University of Houston-Victoria

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Honors Program

The University of Houston – Victoria Honors Program

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the UHV Honors Program.

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 Program might be for you.

The UHV Honors Program is a program designed to supplement all UHV programs for students who are interested in academic success. The Honors Program 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 in the Honors Program 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.

Students in the Honors Program will have several advantages. Not only do Honors Program graduates get special recognition, but also there are special academic colloquia and social events. Honors students also have special access to a commons area. 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, internships, and jobs.

The Honors Program is in a roll-out process. Currently, there is a track available for upper-division students in the School of Arts and Sciences. We anticipate having opportunities for students in the School of Business Administration or the School of School of Education, Health Professions & Human Development by fall of 2018. Further, we are planning opportunities for lower-division students in 2018 as well.

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

Justin Bell, PhD
Director of the UHV Honors Program


UHV Honors Program Basic Information:

 Who is eligible?

  • Currently, any student in an Arts and Sciences program with at least 45 credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 is invited to join the Track. Application materials are available from Dr. Bell.
  • Tracks for incoming freshmen as well as students in the School of Business Administration or the School of School of Education, Health Professions and Human Development are under development.

What is required?

  • Student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better.
  • Students will be required to take at least one face-to-face class per long semester.
  • Students will enroll in one “Honors Contract Course” per long semester. A contract class can be any course. Students will “contract” supplemental work with their professor in coordination of the Honors Program 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 Program 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 Program.

What are the benefits?

  • Special events
  • Close relationships with professors and other students
  • Membership in the UHV Honors Program 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