The Honors Program at South Suburban College provides unique educational opportunities for academically talented students. By emphasizing challenging intellectual content, Honors courses provide an enriching educational experience and enhance opportunities at transfer institutions.
Applicants must meet two of the following criteria. One must be from Group I; however, both may be from that Group:
- High school GPA of 3.5
- Upper 10% of high school graduating class
- ACT of 25 or better
- SAT of 1100 or better
- SSC GPA of 3.5 (12 hours minimum of 100-level courses or above)
- Placement test scores of 85 in Writing and 82 in Reading
- High School Equivalency (HSE) test score of 3000 or better
- Recommendation from SSC instructor
- Recommendation from high school instructor
To remain in the Honors Program, students must maintain a 3.25 GPA.
Application forms are available online or in Room 3223, the Counseling Center, the Honors/ Phi Theta Kappa Center (Room 4255) or from the Coordinator of the Honors Program. Applications are accepted at any time.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have attended SSC and have accumulated 12 semester hours of college-level credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better, you qualify for membership in SSC's Honors Program. There are other ways to qualify. See the details on the Academic Recognition section of SSC's WebPage.
First of all, because nothing bad will happen to you, and there is every likelihood that something good will happen. Second, because it's simple and free.
For starters, free tuition for any honors courses you take while at SSC. And free lunches each semester with fellow honors students, faculty, and staff. Don't forget the prestige of having "Honors Program Member" stamped on your transcript. And last but hardly least, there's the opportunity to take some truly thought-provoking courses, which have been specially developed by SSC faculty.
Honors course work is indeed more challenging, but Honors courses are not merely more of the same work you would do in a non-honors course.
No. Honors students are graded against the performance of the entire student body, not merely against other honors students. For example, an essay, which earned a "B" grade on an assignment in English 101 Honors, would have earned a "B" grade in a non-honors English 101 course.
Simply fill out an Honors application and submit it to the office indicated on the form. These applications are available from the Honors Coordinator, Dr. Herman Stark, Room 3471; from Christin Miller, Room 2134; or from the brochure holder outside the Honors/Phi Theta Kappa Center, Room 4255.
No. Phi Theta Kappa is an international Honor Society whose main function is to recognize student achievement. It requires a 3.5 GPA to join and a $60 membership fee ($30 fee if you are on financial aid). PTK members have many additional opportunities and benefits. Learn more about the college's Phi Theta Kappa chapter
Summer 2014 Honors Course Schedule:
Register early to ensure enrollment
|ENG 206 401
||World Literature I
||12:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Tu & Th; Room 3339
|HFA 108 401
||Introduction to Film History
||9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Tu & Th; LHC
|PSY 101 401
||Introduction to Psychology
||9:00 A.M. - 11:00 a.m. M & W; Room 3476
All offices and extensions are at South Suburban College's Main Campus 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, IL 60473
English, Office 3114, ext. 2460
Communications, Office 3126, ext. 2368
Communications, Office L240, ext. 2479
Biology, Office 4469, ext. 2251
English, Office 3132, ext. 2327
Philosophy, Office 3146, ext. 2486
English, Office 3122, ext. 2369
Dr. Herman Stark
Philosophy, Office 3471, ext. 2547
Counseling, Office 2350P, ext. 2393
Dr. Steven D. Vivian
English, Office 3221, ext. 2323
Biology, Office 4469, ext. 2250
English, Office 3223, ext. 2047
The Honors Program is most ably assisted by:
Christin Miller, Honors Program clerical assistant, Office 2134, ext. 2200
Honors Program Coordinator:
Dr. Herman Stark,
Office 3471, ext. 2547
Questions about Honors? email@example.com