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University of Tennessee, Knoxville    
  Feb 17, 2018
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Haslam Scholars Program

Timothy Hulsey, Associate Provost and Director

The Haslam Scholars Program is an intimate, four-year enrichment program in which elite students learn from and with one another through a series of integrated, interdisciplinary common seminars and extra- and co-curricular experiences, including a common study abroad program. The Haslam Scholars Program seeks a group of students who are academically strong, intellectually curious and who have a desire to change the world. Students should embrace the program's emphasis on gaining a knowledge base that reflects both depth and breadth, becoming more globally engaged, and serving the communities in which they live and learn. Prospective Haslam Scholars will combine exceptional scholarly and intellectual merit with evidence of leadership, service and potential. Maturity and seriousness of purpose, along with evidence of special talents and skills, are among those intangibles essential to the success in an intensive scholars program.

Curricular Requirements

The Haslam Scholars Program curriculum includes three core interdisciplinary courses and a study abroad course taken as a cohort in their first two years of study. Scholars also undertake 6 credit hours of independent, in-depth research in which they complete a substantial scholarly, scientific or artistic endeavor. Scholars must maintain a 3.50 cumulative GPA and obtain a B or higher in all HSP courses.

Required Courses

Scholars are required to complete 12 hours of a foreign language regardless of the amount of foreign language credit they have at the time of matriculation.

The curriculum contributes significantly to General Education requirements in every undergraduate degree program.

Co-Curricular Requirements

Scholars must complete 15 hours of approved service and attend a combination of seven approved lectures each semester. 


While no strict grade point average or test score minimums will be used in the Haslam Scholars Program selection process, Haslam Scholars are likely to have earned a truly superior GPA in a rigorous high school curriculum and scored in the top 1% of the national distribution of standardized test scores (e.g., 33+ ACT composite, 1460+ SAT or 2190+ new SAT).