Year 3 Curriculum

UHP Year 3 Curriculum

By their third year at UC Davis, most students will be diving into the upper division coursework of their major. The honors program is designed to enhance students’ experiences, provide them with additional opportunities, and give them the flexibility to choose the experience that will fit their needs and interests.

UHP students may complete any of the UHP Year 3 requirements before thir 3rd year at UC Davis Davis. Many students choose to begin research or undertake a service project in their first and second years, and some study abroad as early as their first year. So long as UHP students complete all three requirements prior to the end of their UHP Year 3, they are eligible to continue in the program and receive Transcript Notation for that academic year.

During UHP Year 3, students are required to:

Note that successful completion of the Project Management Course (PMC) meets both the Service and Project Requirements. UHP is offering two new PMC opportunities in Winter-Spring 2018.

Carolyn Thomas, UHP Transfer Seminar Instructor

Carolyn Thomas

Carolyn Thomas is Professor of American Studies and Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education at the UC Davis.  She works across our campus's colleges and divisions and directly with students, including as instructor for the UHP Transfer Seminar Understanding the Research University.

Research Preparation Course

Continuing Students: Research Preparation and Communication Course

For their first introduction to research at UC Davis, UHP students take part in an interactive course that is focused on the practice of research in their area of interest. Students learn how to craft research proposals, approach faculty, and the opportunities and limitations that accompany undergraduate research.

As with all of these opportunities, students can undertake the Research Prep Course at any time in their first three years at UC Davis.

Two versions of the course will be offered during FALL QUARTER:  one for arts, humanities, and social sciences students and one for science and engineering students. The course will help you identify an appropriate research question you may wish to pursue for your capstone project, and to find a mentor for that question.

Transfer Students: Fall Quarter Transfer Seminar

The UHP curriculum for transfer students is designed to introduce students to UC Davis resources and opportunities, while giving them the flexibility to pursue their academic and career interests. The first year that Transfer students spend at Davis they participate in an introductory seminar in their first quarter, Understanding the Research University

The Service Requirement

During their UHP Year 3 students should complete 20 hours of community or campus service. Many UHP students are already doing service work which can fulfil the service requirement. For students in need suggestions for service work, UHP staff announce opportunities and hold service workshops throughout the year.

To get UHP credit for the service requirement, students must submit the following to the UHP Office by the last day of instruction of the quarter in which the service is completed:

  • Submit a written statement from a supervisor certifying work completion and the number of hours committed to the service or internship and
  • Submit a 1200-word reflection essay evaluating your experience. This should include an assessment of the experience appraising its value to your academic and/or career goals as an honors student. 

Students may also take the Project Management Course to fulfil the service requirement.

The Project Requirement

Honors Contract

The Honors Contract allows students to create an independent project to augment an Upper Division Course that they are currently taking or have successfully completed. The goal of the Honors Contract is to enrich the student's academic experience by allowing students to design a custom course of study under the mentorship of a faculty member.

The Honors Contract is customized to the selected Upper Division Course, and can take the form of a short research project, a literary review, a survey study, a work of art, or any project that builds on the course’s subject area and involves independent initiative. 

Individually Designed Project (IDP)

Students involved in research or who have an idea for an intensive creative project may design their own project. To qualify for an IDP, students must submit a proposal for their individually designed project to the UHP office before the last day of instruction of the quarter before the project will take place. At the end of the quarter students must supply a written statement from a supervisor certifying work completion and the number of hours committed to the project. Additionally, satisfy the UHP Project requirement, students must complete the Honors Contract Survey, which will be sent to them at the completion of their IDP project.

Study Abroad or UCDC Program

Many UHP students choose to study abroad, or travel to Washington D.C. to intern in our nation’s capital through the Washington Program. Completing one of these programs that is one quarter or longer can fulfil the Project Requirement.

To get UHP credit for the service requirement, students must submit the following to the UHP Office by the last day of instruction of the quarter in which the Study Abroad or UCDC program is is completed:

  • Submit a written statement from a supervisor certifying work completion and the number of hours committed to the service or internship and
  • Submit a 1200-word reflection essay evaluating your experience. This should include an assessment of the experience appraising its value to your academic and/or career goals as an honors student.

Students may also take the Project Management Course to fulfil the project requirement.

The Project Management Course

Successful Completion of the Project Management Course (PMC) meets both the Service and Project Requirements.

Students in the Project Management Course work in small teams of 4-5 on a chosen topic, much like a consulting group. With each project, students are given a direct “charge” detailing the expectations of the sponsors, who are often representatives of community organizations, local businesses, and UC Davis administration. UHP students tackle the charge through research and community outreach, and present their findings to their sponsors and distinguished campus guests at the Honors Convocation. Each group then submits a formal project proposal to their sponsor and to the UHP office.

Sample past projects include

  • The Public University and the Social Good: Student Perspectives
  • Teach for America- High School Outreach Project
  • UC Davis Undergraduate Classroom (assessment software analysis)
  • Marketing Campaign Project for UC Davis Online Student Services Portal
  • UC Davis Student Leader Alliance
  • Observation Network Project
  • Feasibility Study For Creating an Art-Science Fusion Major at UC Davis
  • Consumer Websites And Mobile Applications: A Study Of Virality
  • UC Davis Smoke Free Campus Initiative
  • City of Davis- Be Seen Bike Campaign

UHP is Excited to Offer 2 New PMC Opportunities in 2018

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Offered in Winter and Spring 2018, this two-quarter commitment gives UHP students from across disciplines the opportunity to compete on teams to develop new and innovative fashion materials and present at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

View the course flyer, check out the BioDesign Challenge website, and fill out the application. Note that this course counts as both Year 3 Project and Service requirements for Year 3 students. For Year 2 students, this course will fulfill two Year 2 course requirements and the Year 3 Service requirement.

Student Leadership Development Program (SLDP)

This combined UHP and Center for Leadership Learning course combines leadership training with professional development. This two-quarter opportunity includes both a UHP lecture and CLL leadership discussion in Winter 2018. Lecture is Monday from 10:00-10:50 a.m. with discussion on Monday or Thursday from 6:10-8:00 p.m. Spring will consist of the leadership discussion section only.

Visit the SLDP program website for more information on the leadership opportunities presented in the course. Note that you do not need to register for the course through the SLDP page and will instead work with UHP staff to obtain the CRN for the course. Please see your advisor for details.