Departmental Honors

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Pursue a thesis your senior year.

Departmental Honors is a distinction conferred at the student's graduation for the successful completion of an approved two-semester academic thesis in the major discipline. 

Candidates for Departmental Honors must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and at least a 3.5 GPA in the major, and a thesis proposal must be approved by the major department before the student begins work on the thesis. 

The Process

After the thesis proposal is approved, 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 an examination committee at a formal progress review meeting to allow for guidance and feedback mid-way through the thesis work. 

Near the end of the second semester, the student defends the final thesis before the examination committee, which makes a final determination about whether or not to recommend the candidate for Departmental Honors.

Final approved theses are cataloged in the UTC Library via UTC Scholar.

Administrative record-keeping related to Departmental Honors is managed by the Honors College. Policies and procedures governing Departmental Honors are outlined in the Departmental Honors Manual. 

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