2017 PTK Honors Institute

Established in 1968, Phi Theta Kappa's Honors Institute launches the examination of the Society's Honors Study Topic. The Honors Institute is an intensive exploration of the topic, featuring internationally recognized speakers, small group seminars, educational field trips and experiential activities. The following is a list of past Honors Study Topics and Honors Institute dates and locations.


1968

Our Cultural Heritage: 1800-1860 | Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts

1969

The Changing Nature of American Society: A Challenge to Government | Marymount College of Virginia, Arlington, Virginia

1970

A Study of Twentieth-Century Drama | Bennett College, Millbrook, New York

1971

Man, A Part of Nature/Man, Apart from Nature | Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

1972

The State of Our Nation: Toward Responsible Contributory Citizenship | American University, Washington, D.C.

1973

Voices of Human Experience, I | Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts

1974

Voices of Human Experience, II | Ferrum College, Ferrum, Virginia

1975

Franklin and Jefferson: Apostles in '76 | University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia

1976

William Faulkner: The Man, His Land, His Legend | University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi

1977

Music: The Listener's Art | Cumberland College, Lebanon, Tennessee

1978

Man Alive: Can He Survive? | Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

1979

The Brilliant Future of Man: Problem Solving Time | Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, North Carolina

1980

A Time for Truth: America's Need for Governmental Renaissance | Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts

1981

Man in Crisis: A Quest for Values | State University of New York, Purchase, New York

1982

The Short Story: Mirror of Humanity | University of Southern Mississippi, Long Beach, Mississippi

1983

Signed by the Masters | C.W. Post College on Long Island, Greenvale, New York

1984

America, A World-Class Citizen: Image and Reality | University of Southern Mississippi, Long Beach, Mississippi

1985

Ethics and Today's Media: An Endangered Alliance? | Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado

1986

The American Dream: Past, Present, and Future | Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

1987

The U.S. Constitution: Assuring Continuity Through Controversy | University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

1988

The Character and Climate of Leadership: Old Frontiers and New Frontiers | Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

1989

The Americas: Distant Neighbors Building Bridges | University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

1990

Civilization at Risk: Challenge of the '90s | Adelphi University, Long Island, New York

1991

The Paradox of Freedom: A Global Dilemma | University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

1992

1492-1992: The Dynamics of Discovery | College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

1993

Our Complex World: Balancing Unity and Diversity | Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania

1994

Science, Humanity and Technology: Shaping a New Creation | Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

1995

Rights, Privileges and Responsibilities: An Indelicate Balance | Chapman University, Orange, California

1996

The Arts: Landscape of Our Time | Bryant College, Smithfield, Rhode Island

1997

Family: Myth, Metaphor and Reality | Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington

1998

The Pursuit of Happiness: Conflicting Visions and Values | The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

1999

The New Millennium: The Past As Prologue | The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

2000

In the Midst of Water: Origin and Destiny of Life | The University of San Diego, San Diego, California

2001

Customs, Traditions, and Celebrations: The Human Drive for Community | Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

2002

Dimensions and Directions of Health: Choices in the Maze | Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina

2003

Dimensions and Directions of Health: Choices in the Maze | The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

2004

Popular Culture: Shaping and Reflecting Who We Are | University of California, Los Angeles, California

2005

Popular Culture: Shaping and Reflecting Who We Are | University of Nevada Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada

2006

Gold, Gods, and Glory: The Global Dynamics of Power | University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

2007

Gold, Gods, and Glory: The Global Dynamics of Power | Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

2008

The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences | San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California

2009

The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences | University of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia

2010

The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise | Chapman University, Orange, California

2011

The Democratization of Information: Power, Peril, and Promise | Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

2012

The Culture of Competition | University of Denver, Denver, Colorado

2013

The Culture of Competition | Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2014

Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration | Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

2015

Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration | The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2016

How the World Works: Global Perspectives | Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina