The Virginia Highlands Community College Honors Program offers qualified students the opportunity to pursue challenges beyond those found in regular college classes. Honors students engage in special coursework that stimulates critical thinking and examines the interrelationships of ideas across disciplines. Specially designated honors courses and regular classes that offer an honors component, allow students to develop a broader, deeper understanding of topics in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Instructors of honors component courses may design, or allow students to design, one or more projects, areas of study, or additional topics beyond regular class requirements in order to receive a course grade with honors. The instructor will specify the criteria for successful completion of the honors component. However, honors credit will not be awarded in a course where the student’s final grade is C or lower. The faculty member may restrict honors options to students who meet appropriate criteria which might include but are not limited to performance on placement exams, performance in prerequisite or related courses, performance on SAT or other college placement tests, and recommendations of other faculty. A notation will be made on the transcript of a student to whom honors credit has been awarded.