Honors Course Requirements
All Oregon Tech Honors Program (OTHP) students must complete a required number of Honors courses (see below), Honors Designated or Honors Option courses, including a capstone thesis/senior project/externship (the Honors Project) supervised by the honors program and presented to an honors faculty committee. To graduate from the University Honors Program, they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5.
HUM 107 Honors Idea Seminar I, II, and III (1 credit each)
Satisfies social science general education requirement.
HUM 207 Honors Question Seminar I, II, and III (1 credit each)
Satisfies humanities general education requirement.
HUM 307 Honors Answer Seminar I, II, III (1 credit each)
Satisfies humanities general education requirement.
The main outcome of the Third Year Seminar sequence is the completion of the Honors Answer Project.
Honors Option Courses
15 additional credits of courses with an “A” suffix: e.g., COM 246-01A
A minimum of 24 total Honors credits is required for graduation from the Honors Program. Courses taken as an independent study, special seminar, or online may all be included in that total if they are taken as an Honors Option course. All Honors courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher.
Honors Idea Seminar I, II, and III
Ideas shape the world, and ideas change the world. The Honors Idea Seminar is the required three-term sequence of one-credit seminars for first-year OTHP students devoted to thinking through the past (fall term), present (winter term), and future (spring term) of one idea, each year, that has contributed to the world and influenced the how people live in the world today. Each year, first-year students are treated to an "idea theme" that will never be repeated. Students read a required "anchor" text each term, sometimes go on local field trips, and learn about ideas from guest speakers.
Honors Question Seminar I, II, and III
The art of asking important, meaningful, and productive questions is valued in the Honors Program. The Honors Question Seminar is the required three-term sequence of one-credit seminars for second-year OTHP students devoted to understanding and working with questions. Students study Warren Berger's A More Beautiful Question in the fall, a special selection of a Penguin Classic each winter term, and Clayton Christensen's How Will You Measure Your Life? in the spring term. Through these required readings, students will develop the ability to construct the kinds of questions that will make them more effective students, and ultimately more capable career professionals and greater contributors to society.
Honors Answer Seminar I, II, and III
Answers are the solutions to the work we accomplish with ideas and questions. The Honors Answer Seminar is the final required three-term sequence of one-credit seminars for third-year OTHP students devoted to completing the Honors Answer Project. Students learn how to derive Answer Observations and Answer Insights by studying three special texts over the course of the three terms. The Honors Answer Project consists of two questions: The Honors Faculty Question and the Honors Student Question. The Honors Faculty Question asks students to consider the relationship between ideas, questions, and answers, which they have been studying for the past 2-3 years. The Honors Student Question provides students with the opportunity to answer their own questions based on something about which they are curious. This third seminar sequence caps off the Honors Program with the Honors Answer Symposium: a unique opportunity to share their answers with peers, friends, and faculty.
Honors Designated and Honors Option Courses
In addition to the two Honors Designated seminars (above), students are required to complete 2-3 additional Honors Courses. These can be Honors Designated courses, like an Honors section of WRI 122. Classes that are presented as Honors Courses will have an A attached to their course number. Or these can be courses taken as Honors Option courses, for which a student and faculty will develop a different or additional set of course requirements and submit an Honors Option Course Contract to the Honors Program to allow students to earn official Honors Course credit.
In addition to meeting the course requirements outlined above, Honors Program students also must complete an Honors Project, which may be, but is not limited to, a community service project or an academic project, as a requirement for graduation from the Honors Program. A service-learning project, for example, fosters civic engagement and prepares students to become leaders in their communities. An academic project might provide students with a sample of writing when applying to Graduate School.
The Honors Answer Project
In the third year of the Honors Program, students participate in the Honors Answer Project. Students answer two questions: the Faculty Question and the Student Question.
The Faculty Question is collectively chosen each year by the faculty of the Honors Program. In answering the Faculty Question, students synthesize their experience over the past three years pursuing ideas, questions, and answers.
The Student Question is unique to each student. Each student develops and researches their own curiosity-driven question.
Each answer is developed in an essay, and students present their Student Question and answer in a symposium at the end of the academic year.
OTHP Student Support
Honors Program students, Honors Program Core Faculty, the Director and Assistant Director all share in the responsibility for a student’s progress through the program. Honors Program students will meet with the Director or Assistant Director each fall to discuss courses and activities, and the student’s experiences in the program. To support the goal of progress and completion, students will receive an Honors Program Progress Toward Graduation report, which will account for all requirements toward graduation from the Oregon Tech Honors Program.