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Welcome to University Honors

University Honors at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, offers high-potential students the opportunity to expand their curiosity, collaborate with peers, discover their life-career direction, and make an impact in Tennessee and beyond. We offer a unique academic curriculum, deep engagement experiences and partnerships with exceptional faculty and honors opportunities throughout campus. Students in University Honors at UT find that they belong to a community of peers, faculty, and staff that share the same drive to challenge themselves and improve the world around them.


Plowman, Haslam Teach Honors Course on Leadership titled Leading with Courage

Taught by Chancellor Donde Plowman and former Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, the undergraduate course, titled Leading with Courage, was the first to be offered through the university’s new Institute of American Civics and was part of the University Honors curriculum. It examined how Tennesseans from across generations, industries and communities found the courage to be bold and decisive leaders.

Five University Honors Seniors Named Torchbearers

In 2023, Eleven seniors were named Torchbearers, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s highest undergraduate honor, including five seniors from University Honors. Since 1968, the Torchbearer — UT’s official symbol — has stood as a testament to the university’s Volunteer Creed: “One that beareth a torch shadoweth oneself to give light to others.”

Through their exemplary leadership and service, this year’s Torchbearers light the way for future generations of Volunteers. Learn more about the five Torchbearers who are part of University Honors.

In an uncertain, globalized world, we need talented scholars that are ready to change the world, not just change with it.

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