Thank you for your interest in the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College at Sam Houston State University.
The Honors College was established in 1987, and has grown ever larger in size and distinction. The college has doubled in numbers just over the past five years, echoing the fairly remarkable growth here at Sam.
Added numbers have not diminished the quality of the program, however. We place precisely as much emphasis on quality as we did in 1987, but the growth in quality programs at Sam (which is underscored by a strong emphasis on teaching and scholarly excellence in our faculty, as well as the growing regional and national reputation of several of our programs) has increased the numbers of top students attracted to our University. The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College is proud to be the beneficiary of this leap forward in excellence.
If you are a beginning freshman, a transfer student, or a current SHSU student who has an excellent academic record and a desire to be in a program that will both challenge you and embrace your own excellence, the Honors College is the place for you!
The Honors Student
The Honors student earns Honors credit in a variety of specially designated classes, and works toward the distinction of graduating 'With Honors' or 'With Highest Honors.' To qualify for graduation with honors, a student must have been a participant in the Honors College and have completed 24 hours of honors class credit, including participation in two interdisciplinary honors seminars. To qualify for graduation 'With Highest Honors' a student must, in addition, complete a senior thesis in an approved discipline under the direction of a faculty member of his/her choice. The student will receive 6 credit hours of departmental course credit when completing the senior thesis.
Once accepted into the Honors College, a student must maintain a 3.25 overall SHSU GPA in order to continue participation in the Honors College.
Honors College Open House
The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College Open House is a campus event that provides prospective students and their parents the opportunity to learn more about Honors education at Sam Houston State University. Presentations and informal conversations with Honors faculty, academic advisors, and Honors College Student Ambassadors will include information on the following topics:
Applying to the Honors College
The Honors Seminars
Honors Student Life
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Co-Curricular Honors Experiences
Honors Residence Life Opportunities
The Honors College Open House is scheduled during Saturdays at SAM, the SHSU college preview day:
- Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11:00 am, Olson Auditorium, AB4
- Saturday, March 28, 2015, 11:00 am, Olson Auditorium, AB4
Reservations are encouraged. For additional information, contact the Honors College at firstname.lastname@example.org or 936-294-1477. For Saturdays at SAM information, view the website http://www.shsu.edu/academics/honors/index.html
- Applications for fall admittance are due by May 30th
- Applications for spring admittance are due by November 30th
Students may submit applications to the Honors College at any time throughout the year. Most late applications with all supporting documents will be considered automatically for the following semester. Students are encouraged to apply early to take advantage of advanced registration privileges each fall and spring semseter.