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Curriculum Overview

The Honors Program is not just a program — it’s a community of students seeking more out of their college experience. During your experience at GRCC, we will tailor your individual academic plan to introduce you to new ideas, new ways of applying your knowledge; connecting you with professional experiences both on and off campus.

The curriculum comprises of a set of course which can be applied towards the completion of a degree.  Students start by taking HNR 101 - Introduction to Honors focused on developing you as a leader and scholar. Ideally taken in either the Fall or Winter semester, this 1-credit course is offered in a 7-week format and introduces students to aspects of leadership, community engagement and research.    

Throughout the remaining time at GRCC, students will complete (12) credits of Honors Projects, which should total 4-projects. An Honors Project is made of unique learning experiences designed in partnership with a professor that deepens the student's learning within the classroom, prepares students to effectively communicate (written and/or oral) their new knowledge and build leadership skills. Students work with an Academic Advisor to select courses as part of their academic plan and prepare accordingly of choosing which courses to complete a project in.

Students may also choose to complete an Honors Seminar.  These courses enhance the student experience and build upon the pillars of the program.  Beginning 2023-2024, the program will offer two new seminars.  HNR 291 - Engaging for Transfer Success and HNR 291 - Honors in Practice.  As part of Engaging for Transfer Success, students will explore the higher education landscape, differences in colleges and degree programs, and concrete steps toward transfer success. An emphasis will be placed on assisting students in identifying and translating community college experiences into competitive applications to 4-year colleges and universities. Topics include identifying transfer institutions, academic requirements, admissions steps and meeting deadlines; understanding college finance and scholarship opportunities; navigating the transfer experience; engaging with special programs; and developing elements of the transfer application materials.  *Successful completion of this course will replace (1) honors project.

The Honors in Practice seminar allows students to explore and/or apply their knowledge and skills they've gained as part of their overall experience in the program.  Students develop, propose and then participate in a structured learning experience that aligns closely with their field of study, personal interest and the Honors Program pillars.  Students may participate in an internship, job shadows, volunteer, on-campus leaderships roles, perform a significant role in a GRCC office or commit to participating on a GRCC committee.  *Successful completion of this course will replace (1) honors project.

Upon completing the above course works, students will participate in the 2-credit Honors 250 Capstone course.  This course prepares students to develop a research or creative scholarship project. Through this course, students will showcase their academic passions and expertise setting them apart as future transfer students and employees. Through this culminating experience, students also develop relationships with faculty who will guide them in preparation and presentation of their capstone project.

Co-Curricular Activities

Co-curricular activities also play a significant role in building the Honors community. Honors students work within teams to coordinate service and social events throughout the year.