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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.

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 Honors sections that follow:

Freshman English I
MWF 9-950
Instructor: Jeanie Tietjen

American History I
MWF 11-1150
Instructor: Perry Beardsley

Introduction to Sociology
MWF 10-1050
Instructor: Jason Mazaik

Spanish in the Community: Service Learning and Travel Abroad
MWF 12-1250
Instructor: Marco Mena
Students will engage in service learning projects while using the Spanish to communicate. This course is intended for those who already have some skills in Spanish, whether they are heritage, native, or second-language learners. Additionally students will look at different theoretical perspectives on the topic of service-learning as a pedagogical process, and as a method to create or enhance community-building. Prerequisite: Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.500 and SP 101 (Completion of SP 102 also recommended) or instructor permission.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Honors Coordinators Perry Beardsley or 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: →