Honors

The School of Human Ecology offers several honors opportunities to our students. We offer a blend of educational worlds. You will encounter the humanities and the sciences, business and the arts. Our students become physicians, clinical dietitians, cancer researchers, museum curators, social workers, retail entrepreneurs, public policy practitioners and apparel designers. The School of Human Ecology offers opportunities difficult to find anywhere else. Our students develop knowledge through observation, interaction, research, and writing.

As an honors student you want to take your education further. You want to take smaller challenging courses. You want to be a part of a scholarly community. You want to do cutting edge research. You are inquisitive, and you care about people.

You are science based and human focused–just like us.

Human Ecology Honors Programs

Honors in Advanced Nutritional Sciences (HANS)

Honors in Advanced Human Development and Family Sciences (HAHDFS)

What: Four-year honors degree programs in area of study, take small honors versions of major courses, do research in faculty labs starting early in UT career, write a thesis and present. Dive deeply into the Human Ecology fields of study while getting a strong natural sciences education.

Benefits: Be a part of a small community of honors scholars; work closely with faculty; explore and perform cutting edge research; dedicated staff and faculty support; scholarship opportunities. Receive an honors degree.

Requirements: Demonstrated high academic performance in the past and potential for future success. Must maintain an overall GPA of 3.3 and a Human Ecology GPA of 3.5.

How to apply: Incoming freshmen should complete the College of Natural Sciences Honors application when applying to UT.  Recommended deadline for incoming freshmen October 15. Regular deadline for incoming freshmen December 1.

Current UT or transfer students should complete the HANS or HAHDFS continuing/transfer applications.

College of Natural Sciences Honors Programs

Dean’s Scholars Honors Program (DS)

What: This is a four-year degree program in which students earn a Bachelors of Science Honors in a Human Ecology area. Students take honors versions of most science and math courses to get a breadth of honors science knowledge while focusing on the Human Ecology areas. Write a thesis and present your work.

Benefit: Be a part of the highly prestigious Dean’s Scholars program. Receive an honors degree.

Requirements and How to Apply:  Must apply through the Dean’s Scholars program. Recommended deadline October 15. Regular deadline December 1.

Health Science Honors (HSH)

What: UT’s first honors program specifically designed for students interested in the health professions.

Benefit: Exposure to many areas of the health professions; opportunities to enrich your academic experience; dedicated advising; access to honors courses. Students can major in any Natural Sciences field, but HSH is not a degree program.

Requirements and How to Apply:  Must apply through the Health Science Honors program. Recommended deadline for incoming freshmen October 15. Regular deadline for incoming freshmen December 1.

Special Departmental Honors in Human Ecology (aka writing an honors thesis)

What: 1-2 semesters. Work closely with faculty, do independent research, write a thesis and present your work.

Benefits: Get a certificate and a line on transcript saying that you received “Special Honors in …”

Requirements: Must have 3.0 GPA overall and 3.5 GPA in Human Ecology courses, approval of Honors Adviser and must be accepted at least 2 long semesters before graduating. Some faculty members require additional lab experience, so inquire early if interested in pursuing special honors.

How to Apply: http://he.utexas.edu/school/degrees-advising/honors/how-to-apply

Honors Courses in Human Ecology

What:  Take Honors Human Ecology courses without pursuing official honors recognition. No thesis.

Benefit: Challenge yourself. Take smaller classes. Be a part of the community of SoHE Honors scholars without committing to a full program.

Requirements: Must be “Honors eligible.” Approval of Honors Advisor only as space allows after students in Human Ecology honors programs.

If you have questions about pursuing honors in the School of Human Ecology, please contact Martha Berry Program Coordinator for Honors (512) 471-1938 (GEA 129).