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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

  • Extra-Curricular Programs

Pacific Seminar I Honors

Honors PACS

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.

Click here for a sample of our Previous Monthly Seminars.

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. 

Extra-Curricular Programs

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

  • Sports:  

You don't need to be a star athlete or even know anything about soccer to participate in the sports component of the Honors Program. All Honors students are welcome to join the men's, women's or co-ed Honors recreational soccer teams and compete in the University's intramural soccer tournament. The players practice weekly under the guidance of an experienced soccer coach, and play regularly scheduled games against other teams. The Honors soccer team is a great way for students to enjoy exercising, meet other students, and compete in a friendly environment.

  Honors Program's soccer team             Honors Program soccer team              Honors Program soccer                  

The Honors Program soccer team gets to practice and also participate in tournaments against other school organizations.


  • Performing Arts

The Freshman Honors Program encourages students to discover their artistic talents. The annual Honors play is organized under the directorship of an experienced Theatre Arts faculty member. Our students are able to participate in all aspects of the play, from creating the sets to acting on stage. In the fall, preparations begin with faculty-led meetings to select the play and discuss everyone's role in the production. Weekly rehearsals take place in the Spring Semester. Honors students create the sets and backgrounds, and are in charge of audio and lighting. The Honors Play is performed in April, in one of the on-campus theaters so family, friends, and fellow Honors Students can attend.

  2015 Honors Playbook                                               Rehearsal for the Honors Play

In Spring semester of 2015, the Honors Program rehearsed and produced the play "[sic]" by Melissa James Gibson. 

  • Community Outreach

University of the Pacific is working collaboratively to improve the social and economic vitality of our region. Under the guidance of the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, students in the Freshman Honors Program are encouraged to take part in various community outreach opportunities, which include on-campus events, such as Expanding your Horizons, Saturday P.I.E. (Partners in Education), volunteering at local schools, and providing free tutoring service to children in the community. 

Expanding Your Horizons                               Safe Trick or Treat

In previous years, Honors students have participated in many on-campus community service opportunities. Expanding Your Horizons (shown above, left) is an event which encourages females in the Stockton area to pursue careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields. Safe Trick or Treat (shown above, right) is an annual event which aims to give children and their families in the Stockton area a safe place to dress up and trick or treat. 

  • Media:

Freshmen Honors Students can utilize their creative talents by working on video and printed media projects. The media group is responsible for recording video and taking photos at the Monthly Honors Seminars, soccer matches, the Honors Play (and its rehearsals), and document other activities of the Honors Program such as the annual Honors Retreat and Honors Reception. The Honors Program hopes to eventually put the pictures and videos up on the Honors Website so all members of the Pacific community and potential future Honors students can enjoy and learn more about the Honors Program. 

  Media Group                                             Media group 

Members of the media group are responsible for filming (shown above, left) and editing video from the Monthly Honors Seminars (shown above, right).