About our classes, other ways to earn Honors credit, and how to graduate
in cursu honorum
The Honors Program offers small, interactive classes. These courses are open only to Honors Program students, and require permits. See the links at left to learn about a variety of ways to earn Honors credit.
Honors students take at least one Honors course per semester until they have finished their 22 hours in Honors requirements:
I. 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.
II. Honors credit in at least three different disciplines (15 cr):
>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, and cell biology.* Typical Honors course offerings: fall and spring.
>If an Honors section of a course does not exist, students may propose an individualized Honors Contract. Proposals must be submitted by the announced deadline during the previous semester. Not available for first-semester Honors students.
>Honors Experiential Learning credit by pre-approval only for certain intensive study abroad, research, community-engaged service leadership, or highly competitive internships on an individual basis.**
III. Honors Upper Division (6 cr):
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 section III of the requirements are normally taken after completing at least 9 credit hours of Honors courses (section II above). Priority is given to upper-level students who have completed most of their Honors requirements and are planning to graduate in cursu honorum.
The Honors Exit Interview
During your last academic year at Tech, you'll write two short essays: one on your personal growth, and one in which you write persuasively about a controversy in your major field, using your critical thinking skills and your major-based knowledge.
These two essays form the basis of an hour-long conversation with the Honors Director and a professor whom you have chosen from your major field. It's an enjoyable, thought-provoking meeting for all of us.
* Offerings may also include Honors sections of other courses in high demand by Honors students, group Honors Contracts in a non-Honors section, and (subject to approval) certain Honors Special Topics.
** Students who wish to apply for this option must initiate the process at least one semester in advance, beginning with an appointment with Dr. Barnes. The proposal form (available in the Honors Office) must be fully approved by the end of the semester preceding the proposed work.
***The proposal form (available in the Honors Office) must be fully approved by the announced deadline during the semester preceding the proposed work.