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Honors Program

There are two major categories of awards and honors at El Centro College. The Honors Program includes classes in which students may receive honors credit that is annotated on transcripts. In addition, honors scholars receive additional acknowledgement at graduation. The second category of awards and honors are Academic Transfer Awards that recognize students who have demonstrated scholarship in particular fields of study. Below, you will find detailed information and requirements for these honors and awards programs. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mark Thames at mthames@dcccd.edu. His office phone is 214 860 2697 and his office is C352.


  • Honors Contract PDF - Both student and professor should download, print and fill out this document. Each copy should be sent by interoffice mail or hand delivered to the Director of the Honors Program, Dr. Mark Thames, C352.
  • Honors & Awards Brochure


  1. What is the Honors Program?
  2. What is "Honors Credit"?
  3. What are the criteria for a student to be an "honors student"?
  4. What is the difference between an HONORS COURSE and a course with an HONORS OPTION?
  5. In what disciplines are honors/honors option courses offered?
  6. What are some typical projects or special assignments honors students do?
  7. What is the relationship between the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa, the Community College Honor Society?
  8. What advantages are there to being in the Honors Program?
  9. What has become of some honors students of the past?
  10. How do I apply for Honors Option?
  11. Who do I contact for more information?
  12. What is an Honors Scholar?
  13. How do I get a(an) Academic Transfer Award(s)?
For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.