To complement the Honors core curriculum, the Honors College offers multiple opportunities to advanced and transfer students to complete upper-level courses (3000-4000) in Honors. Moreover, the College's established minors, in Medicine & Society, Phronesis: a Program in Politics and Ethics, and Creative Work; programs such as the Bauer Honors Business Program and the Honors Engineering Program; and newer programs such as the Leadership Studies program, the ePortfolio program, and Policy Debate program provide opportunities to work with faculty and students across campus.
Bauer Honors offers up to 30 credit hours (10 courses) in 3000-4000 level business courses each semester. Honors College business majors are automatically members of the Bauer Honors Program, while non-Honors students can apply to take these courses through either the Honors College or the Bauer College of Business.
The Center for Creative Work offers courses and programs to students interested in a critical and interdisciplinary arts environment. Students are able to participate in workshops as well as attend art outings, retreats, and other signature events that seek to connect creative minds with fascinating books and creative performance.
The Energy and Sustainability Minor is an interdisciplinary examination of sustainable energy systems. Students learn about energy sources, fossil fuels, and the future of energy with a focus on existing, transitional, and alternative energy sources. Students approach these questions from the perspectives of engineering, economics, business, architecture, design, public policy, and education. The Energy and Sustainability Program features a vibrant visiting scholars and speaker series.
The minor in Leadership Studies is an interdisciplinary and experiential program that allows students to examine leaders and leadership in a variety of disciplines and contexts. Students participate in complementary leadership development opportunities that would include student organization leadership, leadership skills training programs, and community leadership experiences. Students of any major are encouraged to consider Leadership Studies because leaders in any field can serve as instrumental forces of change and betterment.
Phronesis: A Program in Politics and Ethics, is highly recommended for students considering a pre-law emphasis to their undergraduate studies. The Phronesis minor provides participating students with a strong foundation in classic texts that address issues in current topics as well as the most profound, enduring questions of public life, while preparing them to be the leaders and citizens of a self-governing political society. Students of any major may choose various courses in political theory, philosophy, and classics to qualify for the minor in Politics and Ethics.
Established in 2005, The Medicine & Society Program at Houston promotes an interdisciplinary understanding of health and health care through academic courses, research, fieldwork (including domestic travel and study abroad), student internships, scholarly and public conferences, visiting speakers, and an electronic portal with online information and materials. Affiliated faculty from the University of Houston, the University of Texas Health Science Center, local research hospitals, and other health care institutions provide students with the necessary tools to become informed and thoughtful graduates who have a comprehensive grasp of health care challenges and opportunities, locally, regionally, nationally, and globally.
To request to join one of these minors, first review the requirements (available in each minor program) and then use the online request form.