Honors in English

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The English Department offers its outstanding students the opportunity to pursue Department Honors through advanced study and close faculty mentorship in major courses. To earn Honors, a student must:

  1. Maintain a 3.5 grade point average in both major work and support work as well as a 3.25 overall grade point average. Grade point average requirements apply to both transfer and courses taken at UTSA.
  2. Take and successfully complete three Honors-designated English classes with a grade of B or better. Any upper-division English class may be designated as Honors pending student petition and approval of the individual instructor. Honors designations involve additional coursework and faculty mentoring.
  3. Before graduating, submit for approval from the Department Scholarship and Honors Committee a portfolio containing (a) three substantial papers (totaling a minimum of 25 pages) and (b) a critical statement (5 to 8 pages). The substantial papers, at least two of which must be written for Honors-designated English courses, may be revised and edited for submission. The critical statement should assess the papers’ contribution to the student’s goals as an English major seeking Honors. Both the substantial papers and critical statement will be evaluated in terms of research, analysis, eloquence, and command of subject.

Students interested in pursuing Honors may contact the Honors Coordinator for further information.

Honors Contracts should be completed and signed, and a hard copy provided to the English Department (MB 2.314), on or before Census Date each semester.


Portfolio Information

Portfolio Deadlines for 2019-2020:

  • Fall 2019: Friday, November 22
  • Spring 2020: Friday, April 10

Portfolios should be submitted to the honors coordinator as a single, combined PDF document with the critical statement appearing first, followed by the three substantial papers appearing in the order of your choice. All papers should be clean copies; no instructor feedback or evaluative remarks should be included. Please be sure the email includes an appropriate subject line.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Paul Ardoin
Honors Coordinator

Mailing address:
UTSA English Department Honors
Department of English
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249


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