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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Honors Studies

The Honors College offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honors Studies. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Honors Studies may be used as preparation for careers in government service or as an opportunity to prepare for graduate or professional study in areas such as business, pre-med, pre-law, counseling, or social work. The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the B.A. in Honors Studies, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level and at least 30 of which must be honors hours. Students selecting this degree also choose an academic specialization.

Students are only eligible to pursue the B.A. in Honors Studies if they have been accepted into the Honors College. Only students in good standing with the Honors College qualify for graduation with the B.A. in Honors Studies.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Honors Studies must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

MAT 1073 (or higher) is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. One of the following courses (in an honors section) is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in World Society and Issues: ANT 2053, CSH 1213, HUM 2093, or IDS 2213.

Degree Requirements (78 semester credit hours)

  1. Honors Core Requirements. 3 semester credit hours selected from the following:
    (An honors section of one of these courses must be completed to receive credit for the major requirements.)

    ANT  2053  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    CSH  1213  Topics in World Cultures
    HUM  2093  World Religions
    IDS   2213  World Civilization since the Fifteenth Century

    Any of these courses may also be used to satisfy the World Society and Issues component of the Core Curriculum. If a course is used to satisfy both the Core and major requirements, 3 additional hours of elective credit must be completed.

  2. 21 semester credit hours of the major:

    1. Arts and Humanities Sequence. 6 semester credit hours selected from the following:

      HON  3233  Honors Seminar in Arts & Humanities

      AND

      3 semester credit hours selected from the following:

      HUM  3013  History of Ideas
      HUM  3023  The Medieval World
      HUM  3033  Renaissance Ideas
      HUM  3043  Classicism and Enlightenment
      HUM  3053  The Romantic Age
      HUM  3063  The Modern World

    2. Social and Behavioral Science Sequence. 6 semester credit hours selected from the following:

      HON  3223  Honors Seminar in Social & Behavioral Sciences

      AND

      3 semester credit hours selected from the following:
      (Depending on the social science course and concentration selected, students should verify with the Honors College Advising Office that core courses are used to meet prerequisites for upper-division coursework.)

      AAS  4013  Topics in African American Studies
      AMS  3343  Studies in Race and Ethnicity
      ANT  3603  Sex, Gender, and Culture
      POL  3083  Race and Ethnic Politics in the United States
      POL  3303  Race, Ethnicity and Public Policy
      SOC  3043  Race and Ethnic Relations

    3. Science and Mathematics Sequence. 6 semester credit hours selected from the following:

      HON  3253  Honors Seminar in the Sciences

      AND

      3 additional hours of Level Two science (This course and the two core science courses must come from at least two disciplines.)

    4. Language: (3 semester credit hours):

      3 semester credit hours in a foreign language at the 2023 level or above. (Students who are not prepared to take a foreign language at the 2023 level will need to use elective hours to complete lower-level courses in a foreign language.)

  3. Honors Service (3 semester credit hours):

    HON  2201  Honors Community Service (taken 3 times)
    or
    HON  4933  Honors Internship

  4. Honors Capstone Project (6 semester credit hours):

    HON  4993  Honors Capstone Project (taken twice in subsequent semesters)

  5. Honors Concentration (24 semester credit hours – 15 hours must be in upper-division courses)

    Designed in conjunction with an Honors Advisor and with the approval of the Dean of the Honors College.

    Student may “split” concentration into two areas (12 semester credit hours in each area with 6–9 hours in upper-division courses in each) with approval of the Dean of the Honors College.

  6. Elective Courses

    24 semester credit hours of electives to meet the 120 hour minimum, including 3 hours at the upper-division level for those who choose community service over the internship.

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Honors Studies

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Honors Studies degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the Honors College for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

B.A. in Honors Studies - Four-Year Academic Plan

FRESHMAN YEAR
Fall Spring
HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core)  3 CSH 1213 or IDS 2213 (Honors) (core & major) 3
WRC 1013 (core) 3 HIS 1043, 1053, or 2053 (core) 3
Foreign Language (2023 level or above) 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
Mathematics core (MAT 1073 or higher) 3 Free elective 3
Social & Behavioral Science core 3 Natural Sciences Level I core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15
SOPHOMORE YEAR
Fall Spring
POL 1013 (core) 3 POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3
Concentration course 3 Concentration course 3
Free elective 3 Free elective 3
Honors Community Service (HON 2201) 1 Honors Community Service (HON 2201) 1
Literature core 3 Science (Level II in the major) 3
Natural Sciences Level II core 3 World Society & Issues core or free elective 3
Total semester hours 16 Total semester hours 16
JUNIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
Concentration course 3 ECO 2003, 2013, or 2023 (core) 3
Concentration upper-division course 3 HUM 3013, 3023, 3033, 3043, 3053 or 3063 3
Honors Community Service (HON 2201) 1 Concentration upper-division course 3
Honors Seminar (Arts & Humanities) 3 Free elective 3
Visual & Performing Arts core 3 Honors Seminar (Social & Behavioral Science) 3
Total semester hours 13 Total semester hours 15
SENIOR YEAR
Fall Spring
AAS 4013, AMS 3343, ANT 2063, POL 3083, POL 3303 or SOC 3043 3 Concentration upper-division course 3
Concentration upper-division course 3 Free Elective 3
Concentration upper-division course 3 Free Elective 3
Honors Capstone Project (HON 4993) 3 Free elective (upper-division) 3
Honors Seminar (Natural Science) 3 Honors Capstone Project (HON 4993) 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15

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