Honors Classes and Other Ways to Earn Credit
Our classes and other ways to earn Honors credit
Designing your path toward graduation in cursu honorum
The Honors Program offers small, interactive classes open only to Honors Program students.
Honors students must earn Honors credit each semester until their 22 hours in Honors are complete. Sections I. II. and III are requirements to graduate in cursu honorum:
I. The first required course is HONORS 1010 Introduction to Honors (1 cr):
>Required during the first fall semester after entering the Honors Program.
>In many majors, Honors 1010 fulfills the UNIV 1020 Connections requirement. Please consult an advisor in your major department.
>The Honors Healthcare Track section of Honors 1010 offers a transdisciplinary cohort of other Honors freshmen who want to be part of the future of healthcare. Ask us about this option!
II. Earn 15 hours of Honors credit in at least three different areas. Options:
>Honors courses in various departments, including but not limited to offerings in General Education and in other courses, such as business management, programming for engineers, Honors special topics courses, and cell biology.*
>If an Honors section of a course does not exist, students may propose an individualized Honors Contract:
--The Honors Contract lets you work with a professor to devise a special project as a supplement to a regular course.
--The Honors Contract form shows you the steps to take in planning with your professor.
--Proposals must be submitted to Honors by the announced deadline (April 12 for Fall 2021 semester).
--Students are eligible to earn credit by contract after successfully completing their first semester in Honors.
>Honors Experiential Learning is another way to earn Honors credits. This option also requires a proposal and is available by pre-approval only for certain intensive study abroad, research, community-engaged service leadership, or highly competitive internships on an individualized basis.**
III. Options for earning 6 hours of Upper Division Honors credit include:
One Honors Colloquium (3 cr) + one of the following (an additional 3 cr minimum):
>An additional Honors Colloquium (3 cr), a unique upper-division seminar with an interdisciplinary focus. Each Colloquium is a three-credit, 4000-level course on a topic not taught at Tech. The professor proposing the course must have advanced academic credentials in the topic area. Colloquium proposals are reviewed by the Honors Council each semester. Honors Colloquia, like all Honors classes, are for Honors Program students only, and are one of the most popular benefits of Honors.
>Honors Upper Division in the Major (an individually approved honors experience in departmental capstone, thesis, practicum, senior design, or advanced research, or senior seminar)
>Honors Directed Study (an independent study under the supervision of a qualified faculty member)
>Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis Option (a two-semester sequence that may be linked to major coursework)
>Chemical Engineering Distinction in the Major (ChemE majors only by arrangement with a supervising research mentor)
Please make an appointment with Dr. Barnes at least one semester in advance if you are considering one of the alternatives to a second Colloquium (or see your ChemE research mentor for Distinction in the Major); these alternatives require your advance planning.***
The Honors experiences listed in the Upper Division section are normally taken after completing at least 9 credit hours of Honors courses. Priority is given to upper-level students who have completed most of their Honors requirements and are planning to graduate in cursu honorum.