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Honors courses are intended to be “enriched,” not accelerated. Although the content of an Honors course will be largely the same as a non-honors course, the class activities will require a student to interact differently and at a deeper level than in a non-honors course. For instance, one could expect increased discussion, critical essays, creative projects, and group presentations instead of rote memorization or multiple-choice tests. Overall, students prefer their Honors courses over their non-honors courses, although they do admit that the Honors courses can be more time-consuming.
Over 300 Honors courses from each of the nine academic colleges at Texas A&M are offered annually. For a current course listing, refer to http://howdy.tamu.edu.
In addition to registering for a listed Honors course, eligible students may pursue one or more of the following options to obtain Honors credit:
Honors Course Contracts allow Honors Students to receive Honors credit for non-Honors courses. In essence, a student would propose to "contract" the course for Honors credit by proposing alternate or additional activities to those listed by the instructor in the course syllabus; these activities should allow the student to emulate the experience of an Honors course and should augment the course activities, not simply add to them. The proposed activities must be approved by the instructor and the instructor's department head as well as the University Honors Program. Honors credit is given at the end of the semester once the student has satisfactorily completed the activities described in the Honors Course Contract application. Honors credit will be applied to the student’s transcript after final grades for the class have posted. See our section on Teaching Honors Courses for examples of projects that you might consider for your Honors Course Contract.
Applications for Honors Course Contracts are due by the 12th class day of the semester. For complete instructions, refer to the Honors Course Contract application, which is available in the Honors Programs office or on the Forms & Downloads page.
Students who intend to conduct an independent research or directed study project should apply for Honors Independent Study. An Honors Candidate who wishes to pursue Honors Independent Study must 1) identify a professor to serve as advisor and develop a semester-long plan of study or research, 2) complete and submit an application for Honors Independent Study, 3) execute the project. Honors credit will be applied to the student’s transcript after final grades have posted. Honors Independent Study may be used in conjunction with the Undergraduate Research Scholars program. Applications for Honors Independent Study are due by the 12th class day of the semester. For further information, consult the Honors Independent Study application, available on the Forms & Downloads page.
Any graduate course work taken at Texas A&M for undergraduate credit will be considered as Honors credit for Honors Students. Note that graduate credit hours earned toward an undergraduate degree may not be used again toward a graduate degree. Students who intend to enroll in graduate-level course work should confer with an Honors Advisor.