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Berkshire Honors Scholars Program
  • Are you interested in a challenge?
  • Would you like to take rigorous courses that engage the intellect?
  • Would you like to meet other like-minded students?

Then you should consider joining the Berkshire Honors Scholar Program.

The Berkshire Honors Scholars Program at BCC provides a creative and challenging student-driven experience that provides a unique opportunity to "travel hopefully" through the learning process toward the goal of realizing a student's full potential. The program is designed for highly-motivated and capable students who want to pursue the highest level of academic achievement possible at BCC, and who are interested in courses that ask students to go a bit further, to look a bit more deeply, and to work more independently.

Students wishing to enter the Berkshire Honors Scholar Program must demonstrate previous academic success and be accepted into an associate degree program at BCC. ( Admissions Requirements ) Students accepted into the program will have a challenging academic experience working closely with faculty mentors and will benefit from increased potential for scholarships and transfer. The program is not a degree program, but a set of demanding requirements that apply to a student's BCC degree program.

If you join the program you will participate in academically rigorous cross-disciplinary honors colloquia (as well as other honors courses). These seminar style courses take a broader perspective on a topic and use the tools of two or more disciplines. Past colloquia include "Sustainable Ecotourism in the Berkshires," "The Philosophy of the Life Sciences," and "Seventeenth Century Thought." What all of these topics have in common is that they provide a broad base of understanding that goes well beyond the subject material. They provide you with a crucial knowledge that will connect to and support many other courses that you take and they provide you with important analytical and critical thinking skills that are crucial to academic and workplace success.

In addition, students in the program get together with the Honors Coordinator and program faculty at least twice a year to have lunch, chat about the program and discuss their academic plans. You can also stop by and meet with the Honors Coordinator to discuss course selection, transfer plans, how to pick a major, or just talk. In addition to a great academic background, the program helps you join a community.

Graduation from the honors program occurs when students graduate from their degree program and meet the honors' program Graduation Requirements . A detailed description of the requirements and procedure for applying to the program are available from Stacy Evans (see below). The Berkshire Honors Scholar Center (Second Flr., Rm. H-237) provides a quiet place for honors program students to relax or study.

When you graduate from the Honors Program you will be especially well prepared for the challenges that await you as you continue your academic training or enter the workforce.


  • a challenging and stimulating academic experience;
  • unique opportunities for study and research;
  • close working relationships with faculty mentors;
  • increased range of transfer opportunities to bachelor's degree institutions;
  • greater potential for earning scholarships at BCC and other colleges;
  • special recognition on academic transcripts and at graduation.

For further information
or to receive an honors application, contact:

Stacy Evans, Honors Program Coordinator
(413) 236-4563 or
or stop by Room H235