The mission of the San Juan College Honors Program is:

  • To promote critical thinking and higher level learning among students who are seeking those challenges
  • To provide learning opportunities in cross-disciplinary and innovative, creative environments beyond the traditional curriculum
  • To better prepare students for their careers, for scholarship opportunities, and for transfer to four-year institutions

Honors courses are offered each semester and are available to all students. Honors sections of core courses may be substituted for regular sections. Honors special topics courses will fulfill elective credits toward graduation.

The Honors Program sponsors students to attend academic conferences and to participate in field trips. Additionally, there are Service Learning opportunities for Honors students as well as enriched classroom study through primary and independent research and seminars.

Honor Courses

Honors Sections of Core Courses

Honors sections of core courses are open to all students and may be substituted for regular sections. Students should expect a higher level of class participation and greater responsibility for directing learning activities.

San Juan College offers Honors Courses in two basic formats:

  • Embedded Honors Courses: core courses regularly offered with both honors and non-honors students enrolled. Honors students conduct more in-depth investigations of topics and are held to higher academic standards than non-honors students.
  • Special Honors Topics Courses: offered periodically. These classes provide opportunities to study a variety of topics, often in an interdisciplinary and/or seminar environment.

Honors courses are offered each semester and are available to all students. Honors sections of core courses may be substituted for regular sections. Honors special topics courses will fulfill elective credits toward graduation.

Spring 2015 Honors Classes

Honors Service Learning

Honors Service Learning Classes are classes in which the Honors module encompasses service learning. Students can graduate with a distinct Honors Service Learning Designation with 4 Honors Service Learning Courses; otherwise, the Honors Service Learning Courses count toward regular Honors credits.

There are countless advantages to partaking in Honors Service Learning courses. As part of the Honors program, students can acquire scholarships and a graduation designation. San Juan College has an outstanding, established Service Learning program. By doing the service learning, students can assist their community, get applied experience utilizing what they learned, and build their resume, all of which makes them more desirable to future employers and higher education institutions.

Research also shows that students who do service learning often are more involved in and excited about class work. Students in the Honors program push themselves to higher academic goals. Students interested in partaking in the Honors Service Learning Program will need to enroll in courses characterized HSLC. Look for courses with this label or ask your instructor. Honors Service Learning courses are taught in a wide and extensive variety of subjects.

Service Learning Registration Form and Packets

Faculty who are looking for resources to incorporate service learning into their courses should visit the National Service Learning Clearinghouse.

Experienced service learning instructors are available to assist faculty with fabricating efficient Honors Service Learning requirements. For further questions and requests for information, whether from students, faculty or community organizations, contact Danielle Sullivan at sullivand@sanjuancollege.edu (505-566-3641) and/or Terry Swan at swant@sanjuancollege.edu (505-566-3546).

Graduation Honors

Students who complete 12 hours of Honors courses with no grade less than 3.0 in an Honors course, a cumulative grade point average in all Honors courses of no less than a 3.25, and a cumulative grade point average of no less than a 3.25 overall will graduate as a San Juan College Distinguished Scholar.

Distinguished Scholars receive special recognition at graduation, and their status as an Honors graduate is permanently recorded on their transcript.

Merrion Distinguished Scholar Awards for 2014-2015

In addition to Graduation Honors, each year at the Honors Forum and Reception student will be recognized in the following categories.

Merrion Master Scholar: Students who complete a minimum of 19 hours of Honors Courses with no grade lower than a “B” with a minimum and overall GPA of 3.60 in those courses.

These students will receive a Merrion Master Scholar Certificate, have their name permanently engraved on the Merrion Master Scholar Plaque in the Learning Commons Lounge, and receive a check for $300.

Merrion Distinguished Graduate: Students who complete a minimum of 12 hours of Honors Courses with no grade lower than a “B” with a minimum and overall GPA of 3.25 in those courses.

These students will receive a Merrion Distinguished Graduate Certificate, and receive a check for $200.