Mission and Values

WWU Honors College Vision

To foster excellence and achievement through the creation of a scholarly community that honors the needs of students from diverse institutional and cultural backgrounds, a community that meets those needs by providing tools and sustained individualized support for students who choose to take up the challenge.

WWU Honors College Mission:


To recruit and foster a diverse scholarly community by providing an inspiring liberal arts experience that builds on the excellence of Western's undergraduate programs and draws on the expertise of Western’s faculty.


To promote personal and intellectual growth through a seminar-based curriculum and independent inquiry in a community that strives to understand why and how we pursue truth, liberty, and happiness.


To instill in our students the desire to extend the values of the Honors College into the communities they join upon their graduation: intellectually rigorous inquiry, honesty, compassion, and equitable access to opportunities.