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Chancellor’s Honors Program

Chancellor’s Honors Program (CHP)

The university’s largest interdisciplinary honors program, the Chancellor’s Honors Program minor is designed to deliver key knowledge, skills, experiences, and dispositions needed for students to engage effectively—as a multidisciplinary community of scholars—with complex problems. Using the framework of human-centered design-thinking and problem-based learning, the minor prioritizes a collaborative and methodical approach to learning and ideation to address contemporary issues. Scholars inquire, engage, and co-create solutions that make an impact in Tennessee and beyond.

Chancellor’s Honors scholars earn a $500 book/technology stipend in their first year, and $1,000 each subsequent year (up to $3,500 total) for successfully completing program requirements.

2025-2026 program of studies


University Honors Induction

  • UNHO 101: Honors First-Year Seminar (1 credit hour) or college equivalent


Problem-Solving Sequence

  • UNHO 207: Complex problems and human-centered design (2 credit hours)
  • UNHO 307: Complex problems and opportunities (2 credit hours)
  • UNHO 407: Iterative solutioning (2 credit hours)

Communication Enhancement

  • One Vol Core approved Honors Written Communication (WC) course (3 credit hours)
  • One Vol Core approved Honors Oral Communication (OC) or Applied Oral Communication (AOC) course (3 credit hours)

College/Departmental Honors Course(s)

  • Choice of one honors course in student’s major or related to student’s problem focus; OR one course focused on design/problem-based learning (3 credit hours)


  • UNHO 497: Honors Capstone (3 credit hours; variable credit and repeatable) or department approved capstone equivalent

Total credit hours required: 18 credit hours

Scholars are expected to augment the Chancellor’s Honors Program curriculum with select honors coursework as appropriate for their academic and professional goals. Scholars are encouraged to participate in one or more of the University of Tennessee’s many specialized college or departmental honors programs.

Chancellor’s Honors Program scholars are expected to make timely progress towards honors graduation while maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Students not meeting expectations will be required to complete additional academic coaching and support.