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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 Students Selected to Present Research

Members of the Freshman English II class presented research at the Commonwealth Undergraduate Research Conference at University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday April 24th.

Topics included the Tsarnaev brothers’ relationship and the Boston Marathon bombing, the french fry as symbol of recent political issues in Venezuela, a case for compensating college athletes, at risk youth and athletics (including a case study of lacrosse in a small town near the Gaza Strip), life in and beyond the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints Church, and more.

Spring 2015 classes currently running:

  • American History II
     Faculty Perry Beardsley
  • Modernity
     Faculty Robert Tarutis
  • Freshman English II
     Faculty Jeanie Tietjen

Fall 2015 Honors courses pending. For immediate information, please contact Honors Coordinator Jeanie Tietjen at or 781.239.2203.

You may also contact Academic Advising for more details (781) 239-2775 or  Or if you are on campus, feel free to make an appointment in person or drop in to the Advising Office


Dean Christopher La Barbera, Humanities Division – (781) 239-2463 or
Dean Chitra Javdekar, STEM Division – (781) 239-2585 or
Dr. Lynn Hunter, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer - (781) 239-3120 or


For more information on this semester’s honors course offerings, please email Honors Coordinator Jeanie Tietjen or the Office of the Provost


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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