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The Credit System

Earning Honors Credit

Students may obtain Honors credit for regular (i.e., non-HONR prefix courses) courses on campus. However, the following courses are ineligible to receive Honors Credit: 1000 level English courses, 1000 and 2000 level Modern Language courses, all EXSA courses, all online courses, and all Intersession courses.

In order to become familiar with the process, requirements, and guidelines of establishing an Honors Credit Contract, both instructors and students should take a moment to review the guidelines regarding student requests for Honors Contract Course Credit below:

  • The Honors College cannot determine what constitutes appropriate contract work for Honors credit. This should be at the discretion of the course instructor. However, the Honors College may request additional information and/or modifications of contract requirements that do not appear rigorous. They may also refuse approval of Honors credit for work that is deemed applicable for any student in the class, such as Attending every class or Making an A in the class.
  • Only instructors who are full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty members or full-time lecturers may supervise this contract. Graduate students, part-time instructors, and adjunct faculty members are not eligible to supervise Honors contract course work.
  • An instructor is under no obligation to accept an Honors student's request for Honors credit for a course via contract work. Additionally, an instructor who feels that the student's completed work is not sufficient for Honors credit is under no obligation to give their final approval.
  • The credit contract has specific due dates for each semester. These due dates are noted in the Online Credit System. Refer to the contract instructions for specific information about the due dates.
  • Once the contracted work is completed satisfactorily, the instructor returns to this site to give their final signature. The Honors College requires this to be done by the last day of regular classes, before final exams. and before grades are submitted at the end of the semester. Reminders are sent via email as the deadline approaches; however, emails are not required. Instructors and students can view their contracts at any time in the Online Credit System.

If you have questions or need clarification, please feel free to contact Honors Adviser Bobbie Brown at bbrown@uta.edu.

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Honors Credit for Independent Study

As you move into more advanced work and begin to plan for an Honors Capstone project, some coursework should be selected as central to your plans and designated for Honors credit. This work may take either of two forms: specially planned work in conjunction with a regular course or independent study. Independent study must be planned with an instructor who will agree to direct the work. The work undertaken should form a coherent part of your Capstone.

Only instructors who are full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty members or full-time lecturers may supervise this contract. Graduate students, part-time instructors and adjunct faculty members are not eligible to supervise Honors contract course work.

Honors Credit for Graduate Coursework

As an undergraduate student at UTA, you have the opportunity to enroll in graduate-level coursework with permission of the instructor and an Honors Adviser. As members of the Honors College, we hope that you will seek out these opportunities. The inclusion of graduate coursework in your Honors degree plan will make your course of studies even more rigorous and exciting.

You may receive Honors credit for graduate coursework by registering for a graduate course and completing the required assignments. You must create an Honors Designation Form in the Online Credit System, but you are not required to complete an additional project. Completing all class work assigned to the graduate students and receiving an "A" or "B" in the course are the only requirements. If you are enrolled in an undergraduate course that is cross-listed with a graduate course (5000-level), you must submit an Honors credit contract rather than a Designation Form.

Only instructors who are full-time, tenured/tenure-track faculty members or full-time lecturers may supervise this contract. Graduate students, part-time instructors, and adjunct faculty members are not eligible to supervise Honors contract course work.

Honors Credit for Study Abroad Coursework

Honors credit is awarded for courses taught in an Honors College-sponsored study abroad summer program through the usual course contracting procedure. Honors credit may be awarded for courses in other UT Arlington study abroad programs taught by Honors-eligible UTA faculty by prior arrangement; interested students should contact the Dean as far in advance of the beginning of the program as possible. Honors credit will not be granted for courses taught in programs not sponsored or taught by UT Arlington faculty.

Transcript Notation of Honors Credit

At the end of each semester, students who have completed Honors Credit Contracts and Designation Forms and who have earned an A or a B in those courses, will have their Honors credit noted on their transcript. The notations must be input into each student record individually; thus, the process can take several weeks. Please allow up to eight weeks for the notations to appear before contacting the Honors College.

What if I Do Not Complete the Contract?

If for whatever reason a student does not complete the requirements of an Honors contract, finish the Honors project, or earn an "A" or "B," Honors credit will not be given for that course; however, you will not be penalized for not completing the contract. A student will still obtain the regular credit and grade earned for the course. As a courtesy, students should notify the instructor if they do not intend to complete the contract. While it is not necessary to do so, the student can Cancel the contract within the system before the final due date, or if the instructor does not provide a second signature, the contract will cancel automatically.

Possible Honors Projects

The Honors Advisers receive many questions from instructors and students concerning what types of projects Honors students might complete to earn Honors credit for a regular course. We stress with all Honors students that the particular assignment and expectations are the prerogative of the instructor. We trust that the project will be consonant with the course goals and will advance the scholarly interest of the student. The following are just a few examples of creative ideas for fulfilling Honors credit:

  • Preparation of an annotated bibliography
  • Preparation of a term paper
  • Preparation and delivery of a class lecture
  • A written review of a book (film or other media)
  • A compilation and critical evaluation of Internet sources on a topic
  • A comparison of textbooks
  • A review of ancillary materials provided with texts: CD-ROMs, student workbooks, teacher guides, test banks
  • Preparation of course materials for continuing education and citation of resources for the layperson
  • Preparation of a photographic essay, Web page, or portfolio
  • Completion of community service linked to course content that is not required as a regular part of the course

Nota bene: it is incumbent on the student to ensure their instructor provides the requisite signatures before the initial and final due dates. Students and instructors can see the status of your contracts, and sign them, at any time by logging into the system from anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection.