The mission of the Honors College is to inspire and facilitate an extraordinary education for students of exceptional motivation and ability who seek to be active learners and who will apply their knowledge and skills to critical real-world problems. To this end, the Honors College provides opportunities and challenges founded on meaningful and sustained relationships with faculty, independent learning, undergraduate research, place-based and problem-focused experiences, and intellectual engagement in global contexts. Honors curricula are designed to maximize the disciplinary depth, transdisciplinary capabilities, and purpose-driven engagement that are the hallmarks of the Virginia Tech undergraduate student experience and the VT-Shaped Student.

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  • Honors Laureate [2]

    Students individualize their honors education to earn Honors Laureate Diplomas.

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  • Designing an Honors Peer Advising Center 

    Smith, Amber Zoe (European Honors Council, 2017-10-18)

    ...As we transition from honors program to college, our services are growing in scope and complexity, as are our responsibilities. We need a new way to provide reliable, personalized honors student support.

    Learning ...

  • Supporting Peer Educators in First-Year Honors Seminars at Virginia Tech 

    Smith, Amber Zoe (Michigan State University, in partnership with Pennsylvania State University and the Honors Education at Research Universities biennial conference, 2016)
    First-year seminars help students transition to and get involved in college faster, which can result in higher academic achievement, stronger peer relationships, and deeper self-knowledge: elements of a more successful and ...
  • Discussion Facilitation Techniques for Honors Peer Educators 

    Smith, Amber Zoe (European Honors Council (EHC), 2017-04-28)
    In the Virginia Tech Honors College, honors peer educators are students who apply to be the sole instructors for discussion-based classes, such as first-year seminars and reading seminars, for academic credit (Smith, 2016). ...
  • Neuroscience, Medicine, and Culture Diploma: Diploma Requirements Checksheet 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2017)
    This diploma is available to non‐Neuroscience majors only. Students pursuing an Honors Laureate: Neuroscience, Medicine, and Culture Diploma will earn a minimum of 30 honors credits across the Four Elements of an Honors Education.
  • Presidential Global Scholars Program 

    Unknown author (Virginia Tech, 2017)
    Presidential Global Scholars Program credit fulfillment for a self-directed diploma