What do you know about the Honor’s Program? – Part One

There are a lot of misconceptions about the Honor’s program and just what it requires from people.  There are a lot people who don’t understand the requirements to be in the Honor’s program and because of that a end up passing by the Honor Program instead of joining. So for today I’ll just explain the different requirements of those in the Honor’s Program for those interested.

  • 1 Hour – Honors I in the first semester (Honors IDS)
    Every freshman at WT is required to take some form of IDS class their first semester to help prepare them for their future college years. If you are part of the Honor’s program you simply take the IDS as a part of the Honor’s Program. This is a way for you to get to know everyone else in your year, get to know your peer-mentors (upperclassmen), and get to know the faculty involved in the Honor’s Program. All students in the class are required to do a research project but there is no reason to worry because the class is very easy.
  • 8-9 Hours – Core courses in Honors format or foreign language completed at University level
    This a requirement that a lot of people seem to worry about. Basically, you will take some of your core classes though the Honors Program (which really ends up being a perk).  You can find out about the different classes offered here: (http://www.wtamu.edu/academics/honors-courses.aspx) If you are a transfer student or these classes just don’t fit into your schedule then there is no reason to worry because the Honor’s Program is willing to make things work out so you can meet this requirement even if you don’t take the classes.
  • 6 hours – Honors Seminars
    These classes will most likely count as electives in the long run, but could be some of the best classes that you ever take at WT. A seminar class is a discussion based class that is focused on a specialized topic. Some of these topics are repeated, and some of the classes are only offered once.  Often times there are seminar classes that will have travel component, which could be a trip across state, country, or the world.
  • Attend at least one Honors colloquia each fall and spring semester
    I have written a few different blog entries about the colloquia, and this is one of the best requirements of the Honors Program. To find out more about this check out my other blog entry here: https://wtamu.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/colloquia/

I’ll continue on next with the rest of the requirements of Honor’s Students. Hopefully this helps to clear things up for you.

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