All Honors courses are unique and exclusive to those accepted into the Honors Program at Western Washington University.
During their first year, Honors students take a year-long sequence (one course each quarter) that includes Honors 103, 104, and 105 or 106. Students take either Honors 105 or Honors 106 during Spring Quarter of their first year.
Lower Division Colloquia
What does “colloquia” mean? Colloquium is from the Latin verb loqui, meaning “to talk or speak.” Our colloquia offer students the opportunity to satisfy General University Requirements (GUR’s) in an intimate Honors setting. Rather than sitting in a lecture hall with 150+ students for an introductory-level course, students can take equivalent courses with a fraction of that number of students – typically between 20-30 students.
Two Honors colloquia are required. These 200-level classes are offered each year in areas such as psychology, philosophy, and mathematics. Students may count any of Math 134, 135, 138, Chemistry 175, 176, or 225 in lieu of one colloquium.
Upper Division Seminars
Two Honors seminars are required. Seminars are 300-level courses and are offered in an array of fields that change each year. Click below to see what seminars are currently being offered.
An Honors Senior Project is required for graduation through the Honors Program. This is concentrated work in a student’s major field or another field. It is not unusual for a student to be engaged in Senior Project work before their final year. Students may take HNRS 390 — Capstone Project Preparation (1 cr), in their penultimate year, to plan the work, and then HNRS 490 — Senior Project (1-8 cr) to complete it. Students may also enroll in research credits in their major department.
Honors Capstone Project Preparation course (HNRS 390)
The purpose of this (optional) 1-credit Fall, Winter or Spring Quarter course is to aid Honors Program students in the steps required to design and execute the project that is the final step in completing their Honors coursework. This course will promote an Honors community of scholars. By the end of the term, students will have thoroughly gone through the preparatory process.
Graduating seniors should use DegreeWorks to determine if Honors Program requirements have been fulfilled. All exceptions must be approved by an official Honors advisor and recorded in Degreeworks.
Honors students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for the last 90 graded credits of university-level work.