Program Requirements

Eligibility for the Commonwealth Honors Program (CHP):

  1. Current students with a minimum 3.2 GPA and at least six college level credits. 
  2. New students need a minimum B+ high school average.

CHP Graduation Requirements:

  1. Minimum 3.2 GPA and a B average for all honors courses.
  2. Complete a minimum of three honors courses: two from the 200 level seminars, at least one must be team taught, and one can be from the 100 level honors courses. Three is the minimum requirement, but students are encouraged to take as many honors seminars/courses as their schedules allow to maximize their honors experience and improve transfer options. 
  3. Research Project: all CHP courses have a college level research paper/project that includes a well developed thesis statement or research question, and multiple sources using one of the accepted documentation methods (MLA, APA, or Chicago). More information on research is provided in the Research Conference section of this website and within individual honors courses. Additionally, students must present their research each year while in the CHP at the Annual Honors Conference held in April.

200 Level Honors Seminars:

HUM/HST 290 World Cultures (team taught)

HUM/HST 291 Latin American Cultures (team taught)

SOC 294 Globalization

Honors Courses:

CHE 251/252 Organic Chemistry/Lab I & II

ETH 101 Ethics and Society

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

ENG 101 English Comp 1 Honors

ENG 102 English Comp 2 Honors


Honors Option Contract Eligibility:
Completion of two honors seminars/courses, minimum 3.2 GPA. 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.

For more information, contact the Commonwealth Honors Office at 781-280-3553 or

Last Modified: 6/9/20