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Commonwealth Honors Program

The Honors Program provides students and faculty with opportunities to enrich their learning experiences at Cape Cod Community College. We offer courses, advisement, scholarships, and support dedicated to the academic success of Honors students. Highly motivated students can pursue independent research, collaborate with faculty and fellow Honors students, develop critical thinking skills, and prepare for advancement to Commonwealth Honors Programs.

Honors Program Qualifications

Students entering from high school determine eligibility for admission to an Honors option in a regular course, as well as for an Honors course, if they meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • Attain assessment score of 276 or better on the Accuplacer test, which indicates eligibility for Honors English Composition I
  • Achieve a combined SAT score of 1200
  • Provide high school transcript to verify high school GPA of 3.2 or better
  • Test into English Composition I and provide an Honors recommendation from a high school faculty member or guidance counselor.

Currently enrolled students and transfer students qualify when they meet the following criteria:

  • A grade point average of 3.2 or better

Students who enroll after an interruption in their schooling may qualify for the Honors Program based on ONE of the following criteria:

  • Achieve a combined SAT score of 1200
  • Students taking the Fresh Start option may qualify by attaining an assessment score of 276 or better on the Accuplacer test, which indicates eligibility for Honors English Composition 


Commonwealth Honors Program Contract  PDF document


Spring 2021 Commonwealth Honors Reception

Every year, students in the Commonwealth Honors Program present their research to the College community at the Commonwealth Honors Reception. Check out the amazing presentations from our 2021 class here:

Fall 2021 Information

Fall 2021 Honors Courses
(Prerequisites apply)

ENL101 H 001 13 English Composition I Honors
Mondays/Wednesdays 11 am-12:15 pm (On campus)
Instructor: Thomas Schaefer 

PSY101 H 001   General Psychology Honors
Tuesdays/Thursdays 12:30-1:45 pm (Remote)
Instructor: Krystin St. Onge

COM103 H 002 08 Human Communication Honors
Monday/Wednesday 9:30 - 10:45 am (Remote)
Instructor: Lisa Heller Boragine

Sample Honors Papers
See examples of previous Honors papers:

Poster Template

Important Honors Program Dates for FAll 2021

  • Honors Contract proposals due: Thursday, Sept. 23 by 5:00 pm (Submit signed copies to Prof. Martin or Cindy Pavlos)
  • Honors Abstracts due: Thursday, Oct. 21 (submit by email to cpavlos@capecod.edu)
  • Honors Reception posters due: Wednesday, Nov. 17
  • Honors Program reception: Wednesday, Nov. 24

Other Opportunities to Participate

  • Honors Center, Top Floor Tilden Arts Center: Monday–Friday, 8:00am–4:00pm and by appointment. The Honors Center is a place for Honors scholars to study and to interact with other Honors students.
  • The Honors Club, which is open to all students, meets on Fridays at 1:00pm on the top floor of the Tilden Arts Center at the round table.

Contact the Honors Program Coordinator

Kate Martin, Honors Program Coordinator
Phone 774.330.4665
E-mail kmartin@capecod.edu
Location MM Wilkens 207 (Prof. Martin) or
Frank Wilkens 204 (Cindy Pavlos, Honors program assistant)