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Honors Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and Graduating with Honors?

The Honors Program is a local-level organization designed to allow students an avenue to pursue academic challenges beyond - or in addition to - the conventional classroom environment. We are a department within Delta College, and we offer several awards as well as an academic scholarship to students who demonstrate academic excellence.

Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society is a national-level organization that recognizes academic excellence in students attending two-year colleges. To learn more about the Michigan Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) visit Delta's Phi Theta Kappa website. Please note that the Delta College Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa are two completely separate entities, and are not related to one another.

Graduating with Honors, according to the Delta College Catalog, is conferred upon a student who has completed an Associate degree while maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.50.  Graduating with High Honors or Highest Honors requires a cumulative GPA of at least 3.70 or 3.90 respectively.

What are the benefits of being in the Honors Program?

As a member of the Honors program, you will be eligible to participate in these areas:

  • Creative and interactive classes
  • Honors Options
  • Academic awards
  • Leadership development
  • Scholarships
  • Social activities

I've heard the Honors Program is a lot of work. Is this true?

Honors classes are designed to be more challenging, not more work. For example, one student reported that in an ENG-111H class, very little time was devoted to basic concepts such as grammar and punctuation because it was expected that students in an honors-level composition class would have already mastered these basic elements. Instead, the instructor spent a great deal of time on more advanced writing concepts such as style, voice, and advanced revision techniques. Another student reported the Honors Colloquy class was a very enjoyable experience because the instructor encouraged a highly interactive classroom environment and allowed the students to explore topics of interest to them.

Honors Options can be somewhat different. In honors classes, the course content and structure is designed with honors students in mind; regular sections are not. Honors students wishing to complete an Honors Option must fulfill additional requirements beyond those of the class itself. For example, one student took an Honors Option in CST-133; for the project the student researched the role of computers in the music industry. He wrote a paper on the topic and made a presentation to the class using Microsoft PowerPoint. Sometimes however, class requirements can be substituted, as another student did for his option in ART-271. The Honors Option consisted doing the same project as the rest of the class, but working on a more complex level.

How do I apply to become a member of the Honors Program?

Joining the Honors program is free.  Submit the Honors Program application along with a typed personal statement to the Honors Office, A-003, West Court Yard Level or by mail.

I turned in my application to the Honors Program but I haven't heard anything. What's going on?

While we make every effort to process applications as quickly as possible, we ask that you allow two weeks for us to complete the process. As soon as a decision is reached, you will be notified via mail. If there are circumstances that require an expedited response (such as wanting to pursue an honors option), please make us aware of this when you submit your application and we will give your application priority status.

Once I'm accepted into the Honors Program, how much involvement is required?

One of the flexibilities the Honors Program offers you is the ability to do as little or as much as you want as a member. There are no minimum activity requirements. The only time any sort of requirements come into play is when you try for any of the awards the program offers, such as the Honors Certificate or the President's Award for Excellence in Honors. Click on the link for more information about the awards. 

Do I need to be a member of the Honors Program to sign up for an Honors class?

No, membership in the Honors Program is not required. Honors classes are available to any student who meets the prerequisites of the class. However, we strongly recommend that you join the program because of the added benefits it offers you. 

What is an Honors Option?

The main purpose of an Honors Option is to increase the scope and depth of learning in a non-Honors course and to enrich your learning experience. An Honors Option is an independent study project carried out within a course by an individual or small group of students. As a student, you should review the course syllabus and notify your instructor of your desire to pursue an Honors Option as early as possible in the semester. In some cases, your instructor will have a predefined project in mind for your Honors Option; in other cases, you can choose what to do on your own, with instructor approval. To submit a project as an Honors Option, you will need to complete an Honors Option Contract (PDF) before mid-semester of the term. 

Do I need to be a member of the Honors Program to sign up for an Honors Option?

Yes. As of the Fall 2003 semester, membership in the Honors Program is required for a student to receive honors credit for an Honors Option. 

I completed an Honors Option this semester, but it hasn't shown up my grade report. What should I do?

When you successfully complete an Honors Option in a course, a "+" is posted to your transcript.  Honors credit will not show up on your grade report. Also, please note that Honors Options can take up to four weeks to process once the semester ends.

I completed an Honors Option this semester. How long will it take for it to be posted to my transcript?

The process of posting an Honors Option to your transcript can take up to four weeks from the end of the semester in which you did the option. After that time has elapsed, if you have any remaining concerns, contact us and we will be happy to assist you.


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