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Freshman Honors Program
John Ballantyne Hall

University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95211

Components of the Freshman Honors Program

Students in the Freshman Honors Program have the following requirements.

Program Components

  • PACS I Honors Section

  • Honors Seminars

  • Co-Curricular Programs

Pacific Seminar I Honors

Pacific Seminar I (PACS I) introduces students to the intellectual life of the University by exploring the intersection of who we are as individuals and who we are as communities. PACS I is a shared intellectual experience, incorporating materials from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. All Freshman students attending University of the Pacific are required to take PACS I, however Honors Students are assigned into small PACS I Honors sections to discuss the readings and issues and develop their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Monthly Honors Seminars 

The University of the Pacific is committed to excellence in teaching, and our professors are some of the nation's foremost scholars and researchers. The Honors Seminars are designed to showcase this aspect of our University by introducing our students to the research and scholarship of our faculty. Once a month, our Program hosts a distinguished faculty member from Pacific who gives a lecture followed by a Q&A session on his/her research or scholarship. The presentation topics span every field and major, from science to humanities, arts to law. The Honors Program also invites prestigious members of our sister schools (Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, McGeorge School of Law, and Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy) to speak at the seminars as well.

Arthur A. Dugoni speaks at the November seminar                   Seminar on Shakespeare

 Students were able to listen to Arthur A. Dugoni, Dean Emeritus of the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, presenting at the November seminar (shown above, left). Other topics have covered topics such as Jazz improvisation with Patrick Langham, Shakespeare's revolutionary works with Dr. Courtney Lehmann (shown above, right), and Industrial Research, Development and Innovation in the 21st century with Dr. Cynthia Wagner Weick. 

Co-Curricular Programs

We want to encourage our students to be well-rounded individuals and their academic program is supplemented with various kinds of co-curricular activities. Students in the Freshman Honors Program are required to participate in at least one of the following co-curricular activities:


The sports component of the Honors Program starts out by building women's, men's, or co-ed soccer teams to play in the intramural tournaments. Athletic-minded Honors students can join one (or two) of our teams that have regularly scheduled practices under the supervision of a soccer coach, a graduate assistant in our men’s varsity soccer teams. All Freshman Honors students are encouraged to attend the matches to cheer for their peers.   

Performing Arts

The Freshmen Honors Program organizes an Honors Play or a movie project for the Spring semester. The Honors Play is led by a Theatre Arts faculty member; preparations start in the Fall semester,  to select the play and organize the auditions. In the Fall semester, the class discusses the suggested plays, selects one that is suitable for most participants and chooses their roles as actors/actresses or stage workers. Weekly rehearsals start in the Spring semester.

Community Outreach

Students choosing this activity volunteer with local community outreach organizations. Students are required to volunteer at on-campus or other local events. Volunteering at local schools and providing free tutoring service can also be part of our community outreach activities. Minimum requirement is a total of 18 hours of documented community service. (Plus, in HONR23, participation in one of our self-organized pre-school outreach events.)


The media group is responsible for recording audio + video and taking photos at the Honors Seminars, the soccer matches, the Honors receptions and document other activities of the Program. They are also responsible for maintaining and developing our website.

Culinary Arts

Bon Appetite directs an intense hands-on activity in the Culinary Arts. Students in this group learn cooking skills by volunteering in the DUC kitchens, create a menu with the Head Chef and then taste their gastronomic creations. The culmination of this activity will be cooking for and catering the Fall Semester Honors Program Opening Reception. Basic knife skills preferred, an adventurous palate required.

Visual Arts

The Freshmen Honors Program organizes the Honors Photography Exhibition, which opens in the Spring semester. Students in the Arts group spend the Fall semester photographing our campus and campus life, present regularly their best photos to their peers. By the Spring, they all build a portfolio of photos, from which the best ones will be selected to go on display in the Honors Gallery. The opening reception of the Honors Photography Exhibition is catered by the Cuisine group of HONR21/23 and Honors students also perform short musical performances at the event.