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Honors Course Opportunities Guide


Spring 2022 Honors Courses

Honors College students are not required to take any Honors (UH) courses or complete any way to earn honors credit in particular. Honors (UH) courses are optional and are innovative and unique opportunities to earn honors credit if the course topics appeal to you!

While there are many other ways to earn honors credit, this guide reviews the following ways to earn honors course credit:

UH Courses

Honors (UH) Courses focus on critical real-world issues and allow motivated students to embrace hands-on learning across a variety of academic disciplines.⁠

Most UH courses count in Element One: Honors Core, but some don't. Be sure you understand in which element each UH course counts!

UH 1604 Introduction to Honors Research Practices 

Drs. Velez and Lewis
T 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. (in-person)/Thursday (out-of-class work)
Squires 134
R Asynchronous Online
CRN 19996

Are you interested in engaging in research as an undergraduate, either independently or as part of a faculty project? Do you think you might be interested in a job as a researcher or in going to grad school? Take UH 1604 to learn about critical practices in undergraduate quantitative and qualitative research including generating focused research questions, finding scholarly literature, organizing data, conducting ethical research, collaborative research practices, and identifying venues to present research findings. Learn about other Honors students who have engaged in undergraduate research, and start making connections with faculty and peers that might lead to research opportunities in the future!

UH 3614: Data Collection and Analysis for Honors Quantitative and Qualitative Research

Drs. Lewis and Velez
T 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. (in-person)/TR (out-of-class work)
Squires 134
CRN 20030 

More and more, we are asked to critically evaluate and understand complex data and statistics. But what do all of those numbers really mean? How do we account for personal experiences? How do we distinguish between information that is enlightening and information that is misleading? In UH 3614, you will learn how to work with multiple types of data, collect, clean and manage data, evaluate the work of others, and communicate evidence-based conclusions to general audiences. After taking this course, you will be prepared to work with and talk about data as a researcher.

Movement in Media Image

UH 3504: Movement and Media

Profs. Duer and Hardwig
TR 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. 
Moss Art Center
CRN 21787

Students in this course will integrate the skills and knowledge from their lives and disciplines in an interdisciplinary art project themed around the human body’s relationship with contemporary technology. Under the creative and technical direction of faculty from visual and performing arts, students will review collaborative process models, experiment with the interface between the body and technologies (such as motion capture, spatial audio, machine learning, virtual reality, and projection mapping), and work together to craft elements of a performative project. The course work will include creating projected imagery for a set of performances in the Moss Arts Center Cube including dancers from the Roanoke Ballet Theater, as well as developing student-driven collaborative work.

UH 3504: Culture of Sustainability Lab

Dr. Mouchrek
MW 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Architecture Annex 114
CRN 21788

The transition towards sustainability will be a complex process of social learning and cultural change. The Honors Culture of Sustainability Lab is a space for students to engage in a transdisciplinary undergraduate research project that investigates values and psychological barriers related to sustainability among VT students and proposes collaborative strategies for transformation. This course operates in partnership with the Office of Sustainability, and the students’ research will generate recommendations to promote a culture of sustainability at Virginia Tech, directly contributing to the VT Climate Action Commitment.

The course is now full. If you want to be part of the waitlist, please send an e-mail to Dr. Najla Mouchrek (najlamk@vt.edu).

Watch the video below to learn how to find Honors courses in the VT course registration system. 

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Departmental Honors Courses

Departmental Honors Courses are offered through Virginia Tech's many different academic departments. These courses end with an “H” and are found in the course registration system within specific subjects (for example, MATH 2114H is an honors section of "Introduction to Linear Algebra".) A Departmental Honors Course is generally much smaller than non-honors sections of the same course and may be taught in unique ways.

A Departmental Honors Course is a way to earn honors credit in Element Two: Disciplinary Depth and Element Three: Transdisciplinary Capabilities. Be sure you understand in which element each different Departmental Honors Course counts for you.

