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

Dr. Karen Steele, Vice President, Strategic Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Effectiveness

Dr. Paris Svoronos, Director of the Honors Program, Professor of Chemistry

Ms. Jenny Williams, Coordinator of the Honors Program, Academic Affairs Specialist

Ms. Carol Imandt, Administrative Assistant, Honors Program, Office of Academic Affairs


Dr. Rezan Akpinar, Health, Physical Education and Dance

Dr. Bjorn Berkhout, Music

Dr. Franca Ferrari, Speech Communication and Theatre Arts

Dr. Frank Jacob, History

Dr. Dimitrios Kokkinos, Physics

Dr. Azita Mayeli, Mathematics and Computer Science

Prof. Neera Mohess, Library

Prof. Sebastian Murolo, Business

Dr. Hamid Namdar, Engineering Technology

Mr. Emil Parrinello, Information Technology

Dr. Eladia Raya, Foreign Languages and Literatures

Dr. Regina Sullivan, Biological Sciences and Geology

Dr. Tanya Zhelezcheva, English

Library Workshops

Kurt R. Schmeller Library
Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York

Spring 2016

All classes are held in Library Room #302

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate latecomers – PLEASE BE ON TIME. Attend ONE of the following:

  • Monday 29 February: 11:15 – 12:30pm
  • Friday 4 March: 2:15-3:30pm
  • Wednesday 9 March: 12:15-1:30pm
  • Thursday 10 March: 10:30 – 11:45am
  • Tuesday 15 March: 5:15 – 6:30pm
  • Friday 18 March: 9:30 – 10:45am
  • Saturday 19 March: 10:15 – 11:30am

Please contact Professor Neera Mohess if you have any questions at NMohess@qcc.cuny.edu -or- 718-281-5067

Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts Center

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.