Program Requirements

Students with a minimum 3.2 GPA and 12 or more college level credits are eligible for membership in the Commonwealth Honors Program. Membership in the program begins when students enroll in honors seminars/courses. To graduate as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar, students must complete a minimum of three honors courses with a B or better and participate in the annual Honors Poster Conference (April). This means at least three honors courses, but students are encouraged to take more honors level courses to make the most out of their educational experience and enhance their transfer possibilities. Two of these courses must be seminars. To graduate as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar, students must have a minimum 3.2 GPA.

Entering students with no prior college experience can also join the program if they have graduated high school with a B+ average and score 6 on the Writing and 90 or better on the Reading College Placement Test. 

Specific Commonwealth Honors Scholar Graduation Requirements

1. Minimumof three honors courses are required to graduate as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar. One course must be an interdisciplinary team taught seminar denoted by the double asterisk (**) below. Please note, students must enroll in at least two honors seminars either team or taught by a single instructor. Students are encouraged to take additional honors courses such as Honors ENG 101 and ENG 102.


HUM/HST 290 World Cultures**

HUM/HST 291 Latin American Literature and History**

HUM/PSY 292 Asian Literature and Social Psychology**

ECO/SOC 293 Poverty, Wealth, and Capitalism**

SOC 294 Globalization

HST 295 Middle East


ENG 101 English Comp Honors

ENG 102 Introduction to Literature Honors

2. Honors Option Contract: to be eligible for an honors contract, students must satisfy the following criteria: completed two honors seminars, have a minimum 3.2 GPA, completed twelve college level credits, B or better in English Comp I or English Comp II.  Once these criteria are satisfied, the approval of the instructor and the honors program director are required before the student can proceed with an Honors Option Contract. 

3. Students must participate in the Annual Honors Poster Conference (April).

Contact the Commonwealth Honors Office

781-280-3553 or

Last Modified: 9/9/15