The Spring 2014 Honors Program student presenters are (front row) Martika Cox, Sharon Olivo, David Hines, Gigi Guerrier, April Andrew and Walter Flores, (back row) Waller Finnagan, Shaoyu Chang, Dimone Mannon, Mallory Harris and Alain Eugene.
The Honors Program
Roxbury Community College’s Honors Program offers academically motivated students a stimulating, challenging and rewarding educational experience that supports critical thinking, innovation, and a multidisciplinary perspective. The program provides intellectually curious students opportunities to enhance their knowledge through honors courses, independent research and creative work.
Benefits of the Honors Program
- Honors designation on diploma and transcripts
- Scholarship opportunities
- Stipend upon successful completion of Honors coursework
- Entrance into honors courses
- Small classes and individual mentoring
- Opportunities for field trips, conferences, cultural and social activities, as well as service learning
- Automatic acceptance into the State College/University Honors Program
How to Participate in the Honors Program
Students may participate in the program in three different ways. They may apply for admission to the full program; they may take a single Honors course; or, they may complete an honors project for a regular course. There are entrance criteria for all of these options.
Full Admission into the Honors Program
Students who would like to graduate with Honors Distinction, which is noted on their transcripts, full admission into the Honors Program is required. To become eligible, you must have a 3.3 college-level GPA, at least twelve college-level credits, two letters of recommendation from RCC faculty and/or staff, and complete an application which is accepted on an ongoing basis by the Honors Program Coordinator.
Once you have been accepted into the program, students must meet the following requirements:
- Maintain a 3.3 GPA. If the GPA falls below 3.3, students will be allowed to continue in the program for one probationary semester to raise it.
- Maintain at least a “B” average in all Honors courses.
- Take at least 3 Honors courses (9 or more credits). These may be Honors projects in a regular course.
- One of the three Honors courses or Honors projects must be the Honors Colloquium.
The program offers Honors courses in English Composition I and II; they are designated with the letter “H.” The program also offers the Honors Colloquium (HUM/SSI 290) which focuses on an interdisciplinary theme that could be explored from multiple perspectives. All Honors courses have a class size of 15 students to support a hands-on academic experience. Most honors courses feature guest lecturers and field trips to relevant cultural sites. For a description of current Honors courses, click here.
Students may receive Honors designation for a regular course if they pursue an Honors project. The project deepens engagement in the course content and should be above and beyond the requirements for the standard course. Honors projects may be facilitated through lab research, creative production or artwork, archival or literary research, social science study, or service learning. Honors Project applications are accepted at the beginning of each semester. Deadline to submit an Honors Project application is February 7, 2014 at 9a.m.
Student and Faculty Responsibilities
The Honors Project schedule outlines the responsibilities for students and faculty collaborating on an Honors project. Executing all activities noted in the schedule will ensure the successful completion of the Honors Project.
Upcoming Honors Events
Students can receive an orientation to the Honors Program by either attending the Honors Program Open House at the beginning of the semester where they can learn how to participate in the Honors Program or by attending Honors Presentations Day at the end of the semester where they can see Honors students present their projects.
Honors Open House : September 16 at 1:30pm and September 18 at 5:30pm
Honors Presentations Day: December 15, 2014
Honors Committee Members
Faculty, staff, and students participate as Honors Committee members. They review Honors Project applications, Honors course proposals, as well as provide feedback to Honors students as they prepare for Honors Presentations Day. The Honors Committee also helps facilitate Honors events and contribute new ideas that strengthen the program. Click here for a list of the current Honors Committee members.
The Honors Program is affiliated with the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the International Honors Society (Phi Theta Kappa)
For more information, contact:
Prof. Rhonda Gray, Honors Program Coordinator
617-427-0060 x. 5070
Academic Building (3), Room 332