The Honors Program offers motivated students the opportunity to sharpen their research skills, broaden their knowledge across disciplines, and create unique projects tailored to their specific career goals and academic interests while collaborating with other students and in cooperation with faculty. In pursuit of academic excellence, students will be challenged to think critically, creatively, and in divergent ways.
Entering freshmen with a high school GPA of 3.5 or equivalent and CCC students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and at least 12 credit hours earned are eligible to take Honors courses, either toward an Honors diploma or to simply enhance their academic work across disciplines.
Any student who is Honors-eligible can enroll in an Honors course regardless if he or she intends on completing an Honors diploma or not. Honors courses fall into four categories:
Existing courses taken for Honors credit
Any CCC course can be taken for Honors credit provided that the student and instructor agree on the additional curriculum and work that must be completed in order for the student to earn Honors credit. To take an existing course for Honors credit, an interested student should approach his or her instructor within the first three weeks of the semester and ask if he or she can take the course for Honors credit. The student and instructor should write up and sign a brief "Honors Contract" that outlines the additional curriculum, work and instructor-student contact time that the student must complete and forward it to the Honors Program Coordinator for approval by the Honors Committee.
Honors Designated Courses
These are courses designed specifically for the Honors Program although any Honors-eligible student can enroll in them.
The Honors Forum is a seminar for the discussion of various ideas and topics arising from outside readings or activities. Emphasis is on the preparation, presentation, discussion, and analysis of these topics, as well as on effective communication of ideas. Guest speakers and field trips are also often part of the Forum. The Honors Forum is offered every semester, though each semester will have a different topic as its underlying theme, with readings and activities changing accordingly. Students can repeat the Honors Forum twice and earn three credit hours each time. The Honors Forum is listed in the CCC Catalog and Class Schedule as Honors Forum I (HONS 2960) and Honors Forum II (HONS 2961).
Honors Service Learning and Independent Study
Service Learning and Independent Study courses can also be developed for Honors students. Eligible students who are interested should meet with the appropriate instructor and discuss the parameters of such a course. If the instructor agrees, an "Honors Contract" should be drawn up and submitted as described above.
To earn an Honors Diploma, a student must complete no fewer than 15 credit hours of Honors course work. The following conditions must be met:
- Successful completion of two Honors Forums (HONS 2960 and 2961), for a total of six (6) credit hours;
- Successful completion of nine (9) additional credits of Honors-designated courses. Six (6) of these credits can be from existing courses taken for Honors credit, while the remaining three (3) credits must be from courses designed specifically for the Honors Program. Up to three credits can be taken as Service Learning or Independent Study.
- Interested students should contact the Honors Coordinator.