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Honors Program


The Spring 2016 Honors Program student presenters.

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 fostered through a student-centered curriculum. 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
  • 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. 

Honors Courses
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.

Honors Projects
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 by designated Honors faculty. Deadline to submit an Honors Project application is noon on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

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: Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 1:30pm-2:45pm and 5:30pm-6pm, room 424

Honors Presentations Day: Monday, May 2, 2016, 10am-12pm, room TBD

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)