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Honors Program

Cogito ex fidelia!

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? — Micah 6:8

God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may rule my people over whom I made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you.” — 2 Chronicles 1:11-12

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called. — Ephesians 4:1


Mission Statement Why You Should Apply
Message from the Chair Application Requirements
Curriculum Overview What to Expect
Program Characteristics Upcoming Seminars


Honors Program Mission Statement

The Honors Program is a supportive community of intellectually curious, creative, driven students of the highest integrity. As a community of scholars, these students engage in an academically rigorous, interdisciplinary, enriching curriculum in the pursuit of developing into Christian leaders for their country as participating citizens and in the world. The Honors Program curriculum is designed as a series of seminars each enrolling a small group of students (generally no more than 16) and facilitated by a faculty member. The program culminates in a senior Honors thesis providing the student opportunity for individual research and high-level critical thinking beyond the confines of a discipline-specific capstone experience.


Message from the Chair

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Your decision to investigate the Honors Program at Concordia University Texas is an excellent one. As part of the Honors Program community, you will provide yourself many opportunities to maximize your educational development, prepare yourself for practicing Christian leadership, fulfill your vocation, and achieve your personal and professional goals. I look forward to helping you enhance your educational opportunities as part of the Concordia community. If you have any questions regarding the Honors Program, feel free to e-mail me.

In Christian Leadership,

Matthew Bloom, Ph.D.


Curriculum Overview


  • Critical Thinking about Great Texts — entry course
  • Four Honors Seminars — one selected from each category
    • Categories: Individual, Other, Country, World
  • Senior Honors Thesis — culmination of inquiry and learning in the Honors Program

Project spread over two semesters allowing potential for interdisciplinary studies


Characteristics of the Honors Program

  • Built around the theme of community and communities
  • Seminars with significant amounts of relevant reading and writing
  • Small group discussion based learning
  • Opportunities to express and justify your opinions and question the world around you
  • Chances to build relationships with peers and professors
  • Opportunity to think and learn beyond major courses and general education courses
  • Unique seminar topics
  • Flexibility to explore a variety of topics
  • Preparation for presenting information during career following college


Why you should apply to the Honors Program


  • Honors Program distinction on academic transcript and  at commencement ceremony
  • Priority registration before other students 
  • Potential for Honors Program scholarships
  • Special advising
  • Small group discussions with invited speakers
  • Expert guidance for students applying for post-undergraduate academic programs (Fulbright, Lilly Fellows, Marshall, etc.)
  • Participation in co-curricular Honors Program activities and meals


Application Requirements

To apply to become a member of the Honors Program, you must be first accepted into the University. Visit the Admissions website to learn more.

For more information on the Honors Program application process or to begin the process, talk to your admissions counselor or contact Dr. Bloom.

Incoming Freshmen

Continuing and Transfer Students

HS GPA 3.5 on 4.0 scale

SAT / ACT scores 1760/26

Formal application form

Statement of Purpose

HS faculty / employer recommendation

Reaction essay to community-themed prompt

Reaction essay to "creative thinking" scenario

College GPA 3.5

Formal application form

Statement of Purpose

Faculty recommendation

Reaction essay to community-themed prompt

Reaction essay to "creative thinking" scenario 

To continue in the Honors Program, a student needs to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and at least a 3.50 GPA in Honors Program seminars.


What to expect in different honors seminars

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Critical Thinking about Great Texts will allow the student to analyze and discuss selected important texts from the Western tradition and significant texts from non-Western traditions. This course also introduces students to the intellectual rigor, components, and community of the CTX Honors Program.

Honors Individual Seminars will allow the student to consider and reflect upon physical, emotional, intellectual, and/or spiritual aspects of his or her individual identity and to contemplate how his or her vocation can be utilized fully in various communities.

Honors Other Seminars will allow the student to examine and reflect upon experiences and cultural norms of groups and intergroup dynamics of diverse communities and to consider how people act to fulfill their vocations within communities.

Honors Country Seminars will allow the student to analyze and reflect upon the origin, development, and impact of political, social, religious, economic, cultural and natural phenomena in the United States to enable her or him to be a participating citizen within the nation.

Honors World Seminars will allow the student to assess and reflect upon the dynamics and interactions of the origin, development, and impact of political, social, religious, economic, cultural and natural phenomena in a variety of locations and regions around the world in order to enable her or him to participate within the global community.


Upcoming Honors Program Seminars

Subject to change!

Fall 2015

Critical Thinking about Great Texts

Literature of Diversity (Other)

Spring 2016

Critical Thinking about Great Texts

Great Speeches and Speechmakers (Individual)

Twain's America (Country)

Food and Drink in World History (World)


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