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Honors at TCC

TCC Honors Distinction Pathway: Go deeper, go further

What is Honors at TCC?

You will find Honors at both the course section and pathway levels at Tacoma Community College.  Each course you take will have interdisciplinary elements, a global focus, and an inquiry-based approach. 

 

Make connections--Interdisciplinary

This means that our Honors course sections will connect the course material to fields outside of its discipline.  Your English class might focus on Global Foodways and how these issues show up in business or social science.  Your Political Science class might connect to psychology and economics. 

Look beyond--Global Focus

Each Honors section will include a global focus; in Honors, we look to the world as well as how the world interconnects. Sometimes this will mean a comparison between cultures, sometimes it will focus on the relationships between them.

Find out--Inquiry-based

The inquiry-based approach lets you, the student, ask questions that you want to answer about your course topics.  Your instructors are there to guide you and help you develop your approach to search for answers.  Inquiry-based approaches will ready you for more independent work at your transfer programs and institutions.

 

Once in the Honors Distinction Pathway

The Honors Distinction Pathway (HDP) is made up of five classes--or more, if you want.  These are special sections of degree requirement courses that you would already be taking. Taking a distinction pathway shouldn’t add to your 90 credits for graduation.  The Honors Distinction Pathway requires a total of 20 credits and a capstone experience.

Students in the HDP start with a foundation in research and writing then move through their regular and Honors distribution and elective courses toward a Capstone.  The Capstone can take many forms--it all depends on what you and your advisor think will meet your goals for after TCC.

The pathway courses are described in more detail here: Honors Courses  

 

Staying in the Honors Distinction Pathway

We want you to be successful, while we also want the HDP notation on your transcript to be meaningful.  With this in mind, we have adopted “good standing” requirements like Phi Theta Kappa’s.  This means that you will keep a B in your Honors classes and a 3.2 overall.  As you are moving through our pathway, you will be guided by the Honors Coordinator and your regularly assigned academic advisor; we will be here to support you in your course planning, your transfer applications, and your success.

 

Transitioning from the Honors Distinction Pathway

The Honors Distinction Pathway team continues to build relationships with many of the universities you may be applying to.  In addition to regular admission, we are laying the groundwork for agreements between Honors programs and keeping current on the transfer requirements.  When you complete the HDP, your transcript will note each Honors course and will recognize your completion of the HDP as a special note on the transcript itself.

 

Choose your level of Honors participation

Honors Exploration

  • 2 classes
  • No formal admission to the Honors Distinction Pathway

Ready for Articulation * with UWT Global Honors program and other similar programs

  • Student fulfills all requirements, Honors course GPA average 3.0, and achieves a 3.5 overall GPA.
  • Formal admission
  • Honors Distinction Pathway notation on transcript

Honors Distinction Pathway completion

  • Student fulfills all requirements, Honors course GPA average 3.0, and achieves a 3.2 overall GPA.
  • Formal admission
  • Transcript credit for all courses within Honors
  • Honors Distinction Pathway notation on transcript

Honors Distinction Pathway completion (with probationary clause, meets criteria)

  • Student falls below the 3.2 overall GPA or Honors section below 3.0, is placed on probation, meets 3.2 in next quarter and 3.0 or above in Honors classes. Meets graduation requirements.
  • Formal admission
  • Transcript credit for all courses with Honors
  • Honors Distinction Pathway notation on transcript

Honors Distinction Pathway completion (with probationary clause, does not meet GPA criteria)

  • Student falls below the 3.2 overall GPA or Honors section below 3.0, is placed on probation, does not meet 3.2 but passes courses.
  • Formal admission
  • Transcript credit for all courses with Honors

Because articulation agreements will be negotiated according to the transfer institution/program requirements, the Honors Distinction Pathway is an internal recognition at the Tacoma Community College and a notation on student transcripts.  The Honors Distinction Pathway alone will not guarantee admission to other Honors colleges, while the pathway plus the requisite grade points and course requirements will form the basis of articulation agreements.

 

Learn more about Honors

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Honors Calendar of Events

 

Contact Information

 

Honors Distinction Pathway

Coordinator: Kristina Young

Honors@tacomacc.edu; 253.566.5330

Tacoma Community College - Tacoma Campus: Building F1, Room 20
6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, Washington 98466-6100

 

Division for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean: Dr. Yvonne Unnold

Administrative Specialist: Melanie Johnson

Tacoma Community College - Tacoma Campus: Building F2
6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, Washington 98466-6100

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