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Honors Courses

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What Courses do I Take?

Students begin in the Honors Program by taking the two-semester sequence of Honors I and II, interdisciplinary seminars for Honors students only. They can also arrange to take honors-by-contract courses. Honors Program classes are integrated into students’ degree plans so that progress toward graduation in the major of their choice is not delayed. 

Honors I and II and contract courses will be offered by UTB during the 2014-2015 academic year. When UTRGV opens its doors in 2015, Honors students will choose one of three tracks for continuing in the Honors Program. They must complete 21-28 credit hours of honors-designated work and have a cumulative GPA for all course work of 3.3 or higher to graduate with the Honors Program designation on their transcript and diploma.

How do I start?
Submit the Honors Program application and register for Honors I in Fall 2014 and Honors II in Spring 2015. Course Schedule Search

 

Honors Course Descriptions

HONR 2301 – Honors I (3 hours).
Honors I is a course in “Big History” – an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the universe and the individual’s place in it through the study of cosmology, Earth and life sciences, and human history.

HONR 2302 – Honors II (3 hours)
Honors II applies the knowledge and skills gained in Honors I (Big History) to the lower Rio Grande Valley with a particular emphasis on the human experience in terms of economic, social, political and cultural developments and challenges on both sides of the international border.  Prerequisite: Honors I.

Honors-by-Contract
An honors contract is a mechanism for adding an honors dimension to a course or section which is not already an honors course. The contract is an agreement between the
individual student and the professor in the class for which honors credit is required. This
agreement identifies a project that the student will complete under the faculty member's
supervision. General guidelines for appropriate honors-level work and contract forms are supplied by the Honors Program office and contracts are reviewed and approved by the Honors Program Coordinator. The student must complete the regular course work with an A or B and satisfy the contract according to the professor’s expectations to earn honors credit. If the contract is not satisfied, the student receives a grade for the course but not honors credit.  View the Guidelines and Contract Form.

Honors Tracks include practicum and independent studies courses. They will be added to the UTRGV course schedule for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Track 1: “Honors” (21 hours minimum):

  • HONR 2301 – Honors I (3 hours)
  • HONR 2302 – Honors II (3 hours)
  • HONR 3### – Honors Practicum (3 hours)
  • Three Upper-Division Honors or Honors-by-Contract Courses (9 hours)
  • One Honors Elective – Upper or Lower Division (3 hours)

Track 2: “Honors with Distinction” (25 hours minimum):

  • HONR 2301 – Honors I (3 hours)
  • HONR 2302 – Honors II (3 hours)
  • HONR 3### – Honors Practicum (3 hours)
  • HONR 3### – Problems in Independent Study (1 hour)
  • HONR 3### – Honors Seminar: Independent Studies (3 hours)
  • HONR 4### – Honors Seminar: Independent Studies (3 hours)
  • Three Upper-Division Honors or Honors-by-Contract Courses (9 hours)

Track 3: “Honors with Highest Distinction” (28 hours minimum):

  • HONR 2301 – Honors I (3 hours)
  • HONR 2302 – Honors II (3 hours)
  • HONR 3### – Honors Practicum (3 hours)
  • HONR 3### – Problems in Independent Study (1 hour)
  • HONR 3### – Honors Seminar: Independent Studies (3 hours)
  • HONR 4### – Honors Seminar: Independent Studies (3 hours)
  • Three Upper-Division Honors or Honors-by-Contract Courses (9 hours)
  • One Honors Elective – Upper or Lower Division (3 hours)

HONR 3### – Honors Practicum (3 hours)
The practicum is an experiential learning course in which students engage in one of 4 practicum options: Research, Internship, Service, or Teaching. All four options engage students in the practical application of what they have studied in their coursework. Students not only practice what they have learned in a hands-on setting but are also required to adequately reflect on and analyze that practice through journal entries and a final reflection/analysis assignment.

HONR 3### – Problems in Independent Study (1 hour)
This course is an introduction to basic problems encountered in independent study. It aids the student in choosing a topic for independent study, in setting up objectives for the study and preparing a research proposal or project.

HONR 3### – Honors Seminar: Independent Studies (3 hours)
Supervised independent research in student’s topic with periodic meetings for coordination, instruction in methodology and discussion.

HONR 4### – Honors Seminar: Independent Studies (3 hours)
Supervised completion of research and writing of thesis or creative project with periodic meetings for coordination, instruction in methodology and discussion.

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