Honors Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA

Students who entered the Honors College prior to Fall 2017 are automatically in the GPA flex period. To graduate in Honors, achieve at least a cumulative 3.30 or better GPA and complete honors diploma requirements.

 

Honors Diploma Progress

Earn honors credit in two or more of the four categories of honors credit. Earn credit at least once every twelve months and complete the yearly Progress Survey.

 

Credit Limit

You may count up to six credits from any one way to earn honors credit toward your honors diploma. After six credits, any additional credit will no longer count toward your honors diploma.

 

Grading Scale

Take courses as A–F unless P/F is the only option.

EARNING AN HONORS DIPLOMA

The original six diploma options will be available for students to entered the Honors College prior to Fall 2017. 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.

Honors Forms

For students who have brought their cumulative GPA back to 3.60 or better and wish to be reinstated to the Honors College.

For internship, co-op, study abroad or away, and Partners in the Parks experiences.

Honors Diplomas

Students who entered the Honors College prior to Fall 2017 will still have the option to work toward one of these six original honors diplomas.

  • + Honors Scholar

     

    Complete 18 honors credits.

  • + in Honors

     

    • Complete 21 honors credits including 6 credits of undergraduate research.
    • Write an undergraduate thesis based on your research with the guidance of a faculty research advisor.
    • Some departments have additional requirements for the honors diploma. Seek out and complete any additional thesis requirements.
    • Once the thesis is complete, have your faculty research advisor complete the Thesis Approval Form.

     

  • + Honors Baccalaureate

     

    • Complete 24 honors credits including 6 credits of undergraduate research and 6 credits of tutorials.
    • Have a minimum of two majors or one major and two minors.
    • Meet with Sara Vandyke in the fall of your junior year to confirm plans for completing the diploma.
    • Create a thesis advisory committee with at least two faculty members. If you are working toward a double major, your committee should include at least one faculty member from each major.
    • Write an undergraduate thesis based on your research with the guidance of your thesis advisory committee.
    • Some departments have additional requirements for the honors diploma. Seek out and complete any additional thesis requirements.
    • Once the thesis is complete, have your faculty research advisor complete the Thesis Approval Form.

     

  • + Scholar in Health Studies

     

    • Complete 12 honors credits.
    • Complete the minor in Medicine & Society.
  • + Commonwealth Scholar

     

    Students are eligible for this diploma only if they transfer from another post-secondary institution; choose the accelerated undergraduate/graduate degree program; or, upon entering the Honors College, have five or fewer semesters until graduation.

    • Complete 12 honors credits.
  • + Honors Global Scholar

     

    • Complete 12 honors credits including study abroad:
      • Study abroad program(s) should last for one full semester or total 9 credits.
    • Complete 6 credits of university-level language study—no high school credits (AP/IB/dual enrollment) accepted:
      • Students starting a new language at Virginia Tech are expected to take a minimum of 6 credits in their new language.
      • Students continuing foreign language study from high school are expected to take 6 credits at the 3000 level.
    • Complete 6 credits of global context courses:
      • Course material should address the culture of the host region.
      • Courses can be taken at any time during your college experience and can include credit-bearing pre-departure courses.
    • Complete an Honors College log sheet documenting 60 hours of unpaid global engagement service.
    • Meet with an honors director in the fall of your junior year to confirm plans for completing the diploma.

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. They are marked with an asterisk on this page. To earn honors credit for these ways, complete and submit a request for honors credit form. The forms are located in the Honors Forms section above.

  • + Category A: Coursework

    UH 1604: Honors Undergraduate Research Practices

    Best practices in undergraduate research for Honors College students, including generating introductory research questions, finding scholarly literature, organizing data, research ethics, collaborative research practices, reflective project management and problem-solving, and oral, written, and visual presentation of research findings.

     

     

    UH 2604 Introduction to Honors Transdisciplinary Research

    Introduction to transdisciplinary research (TDR) for Honors College students, including the differences among disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research; need and benefits of TDR; major figures and events in the history of TDR; characteristics of TDR design; ideal TDR processes and their management; challenges of TDR; opportunities for TDR in the students’ majors and professions. Students must complete at least 6 credits of study within their major prior to enrollment in UH 2604. (3H, 3C).

     

     

    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.

     

     

    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.

     

     

    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.

     

     

     

    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.

     

     

    *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.

     

     

    UH 4504: Honors Discovery and Innovation Studios

    Discovery and definition of critical, real-world problems. Transdisciplinary collaboration, design thinking, and experimentation. Reflective evaluation of individual and collective problem-solving efforts. Communication of solutions to diverse stakeholders. Pre: Junior honors. Variable course content. Repeatable for up to 12 credits. (3H, 3C)

     

     

    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.

     

  • + Category B: Individualized Learning

    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.

     

     

    Undergraduate Research

    Performing research with faculty brings students into the exciting process of discovery. Students see classroom concepts applied in a research setting.

     

     

    *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

    *Study Away or Abroad

    The Honors College will automatically match study abroad credit with honors credit when it appears on your transcript with the words “Study Abroad.” If an experience does not appear on your transcript with the words “Study Abroad” or does not appear on your transcript at all, submit the Guided Experiential Learning form as the request for this kind of honors credit.

     

    *Internship or Co-Op

    There is a 3-credit maximum per experience for this way. Multiple experiences with a single company or organization may be considered for credit provided that the student can demonstrate additional or different job responsibilities. The Guided Experiential Learning form serves as the request for this kind of honors credit.

     

     

    Field Study

    The Honors College will match field study credit that appears on your transcript.

     

     

    *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

    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.

     

     

    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.

     

     

    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.

     

     

    *Partners in the Parks

     Partners in the Parks is an outdoor experiential learning program that takes students from across the country into national parks for weeklong 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. The Guided Experiential Learning form serves as the request for this kind of honors credit.

     

     

     

    *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.

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