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Honors Program

The interdisciplinary Honors Program allows students to go beyond the classroom and regular course work to study one-on-one with faculty through enrichment tutorials, Honors Abroad (PDF), internships, research and classroom-to-community outreach. Led by a distinguished faculty, students are challenged to aim higher and go farther in their lives, communities and careers.

"Challenging Mindsets" is the theme around which the Honors Program is centered. Each year, a variation on the theme is explored through an array of special courses, films and guest speakers. Sample course topics include: "Roots and Contexts of Ideas," "Revolutions," "Conflicting Perspectives: Learning through the Clash of Ideas," and "The Cutting Edge."

Honors Program students thrive in a close-knit atmosphere among the most inquisitive, intellectually spirited and enterprising students. They enjoy specialized classes on stimulating topics, produce an Honors Literary Journal (Respond), attend symposia and participate in the Harvard Model United Nations program and state, regional and national Honors conferences.
The Honors Program Newsletter (PDF)
describes current courses, activities and seminars.

Honors students also compete for opportunities to study at Oxford University in England, semester-long internships in Washington, D.C., and paid undergraduate research fellowships at UT. Other benefits include access to a specially-equipped Honors lounge and an option to live on an Honors floor in University residence halls. Students must be full-time to be eligible for these opportunities

Honors Program Admission

Students are automatically considered for the Honors Program when they apply to the University. No separate application is required.  

Admission requirements for the Honors Program are as follows: 
  • Freshmen: 3.5 GPA and 1200 SAT (27 ACT), minimum cumulative GPA must be 3.4, SAT must be 1150 (25 ACT). Writing test scores are not included in SAT or ACT test score requirements and will not be considered for Honors Program admission.
  • Transfers: 3.5 GPA or very strong recommendation from a community college Honors director.
  • Continuing Students: Same requirements as other Honors Program students. Scheduling should be discussed with Honors Program director by contacting the Honors Program office at

Program Course Requirements

  • Pathways to Honors (HON101 and 102) 
  • Two other Honors courses of at least three credit hours each during freshman and sophomore years.
  • Three courses from among the following during junior and senior years:
    • Regular Honors classes
    • Honors independent study
    • Honors enrichment tutorials
    • Honors thesis
    • Honors abroad seminars
    • Washington seminars and internship
    • Oxford tutorials

Timothy Smith Award

Timothy Smith - India

The annual award, offered through the Honors Program, has been established to honor the life of Timothy M. Smith.

Award Requirements

Celebrating Honors Day

Celebrating Honors Day - research week

Part of Undergraduate Research Celebration Week, the Honors undergraduate research fellows are officially recognized and present their findings.

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