PTK Announces 2018/2019 Honors Study Topic

Phi Theta Kappa is excited to announce the 2018/2019 Honors Study Topic, Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing, and Achieving Change, which will be the focus of the Society’s Honors in Action Program from January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2019.

This topic explores the art and science of transformation and is divided into nine themes:

  • Theme 1: Networks of Life
  • Theme 2: Economies of Everything
  • Theme 3: Politics of Identity
  • Theme 4: Dynamics of Discovery
  • Theme 5: Channels of Creativity
  • Theme 6: Visions of Justice
  • Theme 7: Powers of Connection
  • Theme 8: Worlds of Work
  • Theme 9: Systems of Belief

“We are thrilled to kick off our centennial year by introducing this new Honors Study Topic,” said Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa’s Associate Vice President of Honors Programming and Undergraduate Research. “I want to thank the members of the Honors Program Council, who created subject matter that is interdisciplinary, international, timely, and action-oriented.”

The new Honors Program Guide, now available online, includes a detailed description of the nine Honors Study Topic themes, resources for further exploration, a planning rubric, and a sample Honors in Action Project. All chapters will receive a copy of the printed guide in late January, and additional copies may be ordered at the PTK Store.

Phi Theta Kappa developed Honors in Action to support its mission of developing opportunities for college students to grow as scholars and leaders. The program allows students to identify issues confronting humanity, consider ideas from varied perspectives, apply what they learn to address a real-world challenge, develop collaborative partnerships, and exercise leadership.

Chapters, advisors, and members can explore the new topic in depth through speaker presentations and Educational Forums at PTK Catalyst 2018.

Chapter research findings and the resulting Honors in Action projects may be submitted to the Hallmark Awards program for recognition during PTK Catalyst 2019. Participation in the Honors in Action program also fulfills levels of the Five Star Chapter Plan.

Remember, submissions for this year’s Honors in Action awards should be based on the 2016/2017 topic, How the World Works: Global Perspectives. Chapter Hallmark Awards are due on January 24 by 5 p.m. CT.

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