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honors-logoPassaic County Community College is committed to academic excellence, and the Honors Program is designed to provide diligent, dedicated and passionate students with challenges and opportunities that will allow them to achieve their intellectual goals. The Program emphasizes teaching excellence, small seminar-style classes and a core curriculum of innovative courses. Honors students have numerous opportunities for interaction with faculty, specialized course work, thesis project, academic advising and mentoring.

About The Honors Program   

The Honors Program is a community of students who seek academic challenges that showcase their talent, ingenuity and creativity. Honors Program Students take classes together and progress through the program together so that they support, encourage and motivate each other to excel.

  • Honors Program Orientation
  • 4-Year College transfer coaching
  • Small, interactive classroom experiences
  • Faculty relationship-building and mentoring
  • Specialized research participation
  • Opportunity to present at Honors Program conferences
  • Field trips and social events
  1. Is the Honors Program at Passaic County College right for me?
    Do you have a determination to grow while you are a student at Passaic? Do you enjoy being challenged? Are you looking to enhance your potential? Is your GPA 3.5 or higher? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then the Honors Program at Passaic is for you.
  2. How are Honors courses different from regular courses?
    You will be in a class with highly motivated and curious students, who come to class well prepared. There are small class sizes, allowing you more connection to your instructor and peers. Courses are structured with more interactive classroom experiences and enhanced assignments that give students the opportunity to delve deeper into the material.
  3. What other benefits are there to the Honors Program?
    • Honors Program Orientation
    • Small, interactive classroom experiences
    • Specialized research participation
    • Opportunity to present at Honors Program conferences
    • Honors Advisement
    • Faculty relationship-building and mentoring
    • 4-Year College transfer coaching
    • Access to the Center for Leadership Excellence
    • Field trips and social events
    • Honors courses recorded on the official transcript
    • Honors Awards presented at the Academic and Graduate Awards Ceremony
  4. Is it more expensive to take Honors Program courses?
    There is no additional cost to enroll in the Honors courses. In fact, some honors courses use free course materials so you could even save some money!
  5. Are NJ Stars students automatically admitted into the Honors Program?
    No, however, NJ Stars are welcomed into the Honors Program if they meet the admissions requirements.
  6. What is the difference between the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa?
    The Honors Program is an academic program where students enroll in advanced coursework. Phi Theta Kappa is the International Honor Society of two-year colleges. Phi Theta Kappa is a student led organization and is dedicated to developing leadership, service, scholarship, and fellowship.
  7. Are international students eligible for the Honors Program?
    Yes, all Passaic County College students, in-state and out-of-state, as well as part- and full-time are eligible to take Honors courses.
  8. Do Honors Program students transfer, and where?
    Honors students have been accepted, often with scholarships, at top tier schools in our region and beyond including: Columbia University, University of Michigan, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University and Fairleigh Dickinson University.
  9. What are the application deadline dates for applying to the Honors Program?
    Fall Semester: Early Decision – May 31st, Official Deadline – July 31st
    Spring Semester: November 30th
  10. Are there special registration and orientation sessions for the Honors Program?
    Yes, students who are admitted into the Honors Program will receive more information about these sessions.
  11. My Question is not answered here: who do I contact?
    After reading the FAQs and exploring the Honors Program pages and documents at http://newweb.pccc.edu/honors-program/ please contact Professor Marc Yeung, Honors Program Coordinator, at Passaic County College at myeung@pccc.edu (973) 684-6483


The Honors Program at Passaic County Community College is a sponsoring member of the annual Beacon Conference


  • Complete a minimum of seventeen (17) Honors course credits (fifteen (15) of these credits will be from the actual Honors-designated courses and two of these credits will be from the Honors capstone seminar)
  • Complete an Honors thesis/capstone project in the Honors Capstone
  • Maintain an overall institutional cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Complete Honors Program College Success Seminars. (Note: completing the series of seminars replaces taking the College Success course COL 103)
  • Complete community service


