EARNING AN HONORS LAUREATE DIPLOMA

Students choose between two diplomas. The main elements of each diploma are the same but students can individualize their honors education within those elements.

 

Honors Requirements and Expectations

The Course of Study Planner & GPA

The Course of Study Planner (COSP)

To demonstrate potential to earn an Honors Laureate Diploma, the Honors College expects that students receive approval on their COSP by the end of their first semester in Honors.

 

GPA

To demonstrate that students can meet the level of academic achievement we expect in Honors, students are required to achieve a 3.60 or better cumulative GPA after two traditional semesters in Honors.

 

GPA Flex Period

Once students accomplish the above goals, they may enter the GPA Flex Period. The GPA Flex Period is a time in which the Honors College no longer monitors GPA. This gives students the freedom to take academic risks that can become some of their most educational experiences.

 

Graduation Requirement

Students in the GPA Flex Period must achieve a cumulative 3.30 or better GPA and complete honors diploma requirements. (Students who never receive COSP approval and never enter the GPA Flex Period are required to maintain a 3.60 cumulative GPA after every semester until the planner is approved or upon graduation.)

 

Honors Diploma Progress

Complete at least six credits in each of the Four Elements of an Honors Education for a total of at least 30 honors credits. Earn credit at least once every twelve months and complete the yearly Progress Survey.

 

Grading Scale

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

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.

Honors Diplomas

The Four Elements of an Honors Education:

 

Honors College Curriculum

Disciplinary Depth

Transdisciplinary Capabilities

Undergraduate Research & Guided Experiential Learning

 

Each diploma requires at least 6 credits from each element. Upon graduation, students are required to complete at least 30 total credits, so the six final credits of the 30 can be of a student’s choosing.

HONORS LAUREATE: SELF-DIRECTED

HONORS LAUREATE: DESTINATION AREA/STRATEGIC GROWTH AREA

Check sheets coming soon!

  • + Honors College Curriculum

    UH 1054 Honors College First-Year Seminar

    Formerly UH 1004 First-year Honors Seminar. This course is an introduction to the challenges, expectations, and opportunities for students in the Virginia Tech Honors College and emphasizes personal, university, and local contexts and resources. We recommend that all first-year honors students take this course, though it is mandatory for first-year residents of the Hillcrest Community or the Honors Residential Commons. Fall semester only. (2H, 2C). P/F only.

     

     

    UH 1604 Honors Undergraduate Research Practices

    This course is an introduction to 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. (3H, 3C).

     

     

    UH 2054 Honors College Second-Year Seminar

    A pilot section of this course will be offered in Spring 2018. This course will offer an advanced study of the challenges, expectations, and opportunities for students in the Virginia Tech Honors College and emphasizes regional, national, international, and global contexts and resources. We recommend this course for all second-year honors students. Fall semester only after Spring 2018. (2H, 2C). P/F only.

     

     

    UH 2124 Honors Reading Seminar

    These small, student-facilitated groups of Honors students meet once a week to discuss books of their choice, usually within a single topic or genre, supplemented by additional materials. Students must have sophomore academic standing (30 credit hours or above) to register. Reading Seminar leaders earn two P/F honors credits. Students may participate in up to two Reading Seminars per semester. (1H, 1C). P/F only.

     

     

    UH 2604 Introduction to Honors Transdisciplinary Research

    This course will be an introduction to transdisciplinary research (TDR) for Honors College students. It will highlight the differences among disciplinary, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research; need and benefits of TDR; history of TDR; characteristics of TDR design; ideal TDR processes and their management; challenges of TDR; and opportunities for TDR in the students’ majors and professions. (3H, 3C).

     

     

    UH 4004 Honors Tutorial

    Tutorials are small, seminar-style courses of only one or a few students. Students explore a specific topic that is new to them with a faculty member who provides individual attention and is an expert in that established field. This Honors College tutorial section is open to any Honors student when a similar class is not available within their department. Students must have junior academic standing (60 credit hours or above) to register. (1H, 6L, 3C).

     

     

    UH 4104 Topics in Honors Peer Education Practicum

    Formerly UH 4104 Honors Student Teaching Practicum. This course supports Honors Peer Educators while they teach honors seminars. This course emphasizes discussion-based teaching; active, collaborative learning; and building student communities through development of personal teaching strengths and understanding of honors students’ characteristics and needs. This course is mandatory for students teaching an honors seminar. Reading Seminar peer educators earn two honors credits, while First-Year Seminar peer educators earn three. Honors Peer Advisors, credit TBA. Variable credit. P/F only.

