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The Honors College at the University of Houston serves the intellectual needs of gifted undergraduates in more than 100 fields of study.
We provide the careful guidance, flexibility, and personal instruction that nurture excellence. For the 300 students who join us each fall, we offer the best of both worldsâ€” the advantages of a small college without sacrificing the resources and rich diversity of a large university. Our faculty and staff believe that a university education should offer more than the acquisition of skills for the workplace. The Honors College challenges the universityâ€™s finest students to develop the attributes of mind and character that enhance all facets of life.
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DISTRIBUTION BY CLASS RANK IN SECONDARY SCHOOL:
Below First Quarter
Rank Not Available
ETHNIC DISTRIBUTION: African American
DISTRIBUTION BY COLLEGE:
3% 13% 1% 15%
DISTRIBUTION BY COMBINED SATâ€™S:
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(MATH AND VERBAL SCORES ONLY)
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Our curriculum is designed to
coordinate with the University of
Houstonâ€™s core curriculum. You will fulfill many of your university core
requirements through Honors courses that take the place of regular required classes. One key sequence of courses, The Human Situation, is team-taught by Honors faculty and is designed to ensure that you are introduced to the great books of the Western tradition.
For many Honors students, the Senior Honors Thesis option represents the exciting culmination of a bachelorâ€™s degree. A thesis provides an excellent opportunity for you to work under the direction of faculty in your chosen field of study, applying your skills and knowledge toward the completion of a scholarly creative project.
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The Human Situation plays a central role in an Honors education during your freshman year. â€œAntiquityâ€? is the root of the modern world and the namesake of the first half of this two-course sequence. In this initial
installment of The Human Situation, you will examine Greek, Roman, Hebrew, and Christian cultures inspired and shaped by the Bible as well as Greek and Roman philosophies. Key texts in these classical disciplines
present compelling, though not entirely harmonious, insights into: the excellences proper to human beings; the character of the human soul; and an individualâ€™s relationship to family, friends, lovers, and strangers. The greatest thinkers of antiquity concern themselves with the elaboration, criticism, and reconciliation of these powerful concepts. As a result, they took up the eternal and intriguing questions of how to live life. The result of their efforts â€“ and ours â€“ is a shared and open conversation about matters of paramount importance concerning human existence.
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Guided by careful readings, you seek to discover your own ideas and convictions. By speaking and writing about certain texts, you will learn to develop and refine your participation in what is sometimes referred to as the Great Conversation. In a recent semester, particular attention was paid to the concept of authority. An examination of authority often leads to questions about: the body and the soul; families, communities of faith, and political congregations; violence, suppression, and punishment; the individual and society; the gods and God. The result is again a shared and open conversation about matters of great human importance.
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Phronesis is the Greek word for prudence or practical wisdom, the quality that distinguished good citizens and political
leaders. It also happens to be the title of an Honors minor program in politics and ethics, focusing on questions and issues that leaders and citizens are likely to confront in a self-governing political society. Through the combination of classroom discussions and a speakers series, Phronesis encourages critical thinking on a variety of topics, such as the role of gender in human association and the nature of freedom and authority. This program is an ideal venture for pre-law students.
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7YbhYfZcf7fYUh]jYKcf_ The Center for Creative Work celebrates and advances the artistic talents of honors students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the creative arts. This program seeks to mentor students not only toward a fulfilling college experience, but also toward their continued development as writers and artists in graduate programs and beyond. Activities include: participation in â€œStudy Awayâ€? trips and the National Collegiate Honors Council conference; creative writing workshops; weeklong artistsâ€™ retreats; collaborations with local theatre companies and the City of Houston for the annual Dionysia; and film study in conjuction with the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.
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6UiYf6ig]bYgg<cbcfg The Bauer Business Honors program is designed to provide specialized curricula, academic services, and social networking events for business majors who are members of The Honors College. Bauer Honors gives students the opportunity to get an honors-level education in both the liberal arts and their specific business disciplines, effectively challenging and preparing them for the world of industry and commerce. Additionally, Bauer Honors hosts several social events to further support students academically and connect them with resources â€“ and each other.
H\YCZZ]WYcZIbXYf[fUXiUhYFYgYUfW\ Housed in The Honors College, the Office of Undergraduate Research organizes, facilitates, and enhances opportunities for students to conduct in-depth study on a subject of their choice. Students work closely with a faculty member, encouraging mentorship and providing a more personalized, enriching educational experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research offers three central programs: - The Senior Honors Thesis often serves as the pinnacle of the studentâ€™s undergraduate career in research. The thesis is typically conducted within the studentâ€™s discipline and provides six hours of coursework. - The Provostâ€™s Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS), a part-time research program for juniors and seniors, provides a $1,000 scholarship to support research that is mentored by a faculty member. - The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is a full-time summer program that provides a stipend to more than 40 students from all disciplines each year. The studentsâ€™ summer research endeavors are showcased annually through poster presentations during Undergraduate Research Day.
