Honors Program

The Honors Program is designed for students who are interested in joining a community of scholars and who are interested in improving their academic record in preparation for university transfer.

​MVC Honors Program Mission Statement


The Mountain View College Honors Program empowers motivated students to maximize their intellectual potential and transform the college community through noteworthy academic achievement.  This program provides these students the opportunity to pursue academic excellence through a comprehensive integrative learning pathway that challenges students to develop, refine, and enhance their scholarly inquiry through rigorous formal study, responsible community service, and participation in unique learning experiences.  

Honors Program vs. Honors Scholar

his table is intended to clarify the distinction between Honors Scholars and the Honors Program.

​Honors Scholar

​Honors Program

​Open to all students

​Open to all students

​To complete, students must:

  • Earn completion with Honors (A#) in at least six courses

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5

  • Courses need not be on Honors Pathway

  • Honors Projects an option in “standard” courses

  • Honors project = long-term assignment due at or near end of semester

  • Honors project reflects MVC value statements

  • Incomplete Honors Projects do not count against students’ grades

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​To complete, students must:

  • Complete the Honors Pathway (30 credits + Honors course(s) established by discipline

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0

  • Present at formal MVC Event

  • Complete at least one Service Learning Project or Academic Cooperative

  • Participate in at least one Experiential Learning Excursion

  • Serve either as Student Ambassador or Peer Tutor

  • Contribute to MVC Campus Media Publication

  • Attend at least six Honors Program designated events


Points to consider:

  • The Honors Scholar and the Honors Program are intended to complement each other.

  • The Honors Scholar and the Honors Program are not mutually exclusive.

  • The Honors Scholar and the Honors Program are not mutual requirements.

  • One need not participate in the Honors Pathway to received Honors Scholar distinction.

  • One need not receive Honors Scholar distinction to complete the Honors Program.


Overview of Pathways

The Honors Pathway

At least 30 credits must be completed in courses designated either as WICS courses or Honors Courses.

Honors Program students must complete the following honors courses:

  • ENGL 1301 (Composition 1), ENGL 1302 (Composition 2), and either ENGL 2322 (English Literature 1) or ENGL 2332 (World Literature) (9 Credits)
  • HIST 1301 (US History 1) and HIST X3XX (Any History) (6 Credits)
  • GOVT 2305 (US Federal Government) and GOVT 2306 (Texas State & Local Government) (6 Credits)
  • PHIL 2303 (Logic), PHIL 2306 (Ethics) (6 Credits)
  • 3 additional credits of the student’s choice, either in ENGL 23XX (Any Literature) or PHIL. 
  • Additionally, at least 9 credits must be completed as Honors Courses within the student’s degree plan (AA, AS or AAT)
The above courses constitute those shared by all Pathways in the Honors Program.  Individual pathways will contain additional requirements. 

The Honors Pathway for Sustainability Scholars

Thanks to our commitment to scholarly alignment, Honors Program Students seeking recognition as a Sustainability Scholar are able to meet both sets of requirements by following the Pathway described below.  Again, at least 30 credits must be completed in courses designated either as WICS courses or Honors Courses.

Honors Program Sustainability Scholars must complete the following honors courses (Variations appear bold-faced below):

  • ENGL 1301 (Composition 1), ENGL 1302 (Composition 2), and either ENGL 2322 (English Literature 1) or ENGL 2332 (World Literature) (9 Credits)
  • HIST 1301 (US History 1) and HIST 1302 (US History 2) (6 Credits)
  • GOVT 2305 (US Federal Government) and GOVT 2306 (Texas State & Local Government) (6 Credits)
  • PHIL 2303 (Logic), PHIL 2306 (Ethics) (6 Credits)
  • 3 additional credits of the student’s choice, either in ENGL 23XX (Any Literature) or PHIL.
  • ECON 23XX (Principles of Economics 1, 2 or Economics of Global Issues)
  • Additionally, at least 6 credits must be completed as Honors Courses within the student’s degree plan (AA, AS or AAT)


FAQ

Likely frequently asked questions about the Mountain View College Honors Program

 

Q: We have an Honors Program?

