Catalog Year 2017/2018

Honors is an enrichment program that can be incorporated into most transfer degree programs at FCC.  Students who graduate from the Honors College, complete an honors independent study project, present at a conference, or earn service or leadership certificates gain a competitive advantage when applying for admission to selective four-year colleges and transfer scholarships.

Two Year Course Rotation


Bruce Thompson, Ph.D.
Honors Coordinator

Honors Program Brochure

Honors College Application

Honors Goals Survey

Membership in the Honors College is by invitation. Students automatically qualify with the following test scores: 

  • SAT = 1650 overall with at least 550 on verbal,
  • or ACT = Reading 21+,
  • or FCC placement exams = Honors level reading (103) and proficient college-level writing. 

A writing sample may be requested. However, applicants with strong academic records (3.5 GPA) or faculty recommendations are encouraged to apply. We also offer an Open Campus membership for high school or home school students with a 3.5 GPA and a completed Honors College recommendation form.  To apply, complete the Honors College Application and Honors Goal Survey, which are available in the Honors Office (H-245) and at, and submit as directed on the forms.

Students are expected to pursue academic excellence and be engaged in the honors program, FCC, or the community. Any student whose GPA drops below 3.0 or violates FCC policy will no longer be in good standing with the Honors program.  Students who started college poorly but whose recent work is honors caliber can apply to the honors coordinator for an exception.

Besides honing your academic skills through active learning, some other benefits of participating in the Honors College are:
  • use of the Honors Lounge (H-247);
  • eligibility for honors internships and scholarships; and
  • opportunities to earn student recognitions for excellence (Anne Slater Award for Honors Excellence; MCHC Portz Award for Outstanding Honors Student, All-USA Academic Team).

Transfer and scholarship benefits include:
  • enhanced resume when applying for selective admission program at four-year colleges as well as scholarships;
  • articulation agreement with the honors program at McDaniel College, which includes admission and tuition benefits; and
  • articulation agreement with the honors program at Hood College, which includes admission and tuition benefits; and
  • articulation agreement with the honors program at Towson University, which includes admission and tuition benefits. 

Your academic opportunities begin with Honors courses, which are designated with an “H” in the schedule. Because honors courses have the same core learning outcomes and content requirements as regular courses they are easily transferable. Honors courses are smaller (limit 15) and often operate as seminars with heavy class discussion. Some courses are linked so the same cohort of students is together in two classes that share blocks of time. All honors courses stress excellence in reading, writing, and research. 

With permission of the instructor and the honors coordinator, Honors Contracts can be arranged for courses not in the schedule (e.g., MA 210 Calculus I). Contact the honors coordinator to request an Honors Contract application.

Students can conduct scholarly research or produce creative works through Honors Independent Study projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students share their work with the campus community at the Honors Forum and are encouraged to present at student conferences. Each year one student may be nominated to compete for the Portz Award for Outstanding Honors Student at Two-Year Colleges, which is sponsored by the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council.

We encourage students to engage in learning both inside and outside the classroom. To promote learning outside the classroom, all honors courses require students to attend co-curricular events. The Honors College also sponsors a variety of student organized activities each year, and the Center for Student Engagement at FCC offers even more engagement opportunities.  With 25 service hours in two projects and a reflection paper, students can earn a service certificate. Leadership opportunities are available through the Honors Student Association, Phi Theta Kappa, and Honors College internships. Student leaders can also complete workshops and earn a leadership certificate.

Students who complete 12 honors credits (3 honors credits must be at the 200-level with an honors research project or completion of an honors independent study project) with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher are eligible to graduate from the Honors College. Graduates receive a notation on their transcripts recognizing this achievement.  Further, at the graduation ceremony they wear an Honors College medallion and stand to be recognized. The transcript notation and color of the medallion are based on the student’s grade point average at the time of graduation:

GPA Transcript Notation Medallion
3.25-3.49 Honors College Bronze
3.5-3.749 Honors College – Honors Silver
3.75-4.0 Honors College – High Honors Gold