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Unlock your full potential in the SCC Honors Program. Jump into unique learning opportunities, impactful service projects, and work side-by-side with faculty mentors. Be challenged to think critically, push beyond your limits, and make a meaningful impact on the world. It is a journey of personal and academic growth, and so very memorable.

How It Works

Complete Honors Seminar, an Independent Study, and Service Learning Project. You need to earn six credits to finish the program, so choose a second independent study or second service project. Each course is recorded on your transcript and counts toward graduation. 

This three-credit Humanities course is designed just for you and your classmates. Explore challenging topics that push your creativity and critical thinking. From the topic of the class to the discussions and debates, this course impacts how you see and view the world.

Past seminars have covered:

  • The Biology of Cancer
  • Sustainable Energy: Alternatives for the Future
  • Diversity and Disability through Autobiographical Literature
  • Growing Up Midwestern
  • Violence in Schools: The Lost Students

Pick, design and complete a project on a topic or issue that interests you, and earn a credit. Sounds big, but we know you can do it. In fact, a faculty mentor with expertise in your project area provides you with guidance and encouragement from start to finish.

Interested in seeing past Independent Studies? You can find them at the SCC Library, a few examples include:

  • A criminology student examined murder in the Quad Cities over a 15-year period, discussing trends and presenting hypotheses about gang involvement.
  • An elementary education student created a 70-minute video of American Sign Language students signing children’s stories and nursery rhymes.
  • A radiology student created a 2-hour presentation that was delivered at a professional radiology conference.
  • A psychology student wrote a research paper on the use of corporal punishment with children based on Biblical teachings.

Serve your community earn a credit. Volunteer 33 hours at a not-for-profit organization, journal about your experiences, and write a paper sharing what you loved, learned, and how it changed or reinforced your views. This experience will be memorable, and quite possibly, life changing.

Some past examples of Honors Service Learning Projects include:

  • Serving as a lab assistant at Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
  • Assisting with surgeries and spaying and neutering animals at the Quad City Animal Welfare Center
  • Assisting in the Special Collections Department at the Davenport Public Library
  • Educating teenagers about HIV and AIDS at the AIDS Project of the Quad Cities
  • Providing clerical assistance for the Illinois Quad City Chamber of Commerce
  • Answering crisis lines and observing counseling sessions at the Davenport Domestic Violence Center
  • Learning disaster relief procedures at the Quad City Red Cross

Please Join Us! 

  • Current students need to complete at least 12 credit hours of college-level courses and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
  • Recent high school grads need to bring a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, an ACT score of 25 or higher, a SAT score of 1000 or higher, or previous participation in you high school’s TAG program.
  • See the Honors Program Student Handbook for more information.

Questions? We’d love to answer them, share details, verify your eligibility, and let you know when and where your class meets. Contact: