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If you're a high-achieving student wanting to excel in a diverse, interdisciplinary learning environment, then the AACC Honors program may be for you!

Focused on collaboration, critical thinking, effective communication and ethical leadership, the Honors program can help you achieve academic rigor while still allowing flexibility for qualified students in all majors to receive recognition for their achievements. As an AACC Honor student, you can:

  • Graduate with an honors distinction on your transcript.
  • Gain a competitive edge when applying to your transfer institution.
  • Participate in a number of on- and off-campus Honors program activities.
  • Receive one-on-one assistance from a personal admissions counselor.
  • Access help with applying for scholarships to four-year colleges and universities.
  • Possibly qualify for your honors courses to be covered by an AACC scholarship.

How Does it Work?

It’s simple. Qualify, register for the Honors section of selected courses, maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher, and consider completing an honors project by entering into an Honors contract.

Honors Program Eligibility

To qualify for Honors program you must:

  • Have earned a high school GPA of 3.4 or completed 12 college credits with a GPA of 3.4.
  • Be eligible for ENG 101.
  • Be eligible for a credit, non-developmental math course.

To remain eligible, students must maintain a 3.4 overall GPA.

Apply to the Honor's Program

Applying to the Honors Program is easy.

  1. Log in to MyAACC.
  2. Go to Menu > Self Services > Credit Students > Academic Profile > Honors Eligibility.
  3. Click "Submit" and follow the instructions.
  4. Send an email to with your Honors Eligibility Determination to be enrolled in the program.

If you meet all the qualifications, the process should take no longer than two minutes. If you have any questions, please email

Register for an Honors Section

The following courses offer honors sections. Pick those that meet your graduation requirement. Students switching to an honors section of a course from a regular section, via honors contract, can switch back to the non-honors section up until the audit deadline for the term.  At the audit deadline, the change in section cannot be reversed.

  • ACH 104H Materials and Methods for Interior Design.
  • ACH 105H Textiles and Textile Applications.
  • ACH 106H Residential Design Studio.
  • ACH 203H Commercial Design Studio.
  • ACH 204H Interior Construction Detailing.
  • ACH 212H Architectural Design 4.
  • ACH 242H Environmental Systems for Design.
  • ACH 261H Paris by Design.
  • ACH 262H Architectural Travel Study 1.
  • ACH 263H Architectural Travel Study 2.
  • ACH 265H Digital Studio.
  • ART 125H Drawing.
  • ART 145H Ceramics 1.
  • ART 146H Ceramics 2.
  • ART 245H Ceramics 3.
  • BIO 215H Restoration Ecology.
  • BIO 223H General Microbiology.
  • BPA/LGS 253H Business Law 1.
  • BPA/LGS 254H Business Law 2.
  • CHE 111H General Chemistry 1.
  • CHE 112H General Chemistry 2.
  • CHE 213H Organic Chemistry 1.
  • CHE 214H Organic Chemistry 2.
  • CTA 100H Computing and Information Technology.
  • CTA 103H Theories and Applications of Digital Technology.
  • CTA-PHL 194H Ethics and The Information Age.
  • CTP 115H Introductory Object-Oriented Program Analysis and Design.
  • EDU 242H Foundations of Reading and Language Arts.
  • ENG 121H Composition and Literature.
  • ENG 211H World Literature 1.
  • ENG 212H World Literature 2.
  • ENG 213H British Literature 1.
  • ENG 214H British Literature 2
  • ENG 215H Early American Literature: Colonial to 1865.
  • ENG 216H American Literature, 1865 – 1945.
  • ENG 217H Contemporary American Literature: 1945 – present.
  • ENG 220H The Bible as Literature.
  • ENG 221H Introduction to Shakespeare.
  • ENG 222H The American Novel.
  • ENG 223H The British Novel.
  • ENG 224H Modern American Poetry.
  • ENG 226H Ethnic American Literature.
  • ENG 227H Literary Nonfiction.
  • ENG 235H Modern Drama.
  • ENG 250H Literature of the Chesapeake Bay.
  • ENG-AFA 225H African American Literature.
  • ENG-GSS 228H Literature in English by Women.
  • HIS 211H History of the United States 1 Honors.
  • HUS 102H Physiological Aspects of Chemical Dependence.
  • HUS 114H Counseling, Assessment and Case Management.
  • MAT 191H Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1.
  • MAT 192H Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2.
  • MAT 201H Calculus and Analytic Geometry 3.
  • MAT 135H Elementary Statistics.
  • PHS 100H General Physical Science.
  • PHY 211H General Physics 1.
  • PHY 212H General Physics 2.
  • PSY 111H Introduction to Psychology – Honors.
  • PSY 211H Developmental Psychology.
  • PSY 214H Abnormal Psychology.
  • SOC 111H Introduction to Sociology.
  • SPA 111H Elementary Spanish.

Complete an Honors Project

Honors students also have the option to receive Honors credits by participating in a project-based learning experience with a faculty mentor within a non-Honors section. This is great opportunity to be creative and take the regular course material and expand on it by integrating personal interests and interdisciplinary topics and methodologies. To do this you enter into an Honors contract. Discuss this with a faculty member then complete an AACC Honors Program Contract.


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Alyson Turner, interim coordinator


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“Honors provides a nice level of challenge for anyone who has a degree but is interested in graduate school. It helped me create a writing sample appropriate for graduate applications.”

Philip Van Slooten, graduating Dec. 2019