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Honors Program

The California Baptist University Honors Program offers students an excellent academic experience. In a series of six special seminars spread throughout their CBU career, Honors Program students encounter the seminal, powerful ideas and perspectives that shape our culture and our world. These seminars, emphasizing a close reading and thorough discussion of classic tests, are interdisciplinary in character and integrative and holistic in vision - all designed to assist students in developing an intellectually informed Christian worldview.

Admission to the Honors Program is restricted to students with GPAs of at least 3.5 and SAT scores of at least 1800 or ACT scores of a least 27 - requires a separate application after having been admitted to CBU. Satisfactory completion of the Honors Program requires (for four-year students) completion of 6 Honors Program seminars while maintaining an overall academic GPA of at least 3.5. Transfer students coming to CBU with 60 or more semester units of college credit need only to complete 5 Honors Program seminars, with at least a 3.5 overall GPA.

Students who satisfactorily complete the Honors Prgram are entitled to claim this distinction on their resumes. Their achievement will be recorded on their offical CBU transcript and dipolma, and will be acknowledged in the Commencement program and ceremony.

Learn more by reading the CBU Honors Program brochure.


A student should seek admission to the CBU Honors Program during either semester of the Freshman or first semester of the Sophomore year by filing an application with the dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Admission to the Program requires an application separate from regular CBU admission.

The Honors Program admission committee will review the student’s overall academic record for predictors of success in this intensive seminar series. The applicant will also provide a writing sample through an admissions essay.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are the requirements for admission to the Honors Program?
A. The committee will approve students who (1) write a strong essay and (2) have either an SAT I score of 1800 or higher (or ACT of 27 or higher); and an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher. The committee will consider a student who has a test score above 1700 or GPA above 3.2, and may ask for a personal interview before making a final decision in such cases.

Q. Are there additional tuition costs or fees involved in Honors?
A. No. There is no fee to apply for admission into the Program, nor are there any tuition fees for the seminars themselves beyond the usual cost associated with a 3-unit undergraduate course at CBU.

Q. Do I have to pursue a major in any particular degree program to do Honors at CBU?
A. No. A student can pursue the requirements for a degree in any major field of study offered at CBU while completing the Honors Program. The Honors seminars are in addition to, and do not replace, your major coursework requirements.

Q. Do the Honors seminar courses count towards completing my degree program?
A. Yes. All Honors Program seminars count towards the 124 total semester units required to graduate, and may also count towards fulfillment of specially selected general education requirements. In a few degree majors (currently including English, History, Philosophy, and Political Science), the senior year Honors seminars will count towards completion of the student’s capstone course requirement.

Q. Are these Honors Program seminars open to everyone?
A. Any student with the requisite SAT/ACT or GPA can apply for, and may be admitted to, the CBU Honors Program. But this Program is not for everyone. You will succeed in and benefit from Honors if you can demonstrate that you are self-motivated, hard working, and truly desirous of learning in an intensive program environment.



Of the eight (8) seminars offered during a cycle, Honors Program students are required to enroll in and successfully complete:

  • Any two (2) of the initial four (4) Freshman and Sophomore seminars
  • All four (4) of the Junior and Senior years' seminars

Students are welcome, but not required to complete additional seminars.

Enrollment in these seminars is limited to students admitted into the Honors Program. Classroom numbers are purposefully restricted, so individual attention is provided all students.

Honors Program students complete rigorous study sessions, requiring diligence in reading primary sources and writing original essays.