An alternative to a regularly scheduled Honors course as a way to earn honors units, a 299H course is a half-unit honors course that starts with a signed agreement between an Honors Program student and an instructor in a non-honors course, outlining an independent program of study designed by the student and instructor. The 299H course is completed concurrently with a non-Honors course. As in all Honors courses, students explore a specific topic in greater depth and/or breadth, including a 2,500-word research paper. Upon completion and approval of the project, the student earns honors credit toward completion of the Honors Program.
To complete the Honors Program, students must complete at least 16 honors units. Honors courses earn an additional unit beyond the non-honors course, and for the purposes of the Honors Program, the units of honors credit through 299H courses will be counted the same way, e.g., a three-unit non-honors course plus a half-unit 299H will count as four units of honors credit toward the required 16 honors units.
Any UC-transferable Cerro Coso course of three or more units is eligible. However, for Ridgecrest / IWV students, requests will not be approved for classes regularly offered as honors classes, except in extenuating circumstances. Please refer to the long-term honors schedule and plan accordingly.
First find an instructor willing to work with you. The instructor will submit a completed 299H Request application. Successful applications will describe a project of sufficient rigor, give detailed plans to complete the project, and list scheduled class meeting dates for the semester.
299H requests should be submitted during the first month of the fall or spring semester and the first two weeks during the summer session. There is a required 30-day lag time between the time of the request and when the 299H course can begin, so plan accordingly.
Because of the amount of work required, students are limited to two 299H courses per fall or spring semester and one during summer session. Honors Program students at IWV are limited to a maximum of one 299H course. The remaining honors units must be completed through honors courses.
Students must complete all tasks outlined on the approved request, receive the mentoring instructor's approval for completion, and forward the final project and signed completion form to the Honors Program coordinator.
The forms linked below, can be returned to the Honors Coordinator, Dr. Christine Swiridoff.
299H Request Form