COLLABORATION • DISCOVERY • INNOVATION
Our distinctive approach to education fosters transdisciplinary innovation, bringing together students and faculty from various disciplines to address complex real-world problems. VT Honors College students gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of different fields, harness the power of collective disciplinary differences, and develop the skills needed to address the most pressing challenges of our time.
We prioritize experiential learning, providing students with opportunities to apply what they have learned in practical, real-world settings. Through our immersive courses and studios, students work alongside nonprofit, industry, university, and community partners to explore and respond to complex issues, whether conducting quantitative and qualitative research or engaging in hands-on projects.
In the VT Honors College, we value the collective process of discovery, where students and faculty engage in collaborative inquiry to push the boundaries of knowledge. Through critical questioning, thoughtful discussion, and the development of well-informed perspectives, students contribute to a rich network of ideas and illuminate new avenues of exploration. By embracing diverse viewpoints on complex problems, Honors students generate critical solutions and make significant contributions as 21st century workers and citizens.
All Virginia Tech Honors College students work toward the completion of the Honors Laureate Diploma (HLD), which is the certification earned by completing Honors academic requirements. By completing the HLD, you will have engaged in a variety of unique and transformational learning opportunities that emphasize collaborative discovery and experiential learning. HLD requirements are highly flexible and allow students to customize their Honors experience.
The Honors Minor in Collaborative Discovery is an optional minor that offers a curated approach to your Honors education. Pursuing the Honors Minor in Collaborative Discovery will help you stand out from the crowd and prepare you for “what’s next” in settings both beyond the classroom and after graduation. By completing the Honors Minor, you will automatically also complete the Honors Laureate Diploma, adding considerable value beyond your disciplinary education.
Current Calhoun Honors Discovery Program students are working toward the Honors Collaborative Discovery Diploma. The Calhoun Honors Discovery Program is no longer accepting new students.
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