The Honors College began in 1966 as a proposal by the Committee for the Program for Gifted Students at Southwest Texas State College by history professor, Dr. Emmie Craddock (pictured at right). In 1967, the General Honors Program was established, with 36 students out of 55 applicants being accepted into the two courses offered. Of the initial applicants, 25 came from Liberal and Fine Arts, 18 from Science, 8 from applied arts, and 4 from Education.
For more than 40 years, students in the Honors College have benefited from interdisciplinary classes in subjects that bring students and faculty together from a wide range of disciplines. Honors College graduates complete individual research by completing honors theses that represent a culmination of their undergraduate educational experience.
From 2004-2008, a gift from Roy F. and Joann Cole Mitte Foundation of Austin, created an endowment for the Honors College at Texas State University. The program was named Mitte Honors for that period. More than 500 students have graduated in Honors by completing coursework and writing their undergraduate thesis.
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.
In spring 2007, the program graduated the first students to complete the minor in Honors Studies. Exemplifying the importance of the honors thesis, the minor was initially developed by two Honors graduates, Leann Fields and Claudia Scott, as their honors theses.
In fall 2011, the University Honors Program was renamed the Honors College. The change in title marked its growth of students, programming, and undergraduate research and how it plays a central role at Texas State University- San Marcos.
The Honors College, now located in the historic Lampasas Hall (adjacent to Old Main), welcomes Honors graduates to stay in contact with us and stop by for a cup of coffee at the Honors College Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407.