History / social science honors-level courses
Course criteria & guidance
Beginning with the 2015-16 submission period, the following course criteria is effective for honors-level courses seeking approval in the history / social science ("a") subject area:
Honors-level history / social science courses typically consist of courses in U.S. government, U.S. history, European history, world history, world cultures and geography. Such courses are expected to provide both breadth and depth of exploration in the subject area and develop writing, research and analytical skills. The courses must offer content and/or experience that are demonstrably more challenging than what is offered through a regular college-preparatory course in the same field. Factors considered for these honors courses include, but are not limited to, the assignment and evaluation of one long or numerous short, challenging, and properly annotated research papers, and a comprehensive final examination. The use of college-level textbooks is encouraged. Regular college-preparatory courses in the subject area must be offered, as well.
UC-approved honors history / social science courses must also meet the general “a-g” honors-level course criteria.
Samples of honors-level courses approved in the “a” subject area are available for reference as you prepare your own course for UC approval.