The Honors College offers the resources of a major metropolitan state university, while also providing an intimate, challenging, and supportive educational environment that fosters the development of intellect and character: the kind of environment that you would ordinarily expect to find at a small liberal arts college.
Honors college students enjoy many benefits, including but not limited to: priority registration, eligibility for Honors residence halls, and access to Honors private amenities such as the Honors study lounge and computer center. Additionally, Honors students regularly receive invitations to special campus activities and community events, such as the Fall Convocation, Honors Retreat, conversations with visiting scholars, and Houston Grand opera, Alley Theatre, and Houston Symphony performances. What's more, Honors College students receive individual assistance and personal academic advising from Honors faculty and staff. Our students tell us that being able to talk to someone who cares and has the power to help is one of the most valuable Honors College benefits.
Students who complete 36 semester hours in the Honors College curriculum and are active members in good standing at the time of graduation are eligible to graduate with University Honors. If a student also completes a senior honors thesis or project, he or she is eligible to graduate with University Honors with Honors in Major. Students who complete a minimum of 21 semester hours in specified Honors coursework graduate with Collegiate Honors. Collegiate Honors students also have the option to complete one of three Honors minors to fulfill their Honors course requirements. Collegiate Honors students may also complete a senior honors thesis to graduate with Collegiate Honors with Honors in Major. Students who fulfill the requirements of their major with distinction and write a senior honors thesis graduate with Membership in The Honors College with Honors in Major. Moreover, all Honors courses are designated on a student's transcript. Research and experience have proven that graduate schools, professional schools, and prospective employers are impressed by Honors College coursework.
Honors courses typically encourage independent critical thinking and rely on student participation in the classroom. Such courses may indeed be more demanding than equivalent large-lecture courses, but they also are more rewarding. In most circumstances, the amount of reading, writing, and testing required in an Honors course would not be substantially different from that of a comparable University course.
Take Honors courses for three important reasons: First, the coursework presents challenging texts, ideas, and methods whose aim is to add depth and breadth to every student's education and development. Second, Honors faculty members have been specifically chosen for their commitment to undergraduate education and their excellence as teachers, which means that students receive the finest quality education possible. And third, in Honors courses, students will be among their brightest peers, allowing them to learn, not only from experienced professors, but from each other, both inside and outside the classroom.
As with most undergraduate colleges, the Honors College does charge fees to pay for various services and events. All undergraduate college fees can be viewed at the financial aid site.