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.
- Other ways to earn Honors credit are described below. When a proposal form is necessary, you'll find a link under the description of the option in section I and II below.
Honors students must earn Honors credit each semester until their 22 hours in Honors are complete.
- In order to keep your benefits, stay active in Honors by earning Honors credit every semester until you've finished the 22 hours.
- If it seems impossible to do so during a semester, make an appointment with Dr. Barnes during the semester before that "impossible" semester.
Here are the requirements for graduating 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 without exception.
>Honors 1010 can sometimes substitute for an introductory course required in a department. 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: Honors Courses for FALL 2022
>Honors Contracts: Honors Contract Form for FALL 2022
>Honors Experiential Learning: Honors Experiential Learning Proposal Form for FALL 2022
Honors courses (usually called Honors sections), which are comprised of Honors students only, are offered in various departments including but not limited to many courses that meet General Education requirements, and in other courses such as microbiology, programming for engineers, and leadership development.
>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 (during the semester before the proposed project).
--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 (one semester in advance) for certain intensive study abroad, research, community-engaged service leadership, or highly competitive internships on an individualized basis.**
III. Earn 6 hours of Honors credit in the following advanced-level options:
Honors Colloquium for Fall 2022: Empowering Education: Books, Life, and the Community.
One Honors Colloquium (3 cr) + one of the following proposal-based options (an additional 3 cr minimum). All require approval during the semester before you wish to earn the credits.
>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 pre-approved culminating honors experience in your major's capstone, thesis, practicum, senior design, advanced research, graduate course, or senior seminar. Click here for the Honors Upper Division in the Major (HUDM) proposal form.
>Honors Directed Study, an independent study under the supervision of a professionally qualified faculty member. Click here for the Honors Directed Study form.
>Honors Interdisciplinary Thesis Option, a two-semester sequence that may be linked to major coursework by special arrangement. The Thesis Option requires considerable preparation at least one semester before registering for the first of the two semesters. It's a way of intensifying your knowledge in a focused topic, ideal for grad school preparation.
>Chemical Engineering Distinction in the Major, for ChemE majors only by arrangement with a supervising research mentor. Please contact the Department of Chemical Engineering for details.
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.