Dr. William Zachry, Director
Dr. Daniel McDonough, Assistant Director
David McBeth, Assistant Director
The mission of the Honors Programs is to provide an environment in which a select group of gifted and
motivated students find opportunities for intellectual challenge, creative expression, cultural enrichment,
and personal growth.
The responsibility for direction of Honors Programs lies with the Honors Director and Honors Council.
Current Honors Programs consist of the University Scholars Program, Honors Seminar Program, and
Departmental Honors courses. These programs are described under separate titles below.
Honors Core Curriculum
All students participating in Honors Programs are required to complete the Honors Core Curriculum.
University Scholars Program
The University Scholars Program is a sequence of courses and other activities for a selected group of
talented and highly motivated students. A major goal is to provide special academic opportunities which
will assist these students to perform with distinction in their careers and as citizens. Two themes
characterize this program: interdisciplinary inquiry and independent study and research.
University Scholars Scholarship
Students invited into the University Scholars Program will be assured of a scholarship package totaling
$5,000 for each year of their participation.
University Scholars Curriculum
The program consists of a special 10-hour curriculum consisting of seminars, reading-discussion groups,
specialized studies, and a senior scholars project. All courses carry full academic credit.
University Scholars 118-128
University Scholars 218-228
University Scholars 318-328
University Scholars 418
University Scholars 488
The 10 hours of the University Scholars curriculum are required for graduation with the designation
Students with a minimum 28 ACT (or 1240 SAT) and 3.5 GPA are invited to apply for the program as
entering freshmen. Approximately 15 entering freshmen are selected largely on the basis of the formal
high school record, entrance test scores, grade-point average, personal interviews, and written essays.
Students already in attendance at the university or transferring from another institution may be invited to
apply for the program as sophomores on the basis of their academic record during the freshman year.
Excellent grades and high recommendations from faculty members are among the criteria considered.
Honors Programs will contact eligible sophomore students. Recommendation for continuation in the
program is contingent upon performance.
How to Apply for the University Scholars Program
Application forms, answers to specific questions, and more information about the University Scholars
Program and scholarships awarded to all University Scholars students are available from:
The University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, Tennessee 38238
Applications should be mailed to reach the director by February 1 each year in order to receive first
consideration. Students invited to participate in the University Scholars Program receive notice around
Honors Seminar Program
The Honors Seminar Program brings students and distinguished campus visitors (scholars, leaders, or
artists) together in seminars and forums to discuss and examine issues and ideas.
Students with a minimum 28 ACT and 3.5 GPA are guaranteed this award. They must participate in the
Honors Seminar Program and are assured of a scholarship of $3,000 per year for four years.
Recommendation for continuation of the award into the sophomore, junior, and senior years is
contingent upon performance in academic courses and in the Honors Seminar Program.
Honors Seminar Curriculum
Students participating in the Honors Seminar Program enroll in Honors Seminar courses (108, 208, 308,
408) according to their classification and receive one hour of academic credit each year. The courses carry
full academic credit.
A student applies for admission to the Honors Seminar Program by completing the regular applications
for admission and financial aid at UT Martin. When the Admissions Office receives the student’s ACT
score and the transcript confirming the high school grade point average, the student will be notified of
his/her eligibility. When the student agrees to participate in the program, the scholarship is awarded.
More information and answers to specific questions about the Honors Seminar Program are available
from: Director, Honors Programs, The University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, Tennessee 38238.
Departmental Honors Courses
Honors courses and honors sections of regular courses are offered in several departments. Students are
admitted into these courses based upon superior academic records, and/or placement examinations.
Persons interested in the honors courses listed below, and described in detail in the “Course
Descriptions” section of this catalog, should direct their inquiries to the several departments.
English 111H-112H: English Composition (3, 3)
History 121H-122H: Development of World Civilization (3, 3)
Psychology 110H-120H: General Psychology (3, 3)
Courses Offered by Honors Programs
- Honors 111 Humanity in a Global Perspective (F)
- Honors 112 Humanity in a Social Perspective (Sp)
- Honors Seminar 108 Honors Seminar (F, Sp)
- Honors Seminar 208 Honors Seminar (F, Sp)
- Honors Seminar 308 Honors Seminar (F, Sp)
- Honors Seminar 408 Honors Seminar (F, Sp)
- University Scholars 118 Seminar (F)
- University Scholars 128 Seminar (Sp)
- University Scholars 218 Reading-Discussion Group (F)
- University Scholars 228 Reading-Discussion Group (Sp)
- University Scholars 318 Specialized Studies (F)
- University Scholars 328 Specialized Studies (Sp)
- University Scholars 418 Specialized Studies (F)
- University Scholars 488 Senior Project (Sp)
Complete course descriptions can be found in the Course Description section of the catalog.