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Honors in the Liberal Arts (AAHLA)

Associate in Arts Degree

This program is being discontinued. Students currently enrolled need to complete it by the end of the Spring/Summer 2021 semester.

If you have questions about this program please contact a program advisor or contact a general student advisor.


Honors in the Liberal Arts offers an enhanced academic experience for students seeking transfer to selective 4-year institutions. Program courses are reading and writing intensive and require critical-thinking and analysis. The program curriculum is structured around the theme: "America in the World: Global Awareness & Diversity."

Admissions Requirements

Students must apply and be admitted to the Honors Program. This is a competitive program and a limited number of students will be admitted each year. Students who apply by the deadline will be considered for the available seats. If all spots are not filled, late applications will be considered in order of receipt.

In addition to being admitted to the College, a separate application form is required for admission to this program. More information and a link to the program application can be found at: www.wccnet.edu/academics/programs/honors-program/

In addition, applicants may be asked to provide a resume of their accomplishments along with a writing sample, and may also be asked to sit for an interview with the Honors Director and/or Honors Committee.

Students must also meet one of the following requirements:
- a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher
- an ACT score of 25 or higher
- college GPA of 3.5 or higher for 20 credits of college transfer courses

For students having previous college credit, a minimum of 40 hours of credit must be taken in the program to receive the Honors in the Liberal Arts degree.

Continuing Eligibility

Honors students must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA. In addition, students must earn a minimum grade of B in the honors courses in order to earn honors credit for that course. Students failing to meet the above minimum standards will meet with the Honors Director and/or Honors Committee to determine the student's continuing status in the program.

Contact Information

Humanities, Social & Behav Sci
Social Science Dept
Ian Rush


(Items marked in orange are available online.)
First Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
COM 101 Fundamentals of Speaking 3
ENG 111 Composition I * 4
PHL 123 Critical Thinking * 3
Elective(s) Math level 4 or higher 4
Total 14
Second Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ENG 226 Composition II * 3
HST 255 Making the Modern World * 3
Elective(s) Computer and Information Literacy 3
Major Concentration ** 3
Restricted Elective *** 3
Total 15
Third Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ENG 211 American Literature I - Before 1900 * 3
HST 215 History of U.S. Foreign Relations * 3
Elective(s) Natural Sciences 4
Restricted PSY or SOC elective ** 3
Restricted Elective *** 3
Total 16
Fourth Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ANT 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology * 3
PHL 240 Social-Political Philosophy * 3
PLS 290 American Power in the 21st Century * 3
Open Elective (students completing MTA should complete a second science course) 3 - 4
Major Concentration ** 3
Total 15 - 16
Total Credits Required
60 - 61


*Students must register for the "Honors" designated section of these courses.

In consultation with the Honors Director, students may substitute one honors or non-honors Humanities or Social Science course in place of one of these required honors courses: ANT 201, ENG 211, HST 215, HST 255, PHL 240 or PLS 290.

**See Honors Director for current list of courses which satisfy the Major Concentration areas.

***See Honors Director for current list of courses which satisfy the Restricted Elective areas. Students planning to transfer to an institution having a foreign language requirement should satisfy the Restricted Electives by taking a foreign language sequence.

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