Honors Courses & Components

There are four main types of honors courses you can participate in:

  • Colloquia
  • Courses
  • Components
  • Independent Studies

To find the currently offered courses in WebAdvisor, type the word HONORS into the keyword search.

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For further information contact:

Matthew Muller
Honors Coordinator 

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  • Honors Colloquia

    These are seminar style interdisciplinary courses that look at wide ranging topics that help students think more broadly and critically. They will also help support your other courses by helping you learn how to investigate academic areas on your own and connect what you learn in one class to another one.

    Past Colloquia Include:

    • Conspiracy Theories in American History
    • Seventeenth Century Thought
    • The Philosophy of the Life Sciences
    • Graphic Novel and Comics as Cultural Barometer
    • Gothic Literature and Film
    • Disease and Disability: A Historic and Holistic View

    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 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.

    Each honors student must take at least one colloquium to graduate as a Berkshire Honors Scholar. You may take more than one to fulfill the three course requirement.

  • Honors Courses

    These are special sections of regularly scheduled courses that are restricted to honors students only. They cover the same material as non-honors sections and fulfill the same requirements, but involve more independent and deeper work. These will be listed under their discipline with an H added (e.g. ENG 298H). To see which courses are currently offered type the word HONORS into the keyword search in WebAdvisor. 

    Past courses include:

    Irish Literature
    Environmental Advocacy
    The Harlem Renaissance
    The 1960s: The Turbulent Decade
    Social Problems
    Modern Poetry

  •  Honors Components

    These one credit independent studies are attached to a course, which results in that course counting as one of the three required honors courses. These are in-depth research projects on an area jointly determined by the faculty member and the student. They must result in some written work that will be kept on file in the Berkshire Honors Scholar Offices. They may also include a presentation, performance, or work of art. Students will add and pay for one additional credit.

    Process for Adding a Component

    • Students should contact their professor in advance of the first day of classes to make sure the professor is able to work on an honors component that semester.
    • Students should notify the Honors Coordinator once there is agreement on the potential for adding a component to the course.
    • Students must meet with the Honors Coordinator no later than the first week of classes to start working on the proposal. Students contacting the Honors Coordinator after the first week of classes will not be permitted to add a component.
    • Proposals for honors components are due no later than the end of the third week of classes.
  • Honors Independent Studies
     Honors independent studies are like regular independent studies. They are availble to fulfill an intellectual investigation that is not found in the regular curriculum at BCC. Students should find a professor to teach the independent study; the schedule for organizing an independent study is the same as that for components.