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Honors Program & Courses

TCC Honors Distinction Pathway: Go deeper, go further


Honors Courses

Courses are open to all interested and motivated students; all TCC students may take up to two Honors courses before formal application to the Honors Distinction Pathway. This option provides students with the opportunity to explore Honors before formal commitment to the pathway. Courses are conducted at the Honors level, which means that there will be an emphasis on higher order thinking, interdisciplinary elements, inquiry-based strategies, greater academic independence, and a global/international component or emphasis. The courses expect a commitment from students and faculty to academic and intellectual integrity. View Honors courses offered Winter 2018 below.


Types of Honors Courses

Type of Honors Courses and Requirements

Research Base Honors Courses

—1 course required: minimum of 2 credits for LS, 5 credits for others

—Courses include: Honors English 101, 102, 103, LS 102

Research Base courses will introduce you to the concepts and resources of academic research and the use of resources that will be applied in future Honors courses.  You may enter the program at the English 101, English 102/103, or after taking English 101-103 levels by taking an Honors Library Science Research course. An early grounding in research methods and resources is important to student success. You may take any or all of the four research base courses, though only one is required.

Distribution and Elective Honors Courses

3 courses required: 15 credits

—Course options include:

  • 100 level distribution Honors section (Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, Business, Communication Studies, etc.)
  • 200 level distribution Honors section (Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science, Business, Communication Studies, etc.)

These are the courses you take to fulfill your college distribution and general transfer requirements in Humanities/Arts, Social Science, and Science, (and can include other distribution areas such as Quantitative Reasoning, Written Communications, and Business.  Distribution courses are 100- and 200-level course sections designated as Honors.

Capstone Honors Requirement

—Capstone options include:

  • Honors portfolio   
  • Project   
  • Thesis   
  • Service learning 
  • Study Abroad 

The Capstone requirement completes your Honors Designation Pathway. 


Upcoming Honors Courses

Honors Courses Winter 2018


Learn more about Honors






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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