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The mission of the Honors Program at Johnson County Community College is to embed academically motivated students in a challenging and supportive learning community emphasizing critical thinking, communication and social responsibility.

This will be accomplished by:

  • Promoting and supporting rich and engaging courses, as well as opportunities for original research, interdisciplinary study, community-based learning, and international experience.
  • Facilitating connections between Honors students, peers, professors, program staff, and the broader community.

The program allows students to:

  • explore new ideas
  • engage in creative activities
  • research areas of interest
  • sharpen skills
  • become independent learners
  • collaborate with experienced faculty

Honors courses are defined by small class size with an emphasis on critical thinking and are based on exploration and discussion of a variety of theories and perspectives.

Looking for academic rigor?

The Honors Program might be ideal for you!

Honors Program Requirements

Complete four Honors courses.

Honors courses

Honors courses have smaller class sizes, emphasize critical thinking and focus on discussion.

Honors contracts

An Honors contract can be substituted for an Honors course with approval of the program director. A contract is a 1-credit-hour extension of a regular class that allows the student to explore a subject in depth. The student, in consultation with a faculty mentor, determines the nature of the project or paper topic.

Honors Forum

Complete one Honors Forum class. Honors Forum is a 3-credit-hour course that focuses on issues and topics not offered in the general curriculum. The course incorporates discussion and projects with an emphasis on content and skill development.


Honors students present one project or paper at the JCCC Symposium, at a department-level meeting or at a regional/national conference.

Honors Program Options

Students must also complete two of the following options:

  • Interdisciplinary course
  • Study abroad or study away
  • 20 hours of service learning
  • Additional Honors coursework
  • Leadership options
  • Cultural events
  • Experiential learning options

Honors with Distinction

Students graduating with the Honors with Distinction designation have completed an additional Honors course and two additional pick two requirements.