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Earning Honors Course Credits    

Departmental Honors distinction of Galveston Honors on a student’s transcript requires the completion of substantial body of Honors coursework, the minimum cumulative Texas A&M University GPA of 3.5, and a cumulative Texas A&M University Galveston Honors course GPA of 3.25, in addition to other Honors Program participation requirements.

AP course work is not awarded Honors credit.

There are three ways to earn Honors course credit:

  • Honors designated courses: courses that have a section designated with HNR (courses with a 200 section)
    • These courses are:
      • only open to students in the Honors Program
      • generally from the Texas Common Core Curriculum
    • Students are required to make a “C” or higher in order to receive Honors credit for the course
  • Contracting non-Honors courses for Honors credit: an agreement between an individual student and a faculty member where students must complete alternate or additional course activities that add breadth, depth, or complexity and are thus deserving of Honors credit. Honors Course Contracts must be approved by the Honors Chair and Advisor
    • Contracts will:
      • establish a plan for a scholarly experience that will enhance the student's learning experience and emulate a free-standing Honors course
      • allow students to choose and course that they wish to pursue for Honors credit including major required courses
    • The student's application should clearly explain how their experience will differ from what is described in the course syllabus and how the student's work will be evaluated
    • Honors Course Contract applications should identify learning objectives, learning activities, and describe how the student's work will be evaluated.
    • Honors credit is not awarded until the after final grades have posted for the contracted semester
    • Students are required to make a “C” or higher in order to receive Honors credit for the course
  • Stacked courses: courses that have an Honors section embedded in a larger non-Honors section where Honors and non-Honors students are mixed.
    • These courses are:
      • combined with non-Honors students that require Honors students have alternate activities or additional meeting times consist of a group of Honors students who periodically meet with the faculty instructor in addition to regular class meetings
    • Students in the embedded Honors section should also be expected to complete alternate assignments or activities that achieve the objectives described in the
      free-standing section above.