Honors FAQ

Who may enroll in honors courses?
Our honors courses are for any bright, intellectually curious student.  Many community college honors students excelled in high school; others are "late bloomers" who hit their stride later on.  All, however, share the same goal - building an excellent record of accomplishment and personal growth while in college and beyond.

What benefits are there in taking honors courses?
Plenty!  These include a competitive edge when applying for jobs or transferring to four-year colleges, intellectually challenging curricula, individual attention from professors, and opportunities to interact and learn from other academically talented, motivated students.

How are honors courses different?
Classes are small, typically limited to fifteen students.  Fewer topics may be dealt with, but in greater depth.  There are increased opportunities to read broadly, to carry out research, and to do creative projects.  In fact, the essence of honors education is exploratory, collaborative, and creative learning.  Field trips and guest speakers also play an integral part in many honors courses.

Will my grade point average suffer if I enroll in honors courses?
Probably not.  Research indicates that students who are appropriately enrolled in honors classes earn the same grades they would have received in standard classes.  Some students feel they do even better in these small, supportive honors classes.

Remember, too, these courses will be designated as "honors" on your academic record, making your transcript stand out from others.

If I'm involved in honors, will I have time for anything else?
Honors students are usually serious about their education and give their studies top priority.  They also tend to have multiple interests and outside activities.

How do I get in?
Students apply by submitting an Honors Application Form and a Faculty Recommendation Form.  These forms can be picked up in the Humanities Division Office (Yocum 105), in the Center for Counseling and Academic Development (Berks Hall 209), or from the Honors Program Coordinator.

For admission criteria see Eligibility

For more information: Contact Dr. Donna Singleton, Honors Program Coordinator, 610-372-4721 (ext. 5096)