The four-year University Honors Program features an interdisciplinary Honors core curriculum with a focus on experiential learning and reflection, Honors academic advising, foreign study programs and exchanges, and opportunities for independent study. It provides an academic community and educational opportunities to those students who are willing to take academic risks, think across disciplinary boundaries, and engage in experiential learning (e.g., research, leadership, community and/or international engagement).
To be considered for admission to the University Honors Program at entrance, students must apply to the Honors Program when they submit their Application for Undergraduate Admission to the University. "Selection is based on a student's demonstrated engagement with interdisciplinary learning, high school record, essay responses, a letter of recommendation, and fit for the program." Students also may seek admission based on academic performance during spring quarter of their freshman year at the University via the late admission process.
Students who are accepted into the University Honors Program in their freshman year and complete the Honors Core Curriculum alone graduate "With Interdisciplinary Honors." When students complete both the Core Curriculum and the Departmental Honors requirements in their chosen major, they graduate "With College Honors in Name of Major." Students who do not participate in or complete the Honors Core Curriculum but are admitted into and complete the Honors Program in their chosen major will receive a degree "With Honors in Name of Major ." By special arrangement it may be possible for students to complete a degree "With College Honors" in departments, schools, or programs that do not offer a formal Departmental Honors option as well as Departmental Honors by itself.
47 credits as follows:
Students may apply to Departmental Honors in their major(s) after they have been admitted to the major, typically in their junior year. Each department at the UW has a unique set of Departmental Honors requirements. For links to specific information about each department, see the Honors Program website.