2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 05, 2022  
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Honors Programs

Dr. John V. Glass III, Director
Dr. Jeffrey Longacre, Assistant Director

16 McCombs Center


The mission of the Honors Programs is to provide an academic experience offering gifted and motivated students find opportunities for intellectual challenge, creative expression, cultural enrichment and personal growth.

The University Scholars Program provides a select group of highly motivated and capable students with a particular, enhanced learning environment, an integrated curricular experience, and foreign study with a goal to develop skilled critical thinkers and citizens educated through engaging the works and ideas that remain central to human civilization and culture.

Responsibility for direction of the Honors Programs lies with the Honors Programs Director and the Honors Council. Current Honors Programs include the University Scholars Program and Honors-designated courses offered by departments at the University of Tennessee Martin. These programs are described under separate titles below.

Honors Designated Courses

All students awarded a Chancellor’s Scholarship are eligible and encouraged to enroll in Honors (H) Designated courses. These courses are offered at the discretion of individual departments and may fulfill General Education requirements or may be courses that satisfy requirements for specific major fields of study. Courses with H designation are designed to provide motivated students with opportunities for intellectual challenge, cultural enrichment, and personal growth.

Chancellor’s Scholarship

Students with a minimum 28 ACT and 3.5 GPA are guaranteed an award of $3,000 per year for up to four years. They must maintain a minimum 3.2 GPA to continue receiving this award in their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th years.


University Scholars Program


The University Scholars Program offers qualified, highly-motivated students the opportunity to live and work in a community of peers engaged in the study of works and ideas foundational to the modern world. In their first two years, students in the University Scholars Program satisfy elements of the university’s general education requirements with a sequence of six courses and a seventh required elective course. In their third year, students participate in a study abroad experience. In their fourth year, students complete a thesis or equivalent project in their major field of study. In their first two years University Scholars are housed in the University Scholars Program Living Learning Community (LLC) located in Cooper Hall. Upperclassmen may choose to continue to be housed in the LLC. The University Scholars Program aims to produce exceptional critical thinkers who are prepared to meet the challenges of their individual pursuits after graduation.

University Scholars Scholarship

Students accepted to the program will receive a scholarship of $5,500 renewable for four years and contingent upon their successful completion of the program requirements.

University Scholars Curriculum

Students who successfully complete the requirements of the program graduate with the designation “University Scholar.”

First-Year Courses

Second-Year Courses


Following the completion of HNRS 202 , students participate in an extended study abroad program.


Students in their fourth year complete a thesis or equivalent project in their major field of study.

Application and Admission to University Scholars Program

Effective Fall 2019

Students with a minimum 28 ACT and 3.5 GPA are invited to apply for admission to the University Scholars Program at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Thirty entering freshmen are selected on the basis of their high school record, standardized test scores, application essay, and a campus interview. Continuation in the program is contingent upon performance.

Application materials must be received by 15 November. Qualifying applicants will be notified by the Honors Program Director and invited to campus for interviews during the University Scholars Prospect Weekend. Following the campus visit and interview process, applicants accepted to the program will be notified by 01 February.

Please send application materials to:

University Scholars Program
16 McCombs Center
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238