Honors Program

For more information about the TNCC Honors Program, please contact:

Jacqueline L. Spencer, Asst. Professor
433-A Hastings Hall
(757) 825-2929




The purpose of the Thomas Nelson Community College Honors Program is to provide the academically advanced student an enhanced educational experience beyond the requirements of a traditional classroom environment. The Honors Program provides an environment of heightened intellectual inquiry which furthers critical thinking skills, communication skills, and an appreciation of an interdisciplinary approach to global awareness. Honors courses are limited to small enrollments and are facilitated by seasoned faculty members who encourage active participation from the honors student in the learning experience.

The Honors Program is available to students who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement, clear educational goals, and high levels of self-direction and motivation. The student accepted into the Honors Program will undertake honors quality work in designated honors classes. A student can also complete the requirements for the Honors Program by fulfilling contracts for course credit which are developed with the instructors of regular courses that are not offered at the honors level.

Under limited circumstances, a qualified student may receive permission to register for an honors section of a course without requesting admission to the Honors Program.


For general admission and program requirements, refer to the Admission Requirements to the College as well as the individual Curriculum Requirements.

Recent high school graduates must demonstrate a grade point average of 3.25 and must complete the application for the Honors Program. The application is available from the Office of Student Services, the Honors Program Coordinator or online from the College’s internet website. Following acceptance to the College and the submission of the Honors Program application, the applicant will have an interview with the Honors Coordinator who will determine acceptance into the program.

Current Thomas Nelson Community College students must have completed at least 15 credit hours with a grade point average of 3.25, submit a completed Honors Program application and must have a recommendation from a current faculty member to be considered for admission to the Honors Program. Current TNCC students applying to the Program will have an interview with the Honors Program Coordinator. Exceptions to these guidelines can be made on a needs basis.

Program Requirements

Successful completion of the Honors Program is contingent on continued academic excellence in regular course work, participation in honors level course work, academic success in honors level courses, and continued enrollment in the College. To receive honors designation on the diploma at graduation, the student must satisfactorily complete at least 15 credits hours in courses which are offered at the honors level. The student must complete at least one semester of the one-credit honors colloquium series. The honors colloquia are a series of seminars and group activities which focus on particular themes dependent upon that semester’s honors colloquium faculty leader. Themes will vary from one semester to the next, allowing the honors student to enroll in the colloquia for up to three semesters.

Students may also fulfill a portion of the required 15 credit hours by completing honors contracts. Awarding of honors credit for contract coursework is contingent upon fulfillment of the contract in accordance with the standards specified in the contract.

Honors Program Benefits

  • Members of the college’s Honors Program are provided with unique opportunities. Some of the benefits include:
  • Small class enrollments of academically motivated students.
  • Stimulating classes which encourage challenging course work.
  • Designation of Honors courses on the student’s transcript.
  • Recognition at graduation for successful completion of the Honors Program.
  • Mentorship relationships with faculty.
  • Personalized academic advisement.
  • Invitation to eligible students for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, the international honors society for two-year schools.
  • Opportunities to meet, work and socialize with other Honors students
  • Co-curricular activities sponsored by the Honors Society

For Further Information

Students interested in pursuing coursework as part of the Honors Program can contact the Honors Coordinator:

Jacqueline L. Spencer, Asst. Professor
433-A Hastings Hall
(757) 825-2929