About Honors Courses
Honors courses are available to students at Bronx Community College with a 3.0 GPA or higher and at least nine college credits. Current students who have not yet earned 9 credits but have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA are eligible with the recommendation of an advisor in consultation with the Honors Program Coordinators. New students with no GPA and no remedial needs are also eligible with the recommendation of an advisor in consultation with the Honors Program Coordinators. *Students can have no more than 3 honors courses or a combination of 3 honors courses and honors contracts per semester.
Taking honors courses will offer you the ability to:
- Encounter outstanding faculty committed to your success and the highest standards of teaching
- Connect with other students committed to academic achievement and intellectual development
- Participate in the Laptop Computer Program for the duration of the semester
- Receive an Honors Course designation on your transcript and a certificate which communicates high achievement to transfer institutions and future employers
- Access to Honors Program Co-Coordinators and faculty mentors
- Participation in special honors events and activities, including speakers, performances, and service activities
- Priority registration to ensure enrollment in desired honors classes
What is different about Honors Courses?
Honors courses emphasize seeing the interrelationships between topics and concepts. Students are encouraged to bring their personal knowledge and experience to bear on a question or issue and interact with others during class discussions and group projects. The major focus of an honors class is not on increasing the quantity of the workload. Instead, honors courses increase the quality of the learning experience by exploring topics in greater depth and breadth. As a result, honors students encounter a range of historical, technical and cultural points of view that they may not have experienced in a non honors section of the same course. The emphasis on interactive classroom settings, critical thinking, library research, strong writing skills and group presentations and critiques is extraordinarily valuable to the student because it anticipates the rigor and intensity of the university experience. At the same time, the personal attention extended by committed and caring professors, counselors and classmates creates and sustains the 'small and supportive' atmosphere that students come to love about the Honors Program.
Are the classes more difficult?
Most students describe honors coursework as more challenging and exciting, and more stimulating and thought-provoking. Honors classes emphasize student involvement, participation and performance. Honors students are encouraged to think analytically and creatively and are taught to communicate their thoughts effectively. Group projects are a component of nearly all honors courses. In this setting, students pool their skills and benefit from each other's strengths rather than compete against each other. As with any class, expectations and assignments are relayed to students well in advance of their due date. Although students will certainly find their honors coursework challenging, students who enter the program with strong, well-organized study skills will find that they have very little trouble handling their honors work load.