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Heartland Community College

Honors Program

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The Honors Program at Heartland is for students who are invested in their personal growth and
development, are committed to making a difference in their local community, and are looking
to get more out of their college experience.

    • Small-sized Honors seminar classes
    • Service learning opportunities
    • Recognition on your Heartland transcript and at Commencement
    • Access to undergraduate research opportunities
    • Participation in an academic research conference
    • Free membership into Phi Theta Kappa, if eligible (the international honor society for community college students)
    • Access to leadership roles in Phi Theta Kappa, which can include free travel opportunities
    • Smooth transfer into university Honors Programs
    • Working with two dedicated Honors instructors and a dedicated Honors academic advisor
    • Access to early registration
    • Building relationships with like-minded students
  • New Students

    Students with no previous college coursework or students coming to Heartland directly from high school must meet ONE of the following criteria:

    • Have an ACT score of 23 or higher
    • Have an SAT score of 1000 or higher
    • Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4 point scale
    • Have a high school GPA of 3.75 or higher on a 5 point scale
    • Submit a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, guidance counselor, or Heartland instructor that taught the student in a dual credit class

    Current HCC Students & Transfer Students

    Students currently enrolled at HCC or transferring to HCC must meet BOTH of the following criteria:

    • A cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher
    • Successful completion of at least 12 credit hours in college-level coursework
  • The Honors Program includes six credit hours of Honors coursework and two Honors projects.

    Honors Courses (6 credit hours)

    These courses count as elective credit within the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science.

    • HONR 101 - Honors Seminar I (offered in fall semester; 2 credits)
      HONR 201 - Honors Seminar II (offered in spring semester; 2 credits)

      The Honors Seminar courses are discussion-focused and can include guest speakers. The
      topics in the courses are chosen by the Honors faculty, but are always interesting and
      engaging. Students really enjoy these classes! Additionally, students begin researching a
      topic of their choice in the fall semester and then early in the spring semester will
      present their research at a conference by either giving a talk or presenting a poster.

    • SVL 101 - Service Learning (taken both fall and spring semesters; 1 credit each)

      The Service Learning course is where the Honors cohort decides, plans, and implements
      service projects that benefit the college and community.

    The Honors Program can be started in either the fall or the spring semester. HONR 101 is not a prerequisite to HONR 201.

    Honors Projects

    Two projects will be completed inside other courses you are taking at HCC. You get to choose
    which classes you'd like to do the projects in and, with the help of your instructor in that class,
    will decide what you want those projects to be—for example: an extra paper, a presentation,
    teaching a lesson, conducting research, etc. The two projects just need to be complete by the
    time you graduate from Heartland.

    Program Completion

    In order for Honors Program completion to be listed on a student’s transcript, all the elements
    above are required. However, if a student’s program of study or timeframe at the college
    makes it impossible to complete the entire program, students are welcome to do individual
    elements of the program.

  • Admission to the HCC Honors Program is on a rolling basis, meaning we review applications as they are received. There is no hard deadline.

    Please find the application form (PDF) here, along with instructions on what documentation to submit and how to submit it.

    To save the fillable form:

    • Open the link above
    • Fill in your information
    • Click the download button in the upper right-hand corner of the pdf
    • Save to your computer
    Admission decisions will be made within two weeks of receiving a complete application. Applicants will be notified via the contact information they provided in their application.