Honors Program students are eager for an active learning environment, curious about important questions, open to the experiences of others and willing to share their ideas with faculty and other students from a variety of backgrounds. The Honors Program student body is composed of representatives from all majors, making for a highly interdisciplinary living and learning experience.
Honors Program Classes
The Honors Program specially arranges a menu of 35 - 45 Honors Program classes offered each fall and spring, and one or two Honors Program classes are offered each summer in the Georgia Tech Oxford Summer Study Abroad Program. Classes are typically small, with high levels of student and faculty engagement, and incorporate one or more active-learning elements: seminar-style class discussions, class presentations, team problem-solving, team projects, or service-learning opportunities on the Georgia Tech campus or in the Atlanta community. Many Honors Program classes, including some “core” classes (English, lab science), are interdisciplinary in scope. Honors Program classes are designed for students who are highly motivated to pursue their curiosity, creativity, and connection with communities, often crossing disciplinary boundaries and proceeding from theory to practical application.
Learning Beyond the Classroom
Students extend their learning in after-class conversations, study groups, and extra-curricular activities, and at Honors Program luncheons, activities, and events with fellow Honors Program students, staff, and faculty. Often, Honors Program students network to pursue research or business start-up projects growing out of their shared learning experiences. Opportunities for learning beyond the classroom are enhanced by:
- Shared living space for first-year, transfer, and upper-year Honors Program students, with available study lounges in Eighth Street East and South, as well as the Honors Program Office Suite in Eighth Street West, complete with study area, digital screen, and a practice piano.
- Honors Leadership Council (HLC) events and activities, funded by the Honors Program Fee and planned, coordinated, and led by upper-level Honors Program students who have been selected (by current HLC members) for HLC membership.
- Honors Program Challenge Fund Awards, funded by the Honors Program Fee and awarded by Honors Program staff to Honors Program students who submit proposals for service-oriented experiences, attendance at academic or leadership conferences, and or innovative projects of the students’ own design. Four projects are funded for up to $500 each fall and spring semester.
- Honors Program Outstanding Student Award, given every year to celebrate one graduating student who best exemplifies the spirit of the Honors Program (HP) during their time at Georgia Tech.