Pete P. Peters Honors Program

The Pete P. Peters Honors Program is designed to challenge students with a research-based, integrated curriculum. Their efforts are rewarded through priority registration, transfer agreements through Honors Transfer Council of California at top universities, UCLA TAP (priority admission at UCLA), special honors classes, seminars, opportunity to present at honors research symposiums, field trips, and a scholarship of $1,200 upon successful completion of the program. Student take their choice of honors courses and participate in activities to prepare them for transfer to the best four-year institutions. Highly successful continuing Reedley College students working towards transferring and seeking additional opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement in high school.

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Upon successful completion of the honors program, students will have the knowledge and skills to conduct research-based, interdisciplinary research and then present this research.   Honors students will be able to analyze and utilize scholarly research materials that incorporate sufficient, credible, and relevant evidence in written and/or oral communication within the various academic disciplines.

Our mission statement is: "The Pete P. Peters Honors Program challenges and supports students in the Program to engage in scholarly achievement, independent investigation, and leadership roles. The Honors Program encourages its students and faculty to embrace diversity to enhance its sense of community and shared purpose."

Challenge and Reward Honors students Bay Area Symposium

  • $1,200 scholarship given upon successful completion of the honors program
  • Membership in UCLA TAP, which gives students priority admission status
  • Membership in Honors Transfer Council of California, which provides students opportunities for transfer at third-five universities, scholarships, and conference presentation at their annual research symposium
  • Priority registration
  • Small classes taught by dedicated, research-minded instructors
  • Choice of honors classes each semester
  • Special transfer counseling
  • Interdisciplinary research forum
  • Ability to present research at the Central Valley Honors Symposium

Honors at Graduation Certification

Successful Honors at Graduation Certificate applicants will be awarded a scholarship of $1,200, have the honors at graduation designation marked on their transcripts, and earn an Honors at Graduation Certificate.

In order to earn the Honors at Graduation Certificate, students must have:

  1. Maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
  2. Earned a grade of “C” or better in all Honors courses.
  3. Successfully completed at least 15 units of Honors designated courses, one of which must be Honors 1 AND an honors forum course (Honors 3A, Honors 3B, Honors 3C, or Honors 3D).
  4. Strictly adhered to the guidelines for academic honesty from the Reedley College catalog.
  5. Maintained active participation in the honors program and Reedley College, such as: regular participation in honors program activities; participation in student clubs; community service activities; employment on campus; and student government.
  6. Maintained a portfolio of capstone projects completed in honors coursework.
  7. Successfully presented the portfolio at an exit interview.
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Honors Curriculum

Fall Honors 2020 Class Choices Honors graduate

  • Honors 1 (Introduction to Research), 1 unit
  • English 1AH (Composition), 4 units
  • Art 6H (Art History), 3 units
  • English 3H (Critical Thinking), 3 units
  • Communication 1H (Public Speaking), 3 units
  • Honors 3C (Natural and Biological Sciences), a research-based class for students enrolled in: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy
  • Honors 3D (Social Sciences), a research-based class for students enrolled in history, political science, philosophy, psychology, or sociology courses, 2 units

Spring 2021 Honors Class Choices

  • Honors 1 (Introduction to Research), 1 unit
  • Philosophy 1CH (Ethics), 3 units
  • English 1BH (Literature), 3 units
  • Political Science 2H (American Government), 3 units
  • Communication 1H (Public Speaking), 3 units
  • Honors 3A (Applied Sciences), a research-based class for students enrolled in: Math, Engineering, Computer Science, Accounting, 2 units
  • Honors 3B (Humanities), a research-based class for students enrolled in: Literature, Music, Languages, Art, or Art History, 2 units
  • Music 12H (Music Appreciation), 3 units
  • Biology 10H (Introduction to Life Science), 3 units

Summer 2021 Honors Class Choices

  • English 1BH (Literature), 3 units
  • Honors 4 (International Cultural Exploration), 2 units
Tentative Dates: June 7-20, 2021. Excursions include Dublin; Derry City in Northern Ireland; Donegal; Yeats Country.  To apply, fill out a Study Abroad Application and submit to the honors coordinator. 

Eligibility Requirements:

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  • Applications are accepted from all students with:
    • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better (usually over 3.5)
    • An intent to transfer to a four-year university
  • For students applying as high school seniors, applications are accepted from those who have:
    • A rigorous course history
    • EITHER At least 500 on each section of the SAT, or an ACT of 26 or better
    • OR a letter of recommendation from an instructor

Admissions Procedures:

The priority application deadline is February 1 for fall entrance (and October 1 for spring entrance), and late applications are considered under certain circumstances.

Questions? Please contact Honors Coordinator Emily Berg at email or call (559) 638-0300, ext. 3150.


About Pete P. Peters

The youngest son of Armenian immigrants, Pete P. Peters, known as “Uncle Pete” to many, got his start running Fresno’s Valley Foundry and Machine Works.  During that time, the business manufactured wine grape crushers, but shifted to ship winches and valves during World War II.  Fresno Foundry later was sold to Amatek, where Mr. Peters continued his career as vice president.  He longed to attend college, but instead worked hard and gained a reputation as an honest businessman.

Success spurred Mr. Peters to form his own charitable foundation. The Pete P. Peters Foundation is guided by the words of Mr. Peter’s late father:  “Give back to the community.”  He believes that strong education and health care are integral components that make good communities great.