County College of Morris offers both full- and part-time students an opportunity to take honors courses and/or earn an Honors degree in their major or program of study.
Honors courses are offered in the more general academic areas that are requirements for most majors. They are designed to help superior students develop their special talents, interact with other individuals of similar abilities, and enjoy an intensive and stimulating learning atmosphere. Those who qualify may take as many honors courses as desired.
An Honors degree provides exceptional students with unique study and learning opportunities that prepare them for highly specialized fields of work or transfer to the best colleges and universities in the United States. To earn an Honors degree, students enrolled in Associate in Applied Science programs must complete 16 credits of honors courses distributed among the areas of communications, humanities, social science, mathematics, and science. Students enrolled in Associate in Arts, Associate in Fine Arts, and Associate in Science programs must complete 21 credits distributed among the same disciplines.
Both Honors degree candidates and those students who decide to take various honors courses meet regularly with the honors coordinator, become part of a small community of scholars engaged in sophisticated levels of inquiry, and can apply for honors scholarships set aside for academic excellence. Special recognition of honors study is indicated on student transcripts and on the diplomas of those who attain the degree.
Students can apply to take honors courses or seek an Honors degree directly from high school or while enrolled at the college. Admission from high school requires an SAT score of at least 1100 or ACT equivalent and/or graduation in the top 20 percent of the class. Current students can contact the honors coordinator to determine their eligibility.
CCM offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Guidelines for the Foreign Language Requirement:
- When transferred to the County College of Morris, college credits for courses in foreign languages can meet the language requirements of a particular degree and/or serve as a humanities elective, free elective, general education elective or global/diversity perspective requirement for graduation, provided that the language credits come from an accredited institution.
- Students who have taken CLEP tests at CCM or through a recognized testing center can apply those credits toward a degree at CCM. No other tests will be accepted in order to grant language credits at CCM.
- Students may also fulfill this requirement through departmental examination in the languages we offer. Permission from the chairperson is required for language testing.
- If a student is a native speaker of one of the languages offered, she/he may not enroll in courses of that language. However, enrollment in the advanced levels of the language is permitted in order to fulfill an elective requirement or to fulfill the Spanish Teaching Program requirements.
- A student that has taken two or more years of a language in high school within the last three years may not enroll in the elementary level “111” of a language.
- A student that has taken more than three years of a language in high school within the last three years must enroll in the intermediate level “211” or higher of that language at CCM.
- Students are encouraged to take a different language from the one taken in high school, if any, because of transferability issues