Honors Program


To graduate in cursu honorum ("through the course of Honors"), take the following 22 Honors credit hours:

1. HON 1010: Introduction to Honors (1 cr. hr.)

Introduction to Honors is a mandatory, interactive one-credit-hour course that meets two hours once a week for the first ten weeks of your first fall semester at TTU. This class focuses on analytical and critical thinking skills, civic engagement, civil discussion, active listening and questioning, team-building, and planning your own path as an Honors Scholar.

NOTE: For many majors, this class substitutes for the UNIV 1020: Connections course. Ask your advisor.

2. Honors Courses, Experiential Learning, and Contracts selected from at least three different disciplines (15 cr. hrs.)

  • Small classes (usually limited to 20 students) for Honors students only offer an intimate, exciting setting. You'll exchange ideas in depth with your peers and get to know your professors. Most of these Honors sections fulfill General Education requirements or electives in your major. For example, you might choose to take Honors American history instead of the regular American history course.
  • If you anticipate problems fitting Honors sections into your schedule, arrange during the prior semester to do an Honors Contract or explore Experiential Learning options. For additional help planning, current students should with the Honors Graduate Assistant .
  • New: Experiential Learning offers hands-on Honors options: continuing Honors students in good standing may apply to earn up to 3 credit hours through Honors Experiential Learning for innovative civic engagement leadership, research, certain highly competitive internships, or intensive study abroad experiences. Proposals must be approved by the announced deadline in the semester PRIOR TO the proposed course.

3. Two Honors Colloquia, OR one Colloquium and and one of the following:

Honors Upper Division in the Major, Honors Directed Study, ChemE Distinction in the Major, or Honors Thesis (total 6 cr.)

  • An Honors Colloquium (singular) is a seminar designed for Honors on a topic not available in the regular University curriculum. These three-credit-hour, interdisciplinary courses are created especially for Honors and are proposed to the Honors Council by the professors who teach them. We usually offer two or three Colloquia (plural) each semester. They are unique; Honors Colloquia cannot duplicate courses offered at TTU. Past topics have included pseudoscience, multidisciplinary approaches to health care, Latin, brain chemistry, the neuropsychology of relationships, the Presidency and the media, Irish literature, and many more. (3 cr.)
  • New: Honors Upper Division in the Major is a chance to make your advanced research seminar, capstone, thesis, senior design, a graduate-level class, or other culminating course in your major count for Honors credit. Proposals must be approved by the announced deadline in the semester before the proposed course. See Dr. Barnes for details. (3 cr.)
  • An Honors Directed Study is an independent study supervised by a professor who is qualified in the academic subject area. See ""Honors Classes" for proposal requirements. A limited number of Directed Studies are available each semester, so plan ahead and discuss your idea with both a potential faculty supervisor and Dr. Barnes well in advance. (3 cr.)
  • Chemical Engineer Distinction in the Major is available to advanced majors in Chemical Engineering by arrangement with their department. Contact your ChemE research mentor or advisor for information.
  • An Honors Thesis is an interdisciplinary, expansive study that requires substantial planning before the two-semester sequence. The thesis can be linked to two upper-division courses by special arrangement, but it can be a separate course for those who have room in their curricula. (6 cr. total)

4. To remain a full member of Honors:

--That is, to remain eligible for early registration, Honors Council, Honors Housing, Honors-specific scholarships, and graduation in cursu honorum--you must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above (3.1 during your first semester in Honors), and take one of the Honors academic requirements each semester until you finish them all. (If you finish them early, you're still good to go!)

However, if your GPA drops below a 3.5, you are NOT kicked out:

If you continue to take at least one Honors course every semester, you can continue to be eligible for Honors Housing; and will be able to regain full-member privileges when your cumulative GPA returns to 3.5 or above. If you graduate with a GPA below 3.5, but at least 3.1, and complete all the coursework above, you will still be eligible for a Director's Certificate in recognition of your commitment to intellectual growth.

5. The Honors Exit Interview

Students graduating in cursu honorum should make an appointment with Dr. Barnes during the first semester of their senior year and should pick up a graduation packet from the office. The packet outlines the procedure for the traditional Honors Exit Interview: a one-hour meeting with your favorite departmental professor and with the Honors director.

The conversation is based on two essays: one in which the student applies critical thinking to a controversy within their future professional field; and one in which the student reflects on their personal growth and experiences as an Honors student at Tech. This is a non-intimidating, thoughtful experience that serves as a friendly rite of passage for Honors Scholars.

Didn't find what you need on this page?  See the links below:

  • If you find yourself having trouble making a plan to earn Honors credit during any semester, contact us so we can help.
  • A Map to guide you through Honors requirements
  • To begin your application to Tech Honors: See "How to Apply" and complete the preliminary application.
  • Honors courses are limited to enrollment by Honors students. Permits are issued only through direct request by eligible student during the permit sign-up process through the Honors Office.
  • Wondering what happens if you have a bad semester?  Don't worry--read this advice from a veteran of the Honors community: A Portrait of the Artist as an Associate Member answers the question, "What happens if my GPA drops? Do I get kicked out of Honors?"