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The School of Human Ecology offers Special Departmental Honors within Human Development and Family Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, Public Health and Textiles and Apparel.

What: Work closely with faculty, complete independent research, write a thesis and present your work over a 1-2 semester commitment. See Honors Thesis Guidelines for more information.

Benefits: Receive a certificate and a line on your transcript stating “Special Honors in [department]”


  • Must have 3.0 GPA overall and 3.5 GPA in Human Ecology courses
  • Approval of Honors Adviser
  • Must apply Spring semester of Junior year or 2+ long semesters before graduating
  • Completed at least 60 hours of coursework before beginning thesis
  • Some faculty members require additional lab or field experience, so inquire early if interested in pursuing special honors.

Receiving Honors:

  • Maintain the GPA requirements listed above
  • Submit a Special Departmental Honors Thesis Application Form/Thesis Proposal and receive approval before registering for the 379H thesis course
  • Earn a letter grade of at least a B on the 379H thesis course
  • Present at the School of Human Ecology Honors Symposium
  • Submit a bound/ signed copy of the thesis to the School as well as a digital copy to archive in the UT Digital Repository.