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Honors Minor in Transdisciplinary Praxis

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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 will both help you stand out from the crowd and prepare you for “what’s next.” By completing the Honors College 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 College Minor will prepare you for this critically important work. A student who completes the Honors College Minor will also earn the Honors Laureate Diploma designation. These credentials will appear on their transcript and their university diploma, respectively.


Eligible students will graduate after Winter 2023 or later.

The Honors College Minor requires at least thirty (30) honors credits from a carefully integrated set of courses and experiences focused on collaborative problem-solving across disciplinary boundaries. 

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


Introduction to critical practices in undergraduate quantitative and qualitative research for Honors College students, including generating focused research questions, finding scholarly literature, organizing data, conducting ethical research, collaborative research practices, and identifying venues to present research findings.

Intermediate study of critical practices in quantitative and qualitative research for Honors College students, including identifying funding opportunities for research, collaborating across disciplines, designing introductory research protocols, managing research projects, and using posters to present research findings.

This course is an exploration of transdisciplinary issues and questions. Students analyze complex topics from multiple points of view and practice collaborative discussion and critique and ethical decision-making across disciplines. Students apply knowledge and processes from other disciplines. Course content varies. Repeatable for up to six (6) credit hours (3H, 3C).

Advanced study of critical practices in quantitative and qualitative research for Honors College students, including transdisciplinary project management, refining research protocols based on feasibility of data collection, maintaining research ethics and integrity, planning for data collection, and planning for dissemination of research findings.

Continuing advanced study of critical practices in quantitative and qualitative research for Honors College students, including working with multiple types of data, collecting, cleaning and managing data, reporting of primary and secondary data, evaluating the work of others, and communicating conclusions to general audiences.

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. Repeatable for up to twelve credits. (3H, 3C).

SuperStudio is a semester-long project-based transdisciplinary experience that consists of a 1-credit integrative module (UH 4514) and a 3-credit specialized topics section (UH 4504 or UAP 4914). 

SuperStudio does not double count for additional honors credit when pursuing the minor.


The Honors College Minor requires at least thirty (30) honors credits.


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