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The Honors College recognizes the wide range of experiences people gain while serving in the armed forces. We invite you to share your perspective by joining the Honors College. For information on how honors courses will count toward your degree, please email to schedule an advising appointment.

Below are some of the comments of former veteran students about their experiences, as well as examples of courses that might be of interest to veterans.

Victor Templer at NCHC
Victor Templer at NCHC

Victor Templer, Anthropology major with a minor in Honors Studies

Victor has completed his Honors thesis, Operation Iraqi Freedom Two: March 2004 to March 2005, a memoir detailing his service in Iraq. In 2014, he delivered a presentation, "Removing Obstacles for Veterans to Climb to Success," at the National Collegiate Honors Council.  

Blake McIntyre, International Studies major with a concentration in International Business

Picture of Blake McIntyre in fatigues
Blake in his military life

Blake has taken the following Honors courses at Texas State so far - "Is this Really Math? Graph Theory and Its Applications," "Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Teambuilding," and "Preserving Humanity in the Face of Conflict: The War Story Genre"

He writes, "The Honors College has added tremendous value to my education at no additional cost. All of my classes have been engaging and improved my critical thinking skills. It is one of the main reasons I have stayed in school. They have been very open and inviting to our campus veterans and have created a comfortable learning environment. I encourage anyone interested to try the classes."

Santo Randazzo, History and English with a Creative Writing emphasis major, Fall 2011

Santo Randazzo at graduation
Santo at graduation

Santo graduated with his bachelor's degree and double major in Fall 2011.  He transferred from San Antonio College and his Honors courses at Texas State included  "Graphic Novel: Form and Practice" and "Teaching Poetry to Children" as well as independent study and a thesis.   His thesis is a collection of short stories entitled "Shoes:  A Collection of Five Allegories".  His graduation picture shows both his Honors medallion and his cords signifying his status as a veteran.

HON 3395P Preserving Humanity in the Face of Conflict: The War Story Genre

Tim O'Brien in baseball cap
Author Tim O'Brien

This class debuted in Spring 2012 and is taught by Professor Stephanie Noll from the Department of English.  The class examines the human impact of several global conflicts that have occured over the past forty years. Readings included the work of author Tim O'Brien who visited the class. Honors classes change every semester, but we hope this class will be repeated regularly in the future. 

The Combat Paper Project Documentary Video

By Malachi Muncy

Below is a video by a veteran Texas State student about an important collaboration between the Honors College, Veterans Alliance at Texas State and the artists of the Combat Paper Project.  Although the gallery exhibit in Honors has changed, many of the pieces made by veterans at Texas State are now in the student organization space of the Veterans Alliance student group.