Information for Humanities Honors Families

Welcome Families of SJSU Humanities Honors students!

The Humanities Honors general education program enhances the value of a San José State University degree by providing innovative, inclusive, and challenging interdisciplinary education through team-taught courses. Humanities Honors offers motivated students an opportunity to engage in a challenging, innovative, and stimulating learning and community-building experience.

Students who participate in the program are a curious and diverse group of students. Humanities Honors students receive individualized attention from dedicated professors, a cohort experience, and extracurricular activities. One-on-one interaction with faculty members and fellow honors students promotes community building in and out of the classroom.

The Humanities Honors program includes two course sequences, a lower-division program (for first- and second-year students) that can be completed in one year or two, and a one-year upper-division program (for transfers or students who have achieved junior status).

Humanities Honors welcomes all students to the program who desire to develop a broader understanding of the world. Humanities Honors allows students to decide if they want to be an honors student not based on their high school academic performance but rather on their university-level work. The courses are open to all interested students, but are especially designed for students entering with some AP credit, as they target the GE requirements in Areas A and C least likely to be covered by AP exams.

Humanities Honors students can receive many benefits, including:

  • Priority registration for courses
  • A communal learning experience including field trips and cohort events
  • A stimulating interdisciplinary curriculum with a global orientation
  • Instruction from faculty who are experts in their fields
  • Honors recognition on their diplomas (expected 2025)