FAQs

  • 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 include:

    • 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’ transcripts
    • awards to outstanding students-scholarship opportunities
    • faculty mentors
    • academic advisement
    • 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 students
    • use of the Honors Student Center (Marlboro 1088)
    • internships
    • access to Honors Blackboard-campus visits
     

    What are the qualifications to join the Honors Program?

    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 eligibility.

    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 Honors section.

    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)?

    • Honors Program-Yes
    • Honors Academy-No
    • 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?

    Honors Program Coordinator

    Dr. Melinda Frederick 

    Assistant Honors Program Coordinator

    Professor Lindsey A. Dodson 

    Program Assistant

    Ms. Dolores Sesker-Jones 

    End of FAQ
  • Contact Information

    The Honors Program,
    Marlboro Hall, 1089

    Office Hours:

    Monday - Friday, 8am to 4pm

    Address

    301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774

    Phone:

    (301) 386-7530

    Fax:

    (301) 322-0456

    Email us:

    honors@pgcc.edu