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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 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

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, nondevelopmental math course

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

Apply to the Honors program

Applying to the Honors program is easy.

Send an email to, verifying that you meet the admissions criteria. Include a transcript (either official or unofficial) with the email. If you have less than 12 credits at AACC, this transcript should be from your high school or transfer institution.

If you have any questions about the application process or the program, email

Register for an Honors Section

The following courses are honors eligible (availability subject to change). If there are no available honors sections, you may choose to do an individual honors project approved by an instructor and the honors program coordinator for an honors-eligible course. Once you have registered for the standard section, you must reach out to your instructor immediately to see if they are available to facilitate the honors contract.

Students switching to an honors section of a course from a regular section, via honors contract, can switch back to the nonhonors 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-117H Landscape Architecture: Plant Identification
  • ACH-203H Commercial Design Studio
  • ACH-204H Interior Construction Detailing
  • ACH-211H Architectural Studio 1: Form, Space and Order
  • ACH-212H Architectural Design 4
  • ACH-242H Environmental Systems for Design
  • ACH-262H Architectural Travel Study 1
  • ACH-263H Architectural Travel Study 2
  • ACH-265H Digital Studio
  • AFA-225H African American Literature (also ENG-225H)
  • ANT-120H Introduction to Biological Anthropology
  • ANT-121H Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT-123H Introduction to Archaeology
  • ART-125H Drawing 1
  • ART-145H Ceramics 1
  • ART-146H Ceramics 2
  • ART-245H Ceramics 3
  • BIO-215H Restoration Ecology
  • BIO-223H General Microbiology
  • BPA-201H Financial Accounting
  • BPA-202H Managerial Accounting
  • CHE-111H General Chemistry 1
  • CHE-112H General Chemistry 2
  • CHE-213H Organic Chemistry 1
  • CHE-214H Organic Chemistry 2
  • CJS-111H Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJS-275H Criminal Justice Internship
  • COM-110H Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
  • COM-200H Intercultural Communication
  • COM-230H Persuasive Message Strategies
  • CTA-100H Computing and Information Technology
  • CTP-103H Theories and Applications of Digital Technology
  • CTP-115H Introductory Object-Oriented Program Analysis & Design
  • CTP-150H Computer Science 1
  • CTP-194H Ethics and The Information Age
  • ECO-211H Principles of Economics 1
  • ECO-212H Principles of Economics 2
  • EDU-242H Foundations of Reading and Language Arts
  • ENG-101H Academic Writing and Research 1 Honors
  • ENG-102H Academic Writing and Research 2 Honors
  • 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-225H African American Literature
  • ENG-226H Ethnic American Literature
  • ENG-227H Literary Nonfiction
  • ENG-228H Literature in English by Women
  • ENG-235H Modern Drama
  • ENG-250H Literature of the Chesapeake Bay
  • FRE-111H Elementary French 1
  • FRE-112H Elementary French 2 
  • FRE-211H Intermediate French 1
  • FRE-212H Intermediate French 2
  • GEO-103H Cultural Geography
  • GSS-216H Human Sexuality
  • GSS-228H Literature in English by Women
  • HIS-211H History of the United States 1
  • HLS-111H Introduction to Homeland Security
  • HON-280 Special Topics in Honors
  • HUS-102H Physiological Aspects of Chemical Dependence
  • HUS-114H Counseling, Assessment and Case Management
  • LGS-253H Business Law 1 
  • LGS-254H Business Law 2 
  • MAT-135H Statistics
  • MAT-191H Calculus and Analytic Geometry 1
  • MAT-192H Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2
  • MAT-201H Calculus and Analytic Geometry 3
  • MAT-202H Linear Algebra
  • MAT-212H Differential Equations
  • MAT-222H Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics 2 
  • MDA-113H Medical Terminology
  • MLT-203H Clinical Chemistry
  • MLT-204H Clinical Immunology/Immunohematology
  • MLT-205H Clinical Hematology
  • MLT-206H Advanced Clinical Chemistry
  • PHL-194H Ethics and the Information Age
  • PHS-100H General Physical Science
  • PHS-109H General Oceanography
  • PHY-211H General Physics 1
  • PHY-212H General Physics 2
  • PSY-111H Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY-205H Child Psychology
  • PSY-211H Developmental Psychology
  • PSY-214H Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY-216H Human Sexuality
  • SOC-111H Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC-265H Social Research Methods
  • SPA-111H Elementary Spanish
  • SPA-112H Elementary Spanish 2
  • SPA-140H Elementary Spanish for Health Care 1
  • SPA-141H Elementary Spanish for Health Care 2
  • SPA-211H Intermediate Spanish 1
  • SPA-212H Intermediate Spanish 2
  • SPA-213H Intermediate Spanish Grammar Review and Composition

*Honors-eligible courses can also be found when searching in the AACC College Catalog. Just type honors in the search bar and click Sort Alphabetically to see the entire list. The above list is accurate as of 8/25/2023.

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 nonhonors section. This is a great opportunity to be creative, 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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“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