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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.  

Why Honors?  

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.  Recent alumni have transferred successfully to:  

  • Amherst College
  • Brandeis University
  • Cornell University  
  • George Washington University
  • Hampshire College
  • Marlboro College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Smith College
  • UMass Commonwealth Honors College
  • Wellesley College

Skills learned in Honors courses would also provide students with job ready skills including problem posing and problem solving, critical reading and writing skills, creative thinking and more. 

Just as important, the Honors Coordinator and Honors instructors serve as mentors and advisors, helping students select transfer schools and writing personalized letters of recommendation.  The Honors Program also works with Pathways and other HCC departments/programs to sponsor travel to transfer events at Amherst College, Cornell University, Marlboro College, Wellesley College, and Williams College.  In all these ways, the Honors Program helps students get where they want to go! 


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