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Honors Leadership Program

The Honors Leadership Program helps scholars understand the theoretical and practical application of leadership. HLP scholars strive to be socially and personally responsible leaders and improve their communities. Our scholars are routinely involved in all aspects of campus leadership culture and come from a multitude of academic disciplines. Leadership projects by scholars have ranged from leadership in healthcare to robotics and engineering. We believe that leadership is not positional, and that anyone is capable of being a leader. 

Signature Transformational Experiences

The Honors Leadership Program includes an honors minor with a leadership capstone project and key co-curricular experiences.


HLP scholars complete the 13-hour Honors Leadership Studies minor through the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies. Courses in this minor include topics such as Foundation and Theory of Leadership, Ethical Leadership, and Applied Leadership Skills. After developing your own leadership philosophy and experiencing leadership in practice, you will design and complete a capstone project. For details about the minor requirements, please see UT’s Undergraduate Catalog.


Students in HLP have access to exclusive Honors & Scholars seminars and may participate in special leadership programs such as Catalyst and Leadershape through the Jones Center for Leadership and Service. We also encourage incoming first-year scholars to sign up for Ignite, a summer leadership experience that takes place right before the fall semester begins.


HLP scholars experience leadership beyond the UT campus in a variety of ways: attending or presenting at conferences, studying or serving abroad, and completing internships or co-ops.

Academic Expectations

Students must complete curricular components and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 to remain in good standing. Upon graduation and completion of the program, Honors Leadership students are bestowed an honors medallion at a special Honors Commencement Ceremony held in May of each year.