The Honors Program

Admission to the Honors Program is now occurring on a rolling basis. If you are eligible and you are interested in applying, please do so right away!


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The Honors Program is dedicated to providing Kishwaukee’s most exceptional, highly motivated, and forward-thinking students with opportunities for intellectual growth, academic challenge, and greater competitiveness when transferring to another school or applying for a job. The program connects the expertise of Kishwaukee College faculty with a select group of students who are eager to demonstrate their own abilities and their willingness to learn on a new and higher level.

Benefits of Participation

Students who take Honors courses—especially those who complete the Honors Program and earn Honors designation on their transcripts—enjoy significant advantages when transferring to other colleges or applying for a job. Success in Honors courses suggests to admissions officers and employers that you are highly intelligent, dedicated, motivated, and goal-oriented. While in the Honors Program at Kishwaukee, you will have the advantage of working with the Honors Advisor and registering early for your classes, participating in Honors-themed activities, and enrolling in unique courses that will increase your knowledge and skill set while enhancing your competitiveness in academics and the job market.


To be eligible for the Honors Program, you must meet either of the following conditions:

  • Entrance Track #1: You have completed at least 12 credit hours of 100-level or above coursework at Kishwaukee College or another accredited institution, with a cumulative college GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Entrance Track #2: You are a new high school graduate (or are about to be) with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.75 or higher

How to Apply

Admission to the Honors Program occurs on a rolling basis, so one may apply for the program at any time. However, email notices will be sent out each semester to eligible students suggesting that they apply by a certain deadline in order to receive preferential consideration for enrolling in Honors courses in the next semester. If you meet the eligibility requirements (above), please fill out the Application for Admission and follow the directions on the form in order to complete an application. Decisions on admission to the program will be announced via email approximately three days after a completed application has been received (if a student is applying for admission on a rolling basis), or ten days after the preferential consideration deadline sent to eligible students each semester.

Summer/Fall 2014 Honors Sections

Because Honors courses enable unique and rewarding academic interactions between faculty and students, special sections of select courses will be set aside for Honors students. Honors credit can only be earned by taking these approved courses; previous coursework in these classes will not count towards the Honors Program, because Honors students will be doing new work in these special sections. The following courses/sections will be available for Honors credit:

Courses for Summer 2014
Course Title Sect.(s) Days/Times Instructor
ACC 121 Financial Accounting 1H01 MW 6:00-9:30 p.m. E. Westmeyer
MAT 150 College Algebra 1H01 MTWR 8:30-10:55 a.m. L. Hoecherl
PHS 119 Intro. To Physical Science  1H01 TTh 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. S. Koepke
Courses for Fall 2014
ACC 121 Financial Accounting 3H01 MTWR 11:00-11:50 a.m. E. Westmeyer
ACC 122 Managerial Accounting 3H01
MTWR 9:30-10:20 a.m.
M 6:00-9:35 p.m.
E. Westmeyer (both)
BIO 213 Introductory Microbiology 3H01
MW 8:00-10:40 a.m.
MW 11:00 a.m.-1:40 p.m.
T. Nezrick (both)
CHE 210 General Chemistry I 3H01 MWF 8:00-9:10 a.m.; Lab on F 9:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. L. Murdaugh
CIS 150 C++ Programming I 3H01 MW 12:30-1:45 p.m. S. Grever
COM 100 Oral Communication I 3H11 TTh 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. C. Budziak
CRJ 250 Criminalistics I 3H01 TTh 9:30-10:45 a.m. D. Dammon
EDU 282 Education Clinical 3H01 Meetings TBD; two Thursday meetings J. Lord
ENG 104 Composition II 3H09 TTh 9:30-10:45 a.m. T. West
HIS 132 History of Western Civilization (1815-present) 3H01 MW 12:30-1:45 p.m. B. McCullough
MAT 150 College Algebra 3H02
MTWR 12:30-1:20 p.m.
MW 3:30-5:20 p.m.
L. Hoecherl (both)
MAT 229 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  3H01 MTWR 9:30-10:45 a.m. N. Criswell
PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3H01 MW 9:30-10:45 a.m. A. Thomas
PHL 200 Ethics 3H01  TTh 9:30-10:45 a.m. A. Thomas
TPM 140 Massage Clinical 3H01 Begins mid-Oct.; MW 1:00-3:15 p.m. L. Ciaccio


