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Opportunities in Honors and Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Work:  Students can participate in undergraduate research as early as their freshman year.  Undergraduates do not have to be Honors students to be involved in research, scholarly or creative activity on campus.  These activities are available to students all majors--Business, Humanities, Social Science, Education and the Arts as well as the more traditional Science and Engineering disciplines.  Come find out what doing cutting-edge work means in your field!

University Honors: 
The central goal of Honors education at Texas A&M is academic enrichment; the University Honors Program is based on the belief that promising students benefit from...
  • close contact with accomplished faculty,
  • collaborative learning with other motivated students
  • small, discussion-based seminars or one-on-one instruction,
  • knowledge production through individual research experiences,
  • and engagement with internships, foreign study, and campus or community service.

The Texas A&M University Honors Program is an ideal opportunity for motivated, curious students who are filled with Big Ideas, who long for outlets for creative expression, and who seek out intellectual challenges. Our goal is to make available the resources of a major research institution to undergraduate students whose track record of academic success demonstrates a readiness to take greater personal responsibility for their own education. 

The defining characteristic of Honors study at Texas A&M University is engagement. While each academic discipline across the campus has its own pedagogical style, students in Honors classrooms are encouraged to speak, inquire, write, challenge, and do.

Benefits of the University Honors Program
Innovative Curriculum and Increased Prestige
Students who are accepted into the University Honors Program work towards the completion of the “Honors Fellows” track, a curriculum plan that enhances their individual degree plans by requiring a specified amount of Honors course work and a senior “capstone” experience.  Completion of the Honors Fellows track demonstrates a student’s commitment to learning, breadth and depth of knowledge, and personal motivation.

Living Learning Community
Students who are admitted to the University Honors Program as freshman are required to reside for their first year in the Honors Housing Community.

McFadden|Lechner Halls provide incoming freshmen a smooth transition into college life through special programs and activities.  Students in both halls enjoy the benefits and rewards of traditions, vibrant social life, and attention to academic excellence that have been developed in the Honors Housing Community for over twenty years. Both freshman halls are modular style (each room has its own bathroom) and are coed by floor.  Each hall houses approximately 200 students.  Residents can expect to engage in a number of enrichment and development opportunities that are largely conceived and executed by the Honor Peer Leaders, a team of experienced Honors Students. Beyond their first years, Honors Students may opt to reside in Clements Hall, where community activities are coordinated by Peer Advisors.

Priority Registration
Students accepted into the University Honors Program are extended the courtesy of priority registration, thus avoiding many scheduling conflicts that might otherwise prevent them from enrolling in Honors courses.  Honors Priority Registration occurs over the two days prior to the start of the ordinary pre-registration period.

Expanded Course Options
Honors Students have the option to customize their curriculum by contracting non-honors courses for Honors credit, seeking credit through Honors Independent Study, or by enrolling in graduate-level courses for undergraduate credit.

Specialized Advising
Honors Students maintain close relationships with Honors Academic Advisors, who not only help their students select beneficial courses and complete the Honors Fellows track, but can also provide advice on career preparation, personal development, and options for undergraduate research.  Honors and Undergraduate research also provides comprehensive advising and preparatory resources for students who wish to apply for prestigious nationally competitive fellowship and scholarship programs, such as the Rhodes, Goldwater, or Truman scholarships.