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Lampasas Bldg 407
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666

Dr. Heather C. Galloway, Dean
Ph: (512) 245.2266
Fax: (512) 245.8959

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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

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

The Honors Thesis is a course that students undertake under 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 the Honors College, and to fulfill the requirements of the Honors Studies Minor. Before registering for HON 4390B, a student must have the thesis proposal approved by the thesis supervisor, and meet with the Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Galloway, to receive final approval to enroll in the course. Find more details on the Thesis Information page.