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Program Requirements

How the Honors Program works:

The University Honors Program is designed to work with every major at A&M-Texarkana. We put you in control of how you complete the requirements of the program, and that flexibility gives you a unique and personalized Honors experience. By successfully completing curricular (courses, projects, etc) and co-curricular (colloquiums, workshops, tutoring) activities, you will gain points to towards the total needed to graduate from the program. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to earn badges (see below under Perks) that reflect your particular achievements, including in public speaking, stewardship, research, and teaching. 

Academic Opportunities
As the Honors program gives you the flexibility to shape your experience, it is up to you which of these opportunities to pursue. Most students do a combination of courses and projects to reach the points needed, but the path is up to you! (A minimum GPA of 3.25 is required to remain in good standing in the Honors program)
  • Successfully completing (A grade of C or better) an Honors-designated section of a course- 2 points each
    • (Note- FTIC are required to take the Honors section of IS 1100) 
  • Successfully completing (A grade of C or better) a course with an HONR prefix- 4 points each
    • HONR 345- Advanced Academic Argument
    • HONR 497- Special Topics (often team taught by faculty in different academic disciplines)
  • Successfully completing a supervised Honors project- 4 points each
    • Working with a faculty mentor (or mentors) to complete an Honors project is at the heart of the individualized Honors experience. For each Honors project you successfully complete, you will earn four points. 
    • Projects also earns points towards the Research badge
  • Successfully completing an Honors Thesis- 8 points
    • An Honors thesis is often the most ambitious project a student can embark upon; each discipline envisions a thesis differently, so for more information, please contact the Honors Program Director. 
    • Projects also earns points towards the Research badge
Co-Curricular Opportunities
As with the academic requirements, the co-curricular path is yours to forge. You can focus on honing your research and presentation skills if you wish, or to give back to the campus through tutoring and stewardship, or a combination of all of them- the choice is yours!
  • Student Research:
    • Honors students are always expected to attend the Honors colloquium series and to participate in the discussion. If you would like to lead an Honors Colloquium, please contact the Honors Program Director. 
      • Attendance- 1 point
      • Facilitating an Honors colloquium- 2 points (earns Stewardship badge points)
      • Presenting at the Honors program Showcase- 4 points (earns Research badge points)
      • Presenting an Honors Colloquium- 4 points (earns Public Speaking badge points)
      • Presenting at approved academic conferences- 6 points (earns Public Speaking badge points)
  • Tutoring and Coaching
    • The Honors Program Workshop Series. These workshops cover a variety of aspects of student success such as studying skills, research habits, and other tricks of the successful student. If you wish to organize a workshop, please contact the Honors Program Director.  
      • Attending an Honors workshop- 1 point
      • Leading an Honors workshop- 3 points (earns Teaching badge points)
    • Serving as an official Honors program tutor- 6 points per semester (earns Teaching badge points)
    • Serving as an Honors Program FYE Coach- 6 points per semester (earns Teaching badge points)
  • Program Stewardship
    • Honors student also have the opportunity to support and help to build the program through stewardship activities. 
      • Serving as an Honors Program Ambassador- 2 points (earns Stewardship badge points)
        • This can can include volunteering at Eagle Open House, SOAR, and other recruitment events
        • Multi-modal interaction with social media
      • Serving on the Honors advisory council- 4 points per semester (earns Stewardship badge points)
      • Serving on the Honors Program Teaching Excellent Awards committee- 4 points (earns Stewardship badge points)

 


Honors Program Perks:

Degree Enhancement: Students can add value to their education and degree through rigorous project-based learning and campus engagement. Students emerging from the program have enhanced knowledge and skills, and have an Honors designation that sets them apart. Students participate in Honors-specific courses together, and also work one-on-one with faculty to complete advanced Honors projects.  

Badges: Students can demonstrate their own individualized path to an Honors designation through the Honors Program Badges. These badges represent specific forms of achievement and they communicate to others what skills and expertise a student gained in the program. Each badge is unlocked after 12 points (though a student must also graduate from the program to earn a badge).
Current badges include:

  • Public Speaking
  • Research
  • Stewardship
  • Teaching 

If you would like to propose a new badge, please contact the Honors Program Director. 

Perks: Honors students receive several “perks” from departments on campus, including:

  • Enhanced borrowing privileges at the library
  • National tutor certification opportunities
  • Priority class registration for Honors students


For more information, contact honors@tamut.edu

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