Greenville Technical College Honors Program

The Greenville Technical College Honors Program is designed to enhance the college experience for bright, highly motivated students. Small, challenging classes encourage give and take between student and instructor, enhance opportunities for independent research, and allow the student to pursue individual goals.

The Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, follows the guidelines established by the NCHC, and has continually received favorable external reviews by that organization.

Benefits

  • Enhanced educational opportunities within the two-year college setting
  • Greater challenges
  • Additional extracurricular opportunities
  • Greater variety in material presentations
  • Better reception by transfer destinations
  • A community of learners
  • Community service opportunities
  • Greater preparation for the future
  • More emphasis on communication and critical thinking skills
  • Leadership opportunities
  • More opportunities for mentoring

Our mission

The mission of the Honors Program at Greenville Technical College is to enhance the academic experiences of selected students who desire a challenge, take responsibility for learning, and seek intellectual and cultural stimulation. This motivated community of scholars has opportunities beyond the traditional classroom to develop to their fullest potential through community/college service projects, colloquia, and leadership activities that connect their enriched academic coursework. The program serves as a catalyst for innovative development not only within the honors curriculum but also within other courses.

Is Honors right for you?

If you are highly motivated, you’ll have the opportunity to take on a rewarding learning experience. In small classes, you’ll interact more closely with faculty and a community of learners who welcome the level of challenge that you have sought. If you meet the requirements, you’ll be able to graduate with honors, a designation that will be noted on your transcript and announced during the graduation ceremony. This designation on your transcript should enhance your transfer opportunities.

Eligibility and Requirements

The Honors Program is currently open to all students seeking Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees and most Associate of Applied Science degrees including nursing, visual arts, and engineering transfer students. Please contact the Honors office for a full list of programs. If your degree is not part of the Honors Program, you may be able to take honors courses with special permission.

  • Greenville Technical College students are eligible to apply for acceptance into the Honors Program if they have a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher and at least nine transferable credit hours.
  • High school students entering Greenville Technical College should have a high school GPA of at least 3.5 or a score of 1150 or above on the SAT or 26 on the ACT with two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student's academic performance, at least one of whom is a high school teacher.
  • To complete Honors Program requirements, you must take at least six classes with the honors designation, one of which must be the honors leadership seminar. In addition, you must fulfill a community service requirement.

Apply for the Honors Program

Program details and courses

Honors classes are modeled after graduate seminars. They are small, allowing maximum interaction between students and instructors Lecturing is minimal. Instead, students are expected to be well prepared for class to encourage a highly participatory process. Honors course offerings change each semester; for a current list, please go to our course schedules page and select Honors Courses.

Honors Core Curriculum

Currently Honors courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters and only on the Barton Campus. Honors courses are not offered during summer semesters. You must take a minimum of six Honors classes, including one mandated course, the Honors Leadership Seminar (HSS 295), in order to complete the program and graduate with the Honors designation. Every attempt is made to offer enough course selections for new and continuing students. The courses listed below are subject to change if necessary.

Contract courses are also available on a limited basis. Please visit the Honors Program office for more information on contract courses. 

Typical Honors Semester Course Offerings

The following Honors courses are typically offered during Fall semesters:
ART 101
BIO 101
BIO 210
COL 105
ENG 101
HSS 295
MAT 120
Behavioral / Social Science (varies by term)
Humanities / History (varies by term)
Literature (varies by term)

The following courses are typically offered during Spring semesters:
ART 105
BIO 102
BIO 211
ENG 102
HSS 295
SPC 205
Behavioral / Social Science (varies by term)
Humanities / History (varies by term)
Literature (varies by term)

Accreditation

Greenville Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Greenville Technical College.