Departmental Honors is a distinction conferred at the student's graduation for the successful completion of an approved two-semester academic project in the major discipline. To be eligible, a student must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and at least a 3.5 in the major, and the project proposal must be approved by the Departmental Honors (DHON) Committee of the Faculty Senate before the student begins work on the project.
After the project proposal is approved by the DHON Committee, the student works for two semesters under the supervision of a selected professor in the major. At the end of the first semester, the student prepares a progress report to be approved by his/her chosen examining committee at a formal progress report meeting to allow for guidance and feedback mid-way through the project. Near the end of the second semester, the student then defends the final thesis before the examining committee, which makes a final determination about whether or not to award honors for the project. The final approved theses are cataloged in the Lupton Library.
Administrative record-keeping related to Departmental Honors projects, including collection of proposals and progress reports, is done by the Honors College Office. Policies and procedures governing Departmental Honors are outlined in the DHON Manual.
Questions or comments to: DHON@utc.edu