The Honors College is a Christian community of learning in pursuit of wisdom. The Honors College challenges academically talented, community-oriented and highly motivated students to engage their college experience in a way that seeks intentional intellectual, social, and spiritual formation. Honors College students ask the kinds of big questions that connect their majors to issues of vocation and place as they explore together what it means to undertake – in their own particular locations – the significant work of participating in God’s restorative plan in every facet of their life and work.
Honors College students pursue these challenging ideas within an active learning environment that fosters ingenuity in independent and collective problem solving. Interdisciplinary work, critical thinking, and creativity are the norm, and these habits of thought enable students to relate faith, living, and learning to experiential practice. This work is rigorously intellectual and intentionally formational, aimed at the development of the whole person.
Participation in and completion of the Honors College program requires no additional fees and the College is available to qualified students regardless of their chosen major.
Honors students complete a shared common core that focuses on issues of vocation and place as well as a variety of Honors electives. This course of study is comprised of 19 credits (12 credits of common core; 1 three-hour general education elective; 4 one-hour Honors seminars taken during the Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years). Honors students are not limited to these credits and may take as many Honors courses as they wish.
The Honors experience is specifically tailored for students in the School of Engineering through an Honors Engineering Track. This track requires a total of 27 hours of Honors courses and seminars (12 credits of common core, 3 one-hour Honors Seminars, and 12 hours of Honors Engineering courses). During the freshman year, students will be enrolled in the Honors Intro to Engineering Practice II course (Civil Engineering students will take an alternative course). All other Engineering courses taken for Honors credit will be selected by the student and the teaching faculty, giving students the opportunity for mentored research and greater hands on work with significant projects.
All Common Core Honors courses meet General Education requirements that are necessary for all LeTourneau students. The Honors College student and his or her academic advisor will choose from honors courses offered each semester.
Upon completion of the Honors College, student diplomas will reflect this achievement, and students will be recognized at commencement. Additionally, the students' permanent academic records at LeTourneau University will reflect participation in the Honors College.
In addition to the academic requirements, Honors College students participate in various social events and service opportunities. All first-year Honors students are required to live in the Honors Commons, in Davis Hall, fostering a rich sense of community and accountability.
A select number of students are admitted to the College each fall. The selection process is competitive, considering outstanding academic achievement and community involvement, as well as potential for future academic achievement and community involvement. Applicants should enjoy thinking deeply about ideas and participating in lively classroom discussions. Those who would enjoy such a program are invited to apply, at www.letu.edu/honors. Contact: Aaron Kuecker, Director of the Honors College LeTourneau University, P.O. Box 7001, Longview, TX 75607-7001. Telephone: 903-233-4396; Fax: 903-233-3376; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org