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Honors & Developmental Studies

Learning at Your Level

NOVA wants to assure you have a successful college experience and reach your goals. Whether you need to prepare for college-level coursework through developmental studies or you're a high achiever looking for added enrichment through Honors classes, NOVA has opportunities for you.

Honors Program and Honors Classes

NOVA offers an entire Honors Program as well as individual Honors classes and Honors options in regular classes for highly motivated students who seek a challenging academic experience.

Honors Program

NOVA’s Honors Program is distinguished by its Honors Core Curriculum, comprised of 18 credits of general education courses applicable to most degree programs. When you successfully complete the Honors Core Curriculum and your degree requirements, you will receive a designation on your diploma and official transcript. 

Honors Classes and Honors Options

Unable to complete the entire Honors Program, but still looking for some academic challenge? You can take one or more Honors classes, if eligible, based on one of the following: GPA, SAT scores, NOVA placement scores or recommendations. Honors classes are identified by an “H” after the course listings and in the course section number (e.g., ENGL 111.H02L).

When you take an Honors class, you will enjoy these benefits:

  • Smaller class sizes, no more than 18 students;
  • Student-led discussions;
  • Seminar-style classrooms, when possible;
  • Collaboration with a community of learners with similar academic goals; and
  • Access to multi-disciplinary approaches to learning.

You can also pursue an Honors option. These are regular course sections in which you complete the  Honors component of the course. You will receive an Honors designation for that course upon successful completion of the component.

Honors Admission Information

For more information, please visit the Honors website or contact NOVA’s College-wide Honors Coordinator or one of the following campus Honors chairs:

Campus Name Phone Email
College-Wide Honors Coordinator Dr. Paul Fitzgerald 703.323.2442 pfitzgerald@nvcc.edu
Alexandria Tatiana M. Stantcheva 703.845.6514 tstantcheva@nvcc.edu
Annandale Kristen Simmons 703.425.5325 ksimmons@nvcc.edu

Debora Naquin



Manassas Dahlia Henry-Tett 703.257.6534 dhtett@nvcc.edu

Patrick Dawes 



Developmental Studies

NOVA has redesigned English and mathematics coursework to meet you where you are academically—from basic skills in English and math to developmental English and math. Placement testing will help determine if you need basic skills or developmental classes in these disciplines. To see courses that are exempt from the English placement test requirement, visit Placement Testing. In the online and print Schedule of Classes, look for Basic Skills English and Math designated with the prefix BSK. Developmental English classes, also known as English Fundamentals, carry the prefix ENF. Developmental Math, with the course prefix MTT, allows you to concentrate on strengthening areas of weakness in the subject. You will complete MTT courses through online learning under the close guidance and support of an instructor and tutors.

Changes to NOVA Math Courses

Every math course at NOVA is getting a new number, and some are getting new content as well. A few are going away. Learn More.