  • CHEM1056H: Honors General Chem for Majors
    CRN 12712
    Morris A (ajmorris@vt.edu) 
    M W F 9:05 – 9:55 a.m. 
    HAHN N 140
    (4H, 4C)
  • CHEM1056H: Honors General Chem for Majors
    CRN 12712
    Morris A (ajmorris@vt.edu) 
    R 3:30 – 4:20 p.m.  
    PAM 3010
    (4H, 4C)
  • CHEM3616H: Honors Physical Chemistry
    CRN 12828
    Wellborne V (vwelborn@vt.edu) 
    TR 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.
    NCB 110A
    (3H,3C)
  • ENGL3616H: Literature and the Law
    CRN14996
    Knapp S (dashiell@vt.edu) 
    M W F 1:25 - 2:15 p.m.
    MCB 321 
    (3H, 3C)
  • ENGL3734H: Community Writing
    CRN 15004 
    Murphy A (aileen@vt.edu)
    T R 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.
    (3H, 3C)
  • ENGL 3744H: Writing Center Theory & Practice
    CRN 15005
    Lawrence J (jlwrnc@vt.edu)
    M W F 11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
    MCB 136
    (3H, 3C)
  • HNFE 2014H: Nutrition Across the Life Span
    CRN 16212
    Girmes-Gri N (ngirmes@vt.edu) 
    M W F 1:25 - 2:15 p.m.
    LITRV 1670
    (3H, 3C)
  • JMC 4344H: Free Speech in Cyberspace
    CRN 16767 
    Hopkins W (whopkins@vt.edu)
    T R 2 - 3:15 p.m.
    SHANK 043
    (3H, 3C)
  • MATH 2114H: Introduction to Linear Algebra
    CRN 17064
    TBD
    T R 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
    MCB 218
    (3H, 3C)
  • MATH 2114H: Introduction to Linear Algebra
    CRN 17065
    TBD
    M W F 9:05 - 9:55 a.m.
    MCB 218
    (3H, 3C)
  • MATH 2214H: Introduction to Differential Equations 
    CRN 17110
    TBD
    T R 2 - 3:15 p.m.
    LOCATION TBD
    (3H, 3C)
  • MATH 2406H: Math in Computational Context
    CRN 17111
    Chung M (mcchung@vt.edu) 
    M W 8 - 9:15 a.m. / T R 8 - 9:15 a.m. 
    MCB 223
    (5H, 5C)
  • MKTG 3104H: Marketing Management
    CRN 11787
    M W 2:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Wertalik D (donnaw08@vt.edu) 
    SQUIRES COLNL 
    (3H, 3C)
  • MUS 4014H: Topics Advanced Electroacoustic Residence 
    CRN 21353 
    T R 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. 
    LIBR 121
    (3H, 3C) 

Watch the video below to learn how to find Departmental Honors Courses in the VT course registration system. 

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Honors Reading Seminars

If you have a particularly busy semester planned — or are new to the Honors College — UH 2124: Honors Reading Seminars count in Element One: Honors Core and offer an enjoyable, low-pressure way to earn honors credit. We have several offered throughout the week focused on a variety of fun and interesting topics to explore!

Honors Reading Seminars are small, discussion-based classes in which students read about and explore topics of interest; practice critical reading, thinking, and communication skills; and build community with other Honors students. Reading seminars are taught by the Honors Peer Educator who proposes the seminar topic. Classes meet for 50 minutes, once a week, and earn participants 1 Honors credit. Grading is Pass/Fail only.

Questions? Please reach out to Dr. Paul Heilker.

Honors SuperStudio

Dr. Velez, Dr. Lewis, Dr. Underwood, Prof. Williams, Dr. Hall
T/TR, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. and W, 11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Squires 134, Honors College Studios

The Honors College SuperStudio provides students with instruction and practice in the transdisciplinary and massively-collaborative skills they will need to employ as professionals and citizens to address critical 21st century issues.

The SuperStudio will harness the work of four advanced courses to examine the potentials and challenges of addressing interconnected crises in climate change and economic inequality outlined in the Green New Deal.

