University of Houston-Victoria

Curriculum and Student Achievement

Honors Track

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the UHV Arts and Sciences Honors Track.

Are you driven to excel at academic work? Are you looking for ways to increase your engagement with other students and your professors? Are you interested in getting a leg-up on job and graduate school applications? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then the UHV Honors Track might be for you.

The Arts and Sciences Honors Track is a program designed to supplement all Arts and Sciences programs for students who are interested in academic success. The Honors Track provides unique opportunities for Students to work closely with faculty members, work on unique research projects, as well as prepare for careers and graduate school.

Students on the Honors Track will have special opportunities to work closely with their professors. Students will, in select classes, develop special supplementary assignments and projects to take the place of regular coursework. Honors students do not simply do more work—they work with their teachers to do work suited to their individual needs and interests.

Graduates of the Honors Track will have several advantages. Not only do Honors Track graduates get special recognition at Arts and Sciences events and at graduation, but also there are special academic colloquia and social events. Honors Students also develop close relationships with their instructors and other Honors students. These relationships are beneficial when it comes time to apply for graduate school, professional programs, and jobs.

Below are some of the details, requirements, and benefits of participating in the Honors Track. If you have any questions or want to join, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Justin Bell, PhD
Director of the Arts and Sciences Honors Track

Arts and Sciences Honors Track Information

Who is eligible?

  • Any student in an Arts and Sciences program with at least 45 credit hours and a GPA of 3.5 is invited to join the Track. Application materials are available from Dr. Bell.

What is required?

  • Students will enroll in one “Honors Contract Course” per long semester. A contract class can be any Arts and Sciences course. Students will “contract” supplemental work with their professor in coordination of the Honors Track Director.
  • In the last long semester of coursework, students will engage in an independent study as a capstone. Students will produce a thesis project, engage in special research, or produce some other senior project befitting their interests. In programs with an existing capstone course, students will work closely with their capstone professors to produce a senior project or thesis.
  • Students will attend a designated Honors Track Event every semester. Events will include colloquia, symposia, and other academic events. Events are opportunities to present research, artistic projects, and other work completed as part of the Honors Track.

What are the benefits?

  • Special events
  • Close relationships with professors and other students
  • Membership in the Arts and Sciences Honors Track Student Organization—a student group representing honors students
  • Special graduation regalia and acknowledgment at events
  • A leg-up on job applications and graduate school applications