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Honors Programs


To earn semester honors, a student must have completed at least 8 credits in courses in which a letter grade is assigned and earn a semester G.P.A. as follows:

  • high honors: 3.50 or higher
  • honors: 3.20-3.49

Alpha Chi Honors Society

Pine Manor College is a member of Alpha Chi, a national honor society established to recognize academic achievement in all disciplines. To be eligible for membership, a student must:

  • Be pursuing a degree
  • Be a junior or senior, as defined by academic credit
  • Have completed one year of academic residency
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher
  • Have earned a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher in one semester of her junior or senior year

Honors Seminars

Honors Seminars are offered on a variety of topics every year to first and second year students with a minimum 3.20 G.P.A, or by invitation. Various faculty members facilitate these discussions with related readings and insight. The credit-bearing seminar provides an exceptional learning experience that supplements the academic programs for students.

Honors College Composition: Controversial Issues

This class is offered to students with exceptional achievement in CC 110 or for those that have met the required Accuplacer score. The class emphasizes the rhetoric of analytic and persuasive writing and information literacy in the context of the research paper.
Prerequisite: By recommendation of instructor or placement test.

Honors for the Bachelor of Arts

Those B.A. students who have achieved a superior academic record for their four years are recognized at Commencement. To be eligible to graduate with honors, a student must complete a minimum of 64 semester hours at PMC, and her cumulative G.P.A. must be:

  • summa cum laude: 3.75 or higher
  • magna cum laude: 3.50-3.74
  • cum laude: 3.20-3.49

Honors for the Associate Degree

A.A. or A.S. recipients who have achieved a superior academic record are recognized at Commencement. To earn this distinction, the student must complete her degree with a cumulative G.P.A. as follows:

  • high honors: 3.50 or higher
  • honors: 3.20-3.49