STCC Honors Program - Course Descriptions

Honors Options

There are four types of honors experiences in the STCC Honors Program. They are described as follows:

Honors Colloquia:  Honors colloquia are specially designed interdisciplinary courses, which emphasize critical thinking, advanced research and writing. These courses are open only to students admitted to the Honors Program, who have achieved a 3.2 or higher grade point average. These classes tend to be smaller, to employ the seminar form of instruction, and may be team taught.

Honors Add-on Component: Honors add-on courses allow the student to pursue the content and subject matter of an existing academic offering in greater depth than is required by the traditional student in the course. The content and subject matter of the add-on component course is developed by the student, in conjunction with the professor and the Honors Committee. Usually the add-on component is documented through a scholarly research paper, a group project, a portfolio of creative work, or presentation at a public forum. The student must earn a grade of B in the add-on course for the course to be counted as an honors course on the transcript. The Honors Add-on option is not restricted to honors students only, and is available to any student of the college, who has achieved a 3.2 GPA.

Honors Independent Study:  Honors Independent Study gives students the opportunity to undertake research and study specific topics not included in traditional course offerings. Students pursuing independent study, work under the guidance of a faculty sponsor. Students are required to complete a course of study with the faculty sponsor and gain approval from the Honors Coordinator and the Honors Committee, prior to end of the first week of the semester.

Honors Sections: There are a few honors-specific sections of other courses, including English 101, English 102 and Statistic, which count as honors colloquia.