A: Yes, we do.


Q: OK, so what is the Honors Program?

A: The Honors Program is a comprehensive Learning Pathway designed to refine and enhance the Values of Mountain View College by providing opportunities for Mountain View College Students to excel both in and out of the classroom and be recognized for their achievements.


Q: So what is THAT supposed to mean?

A: It means that students have a new set of options to accomplish great things here at MVC.


Q: Oh yeah?  How?

A: By completing the Honors Program, getting recognized for it at commencement and on their transcripts.


Q: OK, so what is the Honors Program exactly?

A: The Honors Program includes:

  • A specific course pathway towards completion of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree where honors credit is offered for at least 39 credits,
  • Experiential Learning through college-sponsored excursions,
  • Community engagement through service learning, internships and academic cooperatives,
  • College-wide enrichment through formal study groups and campus events,
  • Leadership through peer tutoring, mentorship and the Student Ambassadors
  • Academic excellence through participation in campus presentations and college publications.

Q: Is this anything like the Honors Scholar?  Are they the same thing?

A: No they are not, but they can complement each other. 

The Honors Scholar provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate academic excellence through outstanding achievement in specific courses, above and beyond the standard requirements of the course. 

To receive the Honors Scholar distinction, a student must earn honors credit in at least 6 courses.  This means that for each of those courses, he or she must:

  • Complete a course with a grade of “A” and have completed a long-term Honors Project for that same course, or

  • Complete a Writing Intensive Course with a grade of “A”

Either distinction appears on the student’s transcript as a grade of “A#”.  Any student may attempt an Honors project, just as any student may enroll in a Writing Intensive Course Section.

The Honors Program includes a course pathway where certain courses must be taken as Honors Courses or as Writing Intensive Courses.  This pathway includes courses common to both AA and AS degrees totaling 30 credits, as well as at least 9 credits specific to AA or AS degree plans which must be taken as either Honors Courses or as Writing Intensive.

To complete the Honors Program, the student must:

  • Complete the Honors Pathway for his/her Academic Program

  • Present at a MVC Academic Festival/Conference

  • Complete at least one Service Learning Project or Academic Cooperative

  • Participate in an Experiential Learning Excursion

  • Serve either as a Student Ambassador or Peer Tutor

  • Contribute to an MVC Campus Media Publication

  • Attended at least Six Honors Program Events

  • Maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0

In addition, Honors Program participants must meet with an honors advisor to plan out how to complete the Honors Program Pathway.  The 30 required credits common to both AA and AS degree plans should not be attempted all at once if the student hopes to complete the program successfully.  Furthermore, the pathway itself is intended to reinforce interdisciplinary and integrative learning, in order to maximize the development of transferable skills regardless of field


Q: Who is eligible to participate?

A: Any student may participate in the Honors Program.  However, to start on the pathway, the student must enroll in Pathway courses and meet with an honors advisor each semester he or she in enrolled.  At the end of each year in the program, the student’s progress will be assessed to determine whether or not he or she is on a path to completion.


Q: You mean it’s possible to drop out of the program?

A: Yes. At the end of the First Year, the prospective Honors Student must have accomplished the following:

  • Successfully completed at least 3 Honors courses

  • Maintained a minimum GPA 3.0

  • Met with Honors Advisor both semesters

  • Attended at least two Honors events in Academic Year

  • Applied for the Student Ambassador Program

At the end of the Second Year, the Honors Student must have accomplished the following:

  • Successfully completed at least 6 Honors courses

  • Maintained minimum GPA of 3.0

  • Met with Honors Advisor both semesters

  • Attended at least two Honors events in Academic Year

  • Completed at least one Service Learning project

  • Served as Student Ambassador or Peer Tutor

The MVC Honors Program shall place an Honors Student on probation for one full Semester if (s)he has not met the minimum expectations for each Year’s Honors Assessment.

The Honors Program shall dismiss the student from the Honors Program who has not met the minimum expectations for two consecutive academic years in which the student remains enrolled at MVC.  This is similar to Phi Theta Kappa membership requirements.