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 successfully complete a minimum of three honors courses (with an average of B or better) and participate in the annual Honors Research Conference (April). To graduate as a Commonwealth Honors Scholar, students must have a minimum 3.2 GPA.

While three honors classes are the minimum, we encourage students to do more than the minimum and enroll in as many honors courses as they can to make the most out of their educational experience and enhance their transfer possibilities. Two of these courses must be seminars. 

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.

         Honors Seminars:

HUM/HST 290 World Cultures** (Professors Kalivas and Mooney)

HUM/HST 291 Latin American Literature and History** (Professors Raya and McCarron)

HUM/PSY 292 Asian Literature and Social Psychology** (Professors Millin and Kamasaki)

SOC 293 Poverty, Wealth, and Capitalism (Prof. Ogburn)

         SOC 294 Globalization (Prof. Ercem)   
         HST 295 Middle East (Prof. Kalivas)    

         Honors Courses:

         ECO 140 Principles of Macroeconomics (Prof. Kaulfuss)

ETH 101    Ethics and Society (Prof. Brocatto)

          PSY 101  Introduction to Psychology (Prof. Keen)

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: 6/10/16