There are three options for pursuing an Honors designation at the University of Washington:

IH

Interdisciplinary Honors

students are asked to think intentionally about education, knowledge and interdisciplinarity.

DH

Departmental Honors

allows students to explore their majors in greater depth by completing upper-level electives, research, or an extended thesis.

CH

College Honors

is the completion of both Interdisciplinary Honors and Departmental Honors, which allows students to experience both Honors general education & the deeper understanding of their chosen focus.

 

Interdisciplinary Honors

Interdisciplinary Honors students are asked to think intentionally about education, knowledge, and interdisciplinarity. They take a majority of their UW general education requirements in Honors-specific courses, complete experiential learning requirements, and maintain a portfolio throughout their participation in this curriculum.

Honors Interdisciplinary Postcard - see text below

Interdisciplinary Honors Admissions

Interdisciplinary Honors Requirements

 

Departmental Honors

Departmental Honors allows students to explore their majors in greater depth by completing upper-level electives, research, or an extended thesis. Departmental Honors also exposes students to a close working relationship with faculty mentors. Typically, students apply for departmental admission in their junior year of college, although some majors have earlier entrance options. 

Departmental Honors Postcard - see text below

For Departmental Honors Admissions, Requirements, and Resources, visit the Departmental Honors Requirements:

Departmental Honors Requirements

 

College Honors

College Honors, the completion of both Interdisciplinary Honors and Departmental Honors, allows students to experience both Honors general education and a deeper understanding of their chosen focus. To earn a College Honors degree, students complete both Interdisciplinary Honors and Departmental Honors in at least one of their majors. Completion of both these requirements earns a student the distinction of graduating “With College Honors in [major]”.

Other Considerations for Pursuing Honors

Many qualified students decide not to pursue honors. UW students engage in a host of academic and extracurricular activities (public service, athletics, student government) that require serious time commitments. It’s simply not possible to do everything. Incidentally, pursuing honors is not the only means to engage deeply in a field of study that interests you.