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About Honors

Enriched curriculum. Small classes. Caring professors. Talented classmates. Study abroad opportunities. International emphases. Undergraduate research. Foreign language competency. Presentations and publications. And much more.

Is the WSU Honors College right for you?

Students meeting in Honors LoungeThe mission of the Honors College is to offer an enriched, four-year core curriculum to students of high ability and initiative. The Honors College provides students with the opportunity to challenge themselves in an engaged academic community in order to develop their full potential to lead and serve their local, national, and global communities.
Through small classes taught by experienced and enthusiastic faculty dedicated to scholarship and learning, the Honors College helps students to develop genuine intellectual curiosity and a life-long love of learning, as well as skills in critical thinking, writing, public presentation, and information literacy.

“The success of our students is in part due to the educational program we offer that provides graduates with the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to thrive in a 21st-century interconnected world.”

– M. Grant Norton, Dean

What you can expect

  • Honors courses are taught in an interactive format, encouraging students to take ownership for their own learning.
  • Scholarship support is available to help cover college expenses, undergraduate research, and study abroad, thanks to support from Honors’ alumni and friends.
  • Proficiency in a second language can be achieved through many ways promoted by the Honors College.
  • Nearly 42 percent of recent Honors graduates studied abroad at least once during their baccalaureate program.
  • Honors’ “Certificate of Global Competencies” is earned and shows graduate schools and employers your commitment to international understanding and participation.
  • Students from any major can follow the Honors curriculum and expect to graduate in four years. Honors courses work with every student’s major to provide a breadth of knowledge.
  • Leadership opportunities are available through the Honors Student Advisory Council (HSAC) as well as the Honors College Ambassador and the Honors College Mentors programs.
  • The Honors Thesis or capstone projects in certain majors offer the opportunity for all students to pursue their own research and creative activity within an academic context, to work with a faculty mentor, and to present their work publicly.

Our Values

The faculty, staff, and students of the Honors College seek to create a community of learning that values …

Through kindness and support, we demonstrate a genuine interest in each other’s well-being and growth.

We welcome each other’s diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas within an inclusive and non-judgmental environment.

We all play an important role in the success of the Honors College and support the efforts of our team members as we work toward achieving a common goal.

We hold ourselves to a high standard in all that we do.