Honors College students are part of a community of scholars that share experiences in and outside of the classroom. Honors activities provide opportunities for students to learn from faculty, alumni, guest speakers and their peers. Students can earn required Honors activity hours by participating in activities that foster mentorship, leadership, civic engagement and a global mindset. The list below includes examples of activities sponsored by the Honors College as well as study abroad and certificate programs. Information about activities will be shared with Honors College students through email, Engage, and the Honors College newsletter.
Shared Honors Experiences
Honors College Reading Group
We are excited to launch the Honors Reading Group this fall. Each semester, Honors College students are invited to read and discuss works focused on a central theme. In Fall 2020, we will focus on the legacy of race in America in Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987), Octavia Butler’s Kindred (1979), and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me (2015).
Lectures, Panel Discussions and Colloquia
Florida Tech faculty, invited faculty and industry leaders present formal lectures and participate in panel discussions and colloquia that include Q&A sessions with Honors College students.
Lunch and Learn Sessions
Speakers deliver presentations to groups of Honors College students on topics relating to their fields of expertise, career trajectories and tools for success.
Honors College students attend sessions where they participate in screenings of TED Talks and discussions moderated by faculty members and peers.
Alumni and peer mentoring programs
Florida Tech alumni serve as mentors to students in the Honors College in conjunction with the Future Professionals program. Honors students with experience in the program serve as peer mentors to first-year students in the Honors College.
Civic Engagement Activities
Honors College students are encouraged to participate in community- and service-based activities representing the college and university (e.g., Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity and partnerships with local schools).
Florida Tech Student Honors Council members are student leaders that work with administrators, faculty, staff and their peers on Honors activities. Florida Tech’s Honors College is a member of the Florida Collegiate Honors Council. Students can participate in the council's annual conference in paper and poster presentations and by leading sessions.
Honors College students are invited to join field trips within and outside of Florida. Examples include Disney Youth Education Series Leadership Seminars and tours of Kennedy Space Center.
Honors College students are encouraged to take part in study abroad opportunities, including the Oxford Study Abroad Program, which count toward Honors activities requirements. For more information, visit https://fit.edu/study-abroad and contact Heather Wautlet, Director of Study Abroad, at email@example.com.
Cultural Competency Certificate
Honors College students can earn Honors activity hours by completing the non-credit program in Cultural Competency that certifies undergraduate students are prepared for the global workforce through the development and cultivation of knowledge and awareness about diverse cultures and groups of people. For more information, visit https://www.fit.edu/cultural-competency-certificate/ and contact Nancy Garmer, Assistant Dean of User Experience at Florida Tech’s Evans Library, Program Chair, Quality Enhancement Program (QEP), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Tech Future Professionals Certificate
Honors College students can earn Honors activity hours by completing the non-credit Future Professionals Certificate that prepares undergraduate students for entering the workforce . For more information, visit https://fit.edu/career/future-professionals/ and contact email@example.com.