HP ShieldThe Honors Program at Prairie View A&M University is a four-year interdisciplinary course of study designed to produce future global leaders. This academic program concentrates on the development of intellectual curiosity and offers a comprehensive honors curriculum to cultivate critical thinking, active learning, and stellar leadership skills.

The primary objective of this program is to provide a variety of scholarly activities and advanced courses for outstanding undergraduate students who value and seek rigorous academic challenges. To achieve this goal, Honors courses are designed to stimulate intellectual exchanges in small seminar classes, where students learn how to refine a range of academic skills and talents.

The development of a philosophical habit of mind, academic training, historical consciousness, and an aggressive pursuit of knowledge in all disciplines is the basis of an Honors program. Only the most committed and talented professors at Prairie View A&M University will teach Honors courses with the intent to create a shared dialogue among students majoring in: education, engineering, natural sciences, architecture, nursing, agriculture, arts and humanities, behavioral sciences, business, juvenile justice, communications, as well as other majors offered at the university. Every Honors student is encouraged to learn one or more of the foreign languages offered in the program: Chinese or Arabic. The importance of learning and applying foreign language skills to any academic discipline will substantially enhance the overall educational background and future of each student. Hence, an emphasis on study abroad opportunities is also a major expectation for each student in this program. Specifically, the development of a Chinese and Arabic Language Center at Prairie View A&M University will be the first of its kind among Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs) in Texas and the U.S. These language skills will provide students with possible internships and careers with international institutions such as: the International Rescue Committee, World Bank, United Nations, Care International, Africare, the Institute For International Public Policy, the U.S. Peace Corps, and Unicef.


Honors students have studied Chinese for one year at Prairie View A&M University; 2% have studied Arabic for 1 year.


Honors students graduate with honors in 4 years and immediately attend professional and graduate programs.


Honors students have studied advanced Chinese at Xi’an International Studies University in Xian China.


In addition to China, Honors students have also traveled to Ghana, South Africa, Morocco, Italy, Costa Rica, and Cuba.