16. University Honors Program

(Revised: 2004)

The university confers graduation honors upon a candidate for a baccalaureate degree who has completed a substantial body of course work through the University Honors Program. Categories for such honors are designated as follows:

16.1 Honors Eligibility. Incoming freshmen are eligible to participate in the University Honors Program if they graduated in the top 10% of their high school class and earned a composite score of at least 1250 on the SAT or 28 on the ACT; or were named a National Merit Finalist, National Achievement Finalist, or National Hispanic Scholar. Second semester freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors may enroll in honors courses if they earned a cumulative grade point ratio (GPR) at Texas A&M of 3.50 or above. First semester transfer students are considered for participation on an individual basis. To continue in the University Honors Program each semester, a student must maintain a minimum 3.50 cumulative GPR. Students with less than a 3.50 cumulative GPR will be dropped from honors courses.

16.2 University Honors. Students who have successfully completed:

  • 36 hours of honors classroom credit or;

  • 30 hours plus three hours of honors independent study or;

  • 27 hours plus six hours in University Undergraduate Fellows Program

may qualify for graduation with University Honors.

Additionally, each qualifying student must earn at least six hours of honors credit distributed among the humanities, visual and performing arts, and social and behavioral sciences; six hours in natural science or mathematics, and 12 hours at the 300/400 course level. A minimum overall GPR of 3.50 and a GPR of 3.25 in all honors courses completed is required of candidates for University Honors.

16.3 Foundation Honors. Completion of a 48 hour University Core Curriculum is required of all students seeking an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University. Students who choose to fulfill 19 hours of Core Curriculum course work through honors classes may qualify for graduation with Foundation Honors. The 19 honors hours must include 4 hours in natural sciences with laboratory; 6 hours distributed among 2 of the following three areas: humanities, visual and performing arts, and social and behavioral sciences; and 3 hours from either U.S. history or political science. A minimum overall GPR of 3.50 and a GPR of 3.25 in all honors courses completed is required of candidates for Foundation Honors.