The Honors College
The Honors College is a community of scholars which strives to maintain a supportive, educationally and culturally diverse environment in which students achieve excellence in academics, research, service, and personal development, leading to success in their careers and fulfillment in their personal lives. The Honors College contributes in significant ways to the University's mission. By creating a center for academic excellence within the University, the Honors College improves the level of learning for all students. Honors students are also encouraged to be student leaders who offer distinguished service to the University and the larger community.
The UT Arlington Honors College is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and the regional Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC). UT Arlington's Honors College is one of only six in Texas.
The Honors College seeks students with broad interests, varied talents, and diverse cultural backgrounds. Admission is competitive. Entering Freshman Honors applicants (with fewer than 30 college hours) must have a combined score of 1200 SAT or 27 ACT and/or graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class. Continuing and transfer Honors applicants (with more than 30 college hours) must have an overall GPA of 3.35.
Admission to the Honors College is not based solely on grades or scores, however. The Admissions Committee (comprised of Honors College faculty and staff) gives great weight in the selection process to applicants' statements of purpose. Applications for admission are available in the Honors College Office or online: honors.uta.edu/secure/applications/.
Honors degrees are granted in the disciplines of the University's eight undergraduate schools and colleges: Architecture, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Science, and Social Work. To graduate with an Honors degree the student must be a member of the Honors College in good standing, have an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher, and complete the degree requirements in a disciplinary major. The Honors course requirements include:
At least 24 hours of Honors course work (all of which may also fulfill University core and disciplinary major requirements):
The Honors degree supplements and enhances the degrees offered in the University's undergraduate schools and colleges. As such, it is essential that Honors students maintain close contact with their advisors in their home departments. No two Honors degrees are fulfilled in exactly the same way, and all are custom-designed; hence no sample degree plans are provided here. Students degree plans should be developed in consultation with members of the Honors College advising staff. Students are strongly encouraged to meet regularly with Honors advising staff (preferably once per semester) to ensure that they are making necessary progress toward the Honors degree and will graduate in a timely fashion. It is mandatory that students meet with the Honors advisors during the first semester they are admitted into the Honors College and in the first semester of their junior year.
Honors students who wish to design their Honors degrees to meet special academic, professional, or personal goals should consult with Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies advisors (www.uta.edu/ints/) prior to submitting degree plan proposals. Recent Honors Interdisciplinary Studies degrees have been granted in the fields of artificial intelligence, music therapy, science journalism, ancient studies, medical illustration, classical studies, genetic counseling, and architectural photography.
It is impossible to cite all the advantages that accrue to Honors students. Some of the more tangible benefits are:
Honors students, because of their commitment to learning and independent research, enjoy a special relationship with the University Library system.
The Honors College, in conjunction with the UT Arlington Scholarship Office, annually awards numerous Honors Scholarships. Many scholarships are renewable up to three additional years for students who maintain Honors requirements. Applications are available in the Honors College Office and on the Honors College Web site. Information on departmental and organizational scholarships and financial aid is available in the Scholarship and Financial Aid Office, 252 Davis Hall.
The Honors College offers competitive scholarships for students seeking enrollment in UT Arlington's graduate programs. In addition, Honors students may be eligible for advanced admission and, depending on the graduate program, exemption from the GRE. Honors seniors are encouraged to consult the graduate advisors of their prospective departments and the Honors College.
Honors Undergraduate Assistantship Programs, in concert with UT Arlington's other schools and colleges, place students in paid research assistantships in their disciplines. Honors Research Assistants must enroll in three credit hours of research or independent study during the assistantship. Information and applications are available in the Honors College Office.
All Honors students complete a research thesis or creative project that demonstrates Honors competence in the major field under the direction of a faculty mentor. The thesis/project offers students the opportunity to complete sustained original research or creative activity. Students in the sciences and humanities advance their research skills significantly, while students in the creative arts and technologies polish and perfect their crafts. The Honors thesis/project may well be the student's most valuable educational experience. The thesis/project requires that students examine complex concepts and issues carefully; their work is expected to meet the scholarly standards of the discipline and the Honors College. Prior to beginning work on a thesis or project, students complete the online thesis/project clinic series, a self-paced tutorial program designed to familiarize them with the process.
