University Honors Program

The University Honors Program provides intellectually enriching opportunities for academically talented and motivated freshmen at UT Tyler. The emphasis is on small classes, enriched coursework, independent learning, speaking and writing, research within the discipline, sharing ideas, and discovering new worlds beyond the campus.


The Honors Program is open to all majors. Freshmen should have attained a high school gpa of at least 3.5 and an ACT composite score of at least 28 or an SAT composite score of at least 1860.

Students enter the Honors Program in the fall semester of their first year. Applications must be on file by May 1 for entrance the following fall; late applications are considered on a space-available basis. The application for admission to the Honors Program is separate from the application for admission to the university, and must be submitted separately to the Honors Program Office. Contact Dr. Paul Streufert, Director of the University Honors Program, at 903-565-5823 or e-mail:

Honors Endowed Scholarship

Students who meet the entrance requirements for the University Honors Program as first-semester freshmen are eligible to receive an Honors Endowed Scholarship. Honors students will receive an additional scholarship of $1,000- $7,000 per year for four years as long as they remain in good standing in the Honors Program.

The application to the Honors Program serves as application for the Honors Endowed Scholarship. No additional scholarship application is required.

Honors Curriculum

The curriculum of the UT Tyler Honors Program consists of 12 hours of honors courses for the university's core curriculum, 6 hours of honors in the major, and an honors thesis. To be eligible for special Honors designation at graduation, you must complete the 24-hour Honors Program and attend all Honors Colloquia, as described below.

Honors Colloquium

One of the hallmarks of the Honors Program is the Honors Colloquium, which is an opportunity for students to meet and talk with scholars, as well as local, regional, and national leaders about topics that relate to each semester's courses. The Colloquium may also include museum trips, service projects, productions, and other leadership and learning activities

Honors in the Core (12 hrs.)

Honors students must enroll in one Honors Seminar (HNRS) in each of the student's first 4 semesters. These 12 hours of Honors Seminars will replace 12 hours of standard Core Curriculum. Students will be required to meet the remaining 32 hours of the Core Curriculum as determined by the Honors director.

Honors in the Major (6 hrs.)

Each semester of the junior year, students will enroll in a contract course in their major in which they will complete an additional research project. Contract courses will be chosen in consultation with the Honors director.

Honors Thesis (6 hrs.)

In the senior year, students will complete an honors thesis in the major. The thesis will be written under the guidance of a faculty member in the student's discipline with the approval of the Honors director.