Joining the Honors College

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What are the benefits of participating in the Honors College?

One of the benefits to participating in Honors is the type of courses offered, which are interdisciplinary and small in size with a maximum of 20 students in each. Honors faculty design courses that are flexible and provide students the opportunity to fulfill the course requirements in a variety of ways. Additionally, students in our college will have access to early registration and to scholarships that are only available through Honors.

How are Honors courses different from other courses?

Our courses are small in size and seminar-style. The Honors faculty promote discussion between students and faculty, and offer class field trips and other activities. Students have the opportunity to choose which classes satisfy their major requirements, while learning diverse topics. Honors also offers contract courses and independent study as well as the Honors thesis, which allow students to design their own curriculum.

Please view our past and current courses offered through the Honors College.

Is there a deadline to apply to the Honors College?

There is no deadline to apply to Honors. Students can apply whenever they choose. Incoming students must send in a separate application to our college. Continuing students can apply at any time. Although there are no deadlines, Honors courses and Honors sections of University Seminar (US 1100) and programs such as the Honors residence option are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do I know if I have been accepted to the Honors College?

You will receive an official acceptance letter in the mail welcoming you to the Honors College. You may also start receiving emails about events in Honors prior to receiving an official letter, which also means that you have been accepted to the program.

Can I graduate in the college if I am a junior or senior?

Students can apply to Honors whenever they choose. To graduate in the program, students must take and complete five honors courses (15 hours), one of which must be the Honors thesis. We strongly encourage juniors and seniors to email honors@txstate.edu to make an appointment for Honors advising.

Who are the Honors advisors?

The Honors administrative staff assists students with advising specific to the Honors College. Academic advisors with questions about the Honors program should click here.

Taking Honors courses

How can I fit Honors courses into my schedule if I have taken all of my general education courses already?

The best way to figure out an Honors plan is to meet with an advisor. Please email honors@txstate.edu to make an appointment. Each student is unique and we want to work with each of you to make the best choices possible.

Do I have to take an Honors course each semester?

Honors students are not obligated to take an Honors course each semester. Once students are enrolled in the program, they can take Honors courses whenever they choose. However, if you want to graduate in the program, students must complete a minimum of 15 hours in the Honors College, including the Honors thesis. To graduate with a Minor in Honors Studies, students need to take at least 21 hours in the Honors College

How many courses should I take?

The Honors College does not require students to participate in courses every semester to maintain their membership in the College. Rather, students are encouraged to take classes that spark their interests, and substitute for core or elective classes required by their degrees. In addition, students may opt to graduate in the Honors College or to minor in Honors Studies.

How do I register for an Honors course?

Students must obtain special approval before registering for an Honors course. More information on registering for Honors courses can be found here.

What is a departmental Honors course?

Departmental Honors courses are Honors sections of regular offerings. These classes are smaller in size and offer more focus on a subject. Examples of departmental honors courses include Business Law, Calculus I and II, General Science, and Organic Chemistry. Departmental Honors courses are taught in the building housing the particular department.

What is an Honors Contract Course?

The Honors Contract allows an Honors student to enroll for a 3000 or 4000-level non-Honors course, complete additional work that represents a qualitative enhancement to the existing course, and have the completed course and additional work count as an Honors course.

What is Honors Independent Study?

This course is individual study under direct supervision of a professor for Honors credit. The course meeting days, times, and substitutions are arranged by the professor and honors student.
More information on how to register for Honors Independent Study can be found here.

About graduation

Will I receive an Honors medallion or cord at graduation?

Students will receive an Honors medallion at graduation if they have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater,
  • Completed 15 hours of Honors courses, and
  • Completed the Honors Thesis course

Honor cords are not awarded by the Honors College.  They are awarded by the individual disciplines and departments to which students belong.  Please review the commencement information page and FAQ page for more information on honor cords.


Other questions

What is Meet the Professor Night?

Meet the Professor Night is an event where Honors faculty give presentations about the classes they are offering in the fall or spring semester to recruit potential students. This event also provides students the opportunity to meet with and talk to professors about their classes. Traditionally Meet the Professor Night provides the first opportunity for Honors students to sign up for the next semester's honors courses.

Do I have to write a thesis?

Students are not required to write a thesis unless they want to graduate in the Honors College.

My major is demanding. Can I still be involved in the college?

Yes, if you want to discuss options, request an appointment at honors@txstate.edu for advising.

How does the Minor in Honors Studies differ from the traditional path?

Students must complete 15 hours of Honors courses, including the Honors Thesis course to complete the tradition path. The minor in Honors Studies requires 21 semester hours of Honors courses, including the Honors Thesis course. In addition, students earning a minor in Honors Studies are required to demonstrate cross-cultural competency. This could include study abroad or some kind of experience with another culture in the community in which the student lives or works.

How do I find out more about the Honors thesis?

Please visit our website for more information on the Honors thesis or contact honors@txstate.edu to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about the thesis.