Academics

TALH students sitting in a classroom

As a TALH student, you will take classes from university professors, receiving an education far superior to that found in high school in both instruction and curriculum. While a traditional liberal arts education is emphasized, you will also benefit from Lamar's noted mathematics, science and engineering departments.

You will be immersed in demanding academic work in English, mathematics, modern languages, history and the fine arts. In addition to the core curriculum, which is listed on the academic policies catalog page, you will benefit from a humanities seminar and topical research on an ethical issue that culminates in a capstone presentation.

Ethical Issues and Futurism Projects – This project encourages you to work together with other students outside of formal academic courses to consider the most pressing issues in our society today and to propose solutions to those dilemmas. These programs are an integral part of the TALH experience and provide you with the opportunity to learn and practice the skills of leadership.

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. You will focus on these topics in literature and film with additional attention to other artistic media.