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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment for Honors advising.
We try to have various honors courses that substitute for upper level courses in most majors. For these classes you can receive credit specific to your major even if you have finished all the basics.
For individuals that have difficulty finding enough of these classes for their degree plan, the honors college offers has other options. For instance, Contract Courses allow students to receive Honors Course Credit from a class is taken in their major's department.
Regardless, The best way to figure out an Honors plan is to meet with an advisor. Please email email@example.com to make an appointment. Each student is unique and we want to work with each of you to make the best choices possible.
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
Honor Students can take as many or few honors courses as they wish. Membership to the Honors College is not based on the amount of courses one takes. Instead we encourage students to take classes that spark their interest and/or work well with their degree plan.
That being said, while there is no required number of classes needed to keep one's membership in the College, students that wish to receive the distinction of either graduating with honors or minoring in Honors Studies do have particular course requirements.
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.
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.
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 Commencement FAQ page for more information on honor cords. Below is general information taken from the Commencement page regarding honors:
Undergraduate students earning a Texas State GPA of:
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.
Those desiring to graduate with honors are the only students required to complete a thesis. This means if you do not plan on receiving an honors minor or do not desire to graduate with honors then the thesis is optional for you as an honors student. Find more on the Paths to Graduate in Honors page.
Meet the Professor Night is an event where Honors faculty will speak 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.