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Through their participation in organizations and activities, students make significant contributions to the
life of the University of Houston and The Honors College. In addition to the 300 student organizations on campus, several activities are specific to Honors students:
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in the Honors Retreat, a two-day event designed to build community and orient students to the college and the
university. Upperclassmen, faculty, staff, and alumni join
students in social activities, athletics, and advising sessions.
UĂŠ /Â…iĂŠStudent Governing Board functions as a liaison between students, faculty, and administration. Each semester, the board plans numerous social and voluntary events and conducts student evaluations of Honors courses. Activities include movie nights, a Halloween party, The Honors Ball, and museum trips. UĂŠ /Â…i Honors Advocates recruit and orient new students to the university and The Honors College. UĂŠ Â˜Â˜Ă•>Â?Â?Ăž]ĂŠ/Â…iĂŠÂœÂ˜ÂœĂ€ĂƒĂŠ ÂœÂ?Â?i}iĂŠĂƒiÂ˜`ĂƒĂŠ>ĂŠ`iÂ?i}>ĂŒÂˆÂœÂ˜ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠ national Model Arab League conference in Washington, D.C. UĂŠ /Â…i African American Honors Student Association promotes unity and provides a voice for African American Honors students, while seeking a better understanding of culture and race among all students. Membership is open to everyone with an interest. UĂŠ /Â…i National Merit Organization and Terry Scholars promote camaraderie and community-building among scholarship recipients through service and social activities. UĂŠ ÂœÂ˜ÂœĂ€ĂƒĂŠĂƒĂŒĂ•`iÂ˜ĂŒĂƒĂŠ>Ă€iĂŠiÂ˜VÂœĂ•Ă€>}i`ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠ participate in the many Travel Abroad opportunities organized and co-attended by Honors faculty. Most recent trip destinations have included Turkey, Italy, and Mexico.
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UĂŠ /Â…i Honors Ambassadors is the student leadership group that serves as the primary recruiting arm of The Honors College. This group also assists in development, alumni relations, and special events. UĂŠ ÂœÂ˜ÂœĂ€ĂƒĂŠ ÂœÂ?Â?i}iĂŠĂƒĂŒĂ•`iÂ˜ĂŒĂƒĂŠ`ÂˆĂƒÂŤÂ?>ĂžĂŠĂƒVÂ…ÂœÂœÂ?ĂŠÂŤĂ€Âˆ`iĂŠ>ĂŒĂŠĂ•Â˜ÂˆĂ›iĂ€ĂƒÂˆĂŒĂžĂŠ sporting events through participation in the Bleacher Creatures, a spirit organization, and tailgate events. UĂŠ /Â…i French Film Society views movies to experience and understand the unique characteristics of French cinema and how this medium differs from its American counterpart. UĂŠ "ÂŤiÂ˜ĂŠĂŒÂœĂŠ>Â?Â?ĂŠÂ“>Â?ÂœĂ€Ăƒ]ĂŠClub Theatre is known for its annual Short Show, featuring one-act plays scripted, directed, and performed by Honors students. This club also organizes various workshops and outings to Houstonâ€™s professional theater companies. UĂŠ Coffee Houses are opportunities for students to showcase their artistic talents ranging from music to readings in the casual, familiar setting of The Honors College. UĂŠ World Aid, a community-service based organization, participates in several local and international projects throughout the semester. The Honors College considers Houston an extension of its campus. We encourage our students to take advantage of the opportunities the city offers for cultural enrichment and entertainment. We offer tickets to select performances of the Houston Grand Opera, Alley Theatre, and Houston Symphony.
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Students who fulfill The Honors College course requirements and complete a Senior Honors Thesis graduate with â€œUniversity Honors and Honors in Major,â€? the highest distinction an undergraduate can earn at the University of Houston. Students who fulfill Honors course requirements but elect not to undertake a senior thesis graduate with â€œMembership in The Honors College.â€? Students who earn these academic distinctions receive special recognition at commencement ceremonies. These distinctions are in addition to traditional graduation with honors recognition based on grade point average. Honors students are celebrated at the Senior Awards Banquet, The Honors Collegeâ€™s official commencement ceremony for graduating students. Held off-campus each May, the banquet provides a comfortable venue in which to individually recognize each seniorâ€™s accomplishments with faculty, staff, family, and friends.
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Published on Aug 8, 2010
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The Honors College offers the best of both worlds: a small liberal-arts college and a large and diverse research university.