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.
First through Final Year:
Additional Honors Option Courses:
6-9 total credits of courses with an “A” suffix, i.e., HUM 207 01A
Senior/Final Honors Thesis/Project/Internship
Honors 401: Honors Thesis (3 credits)
Or: Honors Section of Junior or Senior Project (3-6 credits) [could be ESSE]
Or: Honors Section of Internship/Externship (3 -6 credits)
Minimum of 18 total honors credits for graduation with Honors. Honors courses taken as independent study, seminar, or online all may 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 a 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 that has contributed to our world’s betterment, for which we should be thankful, and which has made it possible to live in the world today. Students read required texts each term, 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 a three-term sequence of one-credit seminars for second-year OTHP students devoted to understanding and working with questions. Students study James Ryan’s Wait, What? in the fall, the current Edge Annual Question each winter term, and A More Beautiful Question in the spring term, through required readings, develop the ability to construct the kinds of questions that will make them more capable career professionals and greater contributors to society.
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.
Honors ProjectStudents are required to produce a significant project in order to conclude their time and study in the Honors Program. Students develop their projects and determine the scope of their projects during their first or second year in the Honors Program. They may work with faculty in their major and/or outside their major, as well as their Faculty Mentor, and the Director. The first year Honors course sequence (HUM 107) introduces students to various ideas and related issues, and may assist them in identifying potential projects. Students submit their proposed project to the HPC and the Director for approval during their first program year, but no later than the start of their second program year. Students will then execute the project during their remaining time at Oregon Tech. (A draft Honors Project Proposal form is available.)
Students determine the scope of the Honors Project, but at a minimum the Honors Project should involve the equivalent of several hours a week over a year’s time (roughly 100 hours per student total).
Students will prepare regular progress reports (at least once per academic quarter) for submission to the Director and/or to the HPC.
OTHP Student Support
Honors Program students, Honors Program Core Faculty, the Director and Assistant Director will all share in the responsibility of encouraging 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 generally in the program. To support the goal of progress and completion, students will receive an Honors Program Progress Toward Graduation report, and this report will account for all requirements toward graduation from the Oregon Tech Honors Program. (This report form is forthcoming.)