The Honors Core Curriculum is intended to enrich the undergraduate education of all students participating in Honors programs. All Honors students will complete a series of core courses created with their intellectual abilities and interests in mind. All students participating in Honors Program are required to complete six courses from the Honors Core Curriculum (see below on this page). These courses are honors sections of courses normally required in the University core and thus should be taken in place of non-honors sections. NOTE: not all these courses are offered every semester. Students should check with their advisers and/or the Honors Director for availability.
In addition, students must complete one section of Honors 200 in their sophomore year. Generally six sections are offered, three in the Fall and three in the Spring. The Honors seminar student must select one of those six courses and successfully complete the course to stay in the Honors Seminar program. These courses will be announced in the Spring semester prior to each year.
Due to many students having completed courses through Dual-Credit, AP, and other pre-UT Martin avenues, Honors Programs offers a “two-for-one” waiver option. For every two courses the student has credit for prior to entering UT Martin, for which their exists an Honors section at UT Martin, the student will receive one waiver from the six course requirement for the Honors Core … up to a maximum of two waivers. For example, a student with credit for English 111 and 112 can get one waiver for those two as both of those classes have Honors sections at UT Martin.
Students may also receive waivers for the six course credits by participating in an Honors Travel Study program. For the 2014-15 academic year, Honors will be hosting an international Travel-Study to Italy and a domestic Travel-Study to California. Please contact the Honors Director for details.
Courses in the Honors Core:
An introduction to the visual arts through studying terminology, history, theory, and criticism. For students in good standing in Honors Programs.
Elementary concepts and applications of the chemical sciences. Three lecture hours and one three-hour laboratory. For students in good standing in Honors Programs.
An introduction to public discourse for students in good standing in Honors Programs. The course will include the intensive study and application of communication theory in the preparation and delivery of extemporaneous informative and persuasive speeches and in critical listening. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: C or above in English 111 or English 111H.
An introduction to written discourse for students with a minimum score of 28 on the English section of the Enhanced ACT. Primarily a skills course. To be taken in sequence.
The literature of Britain from its beginnings through the eighteenth century. Limited class size allowing in-depth discussions, projects, and presentations. Open to students who have demonstrated superior academic quality.
The literature of Britain from the romantic period to the present. ENGL 251H may be taken before ENGL 250H. Limited class size allowing in-depth discussions, projects, and presentations. Open to students who have demonstrated superior academic quality.
American literature from the pre-Colonial period through the Romantic period. Limited class size allowing in-depth discussions, projects, and presentations. Open to students who have demonstrated superior academic quality.
American literature from the Realistic period to the present. ENGL 261H may be taken before ENGL 260H. Limited class size allowing in-depth discussions, projects, and presentations. Open to students who have demonstrated superior academic quality.
An examination of the composition and structure of the earth and its internal and surface processes with applications to the environment, natural resources and geologic hazards. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. This course is open to students who are participants in the Honors Program.
The application of the principles of physical geology to environmental problems, including pollution, natural hazards and resource production. Topics include: volcanic, earthquake, flood, and landslide hazards; surface and ground water pollution, economic resources and reserves including transportation, production, and use; and broader issues such as global warming. Three hours of lecture and two hours of lab. This course is open to students who are participants in the Honors Program.
Traces forms of civilization from ancient beginnings through the 17th century. Open to students who have demonstrated superior academic ability.
Traces forms of civilization from beginning of 18th century to the present.. Open to students who have demonstrated superior academic ability.
A survey of world masterpieces of music from the Baroque period to the present for students in good standing in Honors Programs.
A study of contemporary music in various cultures for students in good standing in Honors Programs. May not be used toward a major in Music.
Algebra-based physics with accompanying laboratory, especially designed for honors students. Topics include electricity, magnetism, light, optics, and modern physics. Presented at an accelerated pace, this course features reading/discussion sessions to supplement the material. Three hours lecture and two hours laboratory per week. Prereq: PHYS 211 and either good standing in Honors Programs or permission of the instructor. (Sp)
Additional Honors courses are planned for future years.