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Honors Classes at MassBay


MassBay Community College’s Honors classes provide you with opportunities to challenge yourself and to engage with your peers, professors and the community in new ways. In our Honors classes, you will explore challenging topics through inquiry, writing, critical thinking and oral presentation.

What are the ADVANTAGES of honors classes?

  • Smaller classes
  • Transcript notation designating Honors level course
  • Intellectually challenging curricula
  • Networking with other undergraduate scholars
  • Original research opportunities
  • Colloquia opportunities
  • Membership in a larger community of scholars across the Commonwealth

How do I FIND OUT MORE about an honors level class?

Anyone may apply to take an honors course. Enrollment criteria for admission to individual honors courses vary according to the discretion of the faculty and department offering the course.

MassBay is offering four Honors courses in Spring 2016.

Honors classes are Honors-level sections of regular courses offered at the college.

The core activities of the classes are consistent with regular sections, but each course offers unique opportunities:

  • US History Since 1877 offers interactive learning in addition to readings and more traditional approaches. Meets Social Science elective!
     Instructor Perry Beardsley
  • Law & Society explores the many and often controversial cross-over points between culture and society such as the evolution of mass incarceration and also the death penalty. Counts as a Social Science Elective, and you do NOT have to be a legal studies or criminal justice major to take this class!
     Instructor Marc Stanton
  • Ethics explores the philosophical dimensions of fundamental issues in culture and society, and counts as a Humanities elective.
     Instructor Alan Goldman
  • English 102 Honors offers a semester long introduction and practice to the research, writing, and presentation of a major research essay.
     Instructor Jeanie Tietjen

Honors sections are identified as Honors level courses on your outgoing transcript, and enhance your transfer applications. Honors sections offer unique opportunities to work with faculty and other students in an especially motivated and rewarding environment.

If a student has a B+ or higher GPA, anyone in the Advising Office may enroll that student, with no additional contacts or permissions, in the Spring 2016 Honors sections that follow:

Freshman English II

MWF 9:00-9:50 Wellesley campus
Professor Jeanie Tietjen

HS 106-004H
U.S. History Since 1877
(meets Social Science elective!)
MWF 11-11:50 Wellesley campus
Professor Perry Beardsley

(meets Humanities elective!)
TR 9:30-10:45 Wellesley campus
Professor Alan Goldman

EXCEPTION: one additional criteria

Law & Society
(meets Social Science elective!)
TR 12:30-1:45 Wellesley campus
Professor Marc Stanton

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Honors Coordinator Jeanie Tietjen: or 781.239.2203.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)   Phi Theta Kappa Key

PTK is a national honor society for students at two-year colleges who exhibit an outstanding academic performance throughout each semester. PTK eligible students will be sent a membership invitation early in the semester. To learn more about PTK membership at MassBay, please contact Jeanie Tietjen

The 2015 PTK Induction Ceremony takes place as part of the MassBay Community College Evening of Excellence, held on Thursday, May 7th.

To learn more about PTK:

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

PTK scholarships & money matters:

Finding Scholarships through MassBay and PTK/College Fish: Please see the PDF version of the College Fish PowerPoint presentation »




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