The Commonwealth Honors Program provides students in the state’s public colleges and universities with an intellectually stimulating educational foundation for becoming independent thinkers and lifelong learners. Completing your degree within the Commonwealth Honors Program at BHCC designates you as a Commonwealth Honors Program Scholar and guarantees your transfer to the Commonwealth College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst or to an honors program at any Massachusetts state college or university where you have been accepted. Students in the CHP can also participate in the Commonwealth Transfer Compact, the Joint Admissions Program and the Tuition Advantage Program for transfer to four-year public colleges and universities. Participation in this program will also enhance applications to private four-year institutions.
The Commonwealth Honors Program at the College takes a leadership role in achieving the College’s mission and goals. CHP seeks to provide opportunities for students to excel academically in a rich and challenging environment and to develop a community of scholars that is inclusive and that builds on the strength of the College community’s diversity.
Some students enter this program immediately from high school. Others are returning BHCC students.
To be admitted into the Commonwealth Honors Program, you must be:
An Honors component is an additional part of a regular course in which a CHP student works with an Honors advisor and the course professor to design an enriching and academically rigorous experience that earns Honors credit. Examples might be special research in a chemistry or psychology course, an art portfolio, or an analysis of an author’s works. Completion of an Honors component in a course will earn an Honors designation on your transcript.
The Honors Seminar is an interdisciplinary three-credit course that allows students to develop their research skills by exploring the theme chosen for the semester from both a scientific and humanistic perspective. Recent topics have included dreams, evil, epidemics and pandemics, waging war / waging peace in the nuclear age, and nature as “other.” In the Honors Seminar you will develop an Honors project and present the results of your research at the Honors Seminar Presentation Program. The seminar offers ample opportunity for class discussion. A 15-to-20-page research paper and a presentation are required. The Honors Seminar satisfies the Menu 6 distribution requirement.
Students participating in the CHP at BHCC may also enroll in internships or service learning projects. For further information contact the Career Center at 617-228-2245, or stop by Room M101 on the Charlestown Campus.
The College offers two scholarships of $500 for CHP students. One scholarship is awarded for tuition to a continuing BHCC Honors Program student, and the other is awarded to a student who has completed the Honors Program at BHCC and is transferring to a four-year institution.
Additional BHCC scholarships are available to meritorious students. Visit the BHCC website for a complete listing of scholarships and awards, or call the Admissions and Transfer Counseling Office at 617-228-2284.
Members of the Commonwealth Honors Program have transferred to such institutions as Tufts University, Wellesley College, Smith College, Amherst College, the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Pennsylvania, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Yale University, Cornell University, Boston University, Boston College and Brandeis University.
Or visit the Honors Center in Room E145 on the Charlestown Campus.