Mission & Programs

The two campus-wide honors programs that comprise Honors and Scholars at the University of Tennessee together serve the needs of the university’s highest-achieving students. While these individual programs are distinct from each other, they both provide a more intimate college experience within the context of this large research university, integrating academic achievement and student life within a culture of intellectual and civic engagement.

Chancellor’s Honors Program. Founded in 1985 and the university’s largest honors program, the CHP seeks to provide its student members with an interdisciplinary academic experience emphasizing intellectual and community engagement. 

Haslam Scholars Program. Founded in 2008 with a generous gift from the Haslam family, the HSP is an elite program that provides its students with curricular and co-curricular experiences to foster intellectual curiosity and social responsibility.

Specialized Honors Programs

In addition to the university-wide Chancellor’s Honors & Haslam Scholars Programs, UT offers departmental and college honors programs designed to meet the needs of students within a growing number of disciplines and interests.

Typically, admission to these highly selective programs occurs in sophomore or junior year.  In most cases, you need not be a member of the Haslam Scholars or Chancellor’s Honors Program to be eligible for admission to a college or departmental honors program.

Multiple honors program memberships are encouraged and are commonplace. One student may be a Chancellor’s Honors student as well as a College Scholar and Baker Scholar; another may be a member of the Department of History Honors Program and a Baker Scholar, but not a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program.

Many majors offer honors concentrations, as well; check the academic catalog for more information.

University Honors Committee

The University Honors Committee was formed at the behest of the provost and meets to discuss issues concerning honors education across the university, including college and departmental programs, and to recommend policy changes to the provost and chancellor. The committee is chaired by the associate provost of the honors and scholars programs and includes members from each of the nine undergraduate colleges who have been appointed by their respective deans, one representative from University Housing, and one student representative.

Current members are