Honors Course Opportunities Guide
HONORS COURSE OPPORTUNITIES
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!
Before you explore Honors College (UH) Course opportunities, please review the note from Honors faculty below on the Honors College's philosophy of teaching and learning.
The Virginia Tech Honors College offers you exceptional learning opportunities, extraordinary courses, and experiences that are not available to students outside the college. These opportunities are quite challenging and require you stretch yourself beyond what is asked of you in high school and other university settings. As a VT Honors College student, you should be aware of the following Honors College (UH) Course expectations:
- We expect the best from ourselves and our colleagues – and that includes you, our students. We invest heavily in and have high standards for our collective work, and we expect you will do the same.
- We will push the boundaries of knowledge and engage with new and challenging ideas in order to drive innovation. This is difficult work and requires more effort than you might initially think, and often more challenging work than you may encounter in your major.
- An honors education will require you to be a highly motivated, independent, and reflective learner, someone capable of making connections and applying yourself across disparate domains of knowledge and action. This process is individualized and requires you to play an active role in your learning.
- We care deeply about you, your ideas, and your work, and we engage accordingly. This care and respect is often expressed through feedback and critique designed to push you beyond your current limitations and encourage improvement through iteration. No matter how strong your work is, continually ask yourself, “What have I not yet considered? How could this be improved?”.
- We expect that you will be strong partners in your education, asking critical, informed, and well-considered questions that will clarify and foster our collective inquiry and innovation.
- We value our diversity, our rich differences in disciplinary training, scholarly experiences, and approaches to teaching. As our partners in this transdisciplinary enterprise, you will do well to embrace this diversity as well, moving beyond a desire for single perspectives and simple answers.
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.
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.