HN 100 Honors Forum
The forum provides an occasion for students enrolled in the Institute Honors Program to meet weekly to discuss issues of current national and international interest. Requirements include regular readings in a major national newspaper and serious periodicals (e.g., The Atlantic). Enrollment is restricted to cadets who have been admitted to the Institute Honors Program. Please see Col. McDonald in the Dean's Office for more information.
Candidates for Institute Honors must take two honors courses, preferably during the third and second class years. To provide broad exposure to the disciplines, one course is required in each of two academic groups: Engineering/Science and Liberal Arts/Leadership. These courses are taught as seminars, with enrollment limited to cadets who have been admitted to the program (or who have received special written permission from the professor).
Senior Honors Project/Thesis
The crowning achievement of the Institute Honors candidate is the completion of a senior honors project or thesis, supervised by a faculty mentor, who evaluates the degree to which the project meets implicit disciplinary standards for Institute Honors. The Senior Honors Project/Thesis concludes with a "public" presentation by the cadet, open to faculty and other cadets as well as interested members of the VMI community. A written copy of the final document is bound and shelved in a special section at Preston Library for recognizing those who have attained Institute Honors.
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