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. Success in the Honors Program requires an exceptional commitment from students and faculty alike. Honors students are challenged with innovative, participatory, collaborative, and rigorous learning experiences in a community of motivated scholars. Honors faculty provide discipline-specific and interdisciplinary instruction, personal mentoring, and collaborative extra-curricular opportunities. Students and faculty have a unique opportunity in the Honors Program to develop their interests, skills, abilities, and potential. The goals of the Honors Program are to:
· Attract, retain, and graduate a diverse population of students;
· Inspire students to excel beyond their expectations;
· Enable students to develop their fullest possible intellectual potential;
· Set high standards for academic performance;
· Promote interaction with the world beyond the university;
· Attract, retain, and develop a diverse population of talented faculty teacher-scholars;
· Further faculty commitment to scholarship and instruction; and,
· Recognize the accomplishments of students and faculty.
Specifically, graduates of the Honors Program are expected to be:
· Expressively sophisticated in oral and written communication;
· Analytically skilled in argument and problem-solving; and,
· Technically adept at deploying formal and mathematical tools.
As a result of their mastery of the distinctive and challenging honors curriculum, graduates of the Honors Program will also be disposed to:
· Challenge the status quo, lead when they must, and contribute where they can;
· Demonstrate in their activities both self-discipline and self-determination; and
· Actively and enthusiastically engage in understanding the world about them.
Students can apply for admission to the Honors Program for their first fall semester or during any semester their first or second year. Application is initiated with either self-nomination or faculty nomination. Transfer students who have taken honors courses at Del Mar College and other institutions of higher education are encouraged to apply to the Honors Program at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Prospective students are asked to submit an application form available on the Honors Program Website along with a short (1000 word maximum) essay answering a specific prompt given on the application form to the Honors Director. The admissions committee identifies a pool of candidates and invites them in for a timed essay and an interview with representatives of the program, including current honors students and faculty. The admissions committee evaluates the results of the essay and the interview so as to make final recommendations for admission, provisional admission, or denial of admission to the Honors Director.
Graduation from the Honors Program requires:
· A minimum of 30 Honors credit hours in the Honors Curriculum with at least a ‘B’ in each course;
· A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 for all courses taken at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, excluding courses taken pass/no pass or credit/no credit;
· A Project of Excellence, which is a comprehensive and reflective portfolio of research leading to and including original scholarship or creative work; and,
· A Project of Excellence Honors Symposium Presentation, which is a thirty-minute presentation of the original scholarship or creative work to the Honors community.
STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAM
The Honors Program is structured to serve students in all majors and degree programs. The suggested sequence below emphasizes the Honors experience in the first two years, when all students are completing the core curriculum. For the 3rd and 4th years, colleges and programs have flexibility to integrate Honors experiences with their existing course of study.
Fall Semester (The Cornerstone Semester)
Spring Semester (The Keystone Semester)
Fall Semester (The Capstone Semester)
For further information contact the Honors Program.
Web site: http://honors.tamucc.edu
Campus address: CCH 291F; phone: (361) 825-3926
Mailing address: Honors Program
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5751