Academic opportunities at JCC

The Honors program at Jamestown Community College provides stimulating, honors-designated courses, events, and fieldwork projects for select student participants.

Honors program perks

  • Complete advising and registration one week prior to general registration, so you’ll get your first selection of courses.
  • Attend special events, such as the JCC president’s roundtable discussions.
  • Receive special library privileges.
  • Be recognized at the annual Honors reception and commencement after completing the program.
  • Earn an honors citation in your academic transcript after completing the program.

Eligibility requirements

If you are enrolling at JCC for the first time with fewer than 12 college credits, you must have a high school grade point average of 90% or better, be eligible to take a college-level English course and MAT 1540, and have a reading score of 80 or better.

If you have 12 or more college credits, you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better, and be eligible to take a college-level English course and MAT 1540.

All placement tests must be completed before you can be considered for the Honors program.

To stay in the program, you must:

  • earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better,
  • complete a minimum of nine hours of honors designated coursework,
  • complete at least one honors fieldwork or service learning course, and
  • attend at least four honors engagement activities.

You are encouraged to enroll in one honors designated course each semester. If you do not enroll in an honors course for two or more consecutive semesters (excluding summer), you will no longer be considered an Honors program participant and will forfeit program benefits.

Program coursework

Honors courses provide additional challenges, an emphasis on writing and critical thinking skills, and give you the chance to explore an issue in greater depth.

Beginning fall 2018, to earn JCC’s honors citation students must successfully complete a three-credit hour honors symposium course as well as two one-credit hour honors project courses. The symposium courses use a hybrid model (In-person and online) that allow students to approach a global topic from diverse perspectives.

Fall 2018 honors courses

3901 ANT 7514 3 HONORS Symposium: Want and Waste - Global Food Systems

  • Students will understand how food is one of our most basic needs. Few of us think about how food is produced, where in the world it comes from, or how it must travel to get to us. This course helps students understand social, political and economic processes such as colonization, industrialization, and corporatization, and how they laid the foundation for the current global food system. Students will also engage with ongoing, contemporary concerns such as the relationship between agriculture and the environment, food waste, labor practices, food aid, and how race, class, gender, and nationality impact our experience of food systems. Throughout the course, we’ll look at how people resist and reshape food systems, and how we can find alternatives that do more to protect people and the environment. Prerequisite: eligibility for ENG 1530; Reading score 80+; enrollment in honors program. Mandatory in-person class sessions are 8 4 p.m. Saturday, September 8; 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, November 8; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 1. The balance of the course will be online.

New and continuing honors students may register for these honors project courses:

  • 3899 INT 2015 1 HONORS Project I
  • 3900 INT 2515 1 HONORS Project II

Honors students are required to successfully complete two one-credit, project-based honors courses which are related to courses in which they are currently enrolled or have recently completed. Each project must include some form of applied learning: field-work, internship, service learning, innovative/creative project, and/or undergraduate research. After registering, the students will be guided by the honors program coordinator and their advisors to identify a course to which to link the project and a faculty instructor.

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