UT Tyler Honors Program
The curriculum of the UT Tyler University Honors Program is carefully shaped to ensure that classes never exceed 25 students. Instructors are regular faculty, not adjuncts, selected on the basis of their demonstrated teaching excellence. All faculty are active scholars publishing in their disciplines.
Honors is not a major. All students will complete the requirements of a departmental major--whether it's biology, English, political science, civil engineering, or nursing.
Honors students are released from meeting many of the specific courses required in the University's Core Curriculum. Instead, Honors students will take Honors seminars (HNRS) to replace 12 of the following 18 hours of Core Curriculum requirements: English Composition (6 hours), World Literature (3 hours), Humanities (3 hours), Fine and Performing Arts (3 hours), and Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 hours). (If you already have credit for some of these courses, the Honors advisor will work with you to find alternative course work.) Qualifying students will take HNRS 2413 (Honors Calculus) and HNRS 2414 (Honors Calculus) in their freshman or sophomore years.
Students will still be required to meet the remaining hours of the Core Curriculum through the regular courses such as American History, American and Texas Government, etc.
In addition, each semester students will be required to participate in a non-credit Honors Colloquium, that meets approximately four times each semester. The Colloquium is where students come together to share, discuss, and debate various topics from courses as well as hear and interact with distinguished Colloquium speakers. The Colloquium will invite distinguished speakers including scholars, business leaders, lawmakers, religious leaders, and other to address honors students. Past Colloquium speakers include author Steve Lopez (The Soloist), former Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff, and novelist Yann Martel (The Life of Pi).
In the third year of your degree, you will participate in two contract courses (one during the fall and spring semesters respectively). For more information and examples of contract course work, please visit the Contract Course page on the website.
Honors Senior Research Project
The last year of your degree, you will investigate a research question in the fall and spring semesters, and compose either a paper for submission to an undergraduate research journal or a poster for presentation at an undergraduate research conference. The project is the culmination of the writing and research that you will have done in courses in your major. Typically, the Honors Undergraduate Research Project is developed under the mentorship of a faculty member in your field. For more information, see the Honors Senior Research Project page and the Honors Senior Research Project handbook.