Academic Honors Programs

Honors programs at Thurgood Marshall College and UC San Diego have been established to provide exceptionally motivated and capable students with enhanced educational experiences through close interaction with faculty and other honors students.

TMC 20, the TMC Honors Seminar course, is offered Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Honors seminars are open to all TMC Honors program students of all course standings. The seminar encompasses a wide range of topics, led by college faculty and visiting guest lecturers. For students of the TMC Honors Program, a transcript notation is made for each quarter of participation in TMC 20.


Honor Seminars - Winter 2018

A People's History of San Diego

This seminar will explore the development of the modern public university in California, especially the UC system and UC San Diego in particular.

Dr. Jorge Mariscal, Professor Emeritus
Wednesdays 5-5:50p
Location: Fireside Lounge
Section ID: 930317


Albert O. Hirschman: A Man Who Lived and Made World History

The objective of this Honors Seminar is to understand history through a moral and ethical lens based on the life story of Albert Hirschman, called a "worldly philosopher" by his biographer, Jeremy Adelman. Reads the back cover: "Thanks to Adelman's magisterial biography, we can see how Hirschman's social science was informed and strengthened by his deeply moral and principled politics." Through this reading you will also learn much about 20th century world history. The book is divided into 20 chapters; it will be 2 chapters reading each week, approx. 70 pages p/wk. 


Bibliographical Reference:
Jeremy Adelman, "Worldly Philosopher. The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman" (Princeton and Oxford:Princeton University Press), 2013. Paperback ISBN 978-0-691-16349-9, 740 pp.

Professor Christine Hunefeldt
Tuesdays 7-7:50p
Location: TMC 127
Section ID: 933052


To become eligible to participate in the TMC Honors Program, students are evaluated as follows:

Incoming Freshmen Students must meet ALL of the following:

Continuing students must meet ALL of the following*:

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

Reading SAT score of 700 or higher

Writing SAT score of 700 or higher

*Transfer students may become eligible for the TMC Honors program following their first quarter at UC San Diego, and are evaluated as continuing students.

Students who are accepted into the TMC honors program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 to maintain eligibility.  All eligible students are automatically notified by letter and are monitored quarterly.

Previous Honors Seminars

Honor Seminars - Fall 2017

How to Read Research

Provost Leslie Carver
Tuesdays 2-2:50pm
Location: TMC 127


Honor Seminars - Spring 2017

DOC Extended Studies Program

An in-depth extension of DOC studies. TMC students will study major issues in the history of the United States with an emphasis on the tension between the nation's founding principles and the inequality and lack of opportunity experienced by various groups over time.

Dr. Jeff Gagnon
Fridays 12-1pm
Location: TMC 127
Section ID: 905716

Journalism of the New York TImes

Cursory look at the nation’s most revered newspaper for the general reader, The New York Times. Each week we will track three stories or editorials and find contexts about how a newspaper journalism supports, dissects, and on occasion mishandles news reporting. The course will also highlight on the newspaper’s unique Public Editor profile - http://www.nytimes.com/column/the-public-editor  Students will receive a free subscription to the New York Times for the duration of the course. 

Provost Emeritus Allan Havis
Wednesdays 1-150p (1st class will take place Wednesday of Week 2)
Location: TMC 127
Section ID: 910783

Honor Seminars - Winter 2017

DOC Extended Studies Program

Dr. Jeff Gagnon
Fridays 12-1pm
Location: TMC 127
Section ID: 887716

Popular Media and Science

The popular media frequently reports on new and exciting findings from the scientific community. Do these reports accurately describe the methods used in the studies? In this seminar, we will examine current, popular reports on scientific findings and how they are reported. 

Provost Leslie Carver
Mondays 10-11am
Location: TMC 127
Section ID: 887717   


Honors Program Events and Distinction

The TMC Honors Program hosts events throughout the course of the Academic Year.

Events are geared to introduce students to the excitement of pioneering research and innovative scholarship in all disciplines and to create opportunities for discussion on public issues with locally and nationally known figures. These activities are an excellent way for students to meet faculty, expand their horizons, and plan for future coursework.

More information coming soon...