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Societatem Colimus Pro Scientiam Humanitus Enitentes

We cultivate community by striving compassionately for knowledge

What's New in Honors

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This 45-minute Well-Being class focuses on finding flow-state, a state of mind that is achieved when you’re fully immersed, forgetting about the outside world. No experience is necessary and there are no expectations for your performance, simply commit to showing up and being present.

Portrait of Iris next to the cover art for the novel "Switched" by WWU Honors student Leah Kerbs. The title "Switched" appears at the top of the image in a handwritten font. The background consists of misty blue mountains. In shades of purple, two girls stand back in identical dresses in front of a blue circle. The one on the left has long hair in a ponytail and the other has a short pixie haircut.

Join Village Books for a presentation by WWU Honors alumna, Iris Báijīng Hubbard as she discusses her debut novel, Switched! Iris is a Chinese-American adoptee from Guangzhou, China. She was adopted at about 16 months and grew up in Mount Vernon, WA. Iris became more interested in her adoptee identity while attending Western Washington University. There, she started a club for adoptees called the WWU Adoptees. Switched was inspired by her own experiences as an adoptee and competitive swimmer.

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Honors at Western

Since its founding in 1962, Western's Honors Program has functioned as a small college within a larger university, incorporating the best aspects of both. The small, diverse classes promote thought-provoking discussions that will challenge your perceptions and foster a strong sense of community within your Honors cohort. You can pursue any major, have access to fellowship and internship advising, and have the option to live in an Honors residential cluster. From captaining our national championship rowing team to editing our newspaper to organizing our TedX event, Western Honors students are campus leaders.

Our Honors Program is structured in a way that provides a graduated, ongoing experience for students as they engage in increasingly sophisticated work while moving through their Western degree. Students in the Honors Program are eligible for HNRS courses and have the opportunity to undertake extended Honors independent study projects in their major fields. Students who complete all the program requirements will receive a minor in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies.

Benefits of the Honors Program

National Recognition

Western’s Honors Program has received recognition as one of the very best in the nation. And, it’s part of Western Washington University, which earns national attention for the overall quality of undergraduate education (U.S. News and World Report, 1998-2016) and top value in public colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2015). Western is also nationally recognized as a leading producer of Student Fulbright Scholars and Peace Corps volunteers, many of whom were WWU Honors Students.

The Best Deal in Higher Education

Eloquently stated in Frank Bruni's piece "A Prudent College Path" in the New York Times, "More and more public schools are starting, expanding, refining and successfully promoting honors programs, and particularly honors colleges, that give students some of the virtues and perks of private schools without some of the drawbacks, such as exorbitant tuition and an enclave of extreme privilege."

Individual Attention

With an average class size under 18 students, Honors students have great opportunities to interact with each other and their professors. This environment promotes a strong sense of community and long-lasting relationships.

Outstanding Professors

The Honors Program brings the best students and faculty together. Faculty enjoy teaching Honors courses due to the small size, spirit of curricular innovation, and exceptionally bright, motivated students.

Diverse Students

Honors students come from all over the United States and abroad. They bring a wide range of perspectives, interests, and talents with them, which enhances the quality of everyone’s education.

Priority Registration

Honors Program students may request priority registration for any 3 quarters during their tenure at WWU (exclusive of their first quarter). Requests for priority registration will be prompted by the Honors Program prior to Phase 1 registration for the upcoming quarter.