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W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program

The W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program experience is one that offers students both exceptional academic and extracurricular opportunities. These opportunities are designed for students (of all majors) who are intellectually curious, capable, and interested in making the most of their time at Huston-Tillotson University. The staff members of the DuBois Honors Program are dedicated to assisting students achieve their academic and personal goals.

 
 

Benefits and Opportunities

There are several benefits associated with being a DuBois Scholar. Students who have completed the program have commented that they made many new friends, derived a sense of accomplishment far beyond their dreams, and gained a global perspective on issues. Below are just a few examples of the benefits provided to DuBois Scholars.

  • Specialized honors courses that will challenge one’s intellect
  • Fellowship with a diverse community of DuBois Scholars from all parts of the globe
  • Annual fall semester and spring semester retreats to Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio
  • DuBois Honors Program receptions, cultural events, and educational seminars
  • Participation in the Annual Honors Colloquium
  • Connection with local and national internship programs, fellowships, and competitions
  • A renewable scholarship for four academic years

 

If you are a student who has excelled academically in high school, we invite you to learn more about the Honors program. If you are a student who wants to embrace the myriad of opportunities to challenge your intellect, to develop your critical thinking and leadership skills, and to cultivate an appreciation for life-long learning, then the W.E.B. DuBois Program may be the program for you.

 

Admission Requirements

New HT Students: Students who have graduated from high school no more than one year prior to the date of application are eligible for admission to the DuBois Honors Program. Admission is determined by the following:

  • Examination scores from SAT (combined 1,000 on Math and Reading) or ACT (22)
  • High school transcripts (3.5 GPA)
  • Letter of recommendation from high school teachers or counselor
  • Writing sample
  • Telephone interview

Membership in the Honors Program is limited to twenty (20) first-year students.

Sophomore-level Entry: Highly qualified non-transfer students are invited to apply for the Honors Program at the end of their freshman year. These students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and must have completed at least 30 semester credit hours from HT.

Membership in the Honors Program is limited to five (5) from this group.

To Remain in Good Standing: Students who have been accepted as members of the W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 to remain in the program. Also, they must take a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester. In addition, DuBois Scholars may not earn a failing grade (“F”) in any course and remain in the program.

Honors Courses

Each DuBois Scholar will receive personalized academic advisement and guidance from Honors Program staff regarding course selection. DuBois Scholars are required to complete the following Honors courses:

  1. UNIV 102H – College 101 (college orientation)
  2. Six Courses from the following list
  • CSC103H – Introduction to Computers
  • ENG113H – Introduction to College Composition
  • ENG123H – College Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENG223H or ENG243 – Sophomore level Literature course
  • HIS113H – Introduction to the African-American Experience
  • HIS213H – United States History I
  • PHI213H – Philosophy and Ethics
  • PSC113H – United States Federal Government

 

 

First inaugurated during the 2003-2004 academic year, the W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program at Huston-Tillotson University is named for Dr. DuBois (1868-1963), a brilliant African American sociologist, historian, civil rights advocate, and intellectual of the twentieth century. Each year, the Honors Program recruits approximately 20 academically gifted first-year students whose high school accomplishments indicate their intellectual ability, level of motivation, and leadership potential. The Honors Program offers students a unique opportunity to enrich their education at Huston-Tillotson University through honors courses, specialized seminars and lectures, networking-mentorship opportunities, and cultural events.

Gallery of Past W.E.B. Dubois Scholars and Services