The Honors Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi offers an enriched plan of study to highly motivated students who have the capacity to excel academically and a strong and abiding determination to reach their greatest intellectual potential. We pride ourselves on being an experience-based program that helps students develop the skills necessary to succeed in the workforce or graduate education, by focusing on three key areas of personal development: undergraduate research, study abroad, and service learning. Students admitted to our selective community of scholars will receive the following direct benefits:
Undergraduate Research/Creative Experience
*Study with outstanding faculty
*Work on original research
*Honors research fellowships
Study Abroad Experience
*Travel to professional events
Service Learning Experience
*Course credit for internships
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of the Honors Program, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills, to include: creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information.
2. Demonstrate communication skills, to include: the effective development and interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication.
Students can apply for admission to the Honors Program by completing the general application for admission to the university (ApplyTexas) and choose if they want to apply to the program. If they select “yes” they will be taken to a secondary application for the Program that can be submitted automatically with their general application. Students will be admitted on a rolling basis to the program as space allows for those meeting the requirements below. The Director and Program Coordinator will review the application as part of the admissions process prior to making invitations to join the Program. The Program will host open houses for prospective students.
A. For First Time in College Students (FTICs)
3.5 GPA or top 15% of high school class, plus one of the following:
26 or greater ACT Composite
1,200 or greater SAT Score (math + critical thinking)
B. Transfer Students
3.5 Cumulative GPA and at least 18 credit hours
C. Current TAMUCC Students
Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on all TAMU-CC coursework and at least 24 hours of course credit
CURRICULUM AND REQUIREMENTS
In order to graduate from the Honors Program at TAMU-CC and receive an Honors designation on the diploma, students have broad discretion over the kinds of curricular, research, and service learning experiences they can explore in order to meet our program requirements.
The minimum requirements to remain in good standing and complete the Honors Program are as follows:
Required courses (6 student credit hours)
Elective Honors Courses (12 student credit hours)
Students are encouraged to take elective Honors courses that relate to their field(s) of study. Any course offered at TAMU-CC has the potential to be an elective Honors course option. A range of elective Honors courses will be offered each semester from across the Colleges; some of these courses may be stacked courses in that they may require the Honors student to complete additional readings, assignments, etc. Elective Honors courses will be listed under Honors in SAIL and also denoted as Honors courses by the “H” code assigned to the course section. Standalone Honors courses across the Colleges may also be offered. This requirement can be met at the core or upper-division level, or through experiential courses, such as HONR 4396 Honors Directed Independent Study, HONR 4397 Honors Internship, HONR 4398 Honors Applied Experience, meaning students are often able to meet curricular requirements here without adding twelve hours to their degree plan. Students are expected to take the Honors Seminar courses in sequence as they progress through their academic studies. The Director and Program Coordinator will have discretion over whether transfer courses or other substitutions can meet these requirements.
Further Program Requirements
-Successfully complete and publicly defend an original research project: the Project of Excellence (POE)
-Attend at least one professional conference or participate in a study abroad activity
-Engage in sufficient service activities as determined by the Director and Program Coordinator, in consultation with the Honors Student Association.
-Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in all coursework and 3.0 in all Honors courses
-Meet with the Honors Program Coordinator each semester for advising
-Maintain enrollment and active participation in the Program for at least four continuous long semesters
-Students not remaining in good standing over two continuous semesters either through grades, enrollment, or participation can be asked to leave the Program at the discretion of the Director and Program Coordinator.
For further information contact the Honors Program.
Web site: http://honors.tamucc.edu
Campus address: CCH 262; phone: (361) 825-3926
Mailing address: Honors Program
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5751