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Honors Program

Some Benefits of Honors at Tech

  • Early registration, allowing you to get the classes you need.
  • Small classes in which you discuss concepts in depth with other students and with faculty who want to question and explore ideas. You'll be a part of a community of learners who are supportive thinkers.
  • The Honors Lounge, with wi-fi, comfortable sofas, refrigerator and microwave, and flexible meeting and studying spaces--a place to discuss, collaborate, relax, work individually, plan, and socialize.
  • Big Siblings, upperclassmen matched with incoming freshmen to help ease the transition to college life and learn how to make the most out of your time here.
  • The Honors Residence Hall, an opportunity to live in a community of thinkers who are friendly and supportive. Our exclusive roommate matching process was designed by our students!
  • Advising tailored to who you are as you plan for graduate school and your career; apply for research internships, study abroad, and scholarships.
  • Interdisciplinary Colloquia, seminars designed for Honors such as Artificial Intelligence, Political Satire, Brain Chemistry, History of Terrorism, Science and Pseudoscience, and Multidisciplinary Approaches to Health Care.
  • Independent study and research in Honors 4020: Directed Studies, a course you design in cooperation with a faculty mentor; Honors research topics within your major; or Honors Thesis, an optional two-semester sequence for those who want to take their individual research even further. Through Honors Upper-Division in the Major, plan ahead so you can receive Honors credit for advanced-level faculty-led research, graduate coursework, capstone, or senior design leadership at an Honors level.
  • Finding research mentorship opportunities with professors in your major field through Getting Started in Research (GSIR).
  • Honors Conferences, providing the chance to travel and give presentations at the state, regional and national levels, visiting cities such as Chicago, Salt Lake City, Philadelphia, Denver, and Washington, D.C.
  • Hands-on leadership training as you learn to chair a committee, organize a community forum, mediate a discussion group, develop a project, or even teach a class.
  • Experiential learning through competitive internships, innovative leadership in civic engagement, and intensive study abroad may earn Honors credit.
  • Alternatives to traditional campus service assignments through Honors Program Enrichment Options (HPEO), allowing you to choose from a wide variety of research, service, leadership, and cultural activities.
  • Service opportunities that you can design or organize, using your skills and passions to strengthen the community.
  • The Associated Scholars Guild (ASG), the Honors student organization that sponsors more than a dozen committees, publishes the Honors Handbook (the textbook for Honors 1010 classes) and two newsletters, has its own intramural teams, organizes trips and social events, creates and funds innovative service projects, sponsors free peer tutoring, and helps Honors students learn to develop other events and projects of their devising.
  • Workshops and Honors Fora presented by scholars, alumni, current students, or community leaders.
  • An encouraging community of Honors students, faculty, and staff who can offer advice and support for exploring what you want to do.