Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Participation in the Honors Program

Students in the Honors Program may earn Honors credits by enrolling in designated web-enhanced Honors courses as well as completing Honors-by-contract.

HON Leadership North IIHonors-designated courses combine on-line delivery through Blackboard with face-face seminar meetings and field trips. These courses are noted in the catalog with an H after the course name and a W at the end of the section number, such as HIS229H-AC85W.

The Honors-by-contract option allows students to earn Honors credit in a course of their choosing. Students will create the Honors contract by collaborating with their professors in the creation of an Honors project, which sparks the students' interests and provides academic enrichment and challenge to the existing course. Honors students and their faculty mentors complete an Honors contract, which details the specifications and scope of the Honors project. After successfully completing an Honors contract in a course, an H will appear after the designation for that course on the student's transcript, for example ENG101H.

Honors students need to earn at least 1 credit in Honors each academic year to remain in the program and 12 credits in Honors to graduate with an Honors degree. If you are not fully funded from another source, your in-county tuition for Honors courses will be reimbursed after successful completion of the course/s. 

Honors students can be recognized in the following ways:

  • Students will receive Honors designation on their transcripts for each Honors course and/or contract they successfully complete.
  • Students receive CCAC Honors pins after completion of their first Honors credit/s.
  • All graduating Honors students wear purple and white cords at graduation, signifying their participation in the CCAC Honors Program.
  • Students who complete twelve (12) credits of Honors coursework earn Honors degrees.
  • Students who graduate with Honors degrees wear Honors medallions at graduation.

“Participation in the Honors Program at CCAC will heighten your educational endeavors and provide you with many lifelong skills and friends. Joining the honors program has been the best educational decision I have made thus far. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to expound my educational experience in such an enriching way.”

Belinda McQuaide, CCAC Graduate