     

     

    UH 4504 Honors Discovery and Innovation Studios

    This course will involve discovery and definition of critical, real-world problems within Virginia Tech’s Destination Areas and Strategic Growth Areas. The focus is on transdisciplinary collaboration, design thinking, and experimentation. The course encourages reflective evaluation of individual and collective problem-solving efforts as well as learning to communicate solutions to diverse stakeholders. Students must have junior academic standing (60 credit hours or above) to register. (3H, 3C).

     

     

     

    Connectivity Modules

    Coming soon!

     

  • + Disciplinary Depth

    *Courses must be inside primary major. Courses taken that meet CLE requirements only count if they are offered within your major department or college.

     

    Departmental Honors Course

    These courses end with an “H”. Disciplinary departments offer these courses, not the Honors College, so the Time Table of Classes lists them by department in the Subject dropdown. Honors sections of departmental courses are generally much smaller than large lecture courses and may be taught in unique ways.

     

     

    Faculty–Student Agreement (form required)

    This agreement turns a non-honors course into an honors course. It is a contract developed between the a student and the instructor of a course stating that if the student goes beyond the established requirements of that course’s syllabus in mutually agreed upon ways, the instructor will award the student honors credit. See the required Faculty–Student Agreement form for more information.

     

     

    Independent Study

    A student designs a syllabus to explore a single topic with guidance from a professor. An independent study may include a regular meeting time and a reading list defined by the professor. Most students sign up for independent study through their college. The Honors College will match independent study credit that appears on your transcript.

     

     

    Graduate-Level Course

    These 5000-level and up courses may count toward both an honors diploma and an accelerated undergraduate/graduate Master’s degree.

     

     

  • + Transdisciplinary Capabilities

    *Courses must be outside primary major

     

    Departmental Honors Course

    These courses end with an “H”. Disciplinary departments offer these courses, not the Honors College, so the Time Table of Classes lists them by department in the Subject dropdown. Honors sections of departmental courses are generally much smaller than large lecture courses and may be taught in unique ways.

     

     

    Faculty–Student Agreement (form required)

    This agreement turns a non-honors course into an honors course. It is a contract developed between a student and the instructor of a course stating that if the student goes beyond the established requirements of that course’s syllabus in mutually agreed upon ways, the instructor will award the student honors credit. See the required Faculty–Student Agreement form for more information.

     

     

    Independent Study

    A student designs a syllabus to explore a single topic with guidance from a professor. An independent study may include a regular meeting time and a reading list defined by the professor. Most students sign up for independent study through their college. The Honors College will match independent study credit that appears on your transcript.

     

     

    Graduate-Level Course

    These 5000-level and up courses may count toward both an honors diploma and an accelerated undergraduate/graduate Master’s degree.

     

  • + Undergraduate Research & Guided Experiential Learning

    Undergraduate Research

    Undergraduate research is an opportunity to experience classroom concepts applied in a research setting. Most students sign up for undergraduate research through their college. The Honors College will match undergraduate research credit that appears on your transcript.

     

     

    UH 3204 Honors Service Learning

    This is a two-part course. Part 1 entails three hours a week working directly with community partners. Part 2 is a one-hour class used to reflect on the service experience and discuss readings and other course materials that place the experiential learning into a theoretical context. This course is open to all honors students. (1H, 6L, 3C). A–F only.

     

     

    Study Abroad/Study Away (form required)

    The Honors College will match study abroad or study away credit that appears on a transcript. If the experience does not appear on a transcript, semester-long experiences are generally worth three honors credits, and yearlong experiences are generally worth six. See the required Guided Experiential Learning form for more information.

     

     

    Innovation Hubs

    Coming soon!

     

     

    Internship or Co-Op (form required)

    Request honors credit for any internship or co-op experience. Total experience hours determine honors credit awarded: 45–89 hours = one honors credit, 90–134 hours = two honors credits, and 135 or more hours = three honors credits. See the required Guided Experiential Learning form for more information.

     

     

    Field Study

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

     

     

    Partners in the Parks (form required)

    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. See the required Guided Experiential Learning form for more information.

     

     

    VTCC Leadership Experiences (form required)

    The Honors College offers honors credit for Corps-specific leadership experiences. See the required VTCC Leadership Experiences form for more information.

     

Virginia Tech Honors College, MC 0427

137 Hillcrest Hall

385 West Campus Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061

 

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