May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

William H. and Joyce Attebury Honors Program


The mission of the William H. and Joyce Attebury Honors Program is to provide intense individualized support and enriched academic experiences for the most promising and motivated students at West Texas A&M University. Unique opportunities, in and out of the classroom, blend together to create an exciting honors undergraduate experience focused on leadership, scholarship and excellence. Honors students engage in enriched honors courses, seminars, programs, as well as campus activities designed to further develop the high achieving student’s intellectual, professional and personal potential.

Benefits and Opportunities

  • Engage in seminars unavailable to the general student body.
  • Travel abroad with Honors faculty led courses.
  • Network with honors students, faculty and campus administrators at Honors sponsored events.
  • Enroll in small honors core classes.
  • Peer connections.
  • Faculty Mentorships.
  • Honors space access.
  • Present at regional honors conferences.
  • Live in an Honors residence hall.
  • Priority registration.
  • Graduate with distinction as an Attebury Honors Scholar, receive an Honors medallion at commencement and receive an honors notation on the transcript.

Honors Admission Requirements

Incoming Freshman (High School Graduates)

  • 3.75 GPA.

Community College Transfer Students

  • 3.5 or better overall GPA on transfer hours.

West Texas A&M University Students

  • 15 or more hours at WTAMU with a GPA of 3.5 or better.

Variance from these requirements may be granted by the Attebury Honors Program Director, Dr. Carolyn Baum. Students desiring membership should complete the online application at

Honors Graduation Requirements

  • One hour - Honors I, (required first fall semester for incoming students).
  • Complete one of three personalized pathways that include various combinations of honors core courses, honors-only seminar courses, extended service-learning project, foreign language/study abroad, alternative experiences by petition.
  • 0-3 hours of Honors Senior Thesis/Capstone, HNRS 4393 or 4093.
  • Enroll in HNRS 2073 Honors Colloquia (0 credit) and attend at least one Colloquia event each long semester.
  • Presentation at a research conference OR completion of the resume and mock interview process with the Office of Career and Professional Development.
  • Maintain a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA with 3.0 or higher in all Honors required courses.
  • Continuous engagement in the Honors Program to graduation with a minimum of four long semesters required.

Each student will be advised by the Program Director, Dr. Carolyn Baum, to determine the best plan for individual goals.

For More Information


Attebury Honors Program
Killgore Research Center, Room 107
WTAMU Box 60247
Canyon, Texas 79016