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Thurgood Marshall College Honors Program

The Thurgood Marshall College Honors Program is designed to address one of the greatest responsibilities and challenges of public higher education: the education of students of exceptionally high academic achievement. The program provides the organization and the environment within which students are encouraged to pursue individual excellence.

Honors activities and events are designed to introduce Thurgood Marshall students to the excitement of pioneering research and innovative scholarship in all disciplines at UC San Diego and to create opportunities for discussion on public issues with locally and nationally known figures. These opportunities occur through quarterly honors seminars (TMC 20) open to TMC honors students as well as various events hosted by the TMC Honors Program and Honors Council.  


To become eligible to participate in the TMC Honors Program, students must meet the following criteria:

Incoming Freshmen Students:

Continuing Students:

3.8 High School GPA or higher

Completed a minimum of 12 graded units

Math SAT score of 700 or higher

Cumulative UC GPA of 3.8 or higher

Evidence-Based Reading & Writing SAT score of 700 or higher

*Incoming transfer students are eligible for the TMC Honors program following their first quarter at UC San Diego.

All honors students must maintain a 3.50 or better cumulative GPA in order to continue their eligibility for the program.  Students are monitored on a quarterly basis and automatically notified of any change to their status. 

Honors Seminars

Spring 2020

Course: TMC 20
Conceptual Change and Science: Trials and Tribulations of Communicating Science to the General Public 
Instructor: Thomas Bussey, Ph.D
Day/Time: Thursday, 11:00AM-11:50AM 
Location: TMCA 127

Course Description:

Consider the abundance of pseudoscience and misinformation pertaining to issues such as global climate change, evolution, the use of vaccines, genetically modified foods, etc... However, research shows that simply telling someone they're wrong is very unlikely to change their mind even when they are presented with evidence. This course is designed to examine major issues, theories, and research in the area of conceptual change learning. Conceptual change research seeks to examine the theoretical, psychological, conceptual, and pedagogical means by which students come to think differently about conceptual knowledge. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand various theoretical perspectives on conceptual change,
  • Demonstrate knowledge of empirical research on conceptual change,
  • Develop an awareness of the contributions of conceptual change to the understanding of learning more generally,
  • Critique several theories of conceptual change,
  • Apply theory and research pertaining to a specific area within conceptual change, and
  • Appreciate the educational implications of conceptual change.

Honors Events

Events for 2019-2020 TBA

University and Department Honors

In addition to membership in the TMC Honors Program, students may also qualify for participation in various campus-wide honors programs as well as eligibility for honors awards at graduation.  Please see Honors Distinction for additional information. 

Honors Council

The Thurgood Marshall College Honors Council serves to address the needs and advance the interests of students within the Thurgood Marshall College Honors Program through meaningful programming and opportunities centered on the college mission of “Scholar & Citizen”.  Council members assist in planning honors events that connect high achieving students to faculty of diverse disciplines, locally and nationally recognized public figures, community organizations, and outreach both inside and outside the classroom.

Students interested in serving on the Honors Council are welcome to apply during the spring quarter.   Students must be current Thurgood Marshall College honors students in good academic standing with an interest in serving the Marshall College community through the Honors Program. 

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