Honors Program

Earn Your Degree with an Honors Distinction

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.

Honors Chair
Mary B. Coyle

Honors Program Information

The Honors newsletter Oracle (PDF), 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.

The Honors Program is overseen by a chair and an Honors Advisory Board under the direction of the Executive Dean of Academics. For more information about the Cochise College Honors Program, contact the chair.

As an honors student, you will have increased opportunities for individual discussion and interaction with faculty and other academically motivated students.

Honors Distinction

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 (videos) 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.

Submission Guidelines

Students wishing to have their honors work published must submit the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Faculty Mentor
  • Type of Project: (Project in a General Education course taken for Honors, an HON 260 course project, or an HON 250 individual project)
  • Presentations: Location & Date (Honors Colloquium, NAU Honors Symposium, WRHC, etc.)

Each submission must be accompanied by a 250-500 word abstract which gives a concise summary of the project and its thesis or purpose. All submissions must meet the highest standards of accuracy, clarity, grammatical coherence, and academic honesty. All research-based submissions must include, when appropriate, in-text citations and Works Cited Lists, listing all sources used, in the appropriate format for that discipline (MLA, APA, etc.).

Honors Admission Requirements

Full Admission

General Eligibility: Students may join the Honors Program after completing 12 transfer-level credits with at least a 3.5 GPA.

Preliminary Admission

Prior to meeting the General Eligibility requirements listed above, students may be admitted to the program on a preliminary basis by successfully completing one or more of the Exploratory Courses. Any required or recommended honors credits earned during this preliminary stage will count toward the 16 credit Honors Program Distinction after full admission to the program.

Tuition Scholarships

All enrollees in the HON 101 – Introduction to Honors course are automatically granted a tuition scholarship. A special Honors Scholarship application (PDF) is required for HON 250 and HON 260. Students who meet the General Eligibility requirements for the Honors Program are awarded a tuition scholarship for HON 250 or HON 260; otherwise, regular payment methods apply. Regular registration and payment methods apply to all General Education classes taken for honors credit (including ENG 102H).

Required Introductory Course:

HON 101 – Introduction to Honors (1 credit)

General Education Courses Taken for Honors

Students complete existing transfer-level General Education courses for honors credit. Review the list of approved honors courses (PDF) that are updated regularly. Contact the instructor for specific information. Regular registration and payment methods apply.

Required Capstone Course

HON 260 – The Human Quest for Utopia (3 credits)

An interdisciplinary exploration of the history, literature, culture, art, philosophy, technology, sciences, and economies of utopian communities. Students create their own utopias. This course also meets the Humanities and Critical Inquiry/Intensive Writing requirements for the AGEC and may be taken to satisfy these requirements and the Honors Program requirements simultaneously. HON 250 – Individual (1-4 credits)  may be substituted with approval of the Honors Program and requires a contract with the faculty mentor (PDF).

HON 101 – Introduction to Honors (1 credit) (Required)

No prerequisite. Tuition scholarship granted to all students upon enrollment. This course provides an introduction to the philosophy of honors with emphasis on elements of creative scholarship.

ENG 102H – Composition (3 credits) (Recommended)

Prerequisite: Recommendation of ENG 101 instructor required. Regular registration and payment methods apply. This course is designed as a General Education gateway into the Honors Program for students who demonstrate academic excellence early on in their studies. May be taken in conjunction with HON 101.


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.

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.

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.

Previous Year Projects

Editorial Statement

All published submissions to the Cochise College Honors Archive will be protected under the college’s copyright standards. Every effort will be made by the editor to preserve each submission in its original form; however, in the interests of academic integrity and excellence, all submissions for publication, whether in hard or electronic copy, will be subject to editing, and students submitting their work must abide by any editorial additions, deletions, and/or corrections by the editor. Views expressed in this archive belong to the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cochise College.