A Message From The Provost

The recent reporting on Sam Houston State University’s Honors College is inaccurate and misleading. 
The facts are:

  • No honor students are paid to take any classes or given scholarships to attend a particular course.
  • The seminars mentioned in the media are optional and not required.
  • Seven to eight seminar classes covering a number of topics are offered each semester and are limited to 25 students.
  • Students can choose the seminar they wish to attend and must complete two over the course of their degree in order to graduate with honors.

The seminars being debated are part of a standing series entitled “Difficult Dialogues,” which encourages a constructive conversation on selected controversial or provocative topics.  The course content changes in order to reflect contemporary subjects being discussed in the world.

We, at Sam Houston State University, are here to educate not indoctrinate.  One of the significant aims of education is to produce students who are well informed and think independently with personal autonomy and reasoned judgment.

The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College has an enrollment of 662 high-performing students and provides a challenging and well-balanced curriculum. The college takes a team-teaching approach in its seminars, providing a wide array of viewpoints that encourage students to push beyond for a deeper understanding. 

More Information:

No, Sam Houston State University Isn’t Paying Students To Take White Privilege Or Black Lives Matter Classes - Texas Monthly

University Fights Back Against Honors College Accusations - The Houstonian