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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
  Feb 17, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chancellor’s Honors Program

Timothy Hulsey, Associate Provost and Director

The Chancellor's Honors Program is the University of Tennessee's principal honors program, serving approximately 10% of students and representing the majors in all nine of the university's undergraduate colleges. The Chancellor's Honors Program is built on four cornerstones: course work, community, research, and participation in the Ready for the World Initiative. Featuring limited enrollments and dynamic faculty, enhanced and enriched honors course work is offered by the Chancellor's Honors Program, as well as by departments across the university. Based in Morrill and Volunteer Halls, the Honors Community, a living/learning community, welcomes first-year and returning students, while other specialized programs are geared primarily for returning students. Prominent among these are the Honors Council, which is the Chancellor's Honors Program student government, the Honors Ambassador Program, which provides liaison with program constituents, the Honors Peer Advisor Program, through which advanced students advise their peers, and the Honors Peer Mentor Program, which connects advanced honors students with their first-year peers. Chancellor's Honors students may also benefit from exclusive grants in support of required Honors Thesis projects and required international and intercultural learning. In recognition of their exceptional academic achievement, Chancellor's Honors students receive special graduation recognitions.

The Chancellor's Honors Program anchors the University of Tennessee's uniquely decentralized system of honors programs and opportunities. Chancellor's Honors students are encouraged to participate in one or more of the University of Tennessee's many specialized college or departmental honors programs.


The Chancellor’s Honors Program is available to entering first-year students, current first- and second-year students, and qualified transfer students. High school seniors with superior academic credentials are encouraged to apply. While there is no required minimum high school GPA or minimum ACT/SAT score, recent entering classes have had an average high school core GPA of above 4.0 and an average composite ACT of 32.


To supplement the requirements in their respective colleges, Chancellor’s Honors students complete:

  • Two University Honors seminars (UNHO 101  and UNHO 102 ).
  • Seven 3-credit (or more) honors courses. These may include lower-level general education honors courses and upper-level honors courses.1 Only upper-level courses are eligible for the honors-by-contract option.2
  • One 3-credit Honors Thesis project (UNHO 498  or equivalent approved by CHP).

TOTAL: 25 credit hours of honors course work

Additionally, all Chancellor’s Honors students are required to undertake approved international/intercultural learning to fulfill the Chancellor's Honors Program graduation requirements. The Ready for the World graduation requirement may be fulfilled through participation in an approved study-abroad program, an approved international/intercultural experience, or via the completion of an undergraduate major or minor in a foreign language.

1 ENGL 118 - Honors: English Composition , is recommended for incoming students who do not have AP/DE English credit, but it does not fulfill one of the seven required courses.
2 Honors-by-Contract: Customized approach in an upper-division course through completion of a written contract delineating additional effort. The contract must be submitted to CHP by the third week of the semester; a completion form is also required at the end of the semester. Honors-by-Contract is available to Chancellor’s Honors students, College Scholars, and students participating in a departmental or college-level honors program at UT Knoxville.