Academics

Curriculum

Texas Academy students take classes from university professors, receiving an education far superior to that found in high school, in both instruction and curriculum. Moreover, the students are offered--perhaps for the first time--an education that matches their intelligence. While a traditional liberal arts education is emphasized, students also benefit from Lamar's noted mathematics, science and engineering departments.

In order to complete the program, students are immersed in demanding academic work in English, mathematics, modern languages, history and the fine arts. In addition to the core curriculum, students are required to master additional coursework, including a humanities seminar and topical research on an ethical issue that culminates in a capstone presentation.

Ethical Issues and Futurism

The Ethical Issues and Futurism projects ask students to work collaboratively outside of their formal academic courses to consider the most pressing issues in our society today and to propose solutions to those dilemmas. The Ethical Issues and Futurism programs are an integral part of the TALH experience and provide students with the opportunity to learn and practice the skills of leadership.

Humanities

The humanities are those fields of study whose perspective and purpose involve human constructs. Traditionally, those fields include literature, music, philosophy and history. Integral to the philosophy that informs the Academy's mission is that the humanities serve an indispensable purpose in our society. The word "humanities" is derived from the Latin humanitas meaning human nature, compassion, and kindness. Renaissance thinkers contributed "courage" and "resolve" to a broadened understanding of the term. TALH students are charged to step down from the classroom and engage their society as compassionate citizens - to improve it. We challenge our students to extol and practice virtue in their lives as students and, upon graduation, as active citizens.

TALH Humanities Seminars

Though the Texas Academy's principal purpose is academic, its focus on the humanities uniquely widens the program's identity to embrace service to community as a guiding ideal for human civilization. Seminar topics for first year students include motif and relationship; metaphor and transcendence; the nature of the aesthetic experience; objectivity vs. subjectivity; and freedom vs. control. Second-year seminar students will discuss a variety of topics including representative democracy, the responsibilities that attend democratic citizens, the intellectual origins of America, and the relationship between the cultural movement of Romanticism and the emergence of an American ethos. Students focus on these topics in literature and film, with additional attention to other artistic media.