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Frequently Asked Questions

  • You will be enrolled in two challenging and engaging courses each semester, allowing you to earn honors credits on your transcript. Through Phi Theta Kappa, you will earn the opportunity to apply for honors-specific transfer scholarships to colleges and universities after completing the Honors Program at Heartland.  Honors students also participate in fellowship, scholarship, leadership and service activities throughout the semester.

  • Current Honors students consistently praise the small class sizes. Check out the full list of benefits of Heartland's Honors Program.

  • Learn more about the qualifications and download the application (PDF).

  • You will receive an acceptance letter that also invites you to the orientation session for new Honors students. You will meet fellow Honors students, register for classes, and receive materials.

  • Honors students must maintain at least a cumulative 3.2 GPA to remain in the Honors Program. Should a student drop below this requirement, a semester-long probationary period is allowed during which the student will work with the Honors Faculty Advisor to improve his or her academic standing.

  • A new cohort (group) of Honors students begins every fall. You will continue through the program with the same cohort of students.  New students may be added to the cohort at mid-year.

  • The Heartland Honors Program is designed to accept only full-time students.

  • The Heartland Honors Program accepts any student who meets the program qualifications.

  • Yes! In the case that you have already taken one or more of the course offerings, an Honors contract course could be substituted. A contract course means that you and the instructor of the course agree on a project you will complete during the semester so that the course can be designated as an Honors course on your Heartland transcript.

  • You will receive special designation on your college transcript for completed honors courses. You will also be designated at graduation with an honors cord (to be worn on one shoulder during commencement), along with having "with College Honors" imprinted on your diploma and official transcript.

  • Using a contract course in place of one of the course offerings is determined with the assistance of your academic advisor and the directors of the honors program. Generally, projects require 5-10 hours of work per credit hour beyond usual course requirements. For example, a 3-credit course completed for in-course Honors generally requires 15-30 hours of additional work. To plan and document a contract course, a special form must be completed and signed by the student and instructor.

  • The Honors Seminar portions of the Honors Program are specifically devoted to understanding the issues and the research methodologies as they relate to the Phi Theta Kappa themes. Honors Seminar I is taken in the first semester and will challenge you to consider your place in the world, your ideas about how a society operates and how people communicate complex ideas developed in support of various academic disciplines. Some of these methodologies will be analyzed by you and your fellow Honors students. Exploration of the thought processes underlying some of these methods will be a challenging exercise in applying and further developing your critical thinking skills. Honors Seminar II is taken in your last semester and will result in the application of your skills and one or more of the methods to produce a project that could be presented to fellow honors students or, if requested, presented to the public. These unique seminars are designed to be intellectually challenging, engaging, and entertaining.

  • Honors options (honors courses or honors contract courses) are the same cost per credit hour as any other Heartland Community College transfer course.

  • Your acceptance letter will inform you of your advisor and initial meeting time.

  • Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society of the Two-Year College. Any Honors student who earns a 3.5 GPA and has completed at least 12 credit hours will be eligible to join Phi Theta Kappa with membership dues paid for by the Honors Program.

  • While any Honors course may have requirements for participation outside of the classroom, the Honors Seminar I (HONR 101) and Honors Seminar II (HONR 201) courses will give you a chance to engage in academic work outside the formal classroom such as field research, community service, service learning, field trips, or other similar experiences. The National Collegiate Honors Society offers travel experiences with which the HCC program may try to coordinate. Additionally, there are fun, social activities that are planned each semester.

Contact Us

Honors Program Advisor

Sara Bourque
Phone: (309) 268-8029

Honors Program Director

Dr. Sarah Diel-Hunt
Phone: (309) 268-8593