College FAQ

As an Honors student, do I have to take a lot of extra classes to fulfill the Lower-Division Honors requirements?
No. The classes that you take to fulfill Lower-Division Honors requirements, including Cultural Visions courses, usually fulfill requirements for the TCU Core Curriculum and/or your major or minor.

How many Honors classes will I take each semester?
It depends on a number of factors, but on average, you will take 1-2 Honors classes per semester.

How many Honors classes do I need to take to complete Lower-Division Honors?
You need to fulfill five requirements to complete Lower-Division Honors; this includes two Honors Cultural Visions courses (or study abroad) and three Honors Electives.

Does the Honors curriculum fit well with any major?
Yes, the Honors curriculum can fit with any of TCU’s majors. Academic advisors in your major area and in the Honors College can assist you in creating an academic plan that incorporates the Honors requirements.

How are Honors classes different from other classes?
Honors classes are usually smaller than non-Honors classes, which fosters a higher level of discussion and professor-student interaction.

Honors students have said the following about Honors classes:

“In Honors classes, you are able to surround yourself with other dedicated students from a wide variety of majors and backgrounds. This atmosphere fosters hard work and new ideas.”

“Honors classes demand more from you intellectually than a normal class, but it doesn’t feel like more work because it’s very interesting and rewarding. Expect to be treated like an adult and impress even yourself with the quality of work you can produce.”

“Honors classes involve approaching the concepts on a deeper level. We are asked to participate, think, and develop our own understanding of the subject, and how it relates to the past, present, and future.”

“Honors classes are:

-Personal. You get to really know your professor and classmates.

-Useful. What you learn is applicable to situations in the real world, outside the classroom.

-Fun. They are classes that you look forward to.

-When you are surrounded by a professor who loves to teach and fellow students who love to learn, it makes learning a really genuine and enjoyable experience.”

Are there additional ways, besides taking Honors classes, that I can fulfill Lower-Division Honors requirements?
Yes. You can earn one Honors Elective by having an AP exam score of 5 or IB HL score of 7. You can earn one Honors Elective by contracting with a professor in a non-Honors class.

You can fulfill Honors Cultural Visions requirements by participating in an approved study abroad program. A summer study abroad program fulfills one Cultural Visions requirement; a fall or spring program fulfills two Cultural Visions requirements. Summer Honors Abroad trips (e.g., Cultural Routes, Cultural Pathways, Cultural Pilgrimages, etc.) fulfill one Cultural Visions requirement.

When selecting Lower-Division Honors courses, do I have a lot of choices?
Yes. We offer Lower-Division Honors courses in many different disciplines, including Biology, Economics, Political Science, Music, Theatre, English, and Business, among others.

What are the GPA requirements to remain a member of the Honors College?
To remain a member of the Honors College, students must meet these minimum cumulative GPA requirements:

  • End of first year     3.000 minimum
  • End of second year     3.250 minimum
  • End of third year     3.400 minimum
  • End of fourth year     3.500 minimum

To complete Upper-Division Honors and to graduate as an Honors Laureate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.500.

By when must I complete Lower-Division Honors requirements?
Many students complete Lower-Division requirements by the end of their second year; however, the timeline is flexible, depending upon each student’s situation. Some students take their final Lower-Division Honors course during their third year or even fourth year.

Regarding Upper-Division Honors, what are my options?
You may pursue either University Honors or Departmental Honors, or both. To complete University Honors, students take three Honors Colloquia (9 hours). To complete Departmental Honors, students undertake a research or creative project and write an Honors Thesis in their major discipline under the guidance of a faculty committee.

When do I begin Upper-Division Honors?
Students pursuing University Honors usually begin in the fall of their third year. Students pursuing Departmental Honors usually begin in the spring of their third year. These timelines are flexible, depending on each student’s situation.

If I am a member of the John V. Roach Honors College, will I have time to be involved on campus?
Yes! In fact, many Honors students are highly involved on the TCU campus. For example, Honors students are Orientation Leaders/Directors, Frog Camp Facilitators/Directors, Connections Mentors, student athletes, cheerleaders, Showgirls, TCU Marching Band members, resident assistants, TCU Ambassadors, sorority/fraternity members, Student Foundation members, and Student Government Association members/officers, to name a few!

John V. Roach Honors College
2855 Main Drive
Scharbauer Hall 1016

John V. Roach Honors College
TCU BOX 297022
Fort Worth, TX 76129