Myths and History


Every year we discover that some talented students miss out on the TTU Honors Program. We’ve compiled a list of myths we’ve heard from these students. Take another look at Honors—we want to hear from you.

  1. I don't care about getting awards and belonging to special societies—it's so elitist.” 

The TTU Honors Program is a friendly community with students from many backgrounds.  It's not a weed-out program; Honors students help each other succeed.

       2.  “I’m going to be too busy. How would I fit it in?”

Almost all Honors classes substitute for those you already have to take. After Honors 1010, you can fulfill TTU’s core curriculum course requirements (such as history, literature, and chemistry) with Honors sections. You can choose Honors colloquia or directed studies for elective credit.

       3.   “The most important thing in college is taking the courses in my major, so that’s all I plan to do.”

No matter what your major, it’s important to find out how to succeed in your chosen career. Honors classes, advising, workshops, and conferences are among the benefits that support your coursework and future career decisions. Early registration helps you get courses on a schedule that fits your needs.

         4.  “There aren't many Honors courses offered in my major.”
Besides the Honors courses offered in core curriculum classes, you can also do an Honors contract: design a project with a professor to receive Honors credit for a regular class.

        5.  “In high school, I just worried about getting into college.  I'm not going to spend all my time   worrying about what comes next.”

Burnout from high school makes sense--that's why TTU Honors creates a different  kind of atmosphere for freshmen. Instead of competing, Honors students get to know each other and their professors. Big Sibs, the Honors Lounge, the freshman retreat, and tailored advising are a few ways Honors makes this an enjoyable freshman year.

       6.  “It just doesn't interest me.  What's the point?”
In Honors, there's something for almost everyone.  If there isn't, the Honors staff and students can help you design something new.  That's where most Honors activities come from: student questions and ideas.   So if you have a passion for something, Honors can help you personalize a path toward making that passion a part of your major, your career, your life.  We'll provide the experience and community.

        7.  “I'm looking forward to playing sports and joining a sorority.”
Many successful, involved Honors students play sports, belong to sororities and fraternities, serve in student government, and are active in organizations on and off campus.

        8.  “Someone told me you have to stay here on weekends to be in Honors.”
Like many TTU students, Honors students often go home on weekends. Honors offers weekend activities such as movies, picnics, and hiking, but only one event is required: a first-year Saturday retreat in September.

        9.  “I just wanted to make registration and my first semester as straightforward as possible. It seems so complicated.”
Even if you've already registered, it’s not too late to join Honors. Fill out an application, and add Honors 1010 to your fall schedule.  Come in and talk to us to find out more.

         10.  “I just can’t decide yet.”

If you’d like to try out Honors, take Honors 1010 in the fall. If you decide it’s not for you, no harm done. Honors might make all the difference for you.