Why Honors?


HonorsSPEAK!: The Honors College Community

Students interested in learning more about the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College are invited to hear from devoted Honors Student Shani Gomez as she shares more about the Bearkats, Honors students, and Honors organizations that all make up our Honors Community.

"Through my involvement in the Honors College, I have had the opportunity to make lifelong friends, engage in research, eat lots of free food, and encourage others to join Honors. My experience through Honors has undoubtedly enriched my college career."

-Kayla McCarns, '19

"My time in the Honors College has been among the greatest experiences of my undergraduate career. Without a doubt it has taught me two things: (1) education is for improving the lives of others, and leaving the world better than you found it. And (2) leadership is a game of leading without a title."

-Cresencio Adame, '18

"The Honors College has been the essential foundation for my successes during my time at Sam Houston State University. It is not an exaggeration to say that the Honors College transformed my life at SHSU, and I look forward to carrying the hopes and aspirations that the Honors College fostered within me to my doctoral program and beyond."

-Everrett Moore, '17

"The Honors College at SHSU has been highly instrumental in my undergraduate career as it has helped mold me into the person I am today."

-Sarai Mesa, '16


Specialized Courses

Students have access have many chances to work closely with professors in specialized Honors courses, including the ever popular seminar series. In the past, student's have had the opportunity to attend seminars such as HONR 3332.01 Humanities: Hamilton, HONR 3375.01 Dialogues (Hurricane Harvey), and HONR 3331.02 Culture and Society: Harry Potter. During the current Fall 2018 semester, Honors students will be able to take HONR 3332.01 Humanities: Kung Fu, HONR 3342.02 The Word: Frankenstein, and HONR 3343.01 Film & Society (Sci-Fi). Each semester, seminars in varying topics are offered in order to ensure each student can find a seminar that he or she will enjoy.


Honors Housing

Our incoming freshman students have the opportunity to live with fellow academically driven Honors students on the top floor of SHSU's newest housing facility, PINEY WOODS HALL. Piney Woods Hall is conveniently located right across the new on-campus dining hall, General's Market and next to the newly-built life sciences building. Piney Woods Hall also offers different amenities that other dorm halls do not such as an in-hall Community Learning Center, 24-hour computer lab, and areas for both indoor and outdoor community space.

See if you are eligible for HONORS HOUSING.


Honors Facilities

Students can VISIT HONORS year-long on Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM. In the office, Honors Staff are available to answer questions and assist students. Honors students have access to a private computer lab and lounge located on the 1st floor of Academic Building IV. (Right below the Honors College Office.) The Honors Lab has computers, a printer, and other supplies. The newly-renovated Honors Lounge has a two conference tables with digital monitors, a whiteboard, lounge area, refrigerator, sink, and microwave available for Honors students. Additionally, the Elliott T. Bowers Honors College has a reserved study room in the Newton Gresham Library.

Advance Registration

Every semester, Honors students are the first group of students on campus that are able to register once ADVANCE REGISTRATION opens. Honors students are asked to complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service per semester. Once the community service is completed, students are offered access to advance registration. This advantage allows students to schedule their classes in a manner most convenient to them without having to worry about the availability of seats in a certain class.


Distinction Upon Graduation

Upon graduation and successful completion of the Honors College requirements, students receive special recognition during their official commencement ceremony, a permanent with Honors notation on their transcript, and an invitation to the Bowers Medallion Ceremony & Reception. At the Bowers Medallion Ceremony, students receive an Honors stole and Bowers medallion to be worn with their regalia during their official commencement ceremony. This distinction is significant in being a representation of the hard work and most importantly, dedication that all Honors students have.

and more

And More!

Each semester, the Honors College offers varying events for its students.

Honors Events include: Pizza with a Prof, Ice Cream Socials, Honors Welcome Retreat, ProfSPEAK!, Parents Luncheon, and more!

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The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College

Academic Building IV Suite 202 | Box 2479 | Huntsville, Texas 77341-2479

Phone: (936) 294.1477 | Email: honors@shsu.edu

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