Innovations In Honors

 Applications for Fall 2019 admission to the
Innovations in Honors Program will be accepted from 
January 15, 2019 until March 1, 2019 for currently-enrolled students. Transfer students may apply until June 1, 2019.

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The Innovations in Honors (IIH) Program is designed for transfer students and current UTC students at the sophomore and junior level.  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 our larger shared community.

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

That future is here now in UTC's Honors College!

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

  • a two-semester Innovation Lab course sequence (3 hours each semester, for a total of 6 hours)
  • UHON 2000—Sophomore Honors Studies and UHON 3000–Junior Honors Studies (1 hour each, for a total of 2 hours)
  • one additional 3-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 4 hours

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