Honors in the Liberal Arts (AAHLA)

Associate in Arts

This program is being discontinued. Students currently enrolled need to complete it by the end of the Spring/Summer 2022 semester.

If you have questions about this program please contact a program advisor or contact a general student advisor.

Academic Requirements


Honors in the Liberal Arts offers an enhanced academic experience for students seeking transfer to selective four-year institutions. Program courses are reading and writing intensive and require critical-thinking and analysis. The program curriculum is structured around the theme: "America in the World: Global Awareness & Diversity."

Students must apply and be admitted to the Honors Program. This is a competitive program and a limited number of students will be admitted each year. Unless currently enrolled in Washtenaw Technical Middle College, all applicants must be high school graduates or possess a GED. A separate application form is required for admission to this program. Application information is available by contacting the Honors Director identified under the advisor link below. More information can be found at: www.wccnet.edu/learn/grades/honors.php

Students must also meet one of the following requirements:
- a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher (if less than 20 college credits have been completed)
- college GPA of 3.5 or higher (if 20 or more college credits have been completed)
- an ACT score of 25 or higher
- an SAT score of 1150 or higher

Under the guidance of the Honors Director, students will develop an individualized curriculum that meets General Education/MTA and the requirements for their intended four-year college. Students must successfully complete a minimum of 20 credit hours taken for honors credit to receive the AAHLA degree. Honors courses are noted in the program layout.

 Honors students must maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. In addition, students must earn a minimum grade of B in each honors course in order to earn honors credit for that course. Students failing to meet the above minimum standards will meet with the Honors Director and/or Honors Committee to determine the student's continuing status in the program.

Humanities, Social & Behav Sci
Social Science Dept
Kristin Good
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Semester 1 (Fall)
Class   Title Minimum Credits
COM 101   Fundamentals of Speaking 3
ENG 111   Composition I * 4
PHL 123   Critical Thinking * 3
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences 4
Total 14
Semester 2 (Winter)
Class   Title Minimum Credits
ANT 201   Introduction to Cultural Anthropology * 3
ENG 226   Composition II * 3
Elective(s)   Computer and Information Literacy 3
Elective(s)   Math 4
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences 3 - 4
Total 16 - 17
Semester 3 (Fall)
Class   Title Minimum Credits
ENG 211   American Literature I - Before 1900 * 3
HST 255   Making the Modern World * 3
PHL 240   Social-Political Philosophy * 3
    First Year Language I ** 5
    Open Elective 3
Total 17
Semester 4 (Winter)
Class   Title Minimum Credits
HST 215   History of U.S. Foreign Relations * 3
PLS 290   American Power in the 21st Century * 3
PSY 270   Social Psychology and Global Applications * 3
    First Year Language II ** 5
Total 14
Total Credits Required
61 - 62



*Students must register for the "Honors" designation section for a minimum of 20 Honors credit hours of these courses.
**These are suggested electives. Some four-year colleges require a foreign language. Each honors student will develop an individualized curriculum that meets General Education/MTA and the requirements for their intended four-year college in consultation with the Honors Director.