Since 1967, Honors has provided a community for students from all majors who are looking for a challenge. Students who join the Honors College take small seminar-style classes where they discuss ideas and raise questions stimulated by readings, field trips, and presentations. Faculty members, regardless of their department, view their honors courses as laboratories to experiment with research and teaching. We at the Honors College encourage this perspective from our faculty members as it aligns with ours aims of promoting interdisciplinary inquiry, curiosity, creativity and a lifelong love of learning.
In 1966 history professor Dr. Emmie Craddock (pictured right) first presented the idea of our Honors College to the Committee for the Program for Gifted Students at Southwest Texas State College. By 1967, the University established the General Honors Program which initially only offered two courses. Out of the initial 55 applicants 36 were accepted. 25 of these students came from Liberal and Fine Arts, 18 from Science, 8 from Applied Arts, and 4 from Education. Over the years the Honors Program would grow in both courses and applicants.
Dr. Emmie Craddock, founder of the Honors College was a history professor at Texas State University and also served as the first female mayor of the city of San Marcos.
For 50 years, students in the Honors College have benefited from classes in subjects that bring students and faculty together from a wide range of disciplines. Over the years our academic opportunities at the Honors College has expanded beyond the realm of only providing alternative courses.
MORE DEGREE PLAN OPTIONS
Over the years, the Honors College has developed means to not only substitute honors courses for your regular degree plan, but to earn you recognition on your transcript and diploma for taking multiple honors courses. Currently there are two different paths to graduate in the Honors College.
1. The Traditional Path
This path allows students to receive the distinction upon graduation as "Graduating with Honors". This does not count as a minor in your degree plan.
2. Minor In Honor Studies
This second path has more requirements than the traditional path but will allow students to choose Honor Studies as their minor for their degree plan.
To learn more about the requirements for each, check out the paths to graduation page.
COMPLETE A THESIS
In the spring of 2007 two Honors graduates, Leann Fields and Claudia Scott, developed the starting framework for our Honors Minor. This project served as as part of their honors thesis. The Honor Thesis provides students the opportunity to demonstrate the culmination of their undergraduate experience by exploring their own research focus. As seen with the case of the Honors Minor, the results can be rather unique and meaningful.
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH INITIATIVE
The Honors College has partnered with the Office of the Provost's AVP for Research and Federal Relations to host the Undergraduate Research Initiative at Texas State. This initiatives offers all undergraduate students funding opportunities to enhance their education through faculty-supervised research opportunities as we hope to continue the University's prestige as a research institution.
Various name changes have accompanied Honors growth at Texas State. The name first changed from the Honors Program to the University Honors Program. Then in 2004 the name changed again to the Mitte Honors Program to express gratitude for a generous endowment. This lasted until 2008 when the name returned back to its previous title of University Honors Program. However this name would not last. In Fall of 2011 the name changed to its current title of University Honors College. This switch from "Program" to "College" serves as an important symbol of Honors' growth at Texas State. The designation of "College" reflects how Honors has grown in both size and mission.