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UT Tyler Honors Program

UT Tyler Honors Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a specific major to participate in the Honors Program?

No, all majors are welcome. 


Can AP credit be used to satisfy Honors requirements?

No, the nature of the Honors curriculum is much more rigorous than high school AP and/or dual credit classes. Your AP courses will, of course, prepare you to succeed in the Honors Program courses. In certain instances, AP and dual credit can apply to some courses on the core curriculum. If you have questions concerning AP or dual credit classes, please contact us at


If I participate in the Honors Program, will I have to take more courses to graduate?

No, the Honors Program is designed to stay within the requirements of your major. Required Honors classes satisfy core curriculum requirements 
that all students, regardless of major, must complete.


How do Honors courses differ from regular courses?

Honors courses are typically team-taught and are designed to be more interdisciplinary in their subject matter. There is more reading, writing and faculty-student interaction. Classes are more relaxed and interactive since they are small seminar-type sections.


What are the grade requirements to stay in the program? 

You must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA to remain in good standing in the Honors Program. To graduate from the Honors Program, you will need to achieve a final GPA of at least 3.0, complete the Honors curriculum (which includes all HNRS "World, Text, and Image" courses, two contract courses and the Honors project), and attend all Honors Colloquia.


What is the Honors project?

The Honors project is an opportunity for students to create a piece of research that serves as the culmination of their work in the Honors Program. Please see the Honors Project page for more information.


What if I find that Honors isn't for me? Can I leave the program?

Absolutely. You can withdraw at any time with no academic penalty. The Honors courses you have completed will remain on your records, and they all count toward regular university credit and satisfy core curriculum requirements. However, you will lose the endowed Honors scholarship.