RCC Honors Program
The Program: The Roxbury Community College Honors Program is designed to provide quality educational opportunities that are suited to the needs, wishes and abilities of its student body. The Honors Program offers academically talented students a stimulating, challenging and rewarding academic experience. To meet the challenge of academic excellence, the Honors Program provides gifted and motivated students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge through honors courses, independent research and creative work.
Participation: 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 take an honors extension to a regular course. There are entrance criteria for all of these options.
The RCC Honors Program has the following advantages:
· Automatic acceptance into State College/University Honors Program
· Honors Designation on diploma and transcripts
· Scholarship opportunities
· Small classes
· Entrance into honors courses
· Special recognition at graduation
· Tuition waiver during last semester before graduation
· Opportunities for field trips, conferences, cultural and social activities
· Membership into the International Honor Society
Program Admission requirements:
· Grade point average of 3.3 based on a minimum of twelve college-level credits
· Twelve college-level credits
· Two letters of recommendation from RCC faculty and/or staff
· Enrolled at RCC and working toward an Associate Degree.
· Application and interview
· Maintain a 3.3 GPA. Honors students whose GPA drops below this will be allowed to continue in the program for one probationary semester to raise their GPA. In addition, students must earn a minimum grade of “B” in all designated Honors courses.
· Three Honors courses (9 or more credits). Students in the Honors Program must complete a minimum of three Honors courses or honors components in regular courses.
· One Honors Colloquium. The colloquium is required of all students in the Honors Program. It counts as one of the required courses. The colloquium takes an interdisciplinary approach and provides an environment of creative interaction; students explore the fundamental ideas of human civilization from the vantage points of various academic disciplines through reading, writing, research, critical thinking and presentations. The Honors Colloquium is designed by the Honors Program Committee, which chooses the topic each year. In 2006 the topic will be globalization.
To receive an Honors diploma a student must meet the program criteria above and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better in college-level courses.
Admission requirements for a single honors course or honors component: 3.3 (or better) GPA in the subject area or prerequisite course; recommendation from a faculty member; permission of the instructor.
At Roxbury Community College, the Honors Program provides a deeper dimension to a college education. Honors students participate in special classes and colloquia that allow them to take advantage of the tradition of academic excellence that the program offers. Students in the Honors Program come from all the college’s Associate Degree concentrations and majors. They bring a variety of outlooks and experiences as they engage in highly demanding and competitive courses. They understand and accept this rigorous environment. This is what sets them apart and earns them the distinction they deserve as honors students.
Honors Components and Honors Courses
The RCC Honors Program encourages students to take an honors course or honors component even if they are not able to be full members of the Honors Program. Honors Components are additional learning projects agreed upon by a faculty member and student in a regular college course. Forms are available from the Honors Program Coordinator and the Department Chairs.
Members of the Honors Program Committee
Dr. Tesfay Aradom, Professor
of Social Sciences