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San Marcos, TX 78666

Dr. Heather C. Galloway, Dean
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Honors Courses

Honors courses are interdisciplinary, incorporating information from or methods of several different disciplines to create a more holistic learning experience. Honors courses are also seminar-style, prioritizing student-professor discussion rather than lecture, and papers and projects rather than multiple-choice tests.

Registering for Honors Courses

Registering for Honors courses is different from registering for other classes in several key ways. There are frequently no prerequisites for honors courses, but one must be a member of the Honors College to register for an Honors class. Honors also employs a pre-registration process at its annual Meet the Professor Night.

Meet the Professor Night

Join us to hear Honors professors present their courses for the upcoming semester. Attending Meet the Professor Night will help you decide which course(s) you should take and give you the chance to reserve your seat prior to registration.  Honors courses fill quickly, so students are encouraged to attend this event. Pre-registration course requests are only accepted during this event.

Late Registration and Schedule Changes

If space is available, Honors students are free to sign up for honors courses during late registration before classes start. There may be openings in classes during this time as class enrollment tends to change during the first few days of classes.

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 minor in Honors Studies.

Student-designed Courses

Honors Contract Course

The Honors Contract Course allows an honors student to enroll in 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 with contracted work count for honors credit. Before enrolling in an honors contract course, students should have completed at least two honors courses or be currently enrolled in their second honors course. Approval of course contracts is at the discretion of Diann McCabe, the Director of Academic Development. To download the Honors Contract Application, visit our Downloadable Forms page.

Honors Independent Study (HON 4391)

Honors Independent Study (HON 4391) is offered every semester. This course allows students to study selected materials under the direct supervision of a professor for honors credit. The course meeting days, times, and substitutions are arranged by the professor and honors student.

To enroll in an independent study course, a student must have completed two regular honors courses prior to enrolling in HON 4391. Turn in the signed and completed HON 4391 form to Professor Diann McCabe. To download the HON 4391 Course Agreement, visit our Downloadable Forms page.

Honors Thesis (HON 4390B)

The Honors Thesis is a course that students undertake with the supervision of a professor and possibly, a second reader, on a subject of their choosing. This course culminates in a project of significant size, and is required to graduate in Honors, and for the Honors minor. In order to register HON 4390B, students must have their thesis proposals approved by the Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Galloway, and their thesis supervisors. Find more details on the Thesis Information page.

What are departmental honors courses?

Departmental honors courses are Honors sections of courses that are required for students' majors. Like other honors courses, they feature smaller class sizes than their regular counterparts. Students also earn honors credit for these courses, bringing them closer to graduating in the College.

Study Abroad

The Honors College believes that embarking on cross-cultural experiences, such as study abroad courses, gives students a greater understanding of their place in a global community, as well as access to perspectives different from their own. Having a cross-cultural experience is a requirement of the minor in Honors Studies.  For more information, please visit our Study Abroad page.