Honors courses do not increase a student's overall academic requirements for graduation, but they allow students to fulfill these requirements by taking classes which are more exciting, not just more demanding. Honors classes are offered in the sciences, mathematics, liberal arts, and business; each class is designated as HONORS on students' transcripts.
A TCC honors class will always have a limit of 20 students, allowing the instructor to pursue the subject in ways not possible with 25 to 40 students. Lively class discussions, use of alternative texts which take a different approach to subject matter, and student participation in class design are some options which may be used. Several honors classes are interdisciplinary and team taught to give students a broad educational perspective.
Students enrolled in honors courses usually earn grades similar to those they have received in their other classes. Some students feel they do better in Honors classes because they assume a more active role in the learning process.
The National Collegiate Honors Council offers some insights on the difference between honors education at the high school and college levels.
Who may take Honors classes?
All interested students, both full- and part-time, regardless of age or educational background, are welcome in TCC's Honors classes. A 3.0 GPA is suggested, but not required. Students are encouraged to visit with instructors about enrollment in particular classes.