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Academic Honors

From the 2016-2017 Catalog

Academic Honors

Dean’s List Requirements: (As of Fall 2013 Semester)

Full-time students who are matriculated in a certificate or degree program and who have successfully completed 12 or more credits of work in qualifying semester with a GPA of 3.4 or higher. Part-time students who are matriculated in a certificate or degree program who have completed 12 or more credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher. Subsequent recognition of the completion of an additional 12 or more credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher, and at successive intervals of 12 credits may be achieved.

Students who are in a probationary status are NOT eligible for Dean’s List recognition, even if their cumulative GPA might otherwise make them eligible.

Academic Honor Societies

Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), is the international honor society for two-year colleges. Students are rewarded for their high academic achievement with exclusive scholarships and leadership development opportunities. Eligible students who join HCC’s Chi Rho chapter of PTK develop skills in leadership, team work, and project management. They also have the opportunity to partake in scholarly research, campus events, community service, and attend PTK regional and national conferences. Membership eligibility requirements: completed 12 credits of college-level courses (may include transfer courses); 3.50 or higher GPA at HCC; currently enrolled at HCC in a degree or certificate program either as full- or part-time students. For more information, visit

Psi Beta©
Psi Beta is the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. It is the first two-year honor society approved for membership in the Association of College Honor Societies, which regulates membership requirements. Psi Beta was founded for the purpose of stimulating, encouraging, and recognizing students’ outstanding scholarship and interest in psychology. Psychology students become members by invitation of the college chapter

Alpha Beta Gamma
Housatonic Community College has a chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma, the International Business Honor Society. This society encourages scholarship among two-year college students in business. To be eligible for membership, a student must be enrolled in a business curriculum and must have completed 40 academic credit hours in courses leading to a degree. Additionally, the student must have attained a 3.2 GPA in business courses and a 3.2 overall cumulative average. Members are eligible for scholarships at four-year institutions, and have networking and leadership opportunities available through a variety of activities.

Tau Upsilon Alpha
Established in 2006 as a program of the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), Tau Upsilon Alpha is a national honor society for students, alumni, and faculty in the field of Human Services. The purposes of the honor society are to honor academic excellence; to foster lifelong learning, leadership, and development; and to promote excellence in service to humanity.

Epsilon Pi Tau
Epsilon Pi Tau is an international honor society that encourages academic excellence in fields devoted to the general study of technology. Students who are enrolled in programs in science, engineering, and technology may be invited to be initiated into Epsilon Pi Tau upon completion of 30 credits in prescribed courses with a 3.00 GPA and the recommendation of their faculty advisor.