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Honors Program


The Honors Program at Wor-Wic Community College provides qualified students with an opportunity to challenge their academic potential through enriched learning experiences. The program features small classes (maximum of 15 students) characterized by extensive interaction between faculty and students and an emphasis on collaboration and inquiry. The honors program encourages analytical and creative thinking through the writing of long and short essays and the reading of original works of significant writers and thinkers from classical through contemporary times. The program consists of two core courses (ENG 200H and IDS 200H) and a selection of elective courses in a variety of disciplines. At least five electives are offered each year.

An important advantage of the Honors Program is that students who successfully complete the program's two core courses will have fulfilled the first two course requirements in the honors programs at Salisbury University and University of Maryland Eastern Shore. In addition, all honors courses are printed with the "H" designation on the student's transcript, and successful completion of the Honors Program is noted on the graduation program and college diploma.

To graduate from Wor-Wic with the Honors Program designation, a student must enroll in the two core courses plus any two other honors courses for a total of 12 credit hours. Some students elect to enroll in only one or two honors courses for purposes of fulfilling their degree requirements while others complete every honors course offered.

Honors Group

Honors courses are offered each fall and spring semester on the following schedule:

ENG 200H Critical Thinking and Writing (core course)
SOC 101H Introduction to Sociology
SPH 101H Fundamentals of Oral Communication
MTH 152H Elementary Statistics
ENG 200H Critical Thinking and Writing (core course)
ENG 151H Fundamentals of English II
HIS 151H World Civilizations II
ART 101H Introduction to Art History
IDS 200H Scientific Thought and Data Analysis (core course)

Melissa Reddish

Honors Program Director:
Melissa Reddish
Office: BH 329
Phone: 410-334-2859

Implementing Honors Courses in Your Degree Program

Students and faculty can determine how to implement honors program courses into their program of study as general education requirements and electives. Review the honors courses by degree program to help with the implementation.

Entrance Criteria

To accommodate students with diverse backgrounds and needs, the honors program offers a range of entrance criteria. Students may enter the honors program or take an honors course if they meet one or more than one of the following criteria:

  • Possess a combined reading and mathematics SAT score of at least 1,100;
  • Possess a composite ACT score of at least 24;
  • Hold a high school diploma with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher (unweighted for certificate of merit courses);
  • Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.50 over nine credit hours at Wor-Wic or from a transfer institution;
  • Possess acceptable placement assessment scores at Wor-Wic; or
  • Are recommended by the honors program committee.

Honors Designation

To receive designation as an Honors Program graduate at commencement, a student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Complete ENG 200H and IDS 200H with grades of "B" or better
  • Complete two other honors course with grades of "B" or better
  • Receive an overall grade point average of at least 3.00 in all honors courses
  • Maintain an overall grade point average of at least 3.25 while enrolled at Wor-Wic

Academic Opportunities

Beyond the enriched curricula offered through our honors courses, the Honors Program offers its students many other academic opportunities:

  • National Collegiate Honors Council conference
  • Maryland Collegiate Honors Council conference
  • Portz Award for Outstanding Honors Student from a Two-Year College in Maryland - $500 annually
  • Wor-Wic's Faculty Honors Scholarship - $500 annually
  • Seminar-style dedicated Honors Program classroom
  • Small class size (no more than 15 students)
  • Computers with printers and a quiet study space available when Honors classes are not in session
  • Honors seminars
  • Field trips to enrich learning experiences
  • The "Honors Horizon" - an annual program newsletter
  • Honors Social for Honors Program graduates
  • Academic advising and seminars to assist in applying for scholarships and transferring to four-year colleges
  • Articulation agreements with Salisbury University's Honors Program
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