|Phi Theta Kappa|
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Q: What is the difference between the Honors Program, and Phi Theta Kappa?
A: Although many students are members of both, the Honors Program and the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society are separate programs for high-achieving students at LaGuardia.
Honors Program students enroll in Honors courses and participate in co-curricular activities and scholarly events organized by the Program. On the other hand, membership in Phi Theta Kappa signifies that a student has been recognized for his/her academic achievements. This recognition, which members can indicate on their resume and applications, also comes with transfer scholarship and leadership development opportunities. Therefore, participation in the Honors Program is not the same as earning membership into the Honor Society. LaGuardia Community College has an active Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Their website is: Alpha Theta Phi. The College’s Chapter’s name is Alpha Theta Phi. The Chapter is not a student club, but a student organization at LaGuardia.
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 eSims. Make sure to register for the exact section number of the course.
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.