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Honors Program Director's Welcome Message

Dr. Craig Nakashian, University Honors Program Director

Welcome to the Texas A&M University-Texarkana Academic Honors Program! 

Entry into the Honors program recognizes your academic achievements and ambitions, but also gives you opportunities to enhance your education in meaningful and interesting ways.  These will take the form of dedicated Honors courses with your fellow Honors students, individual projects done hand-in-hand with faculty members, and co-curricular activities planned and executed by the members of the Honors program.  

Honors courses are built around a dedication to interdisciplinary learning, a focus on student engagement, and student-centered teaching.  Students will be expected and encouraged to be active learners, engaging in undergraduate research, and working closely with faculty in developing new and exciting educational projects in a small class environment.  

The Honors program also gives students the opportunity to develop leadership skills both professionally and personally.  All new Honors students are also automatically part of the Honors Program Student Union, which will play an important role in governance of the program, as well as planning for future activities and courses.  Students take the lead on developing topics and speakers for the monthly colloquia, in building our Honors Program Annual Conference, and I envision student input into the creation of new Honors courses.  

Being a member of the Honors program is a mark of distinction, and it shows potential employers and others that you are the kind of student who goes above and beyond what is expected.  You will demonstrate that you are a motivated, ambitious, and creative person willing to accept challenges to overcome. 

This is a very exciting time at Texas A&M- Texarkana, and our Honors program is no exception.  We have an excellent foundation from our founding Director (Dr. Doug Julien), and I am pleased to be able to build off of what he created.  Please look through our website, and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.


Craig M Nakashian

Director of the Academic Honors Program


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  • Texarkana, TX 75503
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