Staying in the Program

Once you are admitted to the Honors Program, you must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA (or higher) in all courses—not just Honors courses. Should your cumulative GPA drop below a 3.5, you will be placed on probation and not be allowed to take Honors courses or receive other Honors Program benefits until your cumulative GPA is again above 3.5.

How to Complete the Program

To complete the Honors Program, you must meet each of the following conditions:

  • Earn a minimum of 12 credit hours in Honors-designated courses at Kishwaukee
  • Have a grade of ‘B’ or better in each of the Honors courses counted toward your 12 credits
  • Maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher

Questions? Need Advice? Please see the Honors Program Advisor, Dr. Anthony Thomas, in A2208, or email him at

Transferring to NIU? Elsewhere?  

Honors credits often transfer easily to other colleges and universities.  The University Honors Program at Northern Illinois University, in particular, welcomes Honors students from Kishwaukee College.  Among some of the key features of this Kishwaukee/NIU partnership:

  • NIU’s University Honors Program will accept up to 15 Honors credits from Kishwaukee towards NIU’s 27-credit program. In other words, Kishwaukee Honors students can complete all lower-division Honors requirements (100- and 200-level courses) while at Kishwaukee, leaving only 12 upper-division Honors credits (from 300- and 400-level courses) to be earned at NIU for University Honors.
  • Kishwaukee College Honors students are encouraged to compete for lucrative University Honors Fellowships. Our first Honors graduate, Jennifer Grafton, received one of these valuable ($5000/year) fellowships!
  • Honors students typically qualify for one of NIU’s Merit Scholarships: the NIU Transfer Scholarship. This $2000/year scholarship may be awarded automatically to students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA and at least 30 credits of college-level work completed; however, scholarship awards depend upon available funding, so Honors students intending to transfer to NIU (in the fall of a given year) should apply before Dec. 1 of the year prior in order to compete for these scholarships.

Should you intend to transfer to other institutions, you should approach that school’s Honors Program or Scholarship Office for additional scholarship opportunities and special accommodations for Honors students.

Honors Faculty

Some of Kishwaukee College's best teachers have been involved with the Honors Program. These faculty have developed creative and engaging Honors coursework, mentored Honors students, and encouraged Honors students toward significant achievements in their research, professions, and academic pursuits:

  • Tim Anderson
  • Chase Budziak
  • Leslie Ciaccio
  • David Dammon
  • Terese Dudek
  • Terry Lyn Funston
  • Susan Grever
  • Laurie Hoecherl
  • David Klick
  • Sarah Koepke
  • Roger Layton
  • Jodi Lord
  • Branden McCullough
  • Laura Murdaugh
  • Tania Nezrick
  • Beth Parks
  • Amy Smith
  • Anthony Thomas
  • Todd West
  • Everett Westmeyer


Interested in Teaching Honors Students?

Working with Honors students can be a highly rewarding experience for Kishwaukee faculty. An Honors course allows you to explore subjects more deeply and creatively with students who are capable of rising to the challenge. Furthermore, new Honors sections and the opportunity to work with an array of faculty experts draws Kishwaukee's best students into the Honors Program. If you would like to offer an Honors section and join the ranks of faculty who are engaging Kishwaukee's Honors students, please consult and complete this proposal form. This form will not only provide suggestions on creating Honors projects for students , but it will guide you through the process of proposing a new Honors section as well.

Renewing an Honors Course?

If you would like to teach one or more of your already-approved Honors courses—and you are not making any substantive changes to the Honors requirements (minor refinements are acceptable)—please fill out this easy renewal form. The Honors Advisor will assist division administrative staff in creating Honors sections while promoting Honors offerings to current and prospective Honors students. 

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