Challenge Yourself and Grow

The Honors Program at Moreno Valley College is a learning community that encourages students to expand personal and academic horizons. Join the Honors Program to foster friendships and encourage curiosity as you strive toward academic excellence.

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Why join the Honors Program?

The Honors Program will support you, challenge you, and help you grow. In return for participation in your classes and community, Honors students receive:

  • Priority registration, which allows Honors students to register for any MVC classes before regular registration opens
  • Scholarship workshops
  • One-on-one student-faculty mentoring
  • Small class sizes
  • Specialized academic and career counseling
  • Field trips to local transfer colleges
  • Access to the MVC Honors Center in Humanities 205B, a dedicated study and collaboration space

  • Opportunities to do original research
  • Opportunities to attend and present at local and statewide conferences
  • Opportunity to take contract courses. Work one-on-one with Honors faculty to complete a research project in a non-Honors course to earn program credit.
  • Upon program completion, students can take advantage of transfer agreements with over 30 colleges and universities. Transfer agreements offer special admissions consideration, honors-to-honors transfer, research opportunities, housing priority, scholarship priority and more.

How do I join?

Students must apply to join the Honors program. Honors program applications are accepted year round for both current RCCD students as well as first-time college students. Requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.0 or membership on the Dean's List in any term.

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Honors Classes

Honors classes use innovative teaching strategies to challenge students to discover creative or original solutions and conclusions. Honors students have two options when it comes to planning their course schedules: stand-alone classes and contract courses.

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Benefits of Honors Classes

  • Stand-alone Honors classes are limited to 20 students for greater emphasis on critical thinking and active participation.
  • Honors contract courses allow students to take non-Honors classes while earning Honors program credit by completing tougher assignments designed by their instructor.
  • Honors students read more primary texts and not simply textbook material.
  • Honors classes develop your writing and critical thinking skills. Expect at least 20 pages of formal, graded written work to prepare you for the demands of university-level assignments.

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Stand-alone Course Schedule

Spring 2024

  • Music 19H: The Anatomy of a Classical Music Masterpiece
  • Political Science 1H: Interrogating the Myths of American Politics
  • Psychology 1H: When the Brain Attacks: How the Atypical Sheds Light on the Typical

Fall 2024

  • Anthroplogy 1H: Disease, Death, and Destruction in Medieval London, Ancient Egypt, and Today
  • Communications Studies 9H: Fear is the Mind Killer: How Communication Competency Inspires Confidence
  • Psychology 35H: The Changing Mindscapes of Psychopathology: Understanding Mental Health Through Time

Meet with Honors Faculty

Your Honors instructors are available each week for mentoring and help with assignments in the Honors Center. Stop by the Humanities Building, Room 205B for assistance.
  • 9 – 9:30 am, Professor Nick Sinigaglia
  • 11 am – 1 pm, Professor Nick Sinigaglia
  • 1 – 3 pm, Professor Tomas Ocampo
  • 8:30 – 9:30 am, Professor Ann Pfeifle
  • 10 – 11 am, Dr. Lauren "Ally" Johnson
  • 11 am – 12:30 pm, Dr. James Bany
  • 9 – 9:30 am, Professor Nick Sinigaglia
  • 10 – 11 am, Professor Kanya GoddeChrisco
  • 11 am – 12:45 pm, Professor Jennifer Floerke
  • 8:30 – 9:30 am, Professor Ann Pfeifle
  • 10 – 11 am, Dr. Joanna Werner-Fraczek
  • 11 am – Noon, Dr. Chris Rocco
  • 12:30 – 3:30 pm, Professor Silvia Trejo-Gonzalez (Honors Counselor Drop-In Hours)

Contact Us

Contact the Honors Program or stop by the Honors Center. Plus, Honors students can drop in during faculty hours to meet with their instructors.

Coordinator: James Bany, Ph.D.

Email the Honors Program
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    (951) 571-6948
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    Humanities Building, Room 205B
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