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Honors Classes at MassBay

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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.

MassBay Commonwealth Honors Program Admissions Application

Register for an Honors Course today!

Are you interested in small classes where dedicated Honors faculty strive to bring student engagement with the course material to another level? If so, then Honors IS for you!

Students who register for Commonwealth Honors designated courses also receive an “H - Honors” designation on their official college transcript.

See our spring Honors course offerings below and speak with a SOAR advisor about registering today!

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.


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.


Honors Classes | Spring 2021

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 Honors sections that follow:

Freshman English II Honors
MWF 9:00-9:50am
Professor Jeanie Tietjen

U.S. History Since 1877 Honors
MWF 10:00-10:50am
Professor Perry Beardsley

Beginning Spanish I Honors
MW 9:00-9:50am
Professor Marco Mena

Introduction to Sociology Honors
TR 9:30-10:45am
Professor Jason Mazaik

Honors Colloquium
TR 11:00am-12:15pm
Professors Jason Mazaik and Perry Beardsley



Contact Honors Coordinators:
Perry Beardsley
Jason Mazaik


Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)

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 Honors Coordinators Perry Beardsley or Jason Mazaik

The PTK Induction Ceremony takes place as part of the MassBay Community College Evening of Excellence.

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: →