University of Washington Honors Program

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.

Interdisciplinary Honors Requirements Worksheet

Interdisciplinary Honors Worksheet

Curriculum worksheet (PDF)

Please use the above worksheet to understand the specific requirements for our curriculum.

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HONORS 100 is taken in the autumn quarter of a student’s first year in the Honors Program. In HONORS 100, students will be introduced to the Honors Program curriculum and community, and learn about resources and opportunities available through Honors and at the UW. The course is taught by Honors advisers and Peer Educators, upper-level students in the Honors Program. Students register for HONORS 496 in their final year at UW, after taking a minimum of six Honors courses, and completing one experiential learning activity. This one-credit seminar helps students reflect on their experience at UW and in Honors via their portfolios, and culminates in presentations of the completed portfolios to the Honors community.

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Experiential Learning

In addition to Honors Courses, students in the Interdisciplinary Honors Program are required to identify two learning activities that are experiential in nature and extend the educational process beyond the classroom.  Activities should be in the areas of leadership, research, service or international engagement.  This requirement will be introduced and various options discussed in HONORS 100. To earn credit for this requirement, students must apply to have their experiential learning activities approved by the Honors Program. Students should also include these experiences in their portfolio, and must have completed one of the two required experiential learning activities before registering for HONORS 496.

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Reflection via the Honors Portfolio

Honors students practice reflection via an online portfolio. Students are introduced to the portfolio in HONORS 100, when they are given the practical and theoretical tools to make this archive of their academic and experiential work. With the help of their Honors peers, advisers, and faculty, students continue to contribute to their portfolios throughout their time at UW and in Honors before polishing and presenting their portfolios in HONORS 496. More About Honors Portfolio Requirements 

GPA Requirement

Students must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA at the time of graduation in order to graduate with Interdisciplinary, Departmental, and College Honors.

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Tools and Resources

Advising and Support

As an Interdisciplinary Honors Student you have access to a lot of support, see our advising page to choose the best advising option for your specific question.

In addition to our advisers, we encourage you to take advantage of the Honors Student Leader resource, on each of our Honors Student Leader’s profiles you will find information about the courses they have taken, their major(s)/minor(s), what activities they’re involved in and more.

Get Involved in the Honors Community

Beginning autumn quarter of their first-year year, all Honors students are invited to participate as an Honors Community Ambassador. As an Honors Community Ambassador you will be invited to volunteer at our prospective student events to speak about your experiences in Interdisciplinary Honors, work with both Interdisciplinary and other Departmental Honors Students to create opportunities for students from both Honors pathways to come together, and create an Honors Student Leader profile.

After you have completed Honors 100, you are eligible to apply to be an Honors Peer Educator (PE). Honors 100 PEs are leaders in the Honors community by teaching a section of the Honors 100 seminar. They are integral in welcoming, mentoring, and informing incoming Honors students. PEs share insights about and experiences with Honors curriculum, community, and resources with new students.

Check out our events calendar for other opportunities to get involved!

Honors Scholarships

Apply for our Honors Scholarships for current students! Check our scholarships page for the current academic year’s deadline.

Study Abroad with Honors

Consider applying for an Honors Study Abroad trip! Study-abroad programs meet Honors experiential learning requirements while fulfilling general education and degree credits across arts, sciences and humanities in vibrant locations across many continents. Honors prefix courses fulfill the “W” additional writing requirements, and many of these programs also fulfill “DIV” diversity requirements.

Honors Portal

You can view your advising appointments, experiential learning, and Honors by Contract applications through the Honors Portal.

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]”. Learn more about Departmental Honors.