Honors and Scholars Programs at the University of Tennessee is comprised of three campus-wide programs that exist to serve the needs of the university’s highest-achieving students. While these individual programs are distinct from one another, all provide a more intimate college experience within the context of this large research university. They integrate academic achievement and student life within a culture of intellectual and civic engagement.

Chancellor’s Honors Program. Founded in 1985 and the largest university-wide 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.

Scooby Scholars Program. Founded in 2015, etc. the SSP provides its students with an honors experience based on the pillars of leadership and service.

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

Typically, admission to these highly selective programs occurs in the student’s sophomore or junior year.  In most cases, students need not be members of the Chancellor’s Honors Program in order to earn admission to a college or departmental honors program.

Multiple honors program memberships are encouraged and are commonplace.  For example, a student could be a Chancellor’s Honors student as well as a College Scholar and Baker Scholar, or a student could 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. Students are encouraged to check the academic catalog for more information.

College Honors Programs

College of Arts and Sciences
College Scholars

College of Architecture and Design

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

College of Business Administration
Global Leadership Scholars

College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Service Learning Honors Program

College of Engineering

The Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy
Baker Scholars

College of Nursing

College of Social Work
BSSW Honors Concentration

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.

  • Tim Hulsey, Chair of University Honors Committee and Associate Provost of Honors and Scholars Programs
  • Rebekah Page, Ex officio member and Associate Director of the Chancellor’s Honors Program
  • Kimberly Gwinn, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • RJ Hinde, College of Arts and Sciences
  • George Dodds, College of Architecture and Design
  • Masood Parang, College of Engineering
  • David Dupper, College of Social Work
  • Sadie Hutson, College of Nursing
  • Phillip Daves, College of Business Administration
  • Jamia Stokes, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
  • Michelle Violanti, College of Communication and Information