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smaller classes and greater access to top faculty, UCLA's Honors
Programs is for many students a deciding factor in their choice
to become Bruins.
Roberta G. Wax
Illustration by Laurie Rosenwald
seven students sitting around a long table in a narrow classroom
are absolutely focused as they listen to a guest speaker
share her research into surrogate parenthood, turning each of her
words over in their minds, digesting the insights she is offering
she is through, hands shoot up and the questions come flying.
race an issue for surrogates?" one student asks. "Do they
ask about the sexual orientation of prospective parents?" asks
another. "What is the father's social role in surrogacy?"
Professor Gail Kligman also is listening attentively, though her
focus is on the students and their emerging insights. She smiles
as the exchange seesaws back and forth.
isn't very often you get to talk about these ideas in a small setting,"
for undergraduates in UCLA's Honors Programs, such classes as Kligman's
"Theories of Exchange: Social Life of Gifts and Commodities"
collegium are valuable forums for stimulating free-flowing interactions.
4,000 undergraduates are enrolled in Honors Programs, which includes
the College Honors, Departmental Scholars and individual major programs.
Through Honors, students can participate in research projects, find
a mentor and get guidance in applying for major national scholarships
and fellowships, including the British Marshall and Rhodes scholarships.
There are also several College-based scholarships that benefit students
in Honors Programs.