Honors Program

Website: Honors Program

Application: Apply to UIW Honors Program at ApplyTexas or Coalition for College

Honors Program Overview

The Honors Program at the University of the Incarnate Word offers intellectually gifted, academically talented, and community-minded individuals a customized and purposeful programs. With the university's mission as the program's philosophical foundation, the concept of social justice, a synthesis of knowledge and faith, and community service are woven throughout the honors curriculum and co-curricular programming. The program provides a training ground for future leaders, helping them to prepare academically, professionally, and personally for the next phase of their lives after the baccalaureate degree.

The Honors Program provides for the development of future leaders within the community. Participation aims to provide these student outcomes:

  1. Develop the whole person.

  2. Cultivate leaders.

  3. Nurture conscientious citizens of the world.

  4. Foster the discovery of truth.

  5. Encourage students to create a personal synthesis of their knowledge and faith.

  6. Promote life-long learning.

Honors Admissions Requirements

Incoming Freshmen

Incoming first-year students and transfer students interested in applying to the UIW Honors Program must meet the following standards:

  • Have a minimum of high school or college cumulative GPA of 3.5.

  • Have a minimum combined SAT score (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math) of 1220 and/or ACT composite of no less than 26; the minimum SAT Math test score is 550. The minimum SAT EBRW score is 570 and the minimum individual ACT test score is 22.

  • Show evidence of leadership and concern for the common good.

Transfer Students

  • Have a cumulative college GPA of 3.5.

Current UIW Students

  • Have a cumulative college GPA of 3.25, if apply during the freshman or

  • Have a cumulative college GPA of 3.35, if apply during the sophomore year.

The UIW Honors Program has three areas of concentration: curriculum, scholarship, and self-development. Students must meet a minimum number of points in each area and must earn a minimum of 20 Honors points in order to graduate from the Honors Program. Contact the Honors Program office for details at HonorsProgram@uiwtx.edu.

Coursework and Program Requirements

Students will complete a minimum of 10 points in curriculum through the selection of six credit hours of required Honors courses and at least six credit hours of Honors elective courses. Students may supplement curriculum points through approved contract courses. Each Honors course is worth two points. Additionally, students will complete a minimum of one point in scholarship and a minimum of two points in the area of self-development. Students must earn a total of 20 Honors points to graduate with University Honors.


 Curriculum 10 points  Each Honors course is worth 2 points 
 Scholarship 1 point  Points are offered for a variety of research activities including presentations, performance, and publications 
 Self-Development 2 points  Points are also offered for service, leadership, internship, study abroad, and reflection/integration activities.

Students in the Honors Program are expected to maintain a full-time course load and a minimum grade point average of 3.5. Honors students also attend co-curricular events in the areas of service, cultural, and academic presentations as well as monthly Honors Program meetings. More information regarding the Honors Program can be obtained at https://my.uiw.edu/honors or from the Honors Program Director at HonorsProgram@uiwtx.edu or 210-832-3211.

Required Honors Courses

Honors students are expected to complete a minimum of four Honors courses plus additional elective or contract courses to meet a minimum requirement of ten points. In addition to the HONP 1110 Introduction to Honors Program course, two courses are required of every Honors student.

ENGL 1312HComposition II Honors


PHIL 1381HThe Intellectual Quest



RELS 1327HTheological Anthropology


Total Credit Hours:6

Transfer students and late-entering UIW students may substitute an upper-level Honors Philosophy or Religious Studies course if they already have the comparable 1000-level courses completed.

Elective Honors Courses

Select 6 credit hours from this list of courses.
PSYC 1301HIntroduction to Psychology


HIST 3310HInquiries into the Modern World


GOVT 4310H/PHIL 4310H/SOCI 4310HSocial and Political Thought


MATH 2303HIntroduction to Probability and Statistics Honors


RELS 3381HChristianity and Global Justice



PHIL 3375H/ARTH 3375HThe Aesthetic Quest



ARTH 3375HThe Aesthetic Quest



HONP 41RCHHonors Senior Project



HONP 43RCHHonors Senior Project


Total Credit Hours:6

Students may contract with a professor to complete additional work in a non-Honors course in order to convert that course into an Honors course. Students may also complete an equivalent Honors research course offered by their major discipline.


Students must complete a minimum of two points in this area which will be fulfilled by participating in approved leadership activities, completion of an internship program, demonstrating a commitment to service, study abroad, and writing a summative paper reflecting on their experience in the Honors Program.


Students must complete a minimum of one point in this area. A variety of options are available to meet this goal including conducting research with a faculty member or an independent research/creative project, participating in summer research programs, engaging in public presentations or creative performances, and publishing in a scholarly journal.