Students sketching in Honors Learning Community

Honors Program

The Honors Program offers opportunities for intellectual challenge to students in every discipline. For the student who excels academically, plans to transfer to a selective college or university and is interested in gaining critical skills for the workplace, the Honors Program provides challenging courses with a strong emphasis on reading, writing and critical thinking across disciplines. Currently the Honors Program offers interdisciplinary Honors Learning Communities (LCs), Honors colloquia, as well as a stand-alone Honors course in English 101.  Other stand-alone Honors courses are currently being developed with the goal of piloting 2-3 new courses in Fall 2015.  Interested students may also use the program's resources to design individualized Honors projects as add-ons to almost any HCC course.  

Organizing for Community Change Leadership Institute (OCCLI)

The HCC Honors Program and Student Activities are partnering to establish the Organizing for Community Change Leadership Institute. This year long program begins with a three day training in June 2015. This training is modeled after and using materials from the NOI Teaching for Change training, the Bunker Hill Community College Organizing for Change Leadership Academy, and years of Diversity/Social Justice trainings. More details TBA.



The Honors Program is one of the best ways to maximize HCC's transfer opportunities. Honors courses provide students with an excellent academic experience that prepares them for transfer to selective colleges and universities in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 538-7000