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 fostered through a student-centered curriculum. The Honors 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
- 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 successfully complete Honors Program requirements graduate with Honors distinction. To earn Honors distinction on transcripts students must be admitted into the Honors Program. Entering RCC Students must have earned a B+ high school average and scored at least 90 and 5 on the reading and writing placement exams. Current RCC students and transfer students are eligible for admission into the Honors Program if they have completed 12 college level credits with a minimum 3.2 GPA. Current RCC students and transfer students who were not previously in a Commonwealth Honors Program must provide one faculty letter of recommendation.
Once students have been accepted into the program, they must meet the following requirements:
- Maintain a 3.2 GPA. If the GPA falls below 3.2, 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).
- Students may complete an Honors Project in place of one of the three required courses.
- One of the three Honors Courses must be "Ideas that Change the World" (H201). H201 is exclusively offered to RCC students and is free of charge.
Students may receive Honors designation for a regular course if they successfully complete 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 and must be submitted to the Honors Program Coordinator by the end of the 4th week.
Upcoming Honors Events
Honors Open House: There will be an informational session about RCC's Honors Program during the Spring 2018 semester.
Students should contact Dustin Rollins, RCC's Honors Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.