Honors Program

The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) Major Honors offers eligible students the opportunity for advanced creative and scholarly work and recognition within the School.

School of ATEC Major Honors Eligibility Requirements
  • UT Dallas Cumulative GPA of at least 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:

ATEC Majors
  • Individual Honors Capstone project
  • Supplementary paper (5-page minimum)
  • Presentation is strongly recommended  
EMAC Majors
  • Individual Honors Capstone project
  • Supplementary paper (5-page minimum)
  • Presentation at EMAC Capstone Celebration
    **Honors with distinction reserved for winner of top Capstone project.**


Individual Honors Capstone Project:

  • Discuss Capstone project idea with potential faculty supervisor 1 to 2 semesters before graduation.
    • ATEC majors 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.
  • ATEC majors: Complete the ATEC 4380 – Capstone Application by the posted deadline in the semester before Capstone enrollment to receive approval from and confirm your faculty supervisor.
  • EMAC majors: Complete the EMAC Capstone Proposal by the posted deadline in the semester before Capstone enrollment to be assigned your faculty supervisor.
  • Faculty supervisor must be a full-timefaculty member teaching within the student’s major.
    • Tenured member of the faculty or a faculty member on the tenure track
    • Non-tenure/tenure track faculty members will be allowed to supervise an Honors Capstone under exceptional circumstances
  • Student will consult with faculty supervisor to determine appropriate second reader.

                                                   
Supplementary Paper:

  • Topic of paper will be determined with assistance by the faculty supervisor.
  • Must be a minimum of 5 pages

                                                      
Registering for Honors Capstone:

  • Consult with academic advisor semester before Capstone enrollment to discuss Major Honors eligibility.
  • Complete the relevant Capstone form for your major (noted in the Individual Honors Capstone Project section above).
  • Once your faculty supervisor is determined, complete Honors Capstone Application form.
    • Consult with faculty supervisor to determine appropriate second reader.
    • Obtain signatures from both faculty supervisor and second reader.
    • Turn completed form in to assigned academic advisor.
  • Student will then be registered by their academic advisor for 3 SCH under the Honors Capstone course number for their major – ATEC 4399 or EMAC 4399.


Submission and Evaluation of Honors Capstone:
Once the Honors Capstone and paper have been submitted, the awarding of Major Honors distinction 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 distinction.

Final evaluation of the student’s Honors Capstone project and paper by the faculty supervisor and second reader is due to the ATEC Interim Dean by the first day of the final examination period for the semester. Students must submit a copy of their Honors Capstone project and paper to the ATEC Interim Dean by the last day of the final examination period for the current semester. 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.