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as a freshman, Jonathan Dotan knew he wanted more of a
challenge than the typical lower-division courses had to offer.
He found it in Honors Programs, where he was able to design his
own major in information policy, take graduate-level coursework
and find a mentor to set him on an advanced academic path.
classes "breathe oxygen into topics and allow you to make tremendous
relationships with top professors," he says, adding that the
experience is further enhanced by access to classes where he can
study cutting-edge issues alongside M.B.A., information science
and law students.
now a senior, recently was in Bosnia studying criminal justice.
This fieldwork, which was funded by an Irving and Jean Stone Honors
Research Stipend and a UCLA Ricardi Research Fellowship, "has
really put me ahead in terms of life experience and career options,"
there are several student-research programs carrying honors credit
that are open to all undergrads, College Honors students can also
get honors credits for enriched experiences, such as work on the
Catalina Island Marine Biology project or internship and study at
the Center for American Politics and Public Policy in Washington,
Collegium is not all about advanced studies, however. Courses in
the program often will satisfy general education and breadth requirements.
Carter, for instance, found that as a non-science major he would
not have been able to take a class on radiation oncology. But through
the Collegium he was able to take such a course, geared toward the
lower division, that satisfied a science requirement.
interdisciplinary approach also attracts students from a broad academic
spectrum. For instance, Kligman's mostly third- and fifth-year students
are majoring in life sciences, art history, Spanish, communication
strategies, history and political science.
many students, the program is an impetus to work to their full potential,
even at times when they might prefer to cut back.
program keeps me on top of things," says Adriana Palomares,
an English literature major. "Knowing that my Honors classes
require more of my time keeps me from procrastinating." And
being around other high-achieving students is a great motivator.
"I do not want to be the only one behind in class discussions,"