College Preparatory Programs

Liaison Office for Townsend Harris High School at Queens College

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The Bridge Year

One of the highlights of the Queens College / Townsend Harris High School Collaboration is the Bridge Year program.  During their fourth Year at THHS, all the seniors are enrolled at the College as non-matriculated Queens College students, taking up to six credits per semester of college-level courses on campus with other Queens College students.  These courses are accredited and are beyond the usual Townsend Harris curriculum requirements.  THHS offers fewer Advanced Placement classes than other high schools because of this opportunity.  The college courses are more demanding and offer more preparation for college than the usual AP courses.  Three of each semester’s QC credits are earned in college electives of the student’s choice.  The other three are earned in Honors in the Humanities (HTH) 101 & 102: the Freshman Humanities Colloquium — a “great books” honors course that is team-taught in a seminar setting by a member of the Queens College faculty and a member of the THHS faculty.  The HTH classes are supplemented by an eight-lecture series presented by QC professors from the Humanities and Social Sciences Divisions to the entire senior class and Colloquia faculty.  The seminars emphasize reading, writing, and student-led discussion.  They are patterned on Queens College’s Honors Program seminar, as well as the seminar programs at St. John’s (Annapolis) and the University of Chicago.

The main goals of the Bridge Year are to ease the students’ transition from high school to college and to give them an opportunity to do college-level work.  They are able to adjust to the much greater freedom that exists on college campuses and at the same time to learn the responsibility necessary to handle that freedom.  Thanks to the Bridge Year program, seniors can get a real taste of college life while still in high school.


Queens College waives up to 6 credits of Tuition each semester - 3 credits for HTH 101/102 and up to 3 credits of Queens College Electives.  If a student registers for a four-credit elective (e.g. Psychology 101, a Science w/ Lab, or an introductory Language), it is her responsibility to pay the cost for the extra one credit — currently $230 per credit.

Books for the Humanities Colloquium will be lent to the students each semester by the office of College Preparatory Programs. 

Books for QC Electives are the student’s responsibility to purchase.  Students are encouraged to buy their textbooks from the Campus Bookstore, but, as long as they are purchasing the required editions, they can buy them anywhere (Barnes & Noble, Borders,, other students, etc.).

Some QC courses incur Special Fees (Materials, Transportation) and are generally listed as such on the QC WebSite’s Schedule of Classes.  Students ARE responsible for these fees.


<— Click to view a copy of the Bridge Year Handbook for Townsend Harris HS Seniors.

Bridge Year Handbook

Phone: 718-997-3175

Fax: 718-997-3177


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