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Students may graduate with Major Honors from their individual school based on participation in their school’s Honors Program as applicable. Each school’s Honors Program may provide two levels of recognition, Honors and Distinction. All students must have completed a minimum of 30 graded semester credit hours to apply for Major Honors.  For more information on Major Honors in the UT Dallas catalog, click here.


The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) Honors Program offers eligible students the opportunity for advanced creative and scholarly work and recognition within the School. The eligibility requirements for students to pursue Major Honors in ATEC are as follows:

  • UT Dallas Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.5 
  • Major GPA of at least 3.75

Major Honors Requirements

To be considered for School of ATEC Major Honors, students must complete the following during their last long semester (Fall/Spring) in ATEC: 

  • Honors Capstone project 
    • Discuss Capstone project idea with potential faculty supervisor 1 to 2 semesters before graduation.
      • Students are strongly encouraged to take an Independent Study with their potential faculty supervisor prior to their Capstone semester in order to further develop their Capstone project idea
    • Submit Capstone Proposal by the posted deadline in the semester before Capstone enrollment. Student should indicate interest in pursuing Major Honors within the proposal, if they meet the eligibility requirements. Faculty review will determine whether student is accepted to pursue Major Honors. If accepted, student will be assigned a faculty supervisor for their Honors Capstone Project
    • Student will consult with assigned faculty supervisor to determine appropriate second reader.
  • Supplementary paper (5-page minimum) 
    • Topic of paper will be determined with assistance by the student's Honors Capstone Faculty Supervisor.
  • Presentation at Capstone Celebration

Registering for Honors Capstone 

  • Consult with academic advisor prior to completing Capstone Proposal to discuss Major Honors eligibility.
  • Submit Capstone Proposal by the posted deadline. Student should indicate interest in pursuing Major Honors when asked in the proposal.
  • If accepted, the student will receive a Major Honors Capstone Application from the Capstone Coordinator at the time they are notified of their Capstone Assignment.
  • Consult with faculty supervisor to determine appropriate second reader.
  • Obtain signatures from both faculty supervisor and second reader.
  • Turn completed form in to ATEC Undergraduate Advising in ATC 3.605 or email the form to ATECadvising@utdallas.edu.
  • Advising Director will enroll the student in for ATCM 4399 with their faculty supervisor. The student, faculty supervisor, and second reader will receive an email confirmation.

Submission and Evaluation of Honors Capstone

Student must submit a copy of their Honors Capstone project and paper to the School of ATEC Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Eric Farrar, by the last day of the final examination period for the current semester. When the project is ready to submit, email the Associate Dean requesting to submit the completed project. The Associate Dean will provide access to a Box folder to which the student will need to upload their project and paper. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for final examination period dates. All Honors Capstone projects must have a title, and all written work must include formal citations.

Once the Honors Capstone and paper have been submitted, the awarding of Major Honors will be up to the discretion of the faculty supervisor and second reader. If the faculty supervisor and/or second reader determine the project is below the quality necessary for Major Honors but merits a passing grade, the student will receive that grade and fulfill the Capstone degree requirement but will not receive Major Honors.

If a Major Honors student is awarded the Best Capstone Award at Capstone Celebration, they are eligible to receive Major Honors with Distinction.

Students who earn ATEC Major Honors will have the honor noted on their transcript and diploma upon graduation.

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