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Honors Program FAQs

  1. Why should I be in the Honors Program?
  2. How will participating in the Honors Program help my chances to transfer to the college/university of my choice?
  3. I don't have much time. What will be required of me as an Honors student? Are there any extracurricular activities that I will have to attend?
  4. Is there any extra credit?
  5. It's, like, just more work, right?
  6. Are there any scholarships or financial aid for Honors students?
  7. Are there separate classes? How does it work?
  8. What exactly do I need to do if I am in the program? Any specific examples?
  9. Will my transcript indicate that I have taken an Honors course?
  10. Are honors courses offered in the evenings? Are they offered during the summer semester?
  11. What is Phi Theta Kappa, and is it connected to the Honors Program?
  12. Can part-time students join the Honors Program?

  1. Who should be in the Honors Program?

    If you are the kind of student who...

    • Welcomes a challenge and seeks an enriched academic experience
    • Likes to do more than is expected of you
    • Has a genuine desire to learn more
    • Enjoys learning for learning's sake
    • Looks for ways to expand your opportunities
    • Doesn't stop at success but strives for more

    Then you are the type of student we are looking for.

    In addition, you can enjoy some of these benefits:

    • Enhanced educational opportunities within the two-year college setting
    • Close working relationship with a faculty mentor
    • Additional extracurricular activities
    • Better reception by and increased marketability to transfer schools
    • Great preparation for your future goals and career
    • More emphasis on communication and critical thinking skills
    • Leadership opportunities within the classroom

    But just don't take our word for it.
    Here's what CLC Honors students say about the program:

    • "As students we learn about the world. As Honor students we learn how to change the world." --Ron Lackey, Honors Student Representative, Introduction to Sociology
    • "I've always been interested in how body language affects social interaction, and through the Honors Program, I got to do an in-depth paper on it." -- Kim Lewis, Honors Student, Introduction to Sociology
    • "I'm enrolled as an Honors student in an art class, and my instructor, Bob Lossmann, really knows what I want to achieve and what I'm capable of doing."" -- Leena Joandi, Honors Student, History of Art II
    • "I applied for the CLC Honors Program because I think it will open more doors for me. I will get the benefit of learning more from a self-challenge, and I'll be a stronger candidate for scholarship opportunities." -- Sheryl G. Rullan, Honors student, History of Art IIl

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  2. How will participating in the Honors Program help my chances to transfer to the college/university of my choice?

    Colleges and universities look very favorably on students who go beyond the normal requirements. Once you have proven that you can succeed well beyond expectations at the community college level, then four-year schools will be more likely to take note of your achievements.

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  3. I don't have much time. What will be required of me as an Honors student? Are there any extracurricular activities that I will have to attend?

    We hope that you would enjoy being part of a community of learners and meet other Honors students in informal social events as well as campus-sponsored recitals and lectures. However, at this point, none of these are required activities.

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  4. Is there any extra credit?

    We believe that the Honors Program is "extra credit." You are being recognized for the "extra" effort that you put into the course. One Honors instructor explained that Honors work is a way of rewarding those students who should get an "A+" for the course but because of our grading system can receive only an "A."

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  5. It's, like, just more work, right?

    Honors courses are not simply "more work." Rather, the assignments are more enriching and challenging, which may include taking more of your time. It shows that you are willing to make the most of the opportunities available to you as a CLC student. One of the main differences between regular and Honors sections is not necessarily the amount of work, but the type of work that is required. For example, if you are required to write four essays in an English composition course, then as an Honors student you would not be expected to write a fifth essay. Instead, Honors courses emphasize critical and creative thinking and use primary sources.

    Honors courses are not advanced in the same sense that high school advanced placement courses are. Rather, Honors courses at CLC offer material in great depth. A 100 level Honors course is not equivalent to a higher level course.

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  6. Are there any scholarships or financial aid for Honors students?

    Yes! Tuition scholarships are available to all Honors students who are enrolled in Honors Courses. In addition, you could be eligible for CLC foundation scholarships that are targeted to students with high academic achievement. Click on resources to find links to various scholarship and financial aid web sites.

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  7. Are there separate classes? How does it work?

    Yes, they are separate sections. You enroll in 650 sections and you will be enrolled in this section will be highly motivated Honors students like yourself. You might meet with your instructor outside of class with the other Honors students to discuss your individual projects.

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  8. What exactly do I need to do if I am in the program? Any specific examples?

    This information can be found on the Sharing Ideas link.

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  9. Will my transcript indicate that I have taken an Honors course?

    Yes. Honors courses are indicated on your transcript. If you complete 15 or more credit hours of Honors courses, you will also have the designation "Honors Program Scholar" printed on your transcript.

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  10. Are Honors courses offered in the evenings? Are they offered during the summer semester?

    We try to offer at least one Honors course in the evening per semester. At the present time, no Honors courses are offered during the summer semester. Each year, we try to offer a variety of Honors Courses so that there are several options available to you.

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  11. What is Phi Theta Kappa, and is it connected to the Honors Program?

    Phi Theta Kappa is the international honors society for students at two-year colleges. Students are encouraged to join Phi Theta Kappa as soon as they are eligible, and most honors students do join. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa provides students with many scholarship opportunities and is also noted on a student's transcript. The Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa maintain close links for communication and shared activities.

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  12. Can part-time students join the Honors Program?

    Yes. The program is open to all eligible CLC students who meet the necessary requirements.

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