits. We offer two types of Honors programs: Honors courses and the Honor Society.

For more information, please read the Honors brochure.

Honors Courses

Degree-applicable courses (with the exception of Developmental Education courses) offered at Sierra College may, with the instructor’s permission, be taken for Honors credit. Students who are interested in a more challenging classroom experience may contract with a willing instructor for Honors credit.

Completion by a student of the Honors contract with an earned course grade of A or B will result in a notation on the student’s transcript indicating that the course was "Completed with Honors."

The following documents provide important information on how to complete the contract and understand the Honors Course Contract:

Bring the following forms with you when you meet your instructor:

The following are sample completed Honors Contracts:


Sierra College Honor Society

Sierra College students who have completed 12 units of transferable course credit at Sierra College with a minimum 3.5 GPA are eligible to join the college’s Beta Mu Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for two-year colleges.

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students.

Phi Theta Kappa provides:

  • Opportunities for the development of leadership and service
  • Engagement with a lively fellowship of scholars
  • Eligibility to apply for $37 million in Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Eligible students receive an invitation to join Phi Theta Kappa via email and/or postal mail during the first month of the fall and spring semesters. For additional information e-mail Rachel Purdie,

Read article on the National Phi Theta Kappa website

Honors Society Meetings and News

Sierra College Honor Society members are encouraged to attend the meetings as often as possible. Please visit their Facebook page.

President’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List

Full-time students earning a grade point average of 3.5 or better are included on the President’s Honor Roll each semester. Those students who earn a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.499 are placed on the Dean’s List.

To qualify for the President’s Honor Roll or the Dean’s List, students must complete 12 or more units of graded work (A, B, C, D, or F) at Sierra College. Credit by Examination and courses taken for Credit/No Credit do not apply.

Contact Admissions and Records or Counseling for more information.

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