The Honors Program at STCC
Honors Program: A Commonwealth Honors Program
The Honors Certificate Program offers a challenging academic experience for qualified students who wish unique study and research opportunities in their major fields of study. As a Commonwealth Honors Program, our program offers students easier transfer opportunities and recognition as Honor students throughout the Commonwealth. There are three certificate options available.
To qualify for participation in the Honors Program, a student must be either:
- An entering freshman with a 3.5 GPA from high school - OR - a 3.0 GPA from a high school honors program - OR - 1000 combined SAT score; --OR--
- A current student with 12 college-level credits and a 3.2 GPA.
Students who do not currently fulfill these requirements may seek admission into the program by submitting a letter of recommendation from a recent professor and an original piece of writing demonstration academic competence, such a research paper form a recent course.
The Honors Program is housed in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Registration in the Honors Program
If you prefer to print and complete the registration form you can download it here:
Submit completed form to Diane Sabato, Building 2, Room 237 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Springfield Technical Community College Honors Certificate Options
Students can earn one of three recognitions in the Springfield Technical Community College Honors Program. They can earn the recognition of Commonwealth Honors Scholar, the STCC Honors Scholar or they may choose to complete the Springfield Technical Community College Honors Certificate Program.
Commonwealth Honors Program Scholar designation requirements are the completion of nine credits of honors coursework with a grade of B or better in each course and an overall GPA of 3.2 or better on the 4.0 scale. Commonwealth Honors Program Scholars must complete: one three-credit Honors Colloquium; one-three credit Honors Add-on or Honors Independent Study; and, the three-credit Library Research Colloquium.
STCC Honors Scholar designation requirements are the completion of nine credits of honors coursework with a grade of B or better in each course and an overall GPA of 3.2 or better on the 4.0 scale. STCC Honors Scholars must complete a total of nine credits of any combination of Honors Colloquia, Honors Add-on or Honors Independent Study coursework. This program option is geared to students pursuing degree programs with limited flexibility in their scheduling options.
The Springfield Technical Community College Honors Certificate is earned by students completing fifteen credits of honors coursework with a grade of B or better in each honors course, and an overall GPA of 3.2 on the 4.0 scale. To complete the certificate, students must take: the three- credit Library Research Colloquia; two additional three-credit Honors Colloquia; and six credits of any combination of another Honors Colloquia, Honors Add-on or Honors Independent Study coursework.
Students who complete the Springfield Technical Community College Honors Certificate Program receive a certificate of completion and a scholarship of $500.
The Board of Higher Education accepted the report of the Commonwealth Honors Program Executive Committee and renewed the membership of Springfield Technical Community College in the Commonwealth Honors Program for six years, effective June 25, 2008.
The purpose of the Honors Program at Springfield Technical Community College is to take a leading role in achieving the mission and goals of the whole college. The program strives to meet the needs of academically motivated students by providing resources and options that allow each individual to reach her/his potential in the curriculum of her/his choice.
- To build students' self-esteem and self-confidence through their intellectual achievements.
- To develop students' critical thinking, verbal, visual and writing skills and to nurture their individual uniqueness.
- To promote students' attitudes toward life-long learning and instill in them an eagerness to continue the pursuit of intellectual challenges.
- To encourage students to bring their insights to their other classes thereby enriching all learning at Springfield Technical Community College.
- To stimulate faculty by providing opportunities for instructional experimentation which promotes faculty growth and renewal.
- To provide service to both the campus and the Greater Springfield Community.