What is the Honors Program?
The Honors Program at Prince George's Community
College provides intellectual growth and enrichment to
academically outstanding students. The Program offers a
curriculum that challenges and stimulates students through
special Honors courses. Members of the college's Honors Program
are provided with many unique learning opportunities.
What are the Benefits?
Members of the college’s Honors Program are
provided with many unique opportunities. Some of the benefits
-stimulating classes that
provide challenging course work and
-exciting class discussions
-the designation of Honors courses on students’ transcripts
-Citation in Honors designation on eligible students’
-awards to outstanding students
-co-curricular activities sponsored by the Honors Society
-membership in Phi Theta Kappa for eligible students
-membership in the Honors Academy for eligible students
-the opportunity to meet, work, and socialize with other Honors
-use of the Honors Student Center (Marlboro 1088)
-access to Honors Blackboard
What are the qualifications to join the
A student is admitted to the Honors Program based on his or her
scores on the college’s placement examination, high school or
college grade point average, recommendations from professors, or
an interview with the Honors Program coordinator. Admission is
open to full-time and part-time students. New members are
accepted throughout the year.
Students with a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average should
strongly consider applying. Students may schedule an
appointment with the Honors Coordinator, Dr. Melinda Frederick,
at 301/322-0433, if they have further questions about their
What is the difference between the
Honors Program and PTK?
Both are programs that recognize academic excellence. The
Honors Program requires a minimum 3.0 gpa and requires
completion of at least two Honors courses or contracts. The
Honors Program is a PGCC program.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the International Honor Society for
Two-Year Colleges and requires a minimum 3.5 gpa. PGCC has the
Tau Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.
Are Honors courses weighted?
No- Honors courses are calculated the same way as other
credit earning courses.
Do Honors courses transfer?
Yes, Honors general education courses are aligned to
transfer to four-year institutions. For specific information,
check the ARTSYS website for transferability.
Can I take a regular course again as an Honors course?
No- you cannot receive credit for the same course as an
Can I get a scholarship?
Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to eligible
students. Honors students with a 3.5 or higher are strongly
encouraged to consider applying for the Honors Academy if they
meet the eligibility requirements.
Does being on the Dean's List qualify me for Honors?
The Dean's List recognizes that a student has had a good
single semester. That good semester does not automatically equal
admittance into the Honors Program. If you have received a
Dean's List letter, stop by the Honors Program Office, M-1089,
to get specific information about the Honors Program.
Can I join the Honors Program my last semester at PGCC?
Yes, but only if you join before the semester begins and you
take Honors classes and/or Honors Contracts that last semester.
Can I join Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) my last semester at PGCC?
Yes, you can. Note that the fall semester application date is 1
November, and the spring semester application date is 1 march.
Late applications cannot be accepted.
Can a student be part-time in the Honors Program, Honors
Academy, and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)?
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)--Yes
Can a student join the Honors Program if they are returning to
college as a non-traditional student?
All students, regardless of age or prior degrees attempted
or earned, are encouraged to apply for the Honors Program.
What is an Honors Contract? How does it work?
There are different formats for Honors courses. Please click
on "Honors Course Formats" for further information.
Who coordinates the Honors Program?
Dr. Melinda Frederick
Coordinator for Honors Program
Professor Lindsey A. Dodson
Professor Kathy L. Yorkshire
Assistant Honors Program Coordinator
Ms. Dolores Sesker-Jones