All four course sections will meet at the same time and place to facilitate collaboration within and across the classes.

Students will enroll in one of the following:

Dr. Velez
TR 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Squires 134
CRN 20036

Our lives are increasingly shaped by public policy and by the need collaborate across sectors and groups to identify solutions. Public policy encompasses not just laws, but regulations, funding priorities, and decision-making in public institutions. Many policy decisions reflect systemic inequities in representation and access, often based on race and income. Understanding and participating in policy processes requires both technical and communication skills as well as an understanding of the context and interconnected systems in which policy is made and administered. In this course, we will focus on understanding U.S. environmental policy and social change using the National Environmental Policy Act as a starting point.

Dr. Lewis
TR 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Squires 134
CRN 20034

National and global health agencies mine patient data to determine trends in health care and make predictions about health crises. But does that data accurately reflect the health of all citizens? Moreover, does that data suggest how we might ensure equitable access to and quality of care as our world progresses? Learn what health data is and how to use it to make informed decisions as part of a team exploring ways to address a global issue.

Drs. Underwood and Williams
TR 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Squires 134
CRN 20035

Are you ready for Education 4.0? Thanks to COVID, changing employer expectations, and digital learning platforms, education is transforming. Issues explored in this course include access, affordability, and equity. Who is going to college and why go to college? Is education in Zoom equivalent to in-person education? What skills are students gaining in their education? In this course, students will analyze how education succeeds and fails as well as research solutions towards the changing DNA of current learning.

All students will ALSO enroll in UH 4514: Honors SuperStudio (CRN 20037), a required corequisite.

SuperStudio is a 1-credit extension of the topics courses where you can explore connections among the topics sections and associated disciplinary approaches, interrogate the Green New Deal, and pursue coordinated transdisciplinary responses to its potentials and challenges. Students benefit from engagement with invited guests with a variety of applicable expertise.

Honors Course Add-On Opportunities for Spring 2022

Students in selected large survey courses can now earn credit toward their Pathways general education requirements AND their honors diploma by taking an Honors Add-On, a supplementary one-credit course that offers a deeper, honors-level engagement with a topic from the survey.

Students that successfully complete both the large survey course and the 1-credit Add-On will earn 3 Honors Faculty-Student Agreement credits toward Elements 2 or 3 AND 1 UH 2984 credit toward Element 1 of their Honors Laureate Diplomas.

Our Spring 2022 Honors Add-On opportunities appear below. Please be sure to register for both the 3 credit course AND the paired 1 credit course.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Associate Dean Dr. Paul Heilker (pheilker@vt.edu).

RED 2604: Residential Design
CRN 21259
TR 3:30 - 4:45
ENGEL 223
3 Credits

AND

UH 2984: Social Dimensions of Residential Design
CRN 21914
W 10:00 - 10:50
Synchronous Online
1 Credit
Instructor: Hina Illahe (hinai@vt.edu)

 

* Satisfies Pathways Area 6D: Critique and Practice in Design *

Analysis of residential spaces to meet the needs of residents. Interrelationship of residential spaces, site and community, including climate, historic traditions, culture, and impact on diversity. House construction systems and finish materials. Current and future trends in design, construction, and marketing of housing for diverse households. Impact of codes and regulations on residential design and construction. Professional and labor force issues in the housing industry. Interpreting residential floor plans, elevations, detail drawings.

The Honors Add-On section will specifically focus the human and social dimensions of residential design; exploring sustainability through design, construction, and operation of buildings that can impact environment as well the social values of the user. Students opting for Honors add-on will explore the concepts of inclusion, increased stewardship, wellbeing, and social responsibility towards the residents and the environment. This additional knowledge will help students to understand and conceptualize a more informed and responsible design for human and non-human nature. This Honors Add-On will critically observe and compare existing housing design among several different cultures and traditions around the globe. 

