A prime purpose of the Cochise College Honors Program is to foster the lifelong love of scholarly inquiry, open-mindedness, and independent thinking. Students who meet the challenges afforded by the program gain confidence in their intellectual abilities and enhanced academic potential. The goal of the program is to enrich the collegial experience, providing intellectual challenge and stimulation for motivated, creative and academically talented students and faculty.
The Honors newsletter, Oracle, is published each year with articles highlighting alumni, faculty, current honors endeavors, and more.
Many students admitted to the Honors Program also are eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year college students. Contact Edmund Priddis at firstname.lastname@example.org, Jenn Wantz at email@example.com, Marguerite Conners at firstname.lastname@example.org or Angie Bustamante at email@example.com for more information about Phi Theta Kappa.
The Honors Program is overseen by a chair and an Honors Advisory Board under the direction of the Vice President for Instruction/Provost. For more information about the Cochise College Honors Program, contact the chair.
Mary B. Coyle, Honors Chair
As an honors student, you will have increased opportunities for individual discussion and interaction with faculty and other academically motivated students.
Students completing 16 credits of honors earn an Honors Program Distinction seal on their Cochise College diplomas and a medallion, as well as a notation on their transcripts and on the commencement program.
Transfer to University Honors Programs
Students earning the Cochise College Honors Program Distinction are often invited to join university-level honors programs upon transfer. Scholarship opportunities are also available to honors students.
Honors students may be given opportunities to present at the Cochise College Honors Colloquium, at university honors events, or at regional and national honors conferences such as those sponsored by the Western Regional Honors Council and the National Collegiate Honors Council.
The Honors Colloquium is an exciting forum for showcasing student achievement and excellence. Students working on honors projects are given the opportunity to share their findings and methods with fellow students, mentors, faculty, staff, and administrators in a relaxed, collegial environment each spring.
These courses are available for students interested in joining the program, for those in their beginning semesters of honors study, and/or for those who have not yet completed 12 credits.
Q: Is the Honors Distinction available in degrees other than the AA and the AS?
Yes. The Honors Distinction is available in the following degrees: the Associate of Arts (AA) for liberal arts, social science, and fine arts majors; Associate of Arts in Elementary Education (AAEE); Associate of Business (ABUS) for business administration and computer information systems majors; and Associate of Science (AS) for natural, physical, and life science majors, and the Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree. Technically, the Honors Distinction is available in the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree; however, the areas of study within this degree vary in the number of general education classes required. Since 12 credits of general education classes are required for admittance to the Honors Program, and 12 more credits of general education classes taken for Honors as well as 4 units of HON courses are required to earn the Honors Distinction, it may not be a feasible option within certain AAS degrees.
Q: What is meant by “transferable” courses according to the Honors Program?
For the purposes of the Honors Program, “transferable courses” will be those on the AGEC list entitled “Cochise College General Education Courses for Transfer Degrees. This list will be used in determining which courses may be offered for Honors as well as those courses which may be used to satisfy the 12 credits for admission to the program.
Q: When completing multiple degrees, can students reuse their Honors credits toward more than one degree?
The credits cannot be reused. After the first Honors Distinction, students wishing to complete more than one degree with an Honors Distinction would have to complete 16 credits of new Honors coursework for each new degree.
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