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Calhoun Honors Discovery Program

This program was made possible by an exceptional gift from alumnus David Calhoun ’79, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Boeing Company.

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A New Way of Thinking About College Education

About the Calhoun Honors Discovery Program

The Calhoun Honors Discovery Program (CHDP) combines a structured disciplinary education with an open-ended, collaborative, and transdisciplinary discovery process. Students collaborate with one another across disciplines, as well as work alongside our faculty, industry, and non-profit partners. After four years of learning the process of discovery, innovation, and problem-solving, students will be prepared to face the real world. Under this new learning platform, students will graduate from Virginia Tech with the skills and knowledge needed to lead collaborative  sociotechnical innovation and live out our motto Ut Prosim, “That I May Serve.” 

Honors Collaborative Discovery Diploma (HCDD) Information

The HCDD is a full tuition scholarship path and only available to students applying to the program at the same time as they apply to Virginia Tech. It is limited to 14 participating programs and there is a limit of 180 students in this path. There are fourteen participating programs in the CHDP spanning engineering, science, business, design, arts, humanities, and policy. 

Students who complete the CHDP will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the participating disciplines and an Honors Collaborative Discovery Diploma. All participating programs incorporate the activities of the CHDP into their program of study without any adding any additional credits to the overall graduation total.

Participating Programs of Study for the CHDP Collaborative Discovery Diploma

Business Information Technology, Business Management, Computational Modeling and Data Analytics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Design, Communication, English, Environmental Policy & Planning, Smart and Sustainable Cities, Creative Technologies, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Graphic Design, and Professional & Technical Communication.