Honors Academic Requirements
Complete at least one honors experience each year and report this credit in the annual Progress Survey.
Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
You may count up to 6 credits from any one way to earn honors credit toward your honors diploma. After 6 credits, any additional credit will no longer count toward your honors diploma
Earn honors credit in two or more of the four categories of honors credit.
For experiences counting toward your honors diploma, choose A–F evaluation unless Pass/Fail is the only option.
Earn a B or better in anything you are planning to count toward your honors diploma. Even a B- will not count.
EARNING HONORS CREDIT
The Honors College asks you to think hard about how you will form your honors diploma with the various ways to earn credit. Seek variety; seek intensity; seek innovation; seek individualized experiences.
Ways to Earn Honors Credit:
*Note: Some ways to earn honors credit do not appear on your Virginia Tech transcript as honors credit-bearing experiences or do not appear on your transcript at all and therefore require that you submit a request for honors credit form for your honors file. These ways are marked with an asterisk on this page. The forms are found on the Honors Forms page of this website. Please read the instructions on each form carefully.
+ Category A: Coursework
1. Lower-Division Departmental Courses
These courses are taught within the many different departments on campus, not by the Honors College, and are at the 1xxxH or 2xxxH level (e.g. ENGL 1204H in the English Department). While not from the Honors College, these courses are taught at an enhanced level, for which the department feels students should earn Honors credit. You must search for this credit opportunity through all the subjects listed on the Timetable of Classes.
2. Upper-Division Departmental Courses
These courses are taught within the many different departments on campus, not by the Honors College, and are at the 3xxxH or 4xxxH level (e.g. MKTG 3104H in the Marketing Department). While not from the Honors College, these courses are taught at an enhanced level, for which the department feels students should earn Honors credit. You must search for this credit opportunity through all the subjects listed on the Timetable of Classes.
3. UH 3004: Honors Colloquia
These courses are for Honors students only. The unique subject matter and conversational and experiential format allows for a learning experience found nowhere else on campus.
4. UH 2124: Honors Reading Seminar
Honors reading seminars are one credit, P/F, and student facilitated. They consist of small groups of Honors students (no more than 12) who gather once a week for a minimum of one hour to discuss books of their choice, usually on a single topic or within a single genre. To participate, Honors students must have Sophomore Standing (30 credit hours or above). While offered as Pass/Fail credit only, Reading Seminars may be used toward the Honors Diploma. Reading Seminar leaders earn 2 P/F honors credits. You may take up to two 1 credit hour Reading Seminars per semester.
Want to propose to lead a reading seminar? The proposal form is on the Honors Forms page.
UH 1004: First Year Honors Seminar (FHS)
First year Honors Seminars (FHS) are available to first-year, first-semester Honors students and are one credit, P/F, and facilitated by a student teaching assistant (STA). New students living in an Honors house are required to take a first-year seminar in order to become introduced to their residence hall, Honors College, Virginia Tech, and the larger community. First-year students who are not living in an Honors house are recommended, but not required, to take a first-year seminar in order to become acquainted with the Honors College.
*5. 4000-Level Course
If you endeavor to participate in a 4xxx level free-elective course, you can earn Honors credit for that course. 4000-level courses for Honors credit must be free electives as reflected in a Degree Audit Report (DARS). Courses in your department(s), cross-listed courses, and courses counting as technical or restricted electives are ineligible. Honors College requires a form on file for this option.
*6. Graduate Course (5000- or 6000-level)
You can earn Honors credit if you endeavor to participate in a 5xxx or 6xxx level graduate course. The course may count toward both an Honors diploma and toward an accelerated undergraduate/graduate Masters degree. Honors College requires a form on file for this option.
+ Category B: Individualized Learning
7. Independent Study and Tutorial
Through independent studies, students design a plan to deeply explore a single topic with guidance from a professor. A tutorial is a more structured independent study. A tutorial usually includes a regular meeting time and a reading list defined by the professor.
8. Undergraduate Research
Performing research with faculty brings students into the exciting process of discovery. Students see classroom concepts applied in a research setting.
*9. Faculty–Student Agreement
Take a regular course for Honors credit by going “above and beyond” the designated requirements of the course. The extra requirements are to be negotiated with the professor no later than the end of the third week of classes in the fall or spring semesters or no later than the end of the first week of classes in summer sessions. Honors College requires a form on file for this option.
+ Category C: Non-Classroom Experiences
*10. Study Away or Abroad
Study abroad or away for Honors credit. The study abroad must be documented on the transcript. Honors College requires a form on file for this option.
*11. Internship, REU, Co-Op, or Field Study
There is a 3 credit maximum per experience for way 11. Duplicate credit will not be awarded, however, multiple experiences with a single company or unit may be considered for credit provided that the student has demonstrated additional and/or different job responsibilities. Honors College requires a form on file for this option.
*12. Petition for Honors Credit
Occasionally, honors students will engage in substantive experiences which they believe are a significant and integral part of their intellectual development but which do not readily fit into the existing scheme for earning credit toward an honors diploma. When this occurs, students may petition to have the experience considered for honors credit.
+ Category D: Community Learning
13. UH 3204: Honors Service Learning
A two-part course. Part one: three hours a week working directly with community partners. Part two: a one-hour class to reflect on the service experience and discuss readings and other course materials that place the experiential learning into a theoretical context. Open to all Honors students. Variable course content. May be repeated with different course content.
14. UH 4104: Honors Student Teaching Practicum
This course is specifically designed for Honors Reading Seminar leaders and First-Year Honors Seminar student teaching assistants. Reading seminar leaders earn 2 Honors credits, while FHS STAs earn 3 (2 P/F Honors credits on the student's transcript and one additional Honors credit). An FHS STA is not required to participate in UH 2104: Honors House Seminar while serving as an STA.
15. Writing Center Coach
If you enjoy writing and are interested in helping others to improve their writing skills, you may be interested in becoming a writing center career coach. Students interested in this opportunity must first complete the Honors course, ENGL 3744H: Writing Center Theory and Practice.
*16. Partners in the Parks
Partners in the Parks (PITP) is an outdoor experiential learning program that takes students from across the country into national parks for week-long academic adventures. There are 7-10 projects every year that span the country from coast to coast with dates to fit students’ summer schedules and parks and activities to fit a wide variety of participants
*17. Corps of Cadets Honors Experiences
Several cadet specific leadership experiences are recognized towards Honors. Please note that the 6 credit rule still applies. ROTC internships will count toward Category C, Way 11 (as a standard internship), whereas VTCC leadership experiences will count towards a cadet specific way. More information can be found on the form.