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The Minor in Honors Studies offers students in every program at Dutchess Community College the opportunity to develop their potential to the fullest by taking intellectually challenging, stimulating and academically rigorous Honors classes, thus complementing and enriching their respective major curricula. The Minor in Honors Studies features smaller classes that allow for greater personal interaction with faculty; individually supervised research projects and community-based service learning projects.
Honors education at DCC transcends the boundaries of the traditional classroom, as honors students take on leadership positions on campus, and are encouraged to participate in intellectual and scholarly activities in the local community and their respective academic fields. Students graduating with this distinction are academically well-rounded, civic minded and globally conscious citizens.
Students who have graduated from high school with an average of 90 or above, or in the top 10% of their class, are eligible to pursue a Minor in Honors Studies. Current first- and second-semester DCC students who have a 3.25 average also may be eligible. Students must declare a major of study and be pursuing an associate degree program in order to declare a minor. An interview with the Honors Minor coordinators will be part of the acceptance process.
Through individual academic advisement and intensive counseling, students enrolled in A.A. or A.S. programs with a Minor in Honors Studies are prepared to transfer to competitive four-year institutions. In the past, DCC Honors students have transferred to Cornell University, New York University, Vassar College, Smith College as well as SUNY’s selective four-year campuses. Honors Studies students enrolled in A.A.S. programs will graduate with enhanced competitiveness for the workplace.
Qualified students unable to commit to the entire Honors Studies sequence may enroll in individual honors courses if they fulfill eligibility requirements for the program or with the written permission of the Honors coordinator. Please note that courses specific to the Minor do not automatically count toward the major program of study, although in some cases they may. Students should speak to an advisor before registering to ensure a balance between Major and Minor requirements.
As the Minor in Honors Studies complements a student’s major curriculum, some learning outcomes may overlap with those of a student’s major curriculum. In addition, students who minor in Honors Studies will be able to:
To earn an associate degree with a Minor in Honors Studies, the following must be completed in addition to the requirements of the student’s academic Major:
Students should work closely with their advisors to create a plan of study that incorporates these requirements without adding an undue burden of additional credits.
For more information contact Dr. Werner Steger at firstname.lastname@example.org; (845) 431-8522.