Honors Program


Mission & GOALS

The Honors Program at Western Oregon University is designed to nourish intellectual abilities and cultivate interest in new subjects and activities. The program is comprised of dedicated, friendly, and highly motivated students who pursue a variety of majors and extracurricular activities, ranging from creative arts to community service and study abroad.

It is the goal of the Honors Program to help its students achieve their highest aspirations. Toward this end, we seek to foster a way of life in which faculty and students understand that inquiry and learning happen everyday, and in a shared and continuous mode.

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Develop a learning community dedicated to scholarly inquiry, achievement, and growth

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Sustain an interdisciplinary curriculum that encourages faculty and students in their intellectual pursuits

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Foster a supportive, non-competitive culture that promotes inclusion, self-awareness, and social commitment

Honors class

Core classes

Form a community with your cohort while learning about such topics as ethics, history, literature, and computer science.

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Exploratory/Colloquia classes

Honors elective courses that draw from a wide variety of subjects in intriguing, interdisciplinary ways.

Honors theses

Thesis/Senior Project courses

All students will complete a self-developed
project that will be digitally published upon graduation.


  • Sense of Community
  • Discussion-based Classes
  • Small Class Sizes
  • All-Honors Residential Hall
  • Priority Registration
  • Honors Scholarships
  • Curricular Travel
  • Award-winning Advising
  • Honors Events & Gatherings

Honors Program

Academic Programs and Support Center, Room 210

Phone: (503) 838-8519
Email: honors@wou.edu

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