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Honors Classes at MassBay

BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARSCommonwealth Honors Program logo

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.


Fall 2023 Honors Courses

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:

English Composition I ~ EN-101-002H [8314]
MWF 9:00-9:50am
Wellesley Campus

American Literature I  ~ LI-203-004H [8295]
MW 11:00am-12:15pm
Wellesley Campus

U.S. History To 1877 ~ HS-105-004H [8647]
TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm
Wellesley Campus

Principles of Management ~ MG-101-012H [8143]
TuTh 11:00am-12:15pm
Wellesley Campus

Introduction to Sociology ~ SO-101-013H [8079]
TuTh 12:30pm-1:45pm
Wellesley Campus

Honors By Contract Option

Once a student is accepted into the Honors program, the student can choose to do an Honors contract for no more than one (1) course, which goes toward fulfilling the requirements for completing the Commonwealth Honors Program. After securing your course instructor’s permission to “honorize” the course, download and print the Honors contract, carefully read the contract’s instructions, review the contract with the instructor, and agree on the required additional project with your course instructor. Once completed, return the form to an Honors co-coordinator for final approval. Contact info is below.

Honors Contract →


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: →


Contact Honors Coordinators:
Perry Beardsley
Jason Mazaik



Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society

DAP logoPurpose:

Because of the negative stereotyping associated with disability, students have been reluctant to identify themselves publicly. Delta Alpha Pi presents an opportunity to change that perception by recognizing students with disabilities for their academic accomplishments. By their open acknowledgement of their disability, they serve as role models for other students with disabilities and advance the goals of Delta Alpha Pi on their campuses and in the community. In addition, this honor society facilitates development of leadership, advocacy, and education for participating students. Students are also eligible for scholarships through Delta Alpha Pi.

To learn more about Delta Alpha Pi visit the international webpage:

Delta Alpha Pi is an academic honor society founded to recognize high-achieving students with disabilities who are attending colleges (including community colleges) and universities as undergraduate or graduate students. Over 170 institutions have established a chapter to recognize students’ academic achievement.


Please reach out to the Advisor, Lisa Armstrong Smith: or call 781-239-2234.