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2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog


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Honors College, University Interdisciplinary Programs


Western’s Honors College 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 College 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 College through a supplemental application accessed from the Honors College website. Transfer students or students already enrolled in the university may apply to the College on the bases of academic record, a writing sample, a personal essay, and the recommendation of a university or other faculty member.

Students in the Honors College are eligible for HNRS courses and have the opportunity to undertake extended Honors independent study projects in their major fields.

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

Why Consider Joining the Honors College?

Suggested especially for students seeking to get the most from their college experience.

 Contact Information

Program Manager
Kate Stevenson
Old Main 332

Honors College Director
Kimberly Lynn
Old Main 330I

 Sample Careers

Honors 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 for University Honors recognition at graduation.

Requirements for Graduation through the Honors College

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 (by Honors advising):

❑ Four Honors seminars
❑ Senior Project

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