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Honors Minor in Collaborative Discovery

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Whatever you do after graduating from Virginia Tech, you will face complex, global challenges: problems that go far beyond the ability of any single discipline to solve, such as climate change, sustainability, homelessness, health care, hunger, refugees, and poverty. Employers, especially, seek graduates who have overt instruction and experience in transdisciplinary, collaborative problem-solving, which is not typically found within disciplinary majors.

Pursuing the Honors Minor in Collaborative Discovery will both help you stand out from the crowd and prepare you for “what’s next.” By completing the Honors Minor, you will:

  • Automatically also complete the Honors Laureate Diploma
  • Add considerable value beyond your disciplinary education
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the productive value of disciplinary differences and harness those differences through transdisciplinary collaboration
  • Become an extremely valuable and desirable colleague wherever you may go after graduating

Being effective in any domain will require you to work effectively with others who have fundamentally different ways of understanding and responding to professional and public issues. The Honors Minor in Collaborative Discovery will prepare you for this critically important work. A student who completes the Honors Minor will also earn the Honors Laureate Diploma designation. These credentials will appear on their transcript and their university diploma, respectively.


The Honors Minor in Collaborative Discovery requires you to earn credits from a carefully integrated set of courses and experiences focused on collaborative problem-solving across disciplinary boundaries. 

There are two different minor checksheets with different minor titles based on when you first enrolled in the Honors College; select the button below that corresponds to the semester when you first enrolled.

Visit your Canvas Honors Credit Tracker to complete and submit the Honors Minor Declaration Form to declare your intention to pursue the Minor.

Students must maintain good standing in the Honors College in order to pursue and complete the Minor

For a list of applicable Honors College "UH" courses that are currently being taught or are available for registration (depending on what information is more relevant at that point in the semester), see our Honors Credit Opportunities Guide.



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