English Honors is a specialized program designed for highly motivated, curious, engaged students interested in the study of English literature and culture. The curriculum offers an ambitious program of study with our award-winning faculty through one-on-one guided research, experiential learning, and intimate class settings. We invite applicants who exhibit interest and qualities associated with our core components: scholarship, community, creativity, and service. Incoming freshmen and students in their first year as freshmen at Texas A&M are eligible for this program.
Course and Curriculum Requirements
English Honors students must take at least 18 hours of honors courses in the English Departments. This must include:
- A discussion-based honors seminar taken in the first semester as an English Honors student (3 hours)
- A minimum of 3 additional Honors-designated courses in English (9 hours)
- ENGL 485H – A directed study focusing on theory and research methods, and producing a capstone project prospectus. This course is typically taken the semester prior to your final semester (3 hours)
- ENGL 491H – Thesis hours under the guidance of the capstone chair to produce an original creative or scholarly thesis, or other approved capstone project. This course is typically taken during your final semester (3 hours)
Additional Honors Information
Challenge yourself in limited-enrollment Honors courses created especially for students in English Studies. Attend a variety of lectures, readings, and discussion-oriented classes that encourage analytical thinking and effective communication. Tailor your academic experience to your interests while preparing for professional school, graduate programs, or diverse career paths.
Make lifelong connections and develop professional and career-oriented skills. Be a part of a community that fosters academic and personal growth. Attend campus, community, and/or national events and conferences that immerse you in the world of the humanities. English Honors courses, field trips, and events allow you to develop closer intellectual communication with faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars and authors.
In your final year as an English Honors student at Texas A&M University, you will have the freedom to choose a scholarly research or creative project. Under the guidance of an English faculty member, you will complete a two-semester thesis sequence. As a part of the thesis process, English Honors students may travel to complete archival research, write novels, or prepare presentations to present at undergraduate and national conferences.
Give back to the community that supports you by participating in group service projects. Participate in planning and carrying out service activities in the department, on campus, and in the community to foster a sense of responsibility and to gain professional experience in preparation for post-graduate life.