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Honors Program General Information

The Honors Program at Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) provides the opportunity for academically motivated students to participate in challenging and rewarding educational experiences. The purpose of the Honors Program is to foster greater depth of thought in reading, writing, research, experiential events, and discussion with faculty,​ and guest lecturers that will better prepare honors student to complete their college degrees or to begin their careers. A variety of academic scholarships are available to eligible Honors Program students.
Honors students at Chandler-Gilbert Community College form a community of bright, energetic and caring students who are committed to their classes, to the Honors Program, and to the college.
Additional information about the Maricopa Honors Program can be found at:  http://www.maricopa.edu/honors

Eligibility and Graduation

Participants' efforts are reviewed each semester to determine continuance in the Honors Program. All students in the Honors Program who have completed at least 15 credit hours of Honors coursework, have earned a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher, and have completed the minimum required co-curricular events will graduate with special recognition and wear an Honors Program medallion with their cap and gown. A notation is also placed on the official transcript.

Honors Orientation

All new Honor Students must attend a mandatory Honors Orientation - this is in addition to the New Student Orientation.

See your MyMaricopa Schedule for date, time, and location of your scheduled Honors Orientation.

Important Notes:

  • A student must be admitted to the Honors Program BEFORE registering for and attending Honors Orientation
  • A student admitted to the Honors Program will receive a letter in the mail with instructions in relation to the orientation and registering for an honors course
  • A student must have the honors assistant enroll him/her to register for the Honors Orientation section. Please email honors@cgcmail.maricopa.edu to request registration in one of the Honors Orientations.
    • A student must specify in their email which orientation they will be attending - please refer to the Honors Program acceptance letter for further information

Registration is required for all orientations.

PLEASE NOTEHonors Orientation is not the New Student Orientation.  New Students must also register for New Student Orientation. Students who fail to attend and Honors Orientation will lose eligibility for that semester and will not be awarded the scholarship and will be responsible for that semester's tuition.

Honors Designation Form

Special Requests/Designation Requests must be made before the beginning of each semester.  Special Requests will not be considered/processed after the beginning of the semester.  Only students making special requests should submit this form. Students who enroll in all honor classes and honor option classes will automatically have the honors designation on the course, as long as you enroll in the correct section!

When registering for classes, you should choose your Honor Course first and build the rest of your schedule around your Honor course. Remember, you must be enrolled in the classes before you submit a request!  We cannot designate it as your honors class, if you are not enrolled in the course.
Please be sure to give both a 1st and 2nd choice. We cannot guarantee special requests, so we recommend that you enroll in an approved all honors or honors option class.

Special Requests are only considered for students who are in the fourth semester of their program of study (or possibly third) and only if there isn't an honors course available that they can use. The Honors Advisor will confirm that special requests are the only option for the student once the request is made.

If an honors section exists for a course that is requested, the request will be denied. You need to enroll in the honors section of that class. Enroll in that class and build the rest of your schedule around the Honors Course.
For graduation purposes (if you intend to graduate with honors from the Honors program--see handbook for requirements), if you want two honor classes this semester, please be sure to enroll in TWO classes with honors option available from the list.
Note:  If an honors option is dropped from a course, due to a faculty or schedule change, we will try to notify you of the change as soon as possible, and the student will then need to choose another class.  The Honor Program reserves the right to change Honors course offerings at any time.  The student is responsible for verifying that his/her class is designated as an honors class for him/her before the beginning of the semester.  Students can verify that information by checking their course schedule/notes on MyMaricopa.
Please note that requests for psy 101 (except for the All Honors Section) and psy132 (except for the sections already offered with honors option) are automatically denied. Math division denies all requests for all MAT classes below MAT151. Requests for classes for which there is an honors only class or an honors option class will be denied! Check the list of all honors courses and honors option classes before submitting special requests.

Students should NOT contact the instructor directly. All special requests must be submitted to the Honors Office. The Honors Directors review the request. If approved by the Honors Program, the division and faculty is then contacted for division/faculty approval.
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Please choose from the list of approved Honor classes first. Special requests are only considered under special circumstances (such as a fourth semester student who needs classes for graduation). If you make a special request for your Honors Course, you should not drop this course and request another. Please plan carefully!

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Required First-Semester Honors Courses

New Presidents' Scholars must enroll in one of the special honors courses their first semester. Refer to your acceptance letter for the specific courses that meet this requirement. Honor Achievement Scholars (Fee Waiver) may enroll as outlined by program requirements.

Honors Option Courses

Presidents' Scholars after their first semester, Presidents' Scholars who start the program in the Spring, and Honor Achievement Scholars enroll in Honors Option courses as outlined by their program requirements. In Honors Option courses, Honors students work with faculty to design challenging academic activities to enhance their level of learning. Activities may include designing a special project within the course, serving as a tutor in the Learning Center, serving as a mentor in ESL or composition courses, attending the Lecture Series, or Service Learning experiences.