Office of Academic Affairs - Honors Program

Administration Building, Room 503, 718-631-6344

The Honors Program at Queensborough Community College is an academic program that provides an enriched classroom and an overall intellectual experience to students who have demonstrated high academic achievement. Through various activities Honors scholars have the opportunity to expand their knowledge in areas of particular interest, to distinguish themselves among their peers, and to make acknowledged contributions to the intellectual and cultural life of Queensborough Community College.  Such activities include enrollment in specialized Honors sections, uniquely established independent studies and research experiences under a professor's mentorship.  Through this program honors students develop the strong academic and leadership qualities and skills that carry them through to advanced degrees and challenging careers.  Honors students have also presented their work at professional conferences in their academic discipline.  Honors students at Queensborough have found their work enhances their applications for transfer to baccalaureate programs and for competitive scholarships.

Students who are interested in joining the Honors Program or taking Honors classes must meet the following criteria:

  • Students may take Honors courses or request an Honors Contract if they have completed a minimum of 9 college credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Students who wish to take Honors classes but whose GPA is below 3.0 may do so with a recommendation from an individual faculty member or a department chair, as long as they have demonstrated a significant strength in the discipline for which honors enrollment is requested.
  • Incoming students with a strong high school background may take an Honors class, with special permission from a faculty member, department chair or the director of the Honors program.  Incoming students should present their credentials to the director of the Honors Program.

All Honors work must be completed in addition to regular course requirements and must be completed in accordance with Honors standards and CUNY's Policy of Academic Integrity.  Attendance at an Honors Library Workshop is mandatory for all students pursuing an Honors Contract (unless done so previously in a prior semester) in order to receive Honors credit.  All students must receive a grade of B- or better in an Honors Course, in a course for which they have an Honors Contract or in a course for which they attend a series of Honors Specific Workshops, in order to receive Honors credit.  Students who meet these requirements will receive a notation of Honors on their college transcript next to the appropriate course.  To graduate with an Honors certificate a student must have completed a minimum of 12 Honors credits and have an overall GPA of 3.40.  Honors certificate graduates are recognized at the annual commencement ceremony.

Members of the Honors Committee

Professor Sebastian Benjamin Murolo, Business Department

Honors Program Faculty Coordinator

Chair, Honors Committee


Dr. Sandra Palmer, Dean of Faculty

Jenny Williams, Academic Affairs

Carol Imandt, Academic Affairs


Prof. Rezan Akpinar, Health Physical Education & Dance

Dr. Bjorn Berkhout, Music

Prof. Barbara Blake-Campbell, Nursing

Dr. Kiki Byas, English Department

Dr. Franca Ferrari, Speech Communication & Theatre Arts

Prof. Stephen Hammel, Business

Dr. Dimitrios Kokkinos, Physics

Dr. Wei Lai, Foreign Languages and Literatures

Dr. Azita Mayeli, Mathematics & Computer Science

Prof. Neera Mohess, Library

Dr. Hamid Namdar, Engineering Technology

Dr. James Nichols, History

Dr. Celia Sporer, Social Sciences

Dr. Regina Sullivan, Biological Sciences & Geology

Dr. Paris Svoronos, Chemistry

Library Workshops

Kurt R. Schmeller Library

Fall 2016

These library workshops are required to receive Honors credit. You will learn how to locate credible information through books, databases and online and also how to distinguish between different types of information (scholarly, primary vs. secondary sources etc.).

Please attend any ONE of the following workshops in Library Room #302:

  • Thursday October 13 - 11:15am – 12:30pm

  • Tuesday October 18 – 2:15pm – 3:30pm

  • Wednesday October 26 – 12:15pm – 1:30pm

  • Friday November 4 – 10:30am – 11:45am

  • Wednesday November - 9 – 5:15pm – 6:30pm

  • Saturday November 12 – 10:15am – 11:30am

  • Monday November 14 – 9:30am – 10:45am

  • Thursday November 17 – 1:15pm – 2:30pm

PLEASE BE ON TIME – we cannot accommodate latecomers.

Contact Professor Neera Mohess if you have any questions at -or- 718-281-5067

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