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Honors Program

The Honors Program at Oklahoma City Community College invites eligible students to develop a deeper understanding of academic material through individually designed Honors Projects. Honors Projects present students and instructors with a unique opportunity to work collaboratively on a variety of creative and in-depth intellectual endeavors.

 

Eligibility

  • Entering freshmen and students with fewer than 12 college credit hours must have the following: a composite ACT score of at least 22 or a high school grade point average of at least 3.25.
  • Continuing Oklahoma City Community College students, including transfer students, must have the following: 12 or more completed college level, credit hours and a cumulative or retention college GPA of at least 3.25.

Application Process

The application process includes an application form, personal essay and an interview with the Honors Program Coordinator. Generally students should apply to the Honors Program before completing 30 credit hours.

Apply here: Honors Program Application


To Graduate With Honors, Students Must:

  • Have a minimum cumulative or retention grade point average of 3.25.

  • Complete four honors projects from the categories listed below (honors coursework, reading and research, current topic lecture/event, service-learning).  The four required honors projects may include any combination from these categories, including repeating a category up to two times, except for service-learning, which can only be completed once.   A learning contract, verifying learning objectives and the scope of the project, are to be submitted and approved by the Honors Coordinator prior to pursing the project.  In all cases, a student must have the guidance of an OCCC faculty member throughout all phases of their work on a project.  The guiding faculty member will be responsible for determining whether the learning objectives of the project have been achieved.

    1.    HONORS COURSEWORK:  An honors project as part of a credit course at OCCC, earning an A or B in each course.  The course instructor will serve as the guiding faculty member and assess the completion of the project.

    o   Honors project examples include, but are not limited to: creation of an online or in-class activity or resource material, special topics presentation to classmates, or evaluation of new course materials being considered by a faculty member.

    2.    READING AND RESEARCH PROJECT:  Requiring the reading of a designated book, further research and a poster presentation at the end of the semester to be displayed in the OCCC library.  Reading and Research Project books and topics will be selected by the Honors Coordinator and vary from semester to semester.  The guiding faculty member selected by the student will assess the completion of the project.

    3.    CURRENT TOPIC LECTURE OR EVENT:  Students are to attend or view a lecture by an expert on a current topic and write an essay or develop a creative project furthering the research of the current topic. The guiding faculty member selected by the student will assess the completion of the project.

    o   Examples include, but are not limited to an on-campus lecture, professional conference, web series, or community event. 

    4.    SERVICE-LEARNING:  30 hours of service work as verified through administrative processes within the Office of Student Life. In addition, students will write an essay or develop a creative project related to the work of the agency for which they completed the service hours. Only one Service-Learning project may be used toward the completion of the honors program.

Contact Information

For more information regarding the Oklahoma City Community College Honors Program, or to make an appointment to discuss Honors Program opportunities, please contact Liz Largent, Professor of Leadership and Critical Thinking and Honors Program Coordinator, liz.a.largent@occc.edu.

Program Benefits

  • One-on-one mentoring interaction with Oklahoma City Community College faculty members. 
  • Unique academic work that will prepare students for the next levels of academic pursuit. 
  • Enhanced scholarship opportunities.
  • Academic distinction noted on official transcript.