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2016/2017 Honors Study Topic Announced

Phi Theta Kappa is excited to kick off a new year with the introduction of the 2016/2017 Honors Study Topic, How the World Works: Global Perspectives. The topic will serve as the focus of the Honors in Action program for the next two years, January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2017. 

The topic goes beyond a fundamental look at the workings of the world around us and delves deeper into how humankind’s many points of view, experiences, challenges, accomplishments, studies, values and more combine to shape and impact the world we know now and the world it will become. The topic is divided into eight themes:

  • Theme 1: Myth and Reality
  • Theme 2: Individualism and Collectivism
  • Theme 3: Rights and Responsibilities
  • Theme 4: Peace and War
  • Theme 5: Beauty and Vulgarity
  • Theme 6: Natural and Engineered
  • Theme 7: Innovation and Replication
  • Theme 8: Nostalgia and Pathos

“We are thrilled to begin a new chapter in Phi Theta Kappa’s history with the introduction of this new Honors Study Topic, and we cannot wait to see what inspirations our chapters draw from it,” said Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs. “I want to extend my deepest thanks to members of the Honors Program Council who worked hard to create a topic that is interdisciplinary, international, intellectual, important, theme-oriented, in-the-news, interesting and action-oriented. Once you read their work, I think you’ll see ‘how the world works’ everywhere you look.”

The Honors Study Topic is fully explained and outlined in the new Honors Program Guide, which will be published on ptk.org in January. The guide includes a detailed description of each of the eight themes and resources for further exploration; a sample Honors in Action Project based on the new topic; and a checklist of the Honors in Action Project rubrics. All chapters will receive a copy of the new guide sometime in January.

Honors in Action is Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Program and is designed to engage honors students in actions that foster student success and help fulfill the mission of the Society. Participation in Honors in Action contributes to personal, academic and career development and affords students the leadership and service-learning opportunities that have an impact on their campuses and in their communities.

The findings of the research and the resulting Honors in Action Project may be submitted to the Hallmark Awards program for recognition during NerdNation, Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention. Participation in the Honors in Action program can also help fulfill levels of the Five Star Chapter Plan. Chapters, advisors and members can explore the new topic in depth through speaker presentations at NerdNation 2016 and the 2016 Honors Institute.



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