Programs And Courses

Honors Program Admission Criteria

Honors Studies Program AA - 7020

Admission Criteria
This program is a selective and competitive admission program with specific admission criteria.Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the Honors Studies Program.

Non-Honors Studies students interested in taking Honors classes please see below.

Minimum Criteria to Apply:
New students whose scores on the College Placement Test are at the developmental reading and/or writing levels are not eligible for enrollment into the Honors Studies program. New students who score at the college-level in reading and writing are eligible to apply for the Program. Current and returning students who have completed all the required developmental reading and writing courses retain eligibility. Current and returning students with cumulative GPAs of 3.25 or higher after completion of six or more credits of college-level coursework are eligible to apply for the Program.

Students must write a letter of interest to apply for the Honors Studies Program. The letter may be submitted to the Honors Studies Program Director, Program Campus Contacts or the Honors Studies Counselor. In the letter of interest (between 750 and 1000 words), applicants should discuss how education can help students become global citizens of the future. A three to five minute video or oral presentation may be presented in lieu of the written letter of interest. Students also will be required to have an interview with the Honors Studies Program Director.The letter of interest must be submitted before interviewing with the Director.

Application Deadline and Class Selection Date:

Honors Studies students should meet with an Honors Studies Campus Contact/Advisor to develop an educational plan.

Heather Burns 717-718-0328, ext. 3529; hlburns@hacc.edu

Students in the Honors Studies Program must complete all Honors classes with a grade of B or higher and maintain an overall 3.25 GPA in order to remain in the program. Those whose grades fall below 3.25 may reapply when the cumulative GPA rises to 3.25 or higher. Students desiring to graduate with an Honors Studies degree must complete the required Honors course work and six credits of 200-level transfer electives (can be non-Honors courses). The Honors Foundation Seminar must be taken during the first year of enrollment and the Capstone Seminar must be taken during the last semester of the program.

The remaining 30-credits encompassing the Associate Degree, including a 1-credit Wellness course, will be in the General Education and/or field/discipline-related subject area of the student's choice. Honors Studies students are strongly encouraged to select their field/discipline concentration courses in consultation with the Honors Studies Program Director, Campus Faculty Contact, or Honors Studies Counselor to ensure courses are applied to the appropriate transfer or other degree requirements. Honors Studies transfer students are strongly encouraged to narrow their transfer options, or choose their transfer institution, as soon as possible.

Students must have completed all of the developmental reading and writing courses required as a result of the College Testing and Placement Program in order to be permitted to register for an Honors-designated course.

Students in majors other than Honors Studies may enroll into Honors courses if Honors course pre-requisites are met. Non-Honors Studies Program students taking Honors-level courses must maintain 3.00 GPA or higher in all Honors courses in order to remain eligible for continued enrollment into future Honors-level courses.