University Honors College

Texas Tech offers a special program for highly motivated and academically talented students who want to maximize their college education. The University Honors College (also known as Honors Studies) is designed to provide such students with a unique and broadly integrated intellectual experience that is complementary to virtually every major and career path. Students accepted into the Honors College are also enrolled concurrently in the college that houses their major area of study. Enrollment in the Honors College provides access to some financial support for eligible students through merit-based and special Honors scholarships, provides an opportunity to interact with similarly motivated students, and provides a number of special benefits at the university. Among these are early registration, an opportunity to live in special residence facilities, extended library privileges, a variety of enriching co-curricular activities, and closer contact with the faculty. In addition, Honors students are encouraged to engage in the greatest possible range of educational experiences, such as the Honors Undergraduate Research program, which enables students to take part in undergraduate research with faculty in many disciplines; international study, which enhances marketability and provides opportunities for personal growth and acquisition of cultural knowledge and language skills; and competition for national scholarships such as Goldwater, Truman, Udall, Fulbright, and Rhodes, which assists students in clarifying educational and career goals as well as potentially providing substantial scholarship assistance.

At the heart of the University Honors College experience is a series of departmental classes, taught by some of the more talented professors on campus. These courses, which include those fulfilling both Core Curriculum and specific major or minor requirements, are generally limited to 25 students, are modestly faster paced, much more interactive, more writing intensive, and more personalized than their regular-section counterparts. In addition, the program offers a variety of seminars on special topics that explore, in depth, an area in a specific subject. Finally, the Honors College encourages interdisciplinary work and presents a range of courses that offer interdisciplinary opportunities. Breadth of education, development of critical thinking and methodological skills, and the encouragement of a spirit of intellectual independence are the ultimate goals of the University Honors College at Texas Tech.

Those who graduate from the Honors College after acquiring at least 24 Honors credit hours (including two seminars), graduate with "Honors," a distinction noted on diplomas, transcripts, and by special recognition at graduation ceremonies. Those who complete, in addition, a senior thesis consisting of 6 additional hours graduate with "Highest Honors."

To be considered for admission to the University Honors College, either as an entering freshman or as a continuing Texas Tech or transfer student, one must make special application to the University Honors College. Threshold admission requirements for incoming freshmen are a composite SAT-I score of 1200 or above, or a composite ACT score of 28 or better, or graduation in the top 10 percent of the high school class. For continuing Texas Tech or transfer students, eligibility to apply is based on a college cumulative GPA of 3.4 or better. The college will also consider for admission students who do not meet the above criteria, but who can provide a compelling reason why they should be part of the program. Admission is competitive and is contingent upon the pool of applicants for any given year. Admission decisions are generally made each spring for admission the following fall semester, although admission may be granted at other times for continuing or transfer students.

Once accepted into the Honors College, a student must maintain a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA while at Texas Tech in order to continue participation. For specific requirements for Honors Students, see the Honors Student Handbook, available in the Honors College office.

For more information about the Honors College, visit 103 Holden Hall, write to the Honors College, Texas Tech University, Box 41017, Lubbock, TX, 79409-1017, call (806) 742-1828, e-mail <honors@ttu.edu>, or visit the Web site at <www.honr.ttu.edu>.

Courses in Honors. (HONS)

2115. Honors Science Laboratory (1:0:2). Corequisite: HONS 2305. A lab designed to supplement HONS 2305.

2116. Honors Science Laboratory (1:0:2). Corequisite: HONS 2306. A lab designed to supplement HONS 2306.

2305. Honors Seminar in Science (3:3:0). An integrated science course introducing students, in an interdisciplinary way, to physics and chemistry. Satisfies Core Curriculum natural science requirement. Not open to science majors. Part of a two-semester integrated presentation.

2306. Honors Seminar in Science (3:3:0). An integrated course introducing students to biology and geosciences. Satisfies Core Curriculum natural science requirement. Not open to science majors. Part of a two-semester integrated presentation.

3300. Individual Honors Research (3). Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Honors College and approval from the Honors Dean. Contents will vary to meet the needs of students. May be repeated once for credit. Independent work under the individual guidance of a faculty member, who must be either a member of the graduate faculty or approved by the Honors Dean.

3301. Honors Seminar in Humanities (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Honors College or approval from the Honors Dean. An in-depth study of major literary works emphasizing the interrelationships of literature and philosophy. Satisfies the Core Curriculum humanities requirement. May be repeated once for credit with permission of the Honors Dean.

3302. Honors Seminar in Sciences (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Honors College or approval from the Honors Dean. Considers the developments and applications of modern science as they affect living today, directed toward cultivating sound individual judgments in a technological society. Satisfies the Core Curriculum technology and applied science requirement. May be repeated once for credit with permission of the Honors Dean.

3303. Honors Seminar in Social Sciences (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Honors College or approval from the Honors Dean. Study of techniques, principles, and methodology of the social sciences as applied to a central topic to demonstrate the interrelationships of the various disciplines. Satisfies the Core Curriculum individual or group behavior requirement. May be repeated once for credit with permission of the Honors Dean.

3304. Honors Seminar in Fine Arts (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Honors College or approval from the Honors Dean. Study of the history, development, and terminology of the fine arts, emphasizing functional relationships between disciplines in an effort to provide bases for aesthetic evaluation of specific artistic entities. Satisfies the Core Curriculum visual and performing arts requirement. May be repeated once for credit with permission of the Honors Dean.

4300. Individual Honors Research (3). Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Honors College and approval from the Honors Dean. Contents will vary to meet the needs of students. May be repeated once for credit. Independent work under the individual guidance of a faculty member, who must be either a member of the graduate faculty or approved by the Honors Dean.


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