Innovations in Honors

Student writes on whiteboard in IIH lab

A program for transfer students and current sophomores and juniors at UTC.

Applications for Fall 2020 admission to the Innovations in Honors Program will be accepted from December 1, 2019 until June 1, 2020 for currently enrolled students.

Transfer students may apply until June 1, 2020. 

 Innovations is Zooming Near You! 

Please select one of the links below to register for our Innovations in Honors Information Sessions on Zoom! Please note that all times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Wednesday, April 15th at 11am EST                           

Tuesday, April 28th at 2pm EST

Wednesday, May 13th 11amEST


Apply for Innovations in Honors

The Innovations in Honors (IIH) Program is designed for transfer students and current UTC students at the sophomore and junior levels. 

It is a problem-based, community-embedded learning experience that challenges students to develop critical thinking, design thinking, applied creativity and collaborative leadership. 

Using the UTC campus and the city of Chattanooga as active learning laboratories, students work closely with faculty members and civic partners in a two-semester Innovation Lab course to tackle authentic, real-world problems and benefit the larger shared community.

The Future is Here

The American Association of Colleges and Universities says that innovation and entrepreneurial approaches to problem solving are the future of academia and student learning. Read the article: 

A Moonshot Approach to Change in Higher Education: Creativity, Innovation, and the Redesign of Academia →

The Details

Required curriculum for IIH students is 15 hours of honors course work, constituted as follows: 

  • A two-semester Innovation Lab course sequence (three hours each semester for a total of six hours)
  • UHON 2000—Sophomore Honors Studies and UHON 3000–Junior Honors Studies (one hour each, for a total of two hours)
  • One additional, three-hour course from the Brock Scholars Seminars or other approved experiential course work
  • A two-semester honors thesis (either a Departmental Honors thesis or an Honors College thesis) for a total of four hours

Admission to IIH is by application during the spring semester prior to fall enrollment.