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Honors Program

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Honors Program, University Interdisciplinary Programs


Western’s Honors Program allows students to combine the best of a private liberal arts college experience (small classes, interaction with professors and other students, and the opportunity to work on research and creative activities with faculty) with the advantages of a much larger public institution, including a wide variety of majors, outstanding academic facilities, and numerous extra-curricular options.

The Honors Program is structured in a way that provides a graduated, on-going experience for students as they engage in increasingly sophisticated work while moving through their Western degree.  

Admission is selective - students apply to join the Program through a supplemental application accessed from the Honors Program website. Transfer students or students already enrolled in the university may apply to the Program on the bases of academic record, a writing sample, and the recommendation of a university or other faculty member.

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 interested in the Honors program should contact the Honors Program in Old Main 330, 360-650-3034, or visit the Honors website,, for more information.

Why Consider Joining the University Honors Program?

Suggested especially for students seeking a challenging academic experience.

 Contact Information

Program Manager
Kate Stevenson
Bond Hall 418B

University Honors Program Director
Scott Linneman
Bond Hall 418C

 Sample Careers

The Honors Program works with all majors at Western.

 Major/Career Resources

Grade Requirements

Students must maintain a 3.50 grade point average for the last 90 graded credits of university work.

Requirements for Graduation through the Honors Program

Classes in the first and second year apply to the student’s General University Requirements.  Classes may be applied to the GUR area indicated for each class.

Requirements for already enrolled Western students and transfer students:

❑ Four Honors seminars
❑ Senior Project

Additional requirements for graduation through the Honors Program:

A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50 for the last 90 graded credits of University-level work

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