Honors Program

Honors Program

We invite you to take part in Mesa's Honors program and participate in an elevated course of study that builds on the rigor and depth of traditional coursework. Enroll in honors courses or work closely with faculty to design your own honors contracts and see how the Honors program supports you and your academic exploration at Mesa. Anyone can be an honors student. Find out how!

Who's Eligible to Participate in Mesa's Honors Program?

If you are a self-directed student who wants to engage in a richer, complex course of study, the Honors program is for you. View the following recommendations for incoming and continuing students and get involved in the Honors program.

All students are Honors students.


One or more of the following is recommended for continuing students who have completed at least 12 units of college-level coursework:

  • Have an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.5 in courses you wish to take as honors
  • Demonstrate a recent improvement in GPA (as confirmed by an honors coordinator)

Apply for the Honors Program at Mesa!

Apply for the Honors program online through MySDCCD and get involved with Honors at Mesa. You can intiaite a contract in a non-honors course or enroll in an Honors course. For converting a non-honors course into an Honors contract, select View Instructions to Apply

Connect with the Honors Office

To receive remote support:
Call 619-388-2341 or email

Visit us during drop-in hours in K-108:

Monday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Friday: By appointment only

Join the Honors Canvas Shell

Honor Canvas Shell image
Select this self-enroll link:  
In this Canvas shell, you will find up-to-date information about the Honors program, including resources for faculty and students.

Review Your Honors Requirements

To successfully complete the Honors program and receive the Honors distinction on your transcript, you will need to satisfy the following requirements. You must:

  • Create an Educational Plan with an Honors counselor
  • Complete 15 units of Honors coursework
  • Perform and document 10 hours of community service
  • Have a GPA of 3.25 or higher at the time of graduation
  • Participate in 4 Honors Activities

Download and Print the Honors Program Completion Application

All Honors students are responsible for tracking their progress using the Honors Program Completion Application. When you've fulfilled your Honors activities, community service, and other program requirements, turn in your completed application to the Honors Canvas Shell (see the self-enroll link above)

Access the Honors Program Completion Application

Complete Your Honors Coursework

There are two ways to take honors courses at Mesa. You can either enroll in predesignated honors courses or make a regular course an honors course through an honors contract.

Find an Honors Course

Honors courses spanning a variety of subjects can be found in the Online Schedule of Classes by selecting the "Class Attributes" option under the "More Options" tab.

Image of the "class Atrributes" options under the "More Options" tab. 

Create an Honors Contract Course

Almost any class can be taken as an honors class! To make a regular course an honors course, you will need to work with faculty to design a contract and create a syllabus for independent study in conjunction with the existing course requirements.
Follow the steps to create an honors contract

Participate in Honors Activities

As an honors student, you will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of academic and social events with honors faculty and students. Bring your Honors Program Completion Form and have an honors event coordinators sign-off on your events sheet to receive credit for the Honors Activities you attend.

See the calendar for Honors Events and activities

Earn Your Global Competencies Certificate

An Honors Global Competencies Certificate of Achievement gives you the opportunity to broaden your studies by taking courses that enhance your critical thinking and intercultural competencies. See how an increased global awareness will benefit you throughout your studies and prepare you to be a valuable member of a global workforce.

Learn more about the Honors Global Competencies Certificate

Transferring as an Honors Student

If you are thinking about transferring as an Honors student, now's the time to start planning so you can complete your Honors requirements in time for graduation. Speak to an Honors counselor and learn more about how to receive priority admission to UCLA through the Honors Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) and other opportunities available for Honors students looking to transfer.

Learn more about transferring to a four-year college

Join the Honors Club and Mesa's Honors Societies

All Mesa students are welcome to get involved in the Honors Club or one of Mesa's honors society to connect with other high achieving students, share volunteer opportunities, get transfer support, and more! You don't need to be a member of the Honors program to join.

Learn more Honors Clubs & Organizations at Mesa

Meet the Honors Team

Image of Ingrid JayneIngrid Jayne has taught English composition, literature, and creative writing courses at Mesa since Fall 2014. In addition to teaching English courses, she has served on student equity efforts, including in the role of Basic Skills Coordinator. In this capacity, she participated on various committees to advise on Basic Skills efforts, such as the Equity Efforts Advisory Group, Campus Employee Learning Committee, and the Shared Metrics Group. Ingrid actively played a role in Mesa Pathways sub-committee Brave Communications which offered a streamlined communications plan for all Pathway committees and the campus. She also served on the Institutional Learning Outcome Assessment Taskforce, developing assessment methodology, criteria, and rubrics, as well as collecting data, evaluating results, and preparing reports of this assessment. Before joining the English faculty at Mesa College, Ingrid completed 20 years of service in the US Navy as an aviation mechanic. Her military experience enables her to connect with fellow veterans on campus. Ingrid completed a BA in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at San Diego State University.



image Dante JonesDanté Jones joined SD Mesa College as the Embedded Tutor Coordinator in Spring 2023. He was most recently the STEM Achievement Center Tutor Center Specialist at Cuyamaca College. Along with his passion for helping students since 2005, he is a native of San Diego who holds a Bachelor of Science in Health & Physical Education from Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA). Specializing in education and academic support, he earned his Master's degree in Education Administration from San Francisco State University. In his free time, he enjoys serving his community alongside his fraternity, working out, playing flag football and basketball, and DJing.