Colleges and Schools
Special Programs and Opportunities
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society that recognizes superior scholarship in all academic disciplines at the university.
Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi has as its primary objective the recognition and encouragement of superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. The University of Houston chapter, founded in November 1949, is the only honor society on campus that is wholly university-wide and includes faculty members, administrators, and undergraduate and graduate students in every division of the university.
Each year Phi Kappa Phi elects to membership a limited number of juniors, seniors, and graduate or professional students who are of good character and have attained outstanding records of academic excellence at the university.
Students interested in foreign study have a wide variety of resources available to assist them with the study abroad experience. Some of the study abroad programs that are supported and promoted by colleges on campus include the Bourges Program, Winter in Saintes, the Israel Study Tour, the Aruba Practicum Experience, the Mexico and Spain Summer Abroad, the College of Architecture program in Saintes, France, the Summer in Leipzig, the Study Tour in Beijing, programs in Chiba, Japan, and the Mexican Legal Studies Program in Mexico City. Other programs are available on a year-by-year basis. In addition to materials available in departments, centers, and college deans' offices, a resource library with information on programs and countries is housed in the International Student and Scholar Services office (306 Student Service Center).
The Scholars' Community is a learning community program specially designed to bring freshman, transfer and commuter students into the mainstream of academic life at the University of Houston. The mission of the Scholars' Community is to help students succeed.
The Scholars' Community is designed to serve as a "gateway" program to assist students during the difficult transition from high school or junior college to a large-and often impersonal-urban university. Students become part of an academic support system that provides a smoother and more efficient path toward their degrees. Some of the benefits of membership in the Scholars' Community include:
For more information call Scholars' Community at 713-743-9115 or visit our website at http://www.uh.edu/scholars
Language and Culture Center
The Language and Culture Center (LCC), housed in the Department of English, provides noncredit compensatory English language instruction to undergraduate and graduate international students who must improve their reading, writing, grammar, or spoken English skills to compete successfully in the university classroom. Graduate students who score low on the Test of Spoken English (TSE), the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK), or other nationally standardized tests may register for courses in reading/writing, pronunciation, and teaching styles in higher education.
LCC courses do not count toward degrees, but do count toward full-time student status for immigration reporting purposes and for calculation of building use and student service fees. For further information, contact:
Language and Culture Center
Cooperative Education Program
Cooperative Education is a program which enables college students to receive career training with pay as they work with professionals in their major fields of study. Work experience in government, business, industry, and human services enhances the students' academic training. This valuable experience is documented on their official transcripts.
Most employers use the co-op concept as a recruiting tool. They tend to fill their vacancies with graduates from their own co-op programs, whenever possible, since they already know the capabilities and work habits of those they have trained. Most co-op positions are offered on a full-time, alternating basis with two students filling each job. While one student works, the other attends school. They trade places each spring, summer, and fall term. There are a few positions that are on a part-time schedule throughout the year; these are known as parallel co-op jobs.
For further information, contact:
Cullen College of Engineering
The university and the Cullen College of Engineering seek to provide increased opportunities for minority students. To implement this policy, the college has established a special program called PROMES (pronounced "promise"), the Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies. This program provides support in the academic, social, and financial areas, with a strong emphasis on making students' first year in college a success. To that end, the incoming PROMES students enroll in special courses designed to replace more traditional summer bridge programs. A course in problem solving helps them gain greater proficiency in this area. They also enroll in an engineering guidance class, which provides a formal setting for the new students' interactions with PROMES. Academic monitoring, tutoring, general orientation, and where applicable, career and personal counseling are all part of the program.
Financial aid for PROMES students is available through normal scholarship and financial aid programs, grants, special scholarships for PROMES students, and after the freshman year the Cooperative Education Program. The program's annual Christmas party and spring awards banquet enhance the campus social life of PROMES students.
For information, call 713-743-4222.
American Humanics/Center for Youth Service Professionals
Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in the social sciences, business, journalism, communications, kinesiology, or one of the many other related academic disciplines, may prepare for professional careers in not-for-profit youth and human service organizations. By participating in and completing academic and co-curricular requirements, students prepare for certification as non-profit professionals through American Humanics, Inc. (AH), a national non-profit organization founded in 1948. AH certification is recognized by 12 national youth and human service organizations as well as a growing number of Houston and Harris County affiliated agencies that provide internships and job placement both locally and nationally.
