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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. Unless currently enrolled in Washtenaw Technical Middle College, all applicants must be high school graduates or possess a GED.

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/

Applicants must also submit a resume of their accomplishments and a cover letter in which they state their case for admission to the program. Additionally, applicants may be asked to provide a writing sample and/or sit for an interview with the Honors Director.

Students must also meet one of the following requirements:
- a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher (if less than 20 college credits have been completed)
- college GPA of 3.5 or higher (if 20 or more college credits have been completed)
- an ACT score of 25 or higher
- an SAT score of 1150 or higher

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.

Honors students must successfully complete a minimum of 20 Honors credits to receive the AAHLA degree.

Contact Information

Humanities, Social & Behav Sci
Social Science Dept
Ian Rush


(Items marked in orange are available online.)
Semester 1 (Fall)
Class Title Minimum Credits
COM 101 Fundamentals of Speaking 3
ENG 111 Composition I * 4
PHL 123 Critical Thinking * 3
Elective(s) Natural Sciences 4
Total 14
Semester 2 (Winter)
Class Title Minimum Credits
ANT 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology * 3
ENG 226 Composition II * 3
Elective(s) Computer and Information Literacy 3
Elective(s) Math 4
Elective(s) Natural Sciences 3 - 4
Total 16 - 17
Semester 3 (Fall)
Class Title Minimum Credits
ENG 211 American Literature I - Before 1900 * 3
HST 255 Making the Modern World * 3
PHL 240 Social-Political Philosophy * 3
First Year Language I ** 5
Open Elective 3
Total 17
Semester 4 (Winter)
Class Title Minimum Credits
HST 215 History of U.S. Foreign Relations * 3
PLS 290 American Power in the 21st Century * 3
PSY 270 Social Psychology and Global Applications * 3
First Year Language II ** 5
Total 14
Total Credits Required
61 - 62


*Students must register for the "Honors" designation section of these courses.
**These are suggested electives. Some four-year colleges require a foreign language. Each honors student will develop an individualized curriculum that meets General Education/MTA and the requirements for their intended four-year college in consultation with the Honors Director.

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