If any of your questions are not answered below, please send us an email. We will do our best to help you, and may even include your question on this page.
Q: What is the difference between the Honors Program, and Phi Theta Kappa?
Although many students are members of both, the Honors Program/HSAC and the Phi Theta KappaInternational Honor Society are completely different entities. The Honors Program is a curriculum-based academic program for high-achieving students at LaGuardia. Honors Program students enroll in Honors courses and participate in co-curricular activities and scholarly events organizedby the Program and the Honors Student Advisory Committee (HSAC). The Program and HSAC are located inHonors House (M222). Completion of an Honors course and the Honors Concentration will be noted onyour official college transcript. Active HSAC leaders are eligible to receive a Pin of Honor.
On the other hand, Phi Theta Kappa is but one of several honor societies on campus. These include Psi Beta, Alpha Beta Kappa, Chi Alpha Epsilon and the National Society for Leadership and Success etc. Eligible students need to pay a membership fee in order to join. Please go to the Student Life Office (M115) for more information about these student clubs.
Q: How do I register for Honors courses?
A: If you meet the requirements (12 completed college credits and a minimum GPA of 3.2), you may register automatically via CUNYFirst. Make sure to register for the exact section number of the course by referring the Honors Course list for each semester; these can be found on the lefthand column of this page.
Q: I am a transfer student. Do my transfer credits count towards the requirements needed to take Honors courses?
A: Yes, these credits count (though not if they are remedial course credits). However, you must email the Honors Program Director to get help with enrolling in an Honors course. In your email, make sure to identify yourself as a transfer student, and include the last four digits of your student number and the Honors course/s that you would like to take.
Q: Are Honors courses recognized on my official transcript?
A: Yes. If you have completed an Honors courses, there will be a notation on your official transcript indicating that you have taken a specific Honors course (or Honors courses). Admissions officers and scholarship committee members do not just look at applicants’ GPA. They study transcripts closely to see if applicants have taken Honors or upper-level courses, which are marks of a rigorous and challenging curriculum.