Jun 09, 2023  
University Catalog 2011-2014 (PRINTED) 
University Catalog 2011-2014 (PRINTED) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Recognition of Academic Excellence


Cal State L.A. recognizes superior academic achievement by conferring honors upon students with outstanding records at an annual spring Honors Convocation and at the annual Commencement Exercises in June.

Recognition is accorded at the annual Honors Convocation to undergraduate students placed on the Dean’s List, those who were awarded Honors at Entrance and members of the General Education Honors Program,. Students receiving Special Recognition in Graduate Studies are also honored. Also recognized at the Honors Convocation are recipients of academic scholarship awards and juniors and seniors elected to membership in national honor societies. The requirements for Honors at Entrance, Dean’s List, and Certificate of Honor and Special Recognition in Graduate Studies awards are as follows:

Honors at Entrance

First-time freshmen who enter with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on their high school record.

Dean’s List

Undergraduate students who earn a 3.4 grade point average or higher for a quarter in which they complete 12 or more units of traditionally graded course work and who rank in the upper five percent of students in academic achievement within their college. The preceding eligibility criteria also apply to graduate students seeking a second or subsequent baccalaureate. Students will not be added retroactively to the Dean’s List on the basis of completion of work in which the original grade was IC (Incomplete).

Graduation with Honors

Baccalaureate graduates of Cal State L.A. who maintain an outstanding scholarship record while earning the degree receive special recognition upon graduation. Ten percent of the graduates in each college will receive honors: the top 1% will receive summa cum laude, the next 4% will receive magna cum laude, and the next 5% will receive cum laude. These percentages will be calculated only once for each academic year. The academic year is defined as summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters. At the beginning of each summer quarter, grade point average requirements for graduation with honors will be set by the Registrar’s office. These averages will be determined for each college by applying existing policy to students who have graduated during the past three years.* During the following four quarters (summer, fall, winter, spring) all students attaining these minimum grade point averages will be awarded the corresponding honors at graduation independent of how many students received such honors. Special majors will be included in the competition pool for honors at graduation computation in the college in which they have earned the most units toward their special major. Rehabilitation services majors in the Charter College of Education will be included in the College of Health and Human Services for competition for honors at graduation. Students pursuing an advanced degree or a teaching credential are not eligible for such honors.

*Detailed method: The Registrar will look at grade point averages for every student who graduated in a particular college during the past three years. The percentage cutoffs in the current policy (i.e., 1% for summa cum laude, 4% for magna cum laude and 5% for cum laude) will be applied to this combined group to determine grade point average cutoffs for each school.

Departmental Honors Programs

Further recognition of academic excellence is accorded through Cal State L.A.’s departmental honors programs, offered presently in anthropology, biology, chemistry, child development, and physics. Students who maintain a superior grade point average and have faculty recommendation are permitted to enroll in an honors program in their elected major. Considerable freedom is provided students and their advisers in designing enriched programs of study. This may include deviation from traditional course patterns to permit additional work in subjects related to the major, more intensive study in subject areas of special interest, and participation in special colloquia, independent study, individual research, and honors theses.

Students who complete these honors programs receive citations of departmental honors on their transcripts and diplomas.

National Honor Societies

Chapters of more than twenty national honor societies have been chartered at Cal State L.A. to accord recognition to students who demonstrate superior scholarship and leadership in academic areas. A specific minimum grade point average, ranging from 3.0 to 3.85, is required for initiation into each of these honor societies.

National Honor Society
Alpha Kappa Delta, Iota Chapter   Sociology
Alpha Tau Delta, Phi Chapter   Nursing
Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Lambda Chapter   Accounting
Beta Beta Beta, Epsilon Theta Chapter   Biological Sciences
Beta Gamma Sigma, Eta Chapter   Business
Chi Epsilon, Cal State L.A. Chapter   Civil Engineering
Delta Pi Epsilon, Beta Pi Chapter   Business Education
Epsilon Pi Tau, Alpha Psi Chapter   Technology
Eta Kappa Nu, Epsilon Nu Chapter   Electrical Engineering
Golden Key, Cal State L.A. Chapter   all academic disciplines
Kappa Delta Pi, Iota Phi Chapter   Education
Kappa Pi, Gamma Tau Chapter   Art
Omicron Delta Epsilon, Eta of California Chapter   Economics
Phi Alpha Theta, Eta Xi Chapter   History
Phi Beta Delta, Zeta Chapter   International scholars
Phi Delta Kappa, Campus Chapter No. 121   Education
Phi Kappa Phi, Cal State L.A. Chapter   all academic disciplines
Pi Delta Phi, Epsilon Nu Chapter   French
Pi Lambda Theta, Alpha Psi Chapter   Education
Pi Sigma Alpha, Gamma Omega Chapter   Political Science
Pi Tau Sigma, Sigma Kappa Chapter   Mechanical Engineering
Psi Chi, Cal State L.A. Chapter   Psychology
Sigma Delta Pi, Gamma Psi Chapter   Spanish
Sigma Theta Tau   Nursing
Tau Beta Pi, California Iota Chapter   Engineering

Career Placement Information

The campus may furnish, upon request, information about the employment of students who graduate from programs or courses of study preparing students for a particular career field. Any such data provided must be in a form that does not allow for the identification of any individual student. This information includes data concerning the average starting salary and the percentage of previously enrolled students who obtained employment. The information may include data collected from either graduates of the campus or graduates of all campuses in the California State University system. Copies of the published information are available in the Cal State L.A. Office of University Admissions, Student Affairs 101.