Honors Programs

The Honors College offers students the opportunity to participate in a number of different programs to further expand knowledge, especially in the realms of professional development, leadership development, and public service. Special programs are fully integrated into the Honors College curriculum, making credit transfer simple and ensuring that students are working toward Honors requirements.

College-Based Honors Programs

UTSA Colleges in Business, Engineering, and Sciences offer Honors programs that can be completed alongside your Honors College requirements. Learn about how you can join these programs and how they count toward becoming an Honors College Graduate with Distinction.


The UTSA Citymester Program is a student engagement initiative developed by the Honors College through which UTSA and community partners work together to educate our future leaders using internships, service-learning projects, and networking opportunities. Students will work with non-profits, businesses, and other agencies in San Antonio to gain valuable career skills to supplement their UTSA education.  

Legislative Scholars

Legislative Scholars is a collaborative initiative between Texas State Representative Ruth Jones McClendon and The University of Texas at San Antonio. Coordinated by the UTSA Honors College, the program provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to serve as interns in the Texas House of Representatives during regular legislative sessions.

Archer Fellowship

Students on the Archer Fellowship Program spend one semester in Washington D.C. doing an internship at various government institutions, non-profits, and other organizations.

Study Abroad

The Honors Collge offers yearly study abroad opportunities in Costa Rica, Japan, and Mexico. Learn more about our signature programs, scholarships, and how study abroad can be part of your Honors experience.  

Philosophy and Literature Circle

Each semester, the Philosophy and Literature Circle allows students the opportunity to explore the transformative possibilities of a humanities and liberal arts education with incarcerated participants at Dominguez State Jail in San Antonio.

Students and Startups

Students and Startups is a summer program that connects students with companies, creating value for the San Antonio economy and its growing startup scene.


The NIH/Federally-funded UTSA ESTEEMED (Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity) Program helps freshman and sophomore-level trainees develop as scholars and scientists. All students who become a part of ESTEEMED receive Honors College membership.  

APPEX Sciences Research Training Program

The NIH/Federally-funded APPEX (Academic Personal and Professional Excellence) is an NIH/Federally-funded Program that helps entering first-year students in Biology, Chemistry or Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology, Neuroscience, Physics, and Math to pursue research careers. All students who become a part of APPEX receive Honors College membership.