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Honors and Pre-Honors Program

Pre-Honors

The Pre-Honors program allows new students the opportunity to begin their academic career through curricular projects and co-curricular activities.  It is a way to explore what it will be like to become an Honors student and allow one to begin to envision themselves as a scholar and highly- engaged student.

Honors

SPCC’s Honors program is an opportunity to immerse students in the focus areas of university honors: undergraduate research, leadership, and service during their two-year college program. Honors experiences will also demonstrate excellence as begin their careers. Graduating with honors looks good on a resume.

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, / Or what’s a heaven for?” – Robert Browning

Challenges can bring us great joy. When we reach a goal, our self-confidence is boosted.  We have a feeling of accomplishment, and the joy of accomplishing a difficult task. Learning is a joyous experience that is powered by creativity and curiosity.

Taking on a challenge is a choice. To reach beyond your grasp is Browning’s way of saying to stretch yourself. If you try honors, who knows what you can achieve?

The SP Honors Program provides an intellectually challenging curriculum for high achieving students in any degree program. Honors option courses enrich traditional college coursework by offering additional opportunities for critical thinking, communication, information and technology literacy, academic integrity, and social responsibility.  The honors experience provides students with a way to collaborate with faculty mentors and design projects based on their interests and the course learning outcomes.

Honors projects will demonstrate the following student learning outcomes:

  • independent critical thinking
  • effective oral, written, and visual communication skills
  • a high-level of proficiency in information and technology literacy
  • academic integrity and social responsibility

Honors Course Requirements:

  • Any curriculum course can be designated for honors credit for students through the honors contract
  • An honors project proposal must be submitted by the student before the census date in 16-week courses. Only 16-week courses are eligible for an honors project
  • Projects must be completed the semester that they are approved. No incompletes
  • The student, with supervision by the course instructor, will complete the honors project contract
  • Contracts are reviewed by the Honors Program Committee with three possible outcomes:
  • Accepted, accepted with revisions, or not accepted
  • The honors projects must secure IRB approval, if required by IRB standards
  • Honors project approval is determined by the course instructor
  • Students must receive a B or higher in the course to receive honors credit on their transcripts

Honors Graduate Requirements:

  • A minimum of 4 honors projects in four different courses
  • Participation in a minimum of one annual Evening of Excellence
  • For honors graduate recognition, honors students must have at least a cumulative 3.5 GPA

Application Criteria:

  • Students who wish to enter the SPCC Honors Program during their first semester at the college may do so if they are graduates of an NC high school and meet one of the four following requirements:
  • A high school GPA of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale
  • High school rank of 10% or higher
  • An SAT score of 1875 or higher
  • An ACT score of 30 or higher
  • Students who wish to enter the SPCC Honors Program after their first semester must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher with at least 12 college credit hours completed.
  • Career and College Promise students, Union County Early College, or Anson County Early College students who wish to enter the SPCC Honors Program may do in one of two ways:
  • The student is eligible for the honors program by meeting any one of the high school graduate eligibility requirements and forgo the 12 hours of college credits
  • If after completion of 12 hours of college coursework, the student should meet the college eligibility requirements.

If an honors student’s GPA drops below 3.5, the student will be ineligible for additional honors credit until the GPA is raised to at least a 3.5. 

Honors has it rewards!

  • documentation of honors credits on your SPCC transcript
  • Honors projects demonstrate academic excellence for admission into university honors programs.
  • Purple honors cords at graduation
  • Social events including speakers, films, field trips, and collaborative groups
  • Opportunities for leadership and service learning in the classroom and community.
  • Professional presentation opportunities at symposiums and conferences, such as the NC Honors Association Conference

For more information, contact Tammy Frailly

Edmari student“A book won’t change the world, but it can change others. I want to be a book.” – Edmari

Edmari Correia De Castro and her mother immigrated to the United States when she was 16 years old. Her grandparents were already here and working manual labor jobs. Her mother did not speak English, so Edmari became the family translator. She had studied English in Venezuela, but it did not prepare her for the intense experience of speaking it 10 hours a day. However, she learned quickly and excelled in school. She attended middle school in Venezuela, and after moving here she immediately entered the Early College as a 10th grade student.

Last spring, Edmari completed an honors project on myopia entitled: “The Impact of Myopia.” She wanted to study the differences between a myopic eye and a normal eye’s function. The discrimination of myopes triggered her goal to explain the condition to others. This fall, she planned a project based on vitiligo, a skin condition that causes disfiguring pigmentation. The pandemic caused a need for her to help her family, so she decided to wait until the spring of 2021 to continue the program. Her proposed projects were motivated by people who are judged based on their appearance or by their unsubstantiated beliefs about global learning. She wanted to be their “book.” The prevalence of fake news about global learning triggered her goal to share the science.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Tammy Frailly.