Honors College Planning

After a year of planning, the Honors College Planning Committee is pleased to announce what we’ve come up with so far. All of the program revisions and proposals listed below will undergo normal campus approval processes in the fall of 2014; we hope to begin piloting some of these changes as early as spring 2015.

NEW: The UTC Office for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity

This new UTC office will be headed by a Director who will support, coordinate when needed, and publicize all undergraduate research efforts undertaken on the UTC campus. While housed in the Honors College, the Office for URCA at UTC will serve ALL UTC students, not simply those already in honors. The Director will promote and educate students on the value and process for research and creative activity on the campus overall, as well as support faculty who create these experiences for our students.  The Director will also help to expand and publicize undergraduate research and creative activities beyond the UTC campus, encouraging and organizing student presentations at national venues such as the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, Posters on the Hill, and the National Collegiate Honors Conference.  

This Office will begin operation in Fall 2014.

New:  Innovation In Honors (IIH) Program

This new 2-year honors program will require 12 hours of coursework and will grow to at least 200 non-Brock Scholar students in the next five years. Requirements for IIH will include:

  • BridgeLab 1 and BridgeLab 2, two 3-hour courses in which students work with a UTC faculty member and a community partner to solve real-world problems
  • A capstone experience fulfilled by DHON or other senior thesis project
  • An additional 3 hours that can be fulfilled with an approved experiential course such as study abroad or credit-bearing undergraduate research experience, or any UHON course

Students participating in the Brock Scholars Program may also participate in IIH; Brock Scholars wishing to complete the IIH Program will take BridgeLab 1 and 2.  They may fulfill the other requirements with the same capstone experience and experiential or UHON courses they are required to complete in the Brock Scholars Program—they will not need to double those requirements to be eligible for IIH credit.

We hope to begin enrolling students in IIH courses in Fall or possibly Spring Semester of 2015.

Revised: Brock Scholars Program

The Brock Scholars curriculum will be revised to include special-topic UHON seminars proposed by interested faculty and selected for offering by an Honors College Advisory Committee.  Brock Scholars may select from these special topics courses after they have completed the first-year writing/reading course, which will continue as currently structured.  Currently 34 hours are required to complete the Brock Scholars curriculum; beginning in fall of 2015, Brock Scholars will be required to complete 31 hours, including the required senior capstone experience (Departmental Honors thesis or study abroad/experiential course and related research project).

The size of the Brock Scholars Program will increase over the next 4-6 years by admitting a larger freshman class each year.  This controlled expansion will begin with the Fall 2015 freshman class, when we plan to enroll up to 50 freshmen, instead of the current 30-35-person cohort.  As we assess our resources each year, future freshman cohorts may grow to as many as 100 students if such growth appears manageable.