Other Honors Program Options at UT AustinIt’s possible to combine Plan II with any other major, degree or honors program at UT (with a few exceptions that you'll see below). The 30+ credit hours the Plan II Honors degree plan leaves available as elective hours makes it possible to incorporate the degree requirements for other majors and easily fit it into a four-year course of study. A dual-degree program is, most often, a five-year commitment however.
In addition to double-majors and dual-degrees, Plan II Honors students may also combine Plan II with other honors programs at UT. Plan II Honors students combine their Plan II major and Business majors with the Business Honors Program, Plan II and their Engineering major with Engineering Honors, Plan II and their Natural Science major with Dean’s Scholars, and Plan II and their Computer Science major with Turing Scholars. Applicants may apply to Plan II Honors and to Liberal Arts Honors, but may not participate in both programs. However majors combining Plan II and the honors track in another major in the College of Liberal Arts may participate in some courses offered through the Liberal Arts Honors Programs.
Business Honors Program
The Business Honors Program is modeled after case-based MBA programs. Small classes focus on discussion and presentation, group collaboration, and analytical exercises. Robust programming and dedicated advisors provide students with personalized attention and unique opportunities.
Plan II/Business is the most common dual-degree combination of Plan II Honors majors, with about 120 students (of our ~700 total students in Plan II) seeking a BA and BBA combination with Plan II and one of the majors from the McCombs School. A third (or more) of the students in the Business Honors Program are also Plan II Honors majors. It's a very common combination of many successful and talented students. Approximately one-half of the Plan II/Business dual-degree students complete the two majors and degrees in four or four and 1/2 years.
Business Honors application requires: Completion of the on-line honors application form, an expanded résumé and one on-line honors recommendation.
Engineering Honors Program
The Cockrell School of Engineering offers a select group of students the opportunity to participate in the Engineering Honors Program (EHP). The Engineering Honors Program is a non-degree, four-year program which enhances the undergraduate experience by offering: Engineering Honors scholarships, access to honors housing on campus, honors faculty advisors, social and cultural events, and the opportunity to complete an undergraduate honors thesis. The dual-degree combination of Plan II and a major in Engineering is a five year commitment.
Plan II Honors generally has somewhere in the neighborhood of 70 to 90 Plan II/Engineers at any one time. The great thing about this extremely challenging and dense dual-degree combination of Plan II and an engineering major is that this combination provides students the opportunity to study a very specific field, or to graduate with the necessary credentials to pursue specific careers (for instance, Aerospace Engineering), without having to strictly limit their undergraduate studies to one relatively narrow field of study. Plan II/Engineering leads to a much broader and wider educational experience in a far greater range of disciplines and topics. Plan II/Engineering really provides the complete left-brain/right-brain educational experience.
Engineering Honors application requires: Completion of the on-line honors application form only.
Natural Science Honors Programs
The College of Natural Sciences offers both college-wide and departmental honors program opportunities that provide small honors classes, dedicated academic advising and participation in the college’s nationally-recognized Freshmen Research Initiative. The college-wide honors programs include the Dean’s Scholars Honors Program and the Health Science Honors Program:
Dean’s Scholars Honors Program
Dean’s Scholars Honors Program is a four-year degree program in which students earn a bachelor of science degree that is designated as an honors degree in any of the majors offered by the College of Natural Sciences. This program focuses on an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum that features more elective hours than
standard degree plans and culminates in an Honors Research Thesis.
Dean's Scholars application requires: Completion of the on-line honors application form, an expanded résumé and one on-line honors recommendation.
Polymathic Scholars (PS) is a unique certificate program that provides selected undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts the opportunity to design an interdisciplinary field of study outside their major. Polymaths admitted to the honors sequence take a series of courses developed specifically for honors students that are taught by distinguished faculty in the sciences and humanities. Once Polymaths have completed the coursework for their self-designed field of study, they conduct a research-based thesis under the direction of a faculty committee.
