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The Honors College

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The Honors College

Dean: Karl M. Petruso, Ph.D.
108 College Hall · Box 19222 · 817-272-7215 · ·

Message from Dean Karl Petruso, Ph.D.

Dean Karl Petruso, Ph.D.

The Honors College at UT Arlington is a special community of faculty and student scholars within the larger university community. The College stresses academics, research, service and individual development; our mission is to lead students to academic and professional success as well as personal fulfillment. We enroll undergraduates who seek an enriched academic experience. If you are up to the challenge, I invite you to consider applying for membership.

The Honors curriculum is intellectually rigorous. Honors degrees are completed through the College in conjunction with undergraduate degree programs in the other colleges and schools (students in all majors are eligible to participate). Our degree programs integrate knowledge and perspectives from a wide range of disciplines. Honors professors encourage students to think critically, broadly and creatively in courses that stress writing and discussion. The Honors curriculum complements and advances the goals of the academic disciplines in which our students major. Learning takes place mostly in small classes led by research-active faculty who teach using a wide variety of instructional modes and methods (including seminars and colloquia beginning in the freshman year). The College sponsors an exceptional study-abroad program each summer that exposes students to global perspectives through extensive travel and a pair of integrated upper-level courses.

A requirement for the Honors degree is a research or creative activity project in the student's major discipline leading to completion of a senior thesis. This project can serve as a calling card for you after graduation and can provide an advantage in admissions decisions for graduate or professional school and in employment.

I encourage you to peruse the admissions page on the Honors website or contact the Honors advising staff at 817.272.5319 for further information. Join us.

Honors Vision Statement

The Honors College is committed to extending opportunities for achievement in undergraduate education to the best students across the University. The College works toward this goal by promoting a supportive and academically and culturally diverse environment in which students can pursue excellence in research, creative work, community service, and personal and professional development. By creating a center for academic excellence, the Honors College not only fosters the development of the next generation of academic and community leaders, but also advances the University's broader mission of improving the level of education for all students.

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Honors Affiliations

The UT Arlington Honors College, one of only seven in Texas, is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the regional Great Plains Honors Council.

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Standards for Admission

The Honors College is dedicated to creating a student body with broad interests, varied talents, and diverse cultural backgrounds. Admission is competitive. Entering first-year Honors applicants (those with fewer than 30 college hours) must have either a score of 1200 on the SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or a score of 27 on the ACT, or have graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class. Continuing UT Arlington and transfer Honors applicants (those with more than 30 college hours) must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.35. All applicants are required also to submit a résumé and statement of purpose, both of which are reviewed in conjunction with quantitative metrics for admissions decisions. For additional information and applications materials, see the Honors College website:

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Requirements for Completing an Honors Degree

Honors degrees are granted in the disciplines of the University's eight undergraduate schools and colleges--Architecture, Business, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Science, and Social Work--as well as Interdisciplinary Studies. To graduate with an Honors degree, a student must be a member of the Honors College in good standing, have an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher, and complete the degree requirements in a disciplinary major.

The Honors degree requires 24 hours of designated Honors course credit. These courses are intended to augment the undergraduate classroom experience even while fulfilling requirements in general education or an academic major. In conjunction with a departmental mentor drawn from the full-time faculty and an Honors College advisor, each student proposes and completes a Senior Project, typically in the final semester of the senior year. The Senior Project is intended to encourage learning beyond the traditional undergraduate classroom--intellectually, professionally, and/or geographically--and the range of projects is designed to make the Honors curriculum flexible enough to be adapted to each student's academic, career, and personal goals. Although a culminating requirement for the Honors degree, the Senior Project is intended to be less a final experience than a point of departure in a student's lifelong journey toward intellectual accomplishment, citizenship, and personal fulfillment.

Honors Coursework

Honors courses satisfy Honors, departmental, college, and University requirements. The Honors College provides departmental advisors with equivalency/substitution information.

Honors students may earn Honors credit for non-Honors courses taught by full-time faculty, subject to the terms of the Honors Course Contract. To receive Honors credit, the student must complete regular course requirements with a grade of A or B, as well as an independent Honors assignment as agreed upon by the instructor and the student.

Senior Project Options

Each major provides up to four options for the Honors Senior Project:

  • Thesis or creative project
  • Semester of study abroad
  • Community service learning project
  • Internship

The Honors College works closely with undergraduate programs across campus to determine which senior projects are best for their majors, and not all options will be permitted by all academic units. Students interested in Honors are therefore encouraged to contact an Honors advisor about rules for the Senior Project in their particular field of study.

All four options require an approved proposal, a substantial written product, and an oral presentation at the symposium on Honors Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (HURCA), held at the end of every fall and spring semester.

The flexibility of the Honors requirements makes it essential that students maintain close contact with both their departmental mentor and the Honors advising staff. Students must meet with an Honors advisor during their first semester in the College and again after 60 hours to complete a degree plan, and they are strongly encouraged to continue meeting with the advising staff on a regular basis, preferably once per semester.

Probation Policy

Honors students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.2 will be placed on probation. They must meet as soon as possible with an Honors advisor and are required to raise their GPA back to 3.2 or higher in the following semester.

