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Honors Program

Our students experience the heart of honors education through their collaborations with the academic community at Tech. We invite faculty and advisors to ask questions, offer support, visit the Honors Office, and suggest ways of improving the program. Please explore our website to find out more, and let us know if you can't find what you need.

Some of the most frequently requested areas for student-faculty collaboration:

* Include detailed examples to support any generalizations about a student's excellence.

* Think back to your first encounter with the student. Describe ways that they have grown, giving an example.

* Committees reviewing competitive applications depend on recommenders to provide insights regarding apparent gaps in student performance, as well as other contextual information that tells the student's story.

Honors is delighted to hear from faculty and advisors in all departments who want to help Honors Scholars achieve their goals as creative problem-solvers.

  • Honors Program membership and graduation requirements
  • Until they have completed all 22 hours of Honors coursework, Honors students must normally fulfill one Honors requirement per semester to maintain good standing and eligibility for Honors benefits.
  • Our staff works with individual student scheduling problems and wants to support extraordinary achievement, study abroad, co-ops, research, and internships, so please refer any gifted and hardworking Honors students who believe they can't continue in Honors!
  • Honors classes offered typically change each semester, and are limited to active Honors students in good standing by permit only.
  • Honors course permits are available only by direct student request to the Honors Office. Permit request sign-up usually begins the week before advisement.
  • If no Honors classes fit the student's schedule, they may consider an Honors Contract or a Directed study. Approved proposals are due by the end of previous semester: Proposals for Fall 2014 are due by May 2014, proposals for Spring 2015 are due by December 2014, and so on.
  • Please urge your advisee to drop in and see our Honors Graduate Assistant, Lindsey Reed Roberts, who offers practical and friendly advice in Farr 201C throughout the academic year on a drop-in basis. As a former Honors student who is familiar with a variety of majors, the Honors GA can help with planning Honors classes, answering questions about making the most of opportunities and benefits, thinking ahead to a career, or simply feeling more connected at Tech.
  • If you are advising an Honors upperclassman who needs help brainstorming a contract or directed study that suits their academic passions and career goals, please suggest an appointment with Dr. Barnes. The student should send three possible meeting times to