Honors Program

(Non-degree program)

The Honors Program offers students the opportunity to study and learn in a challenging educational environment. Students benefit from a learning community with small class sizes, teacher-student mentoring, team-taught interdisciplinary courses, and access to a fully-equipped Honors Center. Honors students receive a tuition waiver during their final semester, special recognition at graduation, and “Commonwealth Honors Program Scholar” designation on official transcripts. The Honors Program is perfect for students seeking transfer to a competitive four-year college or additional intellectual challenges. The Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NCHC), and is approved as a Commonwealth Honors Program by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE).

Commonwealth Honors Program Status

All MWCC Honors courses are transferable as Honors courses within the Massachusetts public higher education system, and graduates of the Honors Program are guaranteed acceptance into the Honors Programs at four-year Massachusetts public colleges and universities.

Admissions Requirements

Incoming students – Students are welcome to commence their academic program as a member of the college’s selective Honors Program. Students entering MWCC should have an exemplary high school record that includes:

  • Combined (critical reading, mathematics, and writing) SAT Reasoning Test scores above 1650 or combined (critical reading and mathematics) SAT Reasoning Test scores above 1100,
  • a high school QPA of 3.3 or higher
  • and/or a high school class rank in the top 15 percent.1

Class rank to be determined after six or seven completed high school semesters by the sending secondary school.

Candidates must schedule an interview with the Honors Program coordinator for consideration.

Students interested in exploring the Honors Program may consider enrolling in Honors ENG 102 College Writing II. The course is open to interested students who have completed ENG 101 English Composition I with a B+ or better. Students are also required to obtain a letter of recommendation from their ENG 101 College Writing I faculty member. Enrollment in the Honors Program is not required to enroll in this course, but is encouraged. The course is an Honors level version of the standard ENG 102 College Writing II.

Currently enrolled students – Students should make an appointment to meet with the Honors coordinator to discuss academic preparation and must meet the following requirements:

  • QPA of 3.3 based on a minimum of 12 credits
  • Two recommendations from MWCC faculty.

Program Requirements

  • Maintain a 3.3 QPA. If QPA drops, Honors students are allowed one probationary semester to continue in the program and raise their cumulative average.
  • Maintain a minimum “B” in all designated Honors courses.
  • Complete a math (MAT 143 Statistics or higher) and a lab science course.
  • Complete Honors English (ENG 201 Honors English), after completing ENG 101 College Writing I and ENG 102 College Writing II. Honors English is offered exclusively to Honors students.
  • Two Honors courses:
    • These may be “component” courses already required by a student’s degree program (must be approved as component courses), or specifically designated Honors courses such as Honors ENG 102 College Writing II. A component course requires additional activities such as independent research, one-on-one tutorials, service learning, and/or a special project. Component courses result from a written agreement between a faculty member and a student, approval of the division dean, and the Honors Program coordinator.
  • One Honors Colloquium course:
    • Honors students enroll in the colloquium course after completing ENG 201 Honors English and one of the two required Honors courses. Exclusively for Honors students, the colloquium is interdisciplinary in nature, thematic, designed by MWCC faculty, and approved by the Honors Committee.

Under certain circumstances, Honors Program requirements may be substituted with the approval of the Honors Program Committee.