RLCL/HUM 3204: Multicultural Communication
CRN 21700
TR 5:00 - 6:15
Synchronous Online
3 Credits

AND

UH 2984: Multicultural Communication in Virtual Reality
CRN 21913
W 5:00 - 5:50
Synchronous Online
1 Credit

Instructor: Aaron Ansell (aansell@vt.edu)

 

* Satisfies Pathways Area 3: Reasoning in the Social Sciences *

This course offers students concepts from the field of sociocultural linguistics to help them understand culture-bound communicative practices. We then use these concepts to interrogate aspects of the current “culture wars” in the US that relate to communication across identity groups. We look at controversial issues pertaining to so-called “political correctness,” such as callout and cancel culture, deplatforming, microaggressions, dog whistling, and dead-naming. Students will engage with arguments from various political positions on these topics and should therefore prepare to have their opinions challenged in the spirit of collective learning.

Students enrolled in the Honors Add-On section will explore the topic of multicultural communication in Virtual Reality (VR) settings. Their weekly 50-minute meetings will be held in an immersive VR platform (Horizon Workrooms) that they will attend through the use of Oculus Quest 2 headsets provided on loan by the Center for Humanities at Virginia Tech. Honors students will apply course concepts from HUM/RLCL 3204 to specific aspects of VR interactions (e.g. personal safety bubbles, avatar-concealed identity, etc.) and discuss avatar-based democratic deliberation, VR publics and counterpublics, and workplace harassment in VR settings.

AHRM 1014: Introduction to Art and Design for Consumers
CRN 10249
TR 12:30 - 1:45
WAL 412

- OR -

CRN 10248
Asynchronous Online

 

AND

 

UH 2984: Design Thinking for Consumers
CRN 21915
T 3:00 - 3:50
Synchronous Online 1 Credit

Instructor: Renee Walsh (rwalsh12@vt.edu)

* Satisfies Pathways Area 6A: Critique and Practice in the Arts *

- OR -

* Satisfies Pathways Area 6D: Critique and Practice in Design *

In this course students will develop an understanding and knowledge of design and its importance for all consumers who will select and use a variety of materials and products. Students will identify, evaluate, discuss, and apply design elements, principles and their application to consumer products such as apparel, housing, and residential technologies.

Students will learn the historical and cultural context of design and consumer products through pre-industrial and industrial periods and modern era while applying interpretive strategies and methodologies in design.

Students will work within the design process and learn about human factors and the importance of diverse user needs in the creation of consumer products. Students enrolled in the Honors Add-On section will focus and expand upon the design process and design thinking methodology. Students will research how design thinking has been used to solve complex issues and analyze problems within this methodology. Students will adapt the design thinking process to solve issues that correlate with their interests and major field of study.

 

Faculty Student Agreement (FSA)

Looking for a way to earn honors credit that doesn’t mean adding courses to your schedule? Consider completing a Faculty-Student Agreement (FSA) in Element 2 (Disciplinary Depth) or Element 3 (Transdisciplinary Capabilities) for a course you’re already taking! Review the FSA Guide here.

An FSA Form is required by the end of the third week of a fall or spring term in order to pursue an FSA. Find the form and more information about this process in the FSA assignments in the Canvas Honors Credit Tracker. (Review more information about the Credit Tracker below.) 

Canvas Honors Credit Tracker

The Credit Tracker serves as the platform through which you will consistently request all of your honors credit once you have completed it. As a result, it is where you can keep track of how many and what type of honors credit you currently have. All Honors students have been given access to the Credit Tracker in Canvas.

Review the Canvas Honors Credit Tracker Guide


Have questions about honors credit or need help planning your Honors Laureate Diploma?

Set up an appointment with the Honors Peer Advising Center (HPAC)!

Learn more about Honors academic requirements and all of the ways to earn Honors credit here.

NOTE: Students who enter the Honors College beginning with the Fall 2021 semester are required to receive approval on their plan to earn an Honors Laureate Diploma. Honors College students as of Spring 2021 and earlier are not expected to meet this new requirement. Provided they maintain a cumulative 3.6 GPA after each semester, plan approval for this more senior cohort is still optional.