Student who are interested in challenging themselves, want to take courses that ask you to go a bit further and look more deeply, and engage with their like-minded peers should consider applying for the Berkshire Honors Scholars Program at BCC.
The Berkshire Honors Scholars Program at BCC provides a creative and challenging student-driven experience with 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.
The students in the program work together both in and out of the classroom. There are opportunities to get together as a group several times each semester. Enjoy lunches, coffees, and informal gab sessions; discuss career choice, college transfer options, and how to navigate the College. Students can meet, rest, or do quiet study in the dedicated Honors Center on campus.
Berkshire Honors Scholars have transferred to a wide variety of four-year institutions including:
- Amherst College
- The Commonwealth College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Cornell University
- Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
- Marlborough College
- Mount Holyoke College
- The New School
- University of Massachusetts Boston
- Smith College
- Westfield State University Honors Program
Our courses are the center of the program. They are small and student centered. Most are seminar style courses that take a broader perspective on a topic. They provide you with crucial knowledge that will connect to and support many other courses you take, as well as helping you to think more analytically and critically.
In these courses you might write your own graphic novel, study the Tulip Bubble of 1637 (like the housing bubble, but with tulips), or compare monsters and things that scare us now and in the past.
To find out what courses are currently being taught, go to WebAdvisor, select the current semester, and type HONORS in the keyword search.
Out of classroom learning is important. Therefore, we like to take students off campus for dynamic learning experiences whenever possible.
Past honors scholars have visited venues that were relevant to their coursework, such as the Graphics Arts Museum in New York City, the 9/11 Museum, various branches of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., the Environmental Center in Cape Cod, and multiple museums around the county.
There are also opportunities to attend and present at regional and national honors conferences. Recently, four students attended the Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Two other students attended a previous conference in Niagara Falls, New York. Additionally, many students have presented at the annual Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference.
THE COMMONWEALTH HONORS PROGRAM
We are also a member of the Commonwealth Honors Program. Members include all four University of Massachusetts campuses, seven State University campuses, and fourteen community colleges.
Students who fulfill the Berkshire Honors Scholar graduation requirements and are accepted to any Commonwealth Honors Program member institution are guaranteed admission to the honors program at that school. This includes the Commonwealth College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.