Health Science Scholars
The Health Science Honors (HSH) Program is UT Austin’s first honors program specifically for students interested in the health professions. In addition to small honors classes, dedicated academic advising and participation in the college’s nationally-recognized Freshman Research Initiative, the HSH Program provides access to an extensive array of clinical and research internships, and will provide support for career exploration and a capstone health sciences presentation.
Health Science Honors application requires: Completion of the on-line honors application form, an expanded résumé and one on-line honors recommendation.
The departmental honors programs include Computer Science’s Turing Scholars Honors Program and Human Ecology’s Nutritional Sciences and Human Development & Family Sciences Honors Programs.
Turing Scholars Program in Computer Science
The Turing Scholars Honors Program offers an intensive, accelerated path through the core Computer Science curriculum that culminates in undergraduate research in the junior and senior years.
As is true with the Plan II/Engineering combination degrees, the combination of Plan II with the Dean's Scholars science core curriculum honors program (two majors, two honors programs, two degrees) or Plan II/Computer Science/Turing Scholars combination should absolutely be considered to be a five-year commitment. On their own, the Dean’s Scholars and Turing Scholars degree plans are quite challenging requirements. When combined with the Plan II Honors major (and a Bachelor of Arts degree), it’s more challenging and course specific, but we believe, doubly rewarding too. The same is true of a combination of Plan II and the Bachelor of Science option in a science major, particularly if the pre-med course requirements are combined in the mix.
Turing Scholars application requires: Completion of the on-line honors application form and one on-line honors recommendation.
The Honors in Advanced Nutritional Sciences (HANS) and Honors in Advanced Human Development and Family Sciences (HAHDFS) programs are four-year honors degree programs offered by the School of Human Ecology. Both programs offer small honors classes; dedicated advising and support; robust internship opportunities; and faculty-guided independent research projects. Many students from our programs go on to become physicians, researchers, dieticians and entrepreneurs.
Liberal Arts Honors Programs
The Liberal Arts Honors Programs offer the community experience of a small liberal arts college while providing access to the unparalleled resources of a large research university. Liberal Arts Honors students choose from a variety of honors courses in preparation for advanced work in Liberal Arts majors. Program advisers emphasize honors options at UT Austin, study abroad programs and internships. Liberal Arts Honors students graduate broadly and deeply prepared for professional and civic leadership. Many go on to attain graduate degrees.
- Liberal Arts Honors application requires: Completion of the on-line honors application form and an expanded résumé.
- Applicants may apply to both Plan II Honors and to Liberal Arts Honors, but may not participate in both programs if admitted to both Plan II and LAH.
Special Application Instructions
- The recommended completion date for Plan II Honors, Business Honors and Liberal Arts Honors is October 15. There is no earlier notification date or increased likelihood of admission association with the October 15 recommended completion date for Plan II Honors and Liberal Arts Honors.
- Business Honors applicants who complete their application on or before October 15th will be read first by the BHP admissions committee. This first group of BHP applicants will receive communication before the regular decision pool. The benefit to apply by the early deadline is earlier notification of the status of your BHP application.
To apply to and be considered for one or more of UT Austin’s freshman honors programs, you must:
1. Submit your ApplyTexas Application for Freshman Admission.
2. Complete and submit the online portion of the honors program application.
3. Complete any additional steps required by the individual honors programs.
Your admission application, honors program application and all required supporting materials for both admission and honors programs must be received by the December 1 deadline.
The University of Texas at Austin Policy on Dual-Degree Programs
University requires that dual-degree students complete an additional number of hours before receiving two undergraduate degrees. The policy reads:
No second bachelor's degree will be conferred until the candidate has completed at least twenty-four semester hours [usually the equivalent of eight classes] in addition to those counted toward the bachelor's degree that requires the higher number of hours of credit. The McCombs School of Business, the Cockrell School of Engineering, the College of Education, and the School of Nursing require the student to complete at least twenty-four hours in addition to those counted toward the first bachelor's degree.