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Honors Program in Collaborative Leadership

Fostering academic leaders within our college

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About the Honors Scholars Program

The mission of the Honors Program is to provide scholarly, creative and motivated upper-division students in the College of Health and Human Services an enhanced educational experience through advanced study and interdisciplinary engagement with their peers.

Program Goals

The two-semester program is designed to help students develop leadership skills in collaborative team building, and to also enable them to understand the contributions that each health and human service professional contributes, in regards to the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Student Project

Honors Scholars apply their learning in culmination projects of interdisciplinary assessment and evaluation that address the needs of the Central Valley.

The hope is to instill and philosophy of service that encompasses inclusion, respect and equity.

Honors Scholars 2014-15

Who is eligible to become an Honors Scholar?

Enrollment in the program is highly competitive and open to students from each academic unit within the college. Each student is a leader in their chosen discipline, as recognized by their professors and peers. Students are invited into the program by faculty in his/her department and must meet the following Honors Program admissions requirements:

  • Undergraduate major in a CHHS department: Communicative Sciences and Deaf Studies, Kinesiology, Nursing, Public Health, Recreation Administration or Social Work Education
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 
  • Completed at least one semester at Fresno State
  • Junior or senior standing (completion of 60 units as of fall 2020) 
  • Willingness to commit to HHS 114S in Fall 2020 (3 units) semester and HHS 115 during Spring 2021 (3 units) semester 
  • A maximum 1,000-word typed personal statement of purpose explaining why you wish to participate in the honors program. Include a description of why you chose your area of study. Also include a description of demonstrated community and/or University involvement. In addition, describe your professional goals and how you believe learning skills in collaborative leadership will contribute to success. 
  • A letter of recommendation/nomination from a Fresno State faculty or staff member who can speak to your ability to successfully complete the honors program. 

The Honors Scholars Program Application is currently open and applications will be accepted through March 2, 2020. APPLY HERE. 

Please turn in application to Dr. Mitzi Lowe at the CHHS Office of the Dean in McLane Hall, Room 178, before 12 p.m. on March 2.


Honors Seminar (HHS114) - Fall

Collaborative Leadership in Health and Human Services - 3 units

  • Introduce fields of study - guest speakers from individual disciplines
  • Learn methodologies
  • Identify faculty mentor
  • Develop collaborative needs assessment plan in consultation with faculty mentor


Honors Seminar (HHS 115) - Spring

Applied Collaborative Leadership in Health and Human Services - 3 units

  • Implement group projects in consultation with mentor
  • Meet three times during the semester
  • Present project at symposium