Honors Pathway Program

Honors Seminars

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Our honors seminars are a mix of serious study, self-guided reflection, and...this. (To be fair, they're embracing ambiguity, communicating empathetically, valuing diverse perspectives, and welcoming challenge.)

These three one-credit honors seminars will help you develop your professional skills, explore and define your goals, and provide guidance to successfully complete your other components in a timely and orderly way. Two of the three seminars can be used to fulfill HAAS requirements.

In these courses, you'll learn overarching theories of motivation, critical reflection, global literacy, and leadership. Apply concepts of Stanford d.school's design thinking process as you determine your personal pathway components. Learn self-authorship frameworks, decision making, critical thinking, and synthesis and sharing of experiences. (And have fun, and make some lifelong friends, and let your brain stretch beyond your in-major courses.)

HON 2150 - Pavlis Seminar I

The first of three seminars designed for the Pavlis Honors Pathway Program. In this course we introduce the theory and concepts related to overarching theories of motivation, critical reflection, global literacy, and leadership in an active and reflective learning environment. Students learn and apply design thinking concepts to the development of their Honors Pathway Program elements with a particular focus on immersion experiences.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

HON 3150 - Pavlis Seminar II

The second of three seminars Pavlis Honors College Pathway seminars. This course focuses on "Telling Your Story" in different settings and the honors abilities of "Communicate Empathetically" and "Balance Confidence and Humility". Students apply design thinking to develop their honors projects.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HON 2150 and UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

HON 4150 - Pavlis Seminar III

The final Pavlis Honors College Pathway Program seminar. This course uses self-authorship framework to form learning partnerships where students develop their voice and engage with other perspectives through difficult dialogues, decision making, critical thinking, and synthesis and sharing of experiences.

  • Credits: 1.0
  • Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-0-2)
  • Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman
  • Pre-Requisite(s): HON 3150 and UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)

Why do we include the seminar component?

Your other pathway components are more self-directed and unique to you and your goals. The honors seminars give everyone the same foundation, teaching you about our honors abilities, introducing design thinking, and helping you plan your components with in-class support.

Time commitment

Three one-credit classes, taken during separate terms. We strongly recommend you complete HON 3150 before your honors project and HON 4150 at least one semester before graduation.

Is HON1150 part of the Honors Pathway Program?

HON 1150 isn't part of the pathway curriculum. Developed for incoming first-year students, HON 1150 is designed to be an overview of the honors program and an introduction to student life at Michigan Tech. We recommend you take HON 1150 as a first-year student—it'll streamline your admission to the full Honors Pathway Program, you'll have a head start on designing your personal pathway, and you'll develop design thinking skills that will help you throughout your career—but it's not mandatory.

Pavlis tip

HON 2150 is the cornerstone of your honors pathway. Take it early so you can easily fit your honors curriculum into your overall degree program requirements.

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