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Honors Courses  

EN 101 Composition I
EN 102 Composition II
ENS 106 Public Speaking
AE 101 Appreciation of Art
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology
HI 101 History of Western Civilization I
HI 102 History of Western Civilization II
HI 201 US History I
HI 202 US History II
MA 101 College Mathematics I
MA 103 Basic Statistics
MA 109 PreCalculus
BS 100 Human Biology
BS 103 Anatomy & Physiology I
BS 104 Anatomy & Physiology II

Day & Time

EN 102-M01H Composition II
M/W 1:10pm – 2:25pm
Prof. Redman-Waldeyer

EN 102-M02H Composition II
W/F 11:45am – 1:00pm
Prof. Della Fera

EN 102-M03H Composition II
T/Th 11:45am – 1:00pm
Prof. Redman-Waldeyer

ENS 106 – M08H Public Speaking
M/W 8:55am – 10:10am
Prof. Sanders

HI 102 – M01H History of
Western Civilization II

T/Th 4:15pm – 5:30pm
Prof. Brozyna

AE 101 – M05H Appreciation of Art
T/Th 10:20am – 11:35am
Prof. Dajnak

PS 101 – M01H Introduction
to Psychology

T/Th 8:55am – 10:10am
Prof. Murphy

MA 103 – M01H Basic Statistics
M/W 11:45am – 1:00pm
Prof. Oriente

MA 109 – M01H Pre-Calculus

T /Th 8:30 am – 10:10am
Prof. Yeung



The following will be considered when reviewing admissions to the honors program:

    • Placed at college level, completed developmental levels, or completed the ELS program
    • Earned no more than twelve (12) college credits
    • Achieved a minimum institutional GPA of 3.5 *
    • Submitted current college transcript or degree audit
    • Submitted two letters of recommendation and an essay (600-800 words)

    * Application may be submitted by current students who do not yet have a PCCC GPA. These applications will be evaluated at the end of the semester once grades are posted.

    • Completed at least 12 college level credits prior to entering PCCC
    • Achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5
    • Submitted a college transcript, which is on file with PCCC Admissions
    • Submitted two letters of recommendation and an essay (600-800 word
    • Achieved a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5 (out of 4.0) *
    • Placed at college-level in reading, writing, and mathematics – students may submit SAT/ACT scores or complete the College’s placement examination (Accuplacer)
    • Submitted an official high school transcript, which is on file with PCCC Admissions
    • Submitted two letters of recommendation and an essay (600 – 800 words)

    * GPA and transcript may be submitted before completion of the school year.


Submit an online Honors Program Application. The Application will be reviewed by the Honors Program Advisory Committee. Successful applicants will be notified by mail/e-mail of their acceptance to the program

    • Fall Semester
      Early Decision: May 31
      Official Deadline: July 31
    • Spring Semester
      November 30
  • Letters of recommendations should be from a college faculty member, high school teacher, or counselor.
    • Topic 1 – Robert Greenleaf said, “Good leaders must first become good servants.” What is a pressing problem facing our nation, and how do you hope your college experience will prepare you to address it?
    • Topic 2 – Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” How will you use your education to develop into a person “of value” within our community?
    • Topic 3 – Vivienne Westwood said, “The age in which we live, this non-stop distraction, is making it more impossible for the young generation to ever have the curiosity or discipline…because you need to be alone to find out anything.” For the millennial generation, how should colleges prepare students to think creatively?

Click here to apply to the program.

Missed the application deadline? Want to try one course before applying to the program? You can take one Honors course without being admitted to the program if your GPA is 3.5 or higher. Click here to request permission to enroll in a single Honors course.

Meet Our Faculty  

Honors Advisory Board

Contact Us   

Honors Program Coordinator

Prof. Marc Yeung
(973) 684 – 6483

Visit our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PCCCHonorsProgram

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