- Students receive an H designation after each Honors course listed on their transcripts.
- Students receive CCAC Honors pins after completion of their first Honors credit/s.
- All graduating Honors students in good standing wear purple and white cords at commencement, signifying their active participation in the CCAC Honors Program.
- Students who complete fifteen (15) credits of Honors coursework earn Honors degrees.
- Students who graduate with Honors degrees wear Honors medallions at graduation.
- Students who engage in service activities will be considered for the Campus Service Award and will be recognized at the annual Honors Forum.
- Select Honors students will be invited to present their Honors undergraduate research at the Honors Forum at the NRHC Conference.
Honors at CCAC – Grow Academically
The Honors Program offers engaging and unique courses for Honors students, including both face-to-face and hybrid offerings. Honors courses typically include unique enrichment experiences. Some examples include an overnight trip to Gettysburg or Antietam Battlefields, Fallingwater, Heinz History Center, Andy Warhol Museum, Stephen Foster Memorial, Meadowcroft Village, performances, lectures, outside speakers, etc.
Recently, the Honors Program has offered:
- Contemporary U.S. History
- English Composition 1
- Creative Writing
- Health Psychology
- Oral Communications
- American Literature to the Civil War
- Religions of the World
- Peer Study Service Learning
- African-American History
- Ceramics I
- Ceramics II
- Introduction to Philosophy
- General Biology I
- Leadership Development
- English Composition 2
- Women & Politics Around the World
- Introduction to Nutrition
- Psychology of Adjustment
- U.S. History 1
- Art Appreciation
- General Literature
- Introduction to Astronomy
- Life Science
- Honoring Community through Service
Honors International Study Courses:
- Honors Comparative Cultures & Politics of India & United States
- Honors International Study of Art, Architecture, & Material Culture
Honors Leadership Seminar
A significant cornerstone of the Honors experience at CCAC is leadership development. Students develop their leadership potential through the Honors Leadership course and by assuming leadership roles. Topics of study include leadership theory, vision, goals, ethics, decision making, conflict management, team building, initiating change, and leading through service. The Honors Leadership course culminates in a student-led service project, giving the Honors students an opportunity to lead.
“The Honors Program has helped me become a leader in my community at CCAC. Through
Honors Leadership, I was able to lead the Green Initiative and turned the project
into action by convincing administrators to implement paper recycling and food-scrap
- Madeline Seddon, Associate’s degree CCAC 2019
Honors students can also earn Honors credit by working with their Honors Campus Coordinators in selecting one of their non-honors courses in which to complete an Honors enrichment or Honors contract. Students will create contracts by collaborating with their professors in the creation of Honors projects that spark students’ interests and provide academic enrichment and challenge to existing courses. With the approval of Honors Council, professors and students complete Honors contracts, which detail the specifications and scope of Honors projects. After successfully fulfilling the Honors contract, students earn Honors designation and Honors credit(s) for the courses. Selected students are invited to present their Honors contract projects at the annual Honors Forum.
Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference
Selected Honors students will be asked to submit their Honors contract projects for presentation at the NRHC Conference, held each spring in cities in the northeast region. Students will be selected based on the appropriateness of their Honors research to the conference theme and on their commitment to academic excellence. The Honors Program will cover the students' travel costs and conference fees.
At the end of each academic year, the Honors Program will recognize the academic achievements of Honors students and faculty at the Honors Forum. Selected Honors students will present their undergraduate research. Honors students and faculty will be awarded Honors pins, leadership awards. Honors cords and medallions will be presented to Honors graduates and Honors degree recipients.