Enhanced Academic Opportunities

Commonwealth Honors Program

The Commonwealth Honors Program at Bristol offers intellectually challenging experiences to highly motivated students in every discipline, with a variety of 100-level courses and 200-level seminars offered.  Through a structured process, individualized components are also offered, allowing students to customize their experience in the Honors Program to their own individual needs and interests. The Honors student has the advantage of working one-on-one with dedicated faculty members crafting intellectually stimulating experiences appropriate for the individual student. This independent work and the experience of one-on-one work with a faculty member prepares the Honors student to continue his or her education at a four-year institution and engages students in activities that encourage independent thinking and lifelong learning.

Internship Program

The Internship Program at Bristol allows students the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a structured and supervised work-based setting. Students work 8-12 hours per week in their internship position for a minimum total of 120 hours and must participate in a weekly seminar. Internships are a great way to learn new skills, confirm academic and career goals, explore potential careers, develop a strong resume, and build a network of professional contacts.

The Experiential Education Center staff work with students to design an individualized plan that helps students find the right match with one of our many community partners. Students already employed in a related field can work with Experiential Education Center staff and their supervisor to earn credits for the experience. Students receive personal assistance with resume writing, interviewing skills, career and academic counseling, and developing professional communication skills.

In order to participate in the Internship Program, students must be in good academic standing and receive permission from the Experiential Education Center. Students earn 3 credits for this experience.

For more information, please visit the Internship Program webpage.


The Civic Engagement Program at Bristol offers students a unique opportunity to participate in Service-Learning courses that combine classroom theory in any discipline with community practice in a non-profit agency. Students engaged in Service-Learning are asked to explore course concepts in a hands-on way that address a need within our local communities. Along with performing the service, students complete one or more reflective exercises chosen by their instructor to enhance understanding of course content, appreciation of the discipline, and sense of civic responsibility.

For students looking to continue their education, many four-year colleges and universities value and strongly encourage Service-Learning. Prospective employers also look favorably on Service-Learning and other forms of Experiential Education (such as internships). Students who successfully complete a Service-Learning course will receive a notation on their academic transcript and Experiential Education Center staff are available to assist students with adding the Service-Learning project to their professional resume.

For more information, please visit the Civic Engagement Program webpage.

Contract Learning

For students who want to investigate personal academic interests or pursue more experimental methods of learning, the College offers a flexible credit format where students can create part of their own study program. Advisors work with the student to determine plans, identify appropriate resource people, and write a learning contract. The contract includes the student’s goals, how and when s/he intends to accomplish them, and how that work will be evaluated. The credits earned are determined by the work proposed and may not total more than one-eighth of total credit hours required for graduation.

Students register with the Enrollment Center. Tuition is based on the number of credits determined through the learning contract. Proposals must be signed by the student, the advisor, the appropriate divisional dean, and the vice president of Academic Affairs. Credit will be awarded only if approval is granted before the student starts the project.

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