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Choosing to enhance your JCCC educational experience with Honors means taking a fantastic education to the next level by taking on challenging coursework and engaging in co-curricular experiences — all while maintaining a competitive GPA.

Most of all, joining Honors means joining a community of curious and ambitious scholars who are supported in their endeavors by our attentive staff and special honors counseling.

Graduating with Honors from JCCC

To graduate with honors from JCCC you will complete:

  • Five honors courses: four courses of your choice (honors versions of general education requirements, or honors contract) and one honors forum;
  • Two exploratory requirements;
  • One public presentation;
  • And maintain at least a 3.5 GPA.

Honors Coursework

The Honors Program offers at least a dozen courses every semester, the majority of which satisfy general education requirements. Students can count on Composition I and II (ENGL 121 and 122), Public Speaking (COMS 121) as well as several sections of our Introduction to Honors (HON 100) being offered every term.

During the fall semester, the Honors Program commonly offers an introduction to Environmental Science and its lab (EVRN 130 / 131),  a Leadership and Civic Engagement course (LEAD 130), College Algebra (MATH 171), an introduction to Ethics (PHIL 143), Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 130) and Introduction to Sociology (SOC 122).

During the spring semester, the Honors Program commonly offers an Art History course (ARTH 200, Women, Art & Society was offered in spring 2020), Contemporary Approaches to World Mythology (HUM 156), American National Government (POLS 124), Social Problems (SOC 125), Statistics (MATH 181) and Intercultural Communication (COMS 180).

If you're a student in a technical field, you might find it more practical to enhance your learning with honors contracts. Honors contracts are a means for honors students to gain more knowledge about specific topics covered in a class that is not offered as an honors course.

The focus of the contract is determined by discussions between the student and faculty mentor.

The Honors Forum is a 3-credit hour course required for completion of the Honors Program requirements. The topic, instructor and meeting time change each semester to accommodate student schedules and address as many of your diverse interests as we are able. The class is discussion-based and students provide input into class activities and structure.

The course combines an emphasis on interdisciplinarity with an affirmation of students’ critical and creative thinking skills. Students can expect to refine their research skills, and develop their ability to work in teams to offer solutions to intractable problems faced locally or world-wide.

In Spring 2020 the Honors Forum was focused on “Native and Western Views of Nature.” It examined Western and indigenous perspectives, attitudes and practices with respect to the natural world. The course consisted of a comparative and critical, interdisciplinary examination of Western science and traditional ecological or environmental knowledge (TEK). The course explored both Western and indigenous methods of knowledge acquisition and examined distinctions and points of convergence.

To find Honors classes in Class Search, select the academic term from the drop-down and enter "honors" as a keyword. Search the Credit Class Schedule

Exploratory Requirements

The 20-hour service learning option offered by the Honors Program is intended to help you gain an appreciation for the value of involvement in your community and recognize the obligation of citizens to engage in civic activities.

A variety of options is available for you to fulfill this program option, or you may also propose your own activities. The service learning experience is coordinated through the Community-Based Learning office. For details, email

If you select the service learning option, you will document your activities by writing a reflection paper and submitting it to the Honors Program director at the end of the semester in which the service learning was done.

Visit the JCCC Service Learning Office for more information on combining community service with what you learn in the classroom.

Visit the JCCC Study Abroad Office to learn about opportunities in more than 30 countries.

If you are working toward completing the Honors Program, you are encouraged to study abroad. The experience can broaden horizons, shift perspectives and change lives. Studying abroad fulfills one of your exploratory requirements to graduate from the Honors Program. You may spend a semester or a minimum of one week abroad.

JCCC Honors students are also eligible to participate in the Partners in the Parks program, where they live and learn in a national park for a week.

If studying abroad or away is not an option for you, we encourage you to consider the Global Awareness Program offered by the International Education Office. Completion of GAP fulfills one of your exploratory requirements to complete your JCCC degree with honors.