Each of these highly selective college honors programs combines honors course work and specialized living and learning, research, and international and intercultural educational benefits and opportunities. Chancellor’s Honors students may seek admission to college honors programs, but admission to college honors programs typically includes all qualified students regardless of Chancellor’s Honors Program membership.
The College of Arts & Sciences sponsors UT’s oldest, most selective, and most prestigious honors program, the College Scholars Program. With the guidance of a faculty mentor, College Scholars create unique, interdisciplinary majors from among the many majors offered by the college, and they participate in weekly academic and social gatherings designed to nurture the life of the mind. Admission to this highly specialized and selective program is open twice annually to qualified UT students of proven academic fit and maturity.
Other College Honors Programs
The College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources offers the Honors Research & Creative Achievements Program. This program helps qualified students enhance their research skills, by requiring the presentation of research, and encourages students to pursue advanced education in their major fields. Honors Research & Creative Achievements Program members also enjoy a range of highly stimulating international learning opportunities.
The College of Engineering Honors Program and the College of Business Administration Global Leadership Scholars Program accepted their first students in the Fall of 2007. In the former, each of the College’s nine undergraduate engineering majors provides a distinctive honors curriculum, whereas the latter emphasizes study of international business through specialized course work and provides scholarships to support study abroad.
With an emphasis on critical and creative thinking and service learning, the College of Social Work Honors Program provides students with the opportunity to pursue advanced topics in social work and complete a senior research project. Honors courses combine classroom instruction with community-based learning, international and intercultural activities, and innovative projects to help highly motivated students develop the knowledge and skills necessary for effective helping and problem solving.