The Honors Program provides an innovative academic curriculum for outstanding students committed to distinction. Through an exploration of timely issues and timeless debates, the program offers coursework designed to foster learning through creativity and reflection.
Piedmont Technical College offers two approaches to honors coursework.
Honors students can enroll in a specific honors course, capped at a small class size for more personal, one-on-one instruction.
Students can also work directly with an instructor of their choice to add an honors enrichment component to a traditional class setting.
These approaches can be combined throughout your time in the program for a truly customized experience.
Honors courses will include challenging, topical coursework, taught by Piedmont Technical College’s most talented instructors. Example topics include:
Philosophy 101 - Finding Oneself Outside Oneself
English 202 -Wonder Woman: Popular Contemporary Women Writers (1945 – Present)
History 201 - Seeing Stars (and Stripes): Early American History
Chemistry 110 - How the World Really Works: The Chemistry Behind Reality
Psychology 201 - Psyched: The Science Behind Psychology
Math 120 - Statistics: Your Life Counts
Spanish 101 - Speakin' Costa Rican: Elementary Spanish I
Spanish 102 - Living La Vida Costa Rica: Elementary Spanish II
A variety of one-hour honors seminars will be offered throughout the program. These unique courses are designed to introduce students to the honors experience, cultivate leadership skills, and help students develop their honors capstone research project, which will be presented to the college community.
A variety of topics will be explored in the seminars: career opportunities; articulating a vision through a personal statement or resume; team building, and learning how to empower yourself and others.
Guest speakers will enhance the class environment, allowing students to learn from leaders in the community and the college. Discussion of service and community projects, as well as preparation for optional trips overseas or within the U.S, will expand students’ knowledge of the world around them. Reflecting on where they’ve been and where they’re going, students will record their travel adventures in a journal and/or final paper.
After your time as an Honors Program student, you’ll be exceptionally well prepared to transfer into the four-year institution of your choice. Some institutions may allow you to transfer your PTC honors credit directly into their honors program, for a full, four-year honors experience. PTC offers a variety of Bridge and Transfer options to help prepare a seamless transition to your destination school.