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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

To graduate with Honors, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete four Honors courses (exceptionally, an Honors contract can be substituted for an Honors course with the director’s approval.)
  2. Complete one Honors Forum/Special Topics course in addition to the four required Honors courses.
  3. Present one Honors paper or project at the JCCC Symposium or academic conference.
  4. Complete two of the following:
    • Community-Based Learning
    • Interdisciplinary/intercultural course
    • Study abroad or study away
    • Cultural engagement
    • Leadership
    • Internship
    • Additional Honors coursework
  5. Maintain institutional GPA of 3.5.

Honors with Distinction

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