Students enroll in elective and other courses that fit within their chosen degree requirements. Competencies required for AH certification are in the areas of:
Co-curricular activities include volunteer opportunities and community service; membership in the American Humanics Student Association (AHSA), a recognized campus organization; attendance at the AHSA annual retreat; and professional development seminars and workshops.
Academic advising and assistance in the certification process is provided by the project manager of the Center for Youth Service Professionals, a project of the Graduate School of Social Work.
Financial assistance is available through American Humanics, Inc. for students who have actively participated in AHSA for six months.
For more information about AHSA and how to begin the certification process, call 713-743-8137.
Army Reserve Officers Training Corps
The objective of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program is to develop leadership and management skills. Upon completion of the degree and the ROTC program, students may be offered a regular or reserve commission in the United States Army. The university offers both a two- and four-year ROTC program.
The four-year program is taken in two phases. The basic course is taken in the freshman and sophomore years. It incurs no military obligation, but it may earn physical education credit. Courses include leadership and management with practical training in military skills and survival. Veterans may be granted credit for the basic course. In the second phase, leadership and management training are expanded. Students earn $150 per month and attend a paid six-week summer camp following their junior year.
The two-year program consists of attending a paid six-week basic ROTC camp in lieu of the basic course. Completion of this camp qualifies students for admission into the advanced course.
For further information, contact:
U.S. Army ROTC
Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps
Although the university does not have a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) unit, qualified students may participate in the NROTC program at Rice University. The cross-enrollment program is an arrangement between the University of Houston, Rice, and the U.S. Navy, represented by the Naval Science Department at Rice University.
There are three NROTC programs leading to a commission in the reserve components of the Navy or Marine Corps:
1. A four-year scholarship program leading to a commission in the Navy or Marine Corps Reserve. (This program provides all tuition, books, school fees, and uniforms plus $150 per month.)
2. A four-year college program that leads to a commission in the Naval or Marine Corps Reserve (Uniforms and naval science course books are provided.)
3. A two-year scholarship or college program for juniors and seniors.
Interested students should contact the NROTC Rice University.
University Off-Campus Institutes
Responding to the educational needs of the rapidly growing Houston area, the University of Houston has established two remote facilities under the administration of its Division of Distance and Continuing Education. The West Houston Institute at Cinco Ranch, located 34 miles west of downtown Houston and four miles south of Interstate 10 at 4242 South Mason Road, serves the west Houston area. The North Houston Institute, located at 250 North Sam Houston Parkway East off Interstate 45, is 20 miles from the campus and serves the educational needs of the growing north Houston community. In addition, the University of Houston also schedules courses at two other area institutions, UH System at Fort Bend (550 Julie Rivers Drive in Sugar Land) and the University Center (3232 College Park in the Woodlands).
The West Houston Institute at Cinco Ranch is a multi-purpose facility housing classrooms, conference rooms, faculty offices, computer labs, instructional television classrooms, a reading room, and administrative offices. The North Houston Institute houses classrooms, instructional television classrooms, and administrative offices. UH System at Fort Bend and The University Center include classrooms, computer lavs, instructional television classrooms, and administrative offices. All sites can assist students in admission, registration, and fee payment procedures.
Credit course offerings at these sites include junior, senior, and graduate-level courses from selected degree programs on campus. New courses are added each semester, and proposed courses undergo the same rigorous design and review as those offered on the main campus. Credit courses are taught by University of Houston faculty members and have the same prerequisites, content, and requirements as on the main campus.
The institutes currently offer a broad range of courses that apply to undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition, courses in selected M.Ed. programs and in various certification and endorsement programs are offered each semester.
UH Distance Education coordinates the delivery of courses via Instructional Television and OnLine. Instructional Television (ITV) classes are broadcast live on a closed circuit network to the institutes and several corporate sites in the Houston area. Most ITV classes are also taped and broadcast on KUHT or cable or are made available by videotape. OnLine courses are delivered over the internet.
For further information about credit courses offered by UH Distance Education, call the Distance Education InfoLine at 281-395-2810 or 1-800-OUR-UHTV. You may also call the West Houston Institute (281-395-2800), the North Houston Institute, (281-405-4500), UH System at Fort Bend (281-275-3300), or the Unviersity Center (281-618-7140).
Noncredit Programs and Courses
The Division of Continuing Education and Off-Campus Institutes provides a broad array of noncredit programs, courses, and activities at the main campus and West Houston Institute. Focusing on career and professional development, personal development, and intellectual enrichment, these opportunities are designed to respond to the expressed needs of the community. Participants range from high school students to retired adults, and from regular college students to corporate executives. For more information about offerings, call 713-743-1060.
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