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Eligible students are encouraged to consider applying to the departmental honors program during their junior year. This award lends distinction to a resume, and facilitates progress toward a higher degree by providing the student with the opportunity to become involved with original research under the supervision of a faculty member.

The Honors sequence consists of 6 hours of coursework across two semesters:
GRG 679HA - Honors Tutorial and GRG 679HB - Honors Tutorial.
Typically, but not always, GRG 679HA is completed in the first semester of a student's senior year. This course consists of formulating the research problem through collaboration with a faculty member, beginning the literature search, and discussing appropriate methods for pursuing the topic with your faculty supervisor and selecting a second reader.

GRG 679HB is completed during the student's graduating semester, and consists of writing up and presenting a fifty or so page draft document to the faculty supervisor. The faculty member will edit and comment upon the paper and provide feedback in time for the student to complete a final copy, which will be catalogued by the University of Texas Library. Please see the suggested timeline in the Senior Thesis Model. This entire honors sequence consists of completing original research and writing an undergraduate honors thesis supervised by a faculty member of your choice.

In order to officially graduate with Departmental Honors on your UT transcript, you must have:

  • A minimum 3.0 cumulative UT GPA
  • A minimum 3.5 GPA in Geography
  • A grade of "A" in GRG 679HA
  • A grade of "A" in GRG 679HB

Step 1: Meet with undergraduate advisor Henry Hammond to determine your eligibility 

Step 2: Meet with Dr. Faria to discuss your project and receive guidance on potential advisors. 

Step 3: Once you have secured your advisors, complete this form and email this to Dr Faria, ccing Henry Hammond. You can then register for the thesis classes.

Step 4 (optional): Attend 1-2 meetings a semester with Dr. Faria and your honors peers to guide your research and writing process.

Please also visit the Liberal Arts Honors Programs Office in RLP 2.104. There you may obtain a list of Upper Division courses that contribute toward you graduating with Honors in the College of Liberal Arts (in addition to Honors in Geography). In addition to information about departmental honors, the Senior Thesis Manual also provides formatting templates that students should use when submitting their final draft.
Read more about scholarships and other funding opportunities for departmental honors students.