Honors Program

Honors Class Planning: Ten Resources

                You're not alone. Most Honors students have challenging schedules, and many students arrive with lots of dual enrollment, AP, IB, or other college credits.


                It's not unusual for Honors students to be planning double or triple majors, co-op or study abroad; balancing requiring requirements with internships, clinicals, or student teaching, rehearsals, and community involvement. So we're old hands at helping each other out. Start here:


                Ten resources for planning a tailored approach to your Honors education

              1. Honors freshmen and sophomores: Honors Graduate Assistant Tatiana Tumminello will be on hand 20 hours per week in Farr 201B on a walk-in basis. Her office hours will be posted at the beginning of each semester.
              2. Peer mentors in your Honors 1010 class are also trained to assist you or to refer you to a knowledgeable peer in the Honors community. They can help even when Honors 1010 is over.
              3. Honors Faculty Liaisons: almost every department has one! If you don't yet know the professor who serves as Honors Liaison in your major department, introduce yourself! Honors Faculty Liaisons This person serves as an advocate for Honors students in your department, and may be able to help you discover Honors credit-bearing opportunities of which you weren't aware.
              4. Your Honors 1010 instructors: they will be happy to point you in the right direction, and can share their own wealth of experiences.
              5. Don't forget to rely on your Big Sib. Prospective students are encouraged to apply by filling out the Little Sibling form in your Honors application folder. Big Sibs are trained to help you find answers.
              6. Tech juniors and seniors, and students of any level planning for fellowships, study abroad, grad school, research, or other special concerns: Dr. Rita Barnes ritabarnes@tntech.edu. Please send three possible meeting times and the topic of your concern.
              7. Getting Started in Research (GSIR) or other research related to HPEO: Co-curricular Coordinators Dr. Shannon Strahan and Mrs. Lindsey Roberts
              8. Honors Declassified, which includes information and anecdotes about how Honors students past and present have not just fulfilled requirements, but excelled. Created by your Honors student organization, the Associated Scholars Guild (ASG), it aims to answer questions that have occurred to many an Honors student over the years. Use this resource: your fellow students have worked hard to explain what you need to know.
              9. Rule of thumb: get to know your departmental advisor! Learn their name, title, location, availability, and how they prefer to be contacted. This is an invaluable part of getting the best experience possible as a student. They are there for you.
              10. This website: If you can't find what you need, or it seems out of date, send specific suggestions to Dr. Barnes!