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Energized learning environments,
global perspectives

The WSU Honors College curriculum stimulates your passion for learning and encourages an international awareness.

  • exchange ideas with engaged classmates and top professors
  • hone your oral and written communication skills
  • build a broad base of knowledge on a variety of topics
  • select from a wide variety of fascinating courses developed for Honors by the faculty who teach them


Courses are built on stepped foundations:

  • Freshmen and sophomores take courses that introduce scholarly inquiry into the humanities and arts, social sciences, mathematics, and physical and biological sciences.
  • Honors 198 (Freshman Seminar) draws on the experience of upperclassmen acting as peer facilitators.
  • Upperclassmen enjoy an interdisciplinary approach to the study of civilization, arts, and sciences.
  • The Honors Thesis is based on your original faculty-mentored research; certain majors instead complete a rigorous senior capstone project
  • Honors students are also able to take advantage of priority registration to ensure they get access to the best courses available.


Honors courses are offered fall and spring semesters. Class sizes are small so you can present your knowledge and views to others who listen and discuss topics with you. You partner with your Honors advisor, and academic advisors in the college of your major, to be sure you are on track and successful at meeting your personal goals.

You can also earn credits doing things that really matter to you, transforming your knowledge into action through…

  • the national Model U.N. program that takes you and your teammates to New York City to represent a nation that you have studied in depth
  • study and research abroad to experience other cultures and languages firsthand

Many Honors students participate in research projects with a world-class professor, and present their work and findings at industry conferences or on campus at poster sessions, special competitions, and presentations.

Honors students demonstrate a foreign language proficiency and many work toward a “Certificate of Global Competencies.” Your Honors professors are skilled at helping you to understand, question, and achieve; they serve as mentors and guides, not lecturers. When it comes time to show what you know, you typically evidence what you have learned through written compositions.