About Honors

Who We Are

Since 1967, the Honors College has provided a community for students from all majors who are looking for a challenge. Students who join the Honors College take small, seminar-style classes where they discuss ideas and raise questions stimulated by reading, field trips, and campus research. Faculty members, regardless of home department, view their Honors courses as laboratories to experiment with research and teaching. As an academic college, we encourage this perspective in both faculty and students, as it aligns with our aim to promote interdisciplinary inquiry, curiosity, creativity, and a lifelong love of learning.

Lampasas Hall and the Vaquero

Academics Teaching & Learning is at Honors' Core

Learn about the academic experience in the Honors College
Mural in the Honors Multicultural Lounge

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

The Honors College has long maintained a commitment to promoting both diversity and inclusion, while working toward ending inequality in our country. We do not tolerate racism, prejudice, hatred, or violence in any form. Learn about some of our initiatives below.

Our History

Emmie Craddock

In 1966, history professor Dr. Emmie Craddock (pictured right) first presented the idea of our Honors College to the Committee for the Program for Gifted Students at Southwest Texas State College.  By 1967, the University established the General Honors Program which initially only offered two courses. Out of the initial 55 applicants 36 were accepted. 25 of these students came from Liberal and Fine Arts, 18 from Science, 8 from Applied Arts, and 4 from Education. Over the years the Honors Program would grow in both courses and applicants.

The Location of the Honors College


The Honors College is located in the historic Lampasas Hall, next to Old Main. Built in 1912 as the manual art building, Lampasas Hall formerly housed the Department of Art & Design.

The space the Honors College occupies in Lampasas includes classrooms, a computer labs, offices, the Multicultural Lounge & Earl Moseley, Jr. Black Students' Resource Library, and the Honors Coffee Forum. The Honors Coffee Forum houses the Gallery of the Common Experience, which hosts a changing art exhibit each term.