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Privileges for Honors Students

The Honors College provides a wealth of tangible and intangible benefits to its students:

  • Honors Degree designation on diploma and transcript
  • Special recognition at graduation
  • Priority in course registration
  • Small class size
  • Courses taught by award-winning faculty
  • Honors scholarship opportunities
  • Honors study abroad programs and scholarships
  • Paid undergraduate research assistantship opportunities during the summer
  • Community service learning opportunities
  • Special privileges with the University libraries
  • Honors listserv and the electronic newsletter, Veneratio
  • Special Honors academic and social events
  • Fast-track admission to UT Arlington graduate programs
  • Honors Bridge to Graduate School Fellowship opportunities
  • Membership in the Honors College Council
  • Use of the Carolyn A. Barros Reading Room (library and computer laboratory) and free printing
  • Graduate and professional school advising

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Honors College Programs and Services

Honors Study Abroad Program

The Honors College Study Abroad Program offers short-term opportunities for students to acquire new knowledge and understanding of the people, events, movements, ideas, and products of cultures other than their own; to link historical events and developments with those of the twenty-first century; and to understand the contributions of other peoples and regions to American institutions and culture. Rigorous instruction and intensive on-site learning in countries as diverse as Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Ghana, the Czech Republic, Greece, England, and Costa Rica are hallmarks of the Honors study abroad experience. Scholarships are available from both the Honors College and the Office of International Studies ( (Note: the Honors College Study Abroad Program typically involves short-term travel and as such cannot be used for the study abroad option for the Senior Project, although credits from the program may be used to meet the coursework requirement for the Honors degree.)

The AP* Summer Institute (APSI)

The Honors College at UT Arlington, in conjunction with the College Board, annually presents the AP Summer Institute. Each year more than 600 new and experienced middle and high school teachers receive invaluable training from College Board-certified AP and Pre-AP instructors to prepare them to teach AP courses. Courses are offered in Art, English, Science, Language, Mathematics, and Social Studies.

*College Board, AP, and the Advanced Placement Program are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, and are used here with permission.

Honors Academy

The UT Arlington Honors College provides a program of study for motivated high school students who enroll in university courses to earn college or dual credit. Honors Academy students can earn up to eight hours of course credit per semester towards a college degree while also meeting high school graduation requirements. UT Arlington offers qualified high school students an outstanding learning experience that will provide the foundation for a successful transition from high school to university-level work.


Each participant must be a high school junior or senior and meet the following requirements:

Class Rank PSAT/SAT Score
Top Quarter No Minimum
Second Quarter or Below 105 PSAT or 1050 SAT*

*PSAT or SAT scores are calculated by combining the Critical Reading and Math scores.

All students must satisfy Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements by:

  • Passing THEA or an equivalent exam, or
  • Meeting TSI minimum scores for the SAT, ACT, or TAKS


Students must submit the following forms for admission:

  • Application for admission and a $35 application fee
  • Official high school transcript indicating junior or senior standing
  • Official SAT-I, PSAT, or ACT scores
  • Completed Early Admissions Program agreement signed by the high school principal, the student, and the student's parent or legal guardian
Honors Academy Scholarships

To earn an Honors Academy Scholarship, a student must be admitted to UT Arlington as a dual credit/early admissions student and have scored at least 120* on the PSAT or 1200* on the SAT, or be in the top ten percent of his or her high school class.

*PSAT or SAT scores are calculated by combining the Critical Reading and Math scores.

Academy students who complete at least six hours at UT Arlington with a GPA of 3.0 or above are awarded a $1500 scholarship to be used when they enroll as full-time UT Arlington students. The Honors Academy Scholarship is renewable for up to four years, as long as the student maintains a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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Honors Scholarships and Assistantships

The Honors College, in conjunction with the UT Arlington Scholarship Office, annually awards numerous Honors Scholarships, many of them renewable for up to three additional years for students who remain in good standing in the College. Applications are available in the Honors College Office and on the Honors College website. Information on departmental and organizational scholarships and financial aid is available in the Scholarship and Financial Aid Office, 252 Davis Hall.

Honors Distinction Scholarships
The Honors Distinction Scholarship is the most generous award offered to undergraduate students at UT Arlington, providing $20,000 per year for up to four consecutive years for education-related expenses. It is merit-based and highly competitive. To be eligible, applicants must have a minimum score of 1300 on the SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or ACT composite score of 30, and acceptance to UT Arlington and the UT Arlington Honors College. Students who receive the award, which may not be stacked with any other UT Arlington scholarship, must satisfy the following requirements in order to maintain support: achieve an overall GPA of 3.35 (on a 4.0 scale) by the end of their first year and an overall 3.5 GPA thereafter through gradutation; complete at least 30 credit hours per year; reside in UT Arlington housing for at least their first and second years; and make satisfactory progress each year toward the 24 credit hours of coursework stipulated for the Honors degree.

Honors Bridge to Graduate School Fellowships

The Honors College offers competitive scholarships for Honors College graduates or degree candidates seeking enrollment in UT Arlington's graduate programs. In addition, Honors students may be eligible for advanced admission and, depending on the graduate program, exemption from the GRE. Honors seniors are encouraged to consult the graduate advisors of their prospective departments and the Honors College for further information. (Note: this fellowship is not available to students enrolled in five-year or six-year combined programs.)

Honors Undergraduate Research Assistantships

The Honors Undergraduate Assistantship Program, in concert with UT Arlington's other schools and colleges, places students in paid research assistantships in their disciplines. Honors Research Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis, and successful applicants must enroll in three credit hours of research or independent study while holding the assistantship. Information and applications are available in the Honors College Office.

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Course Descriptions

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Honors (HONR)

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