Liberal Arts: Honors


The Honors curriculum is designed to serve students who plan to advance into professional life through demanding undergraduate and graduate programs in competitive colleges and universities. Honors prepares its graduates to be exemplary students at their transfer institutions by training them to excel in their mastery of the subtleties of intertextual interpretation, and to understand the role of theory in academics, including knowledge of a range of standard theoretical orientations in the Liberal Arts. Courses in the Honors curriculum stress practice in formal academic presentation in both speaking and writing, and practice in the conventions of academic discourse and behavior.

The Honors curriculum is designed to encourage students to be self-reflective about their own intellectual processes and to become more aware of the requirements of different academic discourses in the humanities and social sciences. The courses required in the Honors curriculum are designed to be transferable to other colleges and universities.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Articulate and demonstrate an understanding of the role of theory in academic discourse.
  • Apply strategies for interpretation of texts within and across disciplines.
  • Use academic modes of reading, writing and speaking to interpret texts and participate in academic discourse.

Program Entry Requirements:

This program is open to interested students. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program. Before registering for Honors classes for the first time, students must attend an informational session with the Honors faculty.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Liberal Arts-Honors, a student must complete a minimum of 61 credit hours as prescribed (27 credits of which must be in Honors designated courses, including 2 Honors writing courses) and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Typically students in this program complete two full time semesters (15 credits each) as indicated below. Alternatively, students may select one-15 credit block and 12 additional Honors designated credits to equal the required 27 credits in Honors designated courses. Students will work with Honors faculty advisors to select coursework.

Honors Designated Courses:

Honors Courses are typically offered together in blocks and cannot be taken individually.

Some Honors courses are only offered in 15-credit course blocks: ART 103H, ART 104HENGL 297H, ENGL 298H, HIST 297H, HIST 298HIDS 297H, IDS 298H, PHIL 297H, PHIL 298H

Some Honors courses are only offered in 9-credit and 6-credit course blocks: ART 101H, EASC 111H, HIST 103H, HUM 101H, IDS 299H, PHIL 101H, POLS 111H, PSYC 101H, PSYC 215H, SOC 101H

Honors writing courses are offered in 15-credit, 9-credit, and 6-credit course blocks.

ENGL 101H, ENGL 102H, ENGL 195H, ENGL 196H



Sample Program Sequence:

The following grid represents a student taking general education courses in the first and fourth semesters and 15 Honors credits in each of their second and third semesters. However, students interested in a part time schedule can enroll in six credit blocks of Honors designated courses for 12 of their Honors credits, but must take one 15 credit block in order to graduate

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
IDS 298H - Seminar in the Humanities and Social Sciences - Modern (Honors)   3 credits  
ENGL 101H - English Composition I (Honors)   3 credits Writing, Research, Info Lit 1
ART 104H - History of Art: Renaissance to Modern (Honors)   3 credits Cultural Analysis and Interpretation
PHIL 298H - Philosophy in the Context of Intellectual History: Modern (Honors) ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  
ENGL 298H - Literature in the Context of Intellectual History: Modern (Honors) or 
HIST 298H - Intell Hist: Modern Honors
ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
IDS 297H - Seminar in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Ancient and Medieval (Honors) 3 credits   Major Course
ENGL 102H - Th Research Paper (Honors) 3 credits   Writing, Research, Info Lit 2
Directed Electives (Choose 3):
ART 103H - History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance (Honors) or
PHIL 297H - Philosophy in the Context of Intellectual History: Ancient and Medieval (Honors)  or
HIST 297H - Intellectual History: Modern (Honors) or
ENGL 297H - Literature in the Context of Intellectual History: Ancient and Medieval (Honors)
9 credits Select 3 courses from this list Directed Elective

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ART 101H - Visual Communication (Honors) or
HIST 103H - United States and Pennsylvania History: The 20th Century (Honors) or
HUM 101H - Cultural Traditions: Ancient to the 13th Century (Honors) or
HUM 102H - Cultural Traditions: 14th century to the Present (Honors) or
PHIL 101H - Introduction to Philosophy (Honors) or
POLS 111H - American Government (Honors) or
PSYC 101H - Introduction to Psychology (Honors) or
SOC 101H - Introduction to Sociology (Honors)
For ART 101H, PHIL 101H, and POLS 101H: ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits  
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher) or
MATH 150 - Introductory Data Analysis
FNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or FNMT 118 (or higher) placement 3 credits Quantitative Reasoning
ENGL 195H - Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences I (Honors) ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
BIOL 108 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology or
CHEM 105 - Inquiry into Chemistry or
PHYS 101 - Revolutionary Concepts in Physics or
PHYS 105 - Survey of Physics
For PHYS 105: FNMT (or higher) placement or a passing grade in FNMT 017 (or higher) 4 credits Scientific Reasoning
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking or
ENGL 205 - Creative Writing
  3 credits Oral Communication/Creative Expression

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
EASC 111H - Environmental Conservation (Honors) or
PHYS 108 - Descriptive Astronomy
  3 credits  
World Language 101 or 
General Elective*
  3 credits  
PSYC 215H - Developmental Psychology (Honors) or
IDS 299H - Interdisciplinary Seminar: Comprehensive Timeline or Thematic Approach (Honors)
For PSYC 215H: PSYC 101 or  BIOL 109 or PSYC 101H
and Corequisites: One Honors Writing course (ENGL 101H, ENGL 102H, ENGL 195H, ENGL 196H
For IDS 299H: Grade of "B" or higher in at least one Honors course and/or Approval of Honors Coordinator
3 credits  
CIS 103 - Computer Applications & Concepts   3 credits Technological Competency
ENGL 196H - Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences II (Honors) ENGL 195H 3 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

*Depending on the student's major, many, but not all, transfer institutions require some knowledge of a world language (from one semester to two years of study at the college level or equivalent). Students should consult with their advisors about appropriate courses to meet specific transfer needs. Depending on the combination of Honors courses they choose, students will take a minimum of three and a maximum of seven general electives.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.