Pete P. Peters Honors Program

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The Pete P. Peters Honors Program is designed to challenge students with a research-based, integrated curriculum. Students’ 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 opportunity of $1,000 upon successful completion of the program requirements, contingent upon future funding. Students take their choice of honors courses and participate in activities to prepare them for transfer to the best universities. Highly successful continuing Reedley College students working towards transferring and seeking additional opportunities are strongly encouraged to enroll in Honors courses, as well as students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement in high school.


Student presenting research

Upon successful completion of the honors program, students will have the knowledge and skills to conduct 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

  • $1,000 scholarship opportunity given upon successful completion of the honors program, contingent upon future funding
  • Membership in UCLA TAP, which gives students priority admission status
  • Membership in Honors Transfer Council of California, which provides students opportunities for transfer to over thirty-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 Completion Certification

Successful Honors Completion Certificate applicants will have an opportunity to apply for a $1,000 (contingent upon future funding), have the honors at graduation designation marked on their transcripts, and earn an Honors Completion Certificate.

In order to earn the Honors Completion 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 completed portfolio at an exit interview.
Students presenting research

Honors Curriculum

Fall Honors 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 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 Honors Class Choices, A study abroad experience in Ireland! 

  • Honors 4 (International Cultural Exploration), 2 units
  • English 1BH (Literature), 3 units

*For more information about this district summer study abroad opportunity, contact Coordinator of International Education Dr. Margaret Hiebert at or (559) 243-7265.

Eligibility Requirements:

Honors Students GraduatingApplications 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

Admissions Procedures:

Currently, we are allowing interested students who meet the eligibility requirements above the opportunity to openly enroll into Honors courses on Web Advisor. It is advised to begin with Honors 1 and one additional Honors course. To virtually meet with an Honors counselor, please sign up for a 30-minute appointment on the following link Honors Program.

The application deadline for priority admission is February 1 for fall entrance and October 1 for spring entrance. Late applications may be considered under certain circumstances.

Questions? Please contact honors coordinator Deanna Garabedian and honors counselor Ms. Ellyce Parento-Garcia

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.