Honors Curriculum
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Honors College Academic Program Overview

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  The Thomas F. Freeman Honors College:

  • provides challenging courses and academic enhancement experiences for the scholars to achieve; and
  • promotes critical thinking skills, intellectual engagement and strong research opportunities as it prepares scholars to excel in graduate or professional schools and a career path.


The Honors curriculum is designed to:

  • serve the needs of its scholars by providing a learning environment that fosters a commitment to excellence in education;
  • prepare community and global leaders;
  • represent itself as a flagship of the university; and,
  • instill ethical standards and establishe meaningful exchanges with other learning communities locally, nationally and internationally.


The Honors experience strives to:

  • create an environment where academically talented scholars can develop;
  • provide mentoring, nurturing and academic support so scholars can reach their full potential;
  • promote scholars’ interest in international education; and
  • provide opportunities for internship and a service learning environment.


 General Education “Honors Core” Courses—at the Lower Division Level

 The institutional foundations come from the general education curriculum of the university. The Honors College provides “Honors” sections for general education core classes that are a required part of higher education by the State of Texas. The Honors core courses are specially designed for Honors scholars and emphasize Analysis, Synthesis, Oral Presentation, and Research.

The Honors College makes a special effort to place Honors students with exceptional faculty teaching general education core courses. During the first two years of their undergraduate education, Honors students are fully engaged with award-winning, high profile faculty who teach the Honors sections of core (lower-division) courses.


Upper Division Courses: Petitioning for Honors Credit with Course Augmentation Proposals (CAPs)

Honors scholars must take six (6) credit hours in the junior year from major courses. These courses will be a contract (Course Augmentation Proposal) between the scholar and the professor. Juniors are required to complete a total of two (2) course augmentation proposals (CAPs) in their junior year (one in fall and one in spring). The end-of-semester activities include a major public presentation that is inextricably linked to the CAPs. The Honors students are required to present their reports, research papers/projects, and creative works, etc., at the semi-annual Honors Undergraduate Research and Internships Symposium, which is designed to help them in their pursuits of career opportunities and in their applications for admission into graduate or professional programs.


Upper Division Courses: Senior Thesis Project

Honors College Scholars in the senior year are required to do a thesis project during their last two semesters. Seniors will complete a thesis which should be submitted to the Honors College one month before their graduation. Courses found in the student’s regular degree plans are modified and serve to fulfill the thesis requirement. The end-of-program activities include a major public presentation that allows the senior scholars to showcase their research. The Honors students are required to present their reports, research papers/projects, and creative works, etc., which is designed to help them in their pursuits of career opportunities and in their applications for admission into graduate or professional programs.


Honors College Requirements

In order to earn the distinction of graduating from the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College, students must be admitted into the Honors College and meet its academic and other requirements, including maintaining both a semester and cumulative GPA of 3.25 and complete and pass a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in fall and spring of each year.

Honors Core Courses                                                          Required Honors Credit Hours

First two (2) years of undergraduate education:

English 131 and 132 (6)

English 230, 231, or 244 (3)

Math 133, 134, 135, or 136 (3)

Biology 143 or 132 (3)

Chemistry 131 (3)

Psychology 131 (3)

Political Science 235 and 236 (6)

History 231 and 232 (6)

Speech 135 or 136 (3)

Music 239 (3)



Course Augmentation Proposals (CAPs)                            Required Credit Hours


Two Upper- (300- or 400-) Level Courses within the Major 




Thesis Projects                                                                     Required Credit Hours


Thesis Project





All Honors College students are required each semester to attend lectures and or events sponsored by the Honors College, featuring experts at the university as well as renowned local, regional, national and/or international scholars or creative artists.


Honors Student Organization

All Honors College students are required to join and remain active each year in one of the three branches of the Honors College Ambassadors (HCA): Honors Mentors Association (HMA), Honors Research and Creative Activities Association (HRCA), and Honors Social Media Committee. 



Study Abroad and Study Away

Students engage in “study abroad” and/or “research and recruitment” programs.  “Study abroad” often involves receiving credit for participation in traditional programs that take students to other countries. The “research and recruitment trips” involve students visiting cities outside of Houston, Texas with the goal of conducting research and helping the College recruit at high schools and community colleges across the country.


Support for Public Presentations

Another type of enrichment that the Honors College supports is undergraduate research/creative activities. Honors College students may petition for support to attend conferences where they are scheduled to present their research or creative projects and, if funded, students must make a presentation on campus that includes other Honors students and the general campus.