Honors Program

The Honors Program at Durham Technical Community College provides advanced opportunities for learning, leadership, and service within the arts and sciences curriculum. This program ensures that academically motivated students are able to enrich their (and others’) experience in the classroom, on campus, and in the community, preparing them for meaningful participation in the global economy.


To be eligible, students must:

  • Have an overall GPA of 3.2.
  • Have completed all developmental course work prior to the semester in which they attempt an Honors option.
  • Not have been reported for academic dishonesty during any of their academic work.
  • Submit a project proposal (approved by instructor) to the directors of the Honors Program by the end of the third week of the semester via the Honors Program web page.
  • Submit two academic recommendation forms to the directors of the Honors Program via the Honors Program web page: one form needs to be completed by a former instructor, and the second form needs to be completed by the Honors Options instructor.


The deadline for submitting both the project proposal contract and the reference form for Spring Semester 2016 is January 29. All proposals will be reviewed and approved by the Honors Program directors and a committee of faculty.

Please review the Honors Program application and recommendation form via the Honors Program web page.

How to Participate

To participate, the student must:

  • Approach an instructor offering Honors Options by the first week of the semester; if there is no Honors Option course on the student’s list, the student should approach any one of his/her instructors and request if he/she can commit to an Honors project; the final decision is up to the instructor.
  • Submit a recommendation form from an instructor/teacher who can vouch for the student’s academic excellence; the form must be submitted via the Honors website by the third week of the semester.
  • Request that the Honors Options instructor also submit a recommendation form on student’s behalf via the website.
  • Collaborate with the instructor to design an Honors proposal; proposals are due three weeks into the semester, along with the two recommendation forms.
  • Present Honors project either as an oral presentation or as a poster presentation before administration, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Earn a final grade of A or B in the course in order to receive an Honors designation, which will be determined by the instructor.

Benefits of Participation

  • Opportunity to do in-depth research and writing related to a particular subject
  • "Honors” indication on transcript.
  • Eligibility for Honors designation on transcripts and diploma upon completion of a minimum of 12 hours of Honors course credit with an A or B in each course and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Special recognition at graduation.
  • Enhanced transfer opportunities.
  • Participation in Honors Program functions.
  • A competitive edge on applications for transfer to other colleges and universities.
  • Letters of reference, upon request, from Honors Program directors.

Students who do not complete the entire program (12 credits of Honors) will receive a letter or recommendation or some verification of these Honors activities.

A quote from a spring 2015 Honor's Program student:

My honors project was a wonderful experience. It gave me the ability to analyze a work of literature through the lens of another discipline, and it significantly improved my critical thinking and analysis skills. I also enjoyed listening to other students' presentations; there was a sense of camaraderie and respect among all the honors students. But most importantly, I enjoyed conducting my own research project. It was extremely rewarding to be able to analyze a text for myself and present my findings in front of a group of students and professors. If I had the chance to take another honors course, I would do so, and I encourage everyone to pursue an honors project if they feel it is in their best interests.

Consequences of Not Completing Honors Program

  • Students accused of plagiarism will be removed from the program and will not be able to apply again for an Honors course; this is non-negotiable.
  • Students who do not complete at least one activity per semester will be under review by the directors and the instructor.
  • Students who attempt but do not complete an Honors project/section will be under review by the directors and the instructor.
  • Students who do not maintain the required GPA of 3.2 will be put on under review by the directors and the instructor; if they do not meet the required GPA of 3.2 by the following semester they will be removed from the program.

Honors seats are limited and very competitive. Register early and plan accordingly.