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The Honors Experience at TCTC

  • Provides the academic challenge sought by focused students who expect more than a job or transfer credentials from their education
  • Mentors the students as emerging scholars
  • Develops cohorts among the students who support each other in their academic development
  • Engages students in discussions that take them well beyond the textbook
  • Expands the students' critical thinking, analysis, research, writing and speaking skills
  • Develops new world-views in the students so they may be better citizens and leaders of the global community
  • Fosters in the students an enduring habit for inquiry

Students must be enrolled in the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree programs and meet the eligibility requirements.

Graduating high school students must meet two of the following requirements. Students who meet only one of these qualifications may be accepted on a provisional basis:

  • 3.5 GPA
  • Combined score of 1150 or better on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT or a score of 25 on the ACT  
  • Rank in the top 10% of the student's graduating class

Continuing students must meet both of the following requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA on courses taken at TCTC
  • Completion of 12 credits at TCTC that would qualify for university transfer (Students with fewer than 12 credits may be accepted on a provisional basis.)

To graduate with the Honors Experience distinction, students must earn 18 credits in regular honors courses from at least four areas (English; humanities; mathematics; science; social science) and enroll in an honors colloquium during at least three semesters (at least one in each of the first two semesters).

Courses offered across all disciplines, including Math, English, Biology, Sociology, Spanish and History. An Honors Advisor will assist accepted students with their schedules.

Honors Colloquia
A variety of one-credit colloquia representing the broad areas of arts and sciences will be offered throughout the program of study.  These courses are topical and are almost exclusively discussion-based, developing leadership and team-building skills. They may be used to develop research and service learning projects.

Questions? Contact us at 864-646-1425 or ecox3@tctc.edu