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Upper-Level Honors

Upper-Level Department Honors

In order to participate students must submit an application for admission to upper-level honors to the Honors College, and the Honors College will certify their qualifications for participation.

Eligible students include: student who have completed Tarleton’s Honors Core, students who have completed a lower-division honors component comparable to Tarleton’s Honors Core at a community college or another four-year institution, students with a 3.2 or higher overall GPA (transfer students or continuing Tarleton students). Individual departments may institute additional requirements for admission to Departmental Honors.

Students must maintain a 3.2 GPA or higher to continue to participate in upper-level honors and to receive credit for completion of upper-level honors. Each class or component that a student receives honors credit for will be noted on the transcript as honors credit, and students who successfully completes the Upper-Level Departmental Honors in a particular major will receive credit on the transcript for completion of Upper-Level Departmental Honors in that major.

The following disciplines (in alphabetical order ) have made upper-level departmental honors available to their majors:

Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Qualified students who wish to participate in upper-level departmental honors in the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences must complete the regular requirements as well as the special honors requirements for two of the following courses. The special honors requirements will be worked out with the individual faculty member, and, if possible, spelled out in the course syllabus.

  • AGRI 490: Research Methods (same time/location as AGRI 560) – Dr. Wittie
  • AGRN 488: Undergraduate Research – Dr. Wittie
  • AGRN 302: Soils, Land Use and the Environment - Dr. McGahan
  • AGRN 450: Soil Nutrient Cycling - Dr. McGahan

Communication Studies

At the junior level qualified students who wish to participate in upper-level departmental honors in the Department of Communication Studies will work with a faculty member in a problems course that will include either a research or internship experience appropriate for three hours of upper-level honors credit. At the senior level students will complete the regular requirements as well as special honors requirements for one of the following courses:

  • COMS 409: Advanced Reporting
  • COMS 425 PR: Cases and Campaigns
  • COMS 412 Rhetoric and Communication Theory

The special honors requirements will be worked out with the individual faculty member, and, if possible, spelled out in the course syllabus.

History

Qualified students who wish to participate in upper-level departmental honors in the Department of Social Sciences (History) must complete the regular requirements as well as the special honors requirements for two of the following courses. The special honors requirements will be worked out with the individual faculty member, and, if possible, spelled out in the course syllabus.

  • HIST 302, The Ancient World (Guthrie)
  • HIST 303, Europe in the Middle Ages (Guthrie)
  • HIST 312, Age of Jackson, 1815-1848 (Landis)
  • HIST 313, Slavery, Sectionalism, and War (Landis)
  • HIST 320, Renaissance and Reformation (Cruz)
  • HIST 321, Europe in the Age of Absolutism (Cruz)
  • HIST 322, Revolutionary Europe, 1789-1850 (Guthrie)
  • HIST 400, World War II and the Holocaust (Guthrie)
  • HIST 420, Europe, 1850-1919 (Guthrie)
  • HIST 423, History of Russia and Eastern Europe (Guthrie)
  • HIST 424, National Histories (Cruz)
  • HIST 425, European Intellectual and Cultural History (Cruz)
  • HIST 426, Social History of Modern Europe (Guthrie)

Interdisciplinary Studies

Qualified students who wish to participate in upper-level departmental honors in Interdisciplinary Studies must complete the regular requirements as well as the special honors requirements for the following upper-level courses:

  • RDG 384: The student will finalize a research project or formal presentation in consultation with the professor of record. A statement will be added to the syllabus instructing students who wish to receive honors credit to schedule an appointment with the professor before the third week of classes to determine the project.
  • EDU 435: The student will finalize a research project or formal presentation related to the Tarleton Teaching Capstone in consultation with the professor of record. A statement will be added to the syllabus instructing students who wish to receive honors credit to schedule an appointment with the professor before the third week of classes to determine the project.

Mathematics

Junior-level Component

Students must meet the following criteria to request a contract for the junior level component: 1) 3.4 overall GPA; 2) Junior level standing; and 3) Credit for MATH 232, 306, 320 and 333.

The junior level component requirement can be satisfied by completing an honors contract for enrollment in one of the following courses (at least one credit hour): MATH 486 (concurrent to enrollment in an approved upper-level mathematics course), 484 (Internship), or 488 (Undergraduate Research Project).

Contract requirements must include an end-of-semester presentation and paper. Presentation must be given as part of honors week activities, at a state/regional/national mathematics conference, or at the university/system research symposium.

Senior-level Component

Students must meet the following criteria to request a contract for the senior level component: 1) 3.4 overall GPA; 2) Senior level standing; and 3) Completion of the junior-level component.

The senior level component requirement can be satisfied by completing an honors contract for enrollment in one of the following courses (at least two credit hours): MATH 486 (concurrent to enrollment in an approved upper-level mathematics course), 484 (Internship), or 488 (Undergraduate Research Project).

Contract requirements must include an end-of-semester presentation and paper. Presentation must be given as part of honors week activities, at a state/regional/national mathematics conference, or at the university/system research symposium.

Upon completion of both components, the student will have received related credit for at least 3 semester hours which are (ideally) degree applicable.

Political Science

Qualified students may choose one of the following options:

  1. Two upper level Political Science courses taken under honors contract, with at least one course's research presented during Honors Week
  2. One upper level Political Science course taken under honors contract with the resulting research presented at an off-campus professional conference
  3. Completion of a study-abroad course involving at least six hours of Political Science credit and an honors component arranged by contract
  4. Completion of a Political Science internship program worth at least 6 hours of credit with an honors component arranged by contact

Psychology

At the junior level qualified students who wish to participate in upper-level departmental honors in psychology will make arrangements with a psychology faculty member for a three-hour problems course. In this problems course the student will develop a suitable research project and work out the methodology. At the senior level the student with register for another three-hour problems course and carry out the senior research project. In order to receive credit for the senior honors research project the student will give an oral presentation during Honors Week in April or at some other suitable venue.

Social Work

Qualified students who wish to participate in upper-level departmental honors in the Social Work Program must complete the regular course requirements as well as the special honors requirements for two of the following courses. The special honors requirements will be worked out with the individual faculty member, and, if possible, spelled out in the course syllabus.

  • SWK 320 Service Learning
  • SWK 314 Methods of Social Work Research
  • SWK 422 Field Placement I
  • SWK 423 Field Placement II
  • SWK 485 Advanced Social Work Research Practicum

Sociology

Qualified students would take a three-hour independent study with one of the sociology faculty after taking Methods of Social Research. In this course, the student would complete an empirical research project appropriate for three hours of upper-level honors credit and present the findings at an appropriate research symposium. For the second course requirement, students may choose to complete a second independent study in sociology or take a senior-level sociology course and arrange for honors by contract involving special honors requirements such as an extra presentation and/or paper.