The Honors College Study Abroad Program offers opportunities for students to acquire new knowledge and understanding of the people, events, movements, ideas, and products of cultures other than their own; to link historical events and developments with those of the twenty-first century; and to understand the contributions of other peoples and regions to American institutions and culture. Rigorous instruction and intensive on-site learning in countries as diverse as Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Ghana, the Czech Republic, Greece, England, and Costa Rica are hallmarks of the Honors study abroad experience. Scholarships are available from both the Honors College and the Office of International Studies (www.uta.edu/oie/studyabroad/).
The Honors College at UT Arlington in conjunction with the College Board annually presents the Advanced Placement-Summer Institute. Each year more than 600 new and experienced middle school and high school teachers receive invaluable training from College Board-certified AP and Pre-AP instructors to prepare them to teach AP courses in the schools. Courses are offered in Art, English, Science, Language, Mathematics, and Social Studies.
Note: College Board, AP, and the Advanced Placement Program are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, and are used here with permission.
The UT Arlington Honors College offers an outstanding program of study for exceptionally motivated high school students. A student may earn credit hours toward a college degree while also receiving credit toward a high school diploma for course work taken at UT Arlington. Granting of dual credit is subject to the policies of each independent school district under the guidelines of the Texas Education Agency. Students should check with their home districts or the UT Arlington Honors College for more information regarding dual credit.
Honors Academy students must submit:
Admission to the Honors Academy requires a minimum score of 120 on the PSAT, 1200 on the SAT, or 27 on the ACT or ranking in the top 10 percent of the applicant's high school class and a minimum score of 105 on the PSAT, 1050 on the SAT or 22 on the ACT.
Qualified Honors Academy students are eligible to receive scholarships, and will receive credit for the course work completed at the end of the semester. A permanent UT Arlington academic record will be established for each student enrolled in the Honors Academy Program.
Upon graduation from high school, Honors Academy students who wish to transition from the Academy to entering freshman status at UT Arlington and who have completed a minimum of six hours with a grade of B or better will be awarded an annually renewable $1,500 scholarship. Transitioning students must submit a UT Arlington Update Application and an official high school transcript.
The Honors College advising staff provides guidance to students regarding Honors course work, long-range academic planning, and professional goal-setting. For degree plan advising in their major, students should meet with their advisor in the major discipline. Prior to Honors advising and registration, Honors students are strongly encouraged to meet with their major advisor each semester. Students must meet with an Honors Advisor the first semester of their junior year in order to complete an Honors Degree Audit and to begin planning for the Honors thesis/project.
Honors students must maintain a 3.2 GPA. Students who drop below this requirement must petition the Honors College for continuance and must consult with Honors advisors to develop a plan to return to good standing. Students have one semester to bring their GPA back to a 3.2 or higher.
Honors courses or their designated disciplinary equivalents satisfy Honors, departmental, college, and University requirements. The Honors College will provide departmental advisors with equivalency/substitution information. The University's oral competency requirement is fulfilled by presenting the research thesis/creative project at a faculty-reviewed symposium.
Honors students may earn Honors credit for non-Honors courses, subject to the terms of the Honors Credit Contract. To receive Honors credit the student must complete regular course requirements with a grade of A or B. In addition, the student must complete an independent Honors assignment as agreed upon by the professor and the student. An Honors advisor must approve all Honors credit for non-Honors contract credit courses. Honors Credit Contracts are available in the Honors College Office or on the Honors College Web site: honors.uta.edu/advising/.
In an effort to provide students with an exceptional academic experience, the Honors College seeks to designate for Honors credit courses taught by some of the most rigorous faculty in the University. By the same token, students are encouraged to seek out challenging courses. Courses for which Honors credit is sought should be taught by full-time faculty. The same policy holds for designation of professors to mentor Honors internships and theses.
A contract form for this purpose may be found on the Honors College Web site. Questions may be addressed to the Honors advisors.