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Laurel Honors House

students in front of Laurel Hall


Located in Laurel Hall, Laurel Honors House is open to any student (regardless of major) who has been accepted to the Honors College. Check the Honors website for details and application instructions.

Students in Laurel Honors House take the following courses together in the fall semester:

Honors University Seminar 1100 (a required course), and a 3 credit-hour or 4 credit-hour Honors course of your choice.  

Student Spotlight

Andy Gombac

Andy is a Civil Engineering Technology major from Sugar Land

How did the LLC help you transition from your hometown to Texas State? Living in the Laurel Honors House allowed me to quickly establish a friend group amongst the other Honors students.

What has been your favorite academic thing about the LLC thus far? Being in the Honors LLC, it has been really easy to collaborate with other students who are taking the classes as me. It makes it really easy to study for tests and quizzes without having to extend myself too much.

What do you like about your LLC in general? While Laurel is a small community, it is very active. There are always people to hang out with, and the community is very welcoming. My relationships in the LLC have helped my communication with my roommate, my family, and have given me good time management skills.

Who is your favorite professor and why? Jordan Morille for Intro to Fine Arts. He was very engaging, encouraging, and very accommodating for our academic needs. He really got me interested in other Honors classes.



Louie Dean Valencia-García

Louie Valencia

Dr. Louie Dean Valencia is the faculty member-in-residence for Laurel Honors House. Dr. Valencia is an Assistant Professor of Digital History and a graduate of the Honors College at Texas State University. He earned his PhD from Fordham University in New York City, has taught at Harvard University, directed the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University, and is a Research Editor for EuropeNow, the journal of the Council for European Studies at Columbia University. He loves to write, draw, read, swim, drinks massive amounts coffee, and is a rare book collector. In particular, he enjoys talking to students about their plans to graduate in honors, internship and research strategies, preparations for graduate school, and everything from super-hero television series to contemporary social issues. He can regularly be spotted at Taylor-Murphy hall, Commons hall, the Honors Coffee Forum, or Jo’s Cafe.

Office: TMH 226

Out of Class Events

Students in the Laurel Honors House have enjoyed attending Texas State theater productions, night time trips to the Texas State observatory, getting tips on the Honors thesis, the ropes course at University Camp, midnight floats on the San Marcos River, attending the Undergraduate Research Conference, Dean's List receptions, improv comedy, slam poetry, getting involved in the Honors Student Association, ultimate frisbee, and more.

student group at performing arts center

attending a performance of "Evita"

students studying in lobby

Lobby Life

big group of students on stage at Evans liberal arts building

2018 LLC Orientation

group of students holding up "Honors" signs

Throw Back: Butler hall days

group of students in Laurel lobby
students at long table in dining hall

Dinner with Dr. Burns

students with shovels

Bobcat Build

students in front of performing arts center

attending a performance of "Rent"

students on floor painting


students in front of Laurel hall


students listening to guest speaker in lobby
students on hike

hiking trip

students in Laurel lobby


group of students in Laurel lobby

with Dr. Galloway, Dean of the Honors College

student group

Dr. Peter Tschirhart and Dr. Brian Smith: "How to Make Music if you (Think You Can’t) Sing