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STCC HONORS: Types of Honors Courses

Honors Options

Honors Experiences

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

  • Honors Colloquia: Honors colloquia are specially designed 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 assisted by the Honors Program Coordinator as needed. 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 available to any student of the college who has achieved a 3.2 GPA.  Prior to the end of the fourth week of the semester, students pursuing add-on components must complete the Honors Add-On Contract and submitted to the Honors Coordinator, Professor John Diffley at
  • Honors Sections: There are a few honors-specific sections of other courses, including English classes such as ENG-101H, ENG-102H, Introduction to Psychology (PSY-101H), Introduction to Sociology (SOC-101H) and Statistics (MAT-115H). 

NOTE: in instances where an honors section is not run in a particular semester, students are encouraged to do Honors-Add-on work.