Honors Program: Available for selected students (code: HON)
The Honors Program at HCC is especially designed for the outstanding student. It offers an enriched learning experience that stresses intellectual challenge, in-depth analysis and creative thinking. It includes expanded in-class study, interdisciplinary study, and independent work.
All full-time or part-time degree students may apply for the Honors Program if they meet the following requirements:
- Completion of at least 12 credits at Housatonic beyond the developmental level;
- A Grade Point Average of at least 3.5; recommendations from at least two faculty members.
To remain in the Honors Program, a student must:
- Maintain a 3.5 GPA;
- Earn grades of “B” or higher in all Honors courses.
To complete the Honors Program, the student must fulfill the requirements of the Honors Curriculum which include:
- In-class honors (6 credits or more) - At least two regular degree program courses that the Honors student takes at a more personally challenging pace. For example: exploring and reporting on additional readings; completing advanced experiments, problems or case studies; teaching a class period; attending a seminar and reporting the information to the class.
- Honors Seminar (HN 200, 3 credits) - An interdisciplinary course that examines a topic from the differing perspectives of the major academic disciplines; humanities, natural and physical sciences, and social sciences. This special course is offered in the fall semester only, and the instructor, topic and content vary from year to year. (HN 200 satisfies an open elective requirement. Prerequisite: ENG* 102 and permission of the Honors Advisor; recommended: literature or philosophy, psychology or sociology, history, laboratory science).
- Honors Project (HN 225, 3 credits) - An original student project completed under the guidance of a faculty member that demonstrates the Honors student’s ability to apply knowledge and skills learned in the Honors Seminar in a creative and scholarly manner. Independent study contracts must be completed, submitted, and approved during the semester preceding the term in which the project is actually performed. Satisfies an Open elective requirement. Prerequisite: HN 200 and permission of the Honors Advisor; completed Honors project contract.
The Housatonic ScholarGraduating students who have completed the Honors Program are given the prestigious distinction of being identified as Housatonic Scholars. The Scholar designation earns the student additional honors:
- A certificate presented at Awards Night;
- A notation on the college transcript;
- Named in the Commencement program;
- Name engraved on a bronze plaque located in the college library.
Applications for the Honors Program and forms for faculty recommendations and Honors courses must be obtained from the Honors Program Advisor.