Honors students participate in an alternate curriculum that completely substitutes for the General Education requirements at WOU. Course substitutions, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits are allowed, where appropriate.
During the first two years, students in the program become acquainted with major philosophical, literary, artistic, sociological, and scientific traditions. In later years, they complete their electives and senior projects. While a cohort structure is maintained in order to foster a sense of community, students from different classes are welcome to take classes out of sequence when desired or necessary.
Note for students using academic catalogs prior to 2019: Because Honors classes are generally seminar-style and writing-intensive, enrollment in the Honors Program automatically satisfies WOU’s writing-intensive (6 credits) and Introductory Composition (WR 122/135, 4 credits) requirements. Because Honors classes typically feature individual or group presentations, participation in Honors also automatically satisfy WOU’s COM 111 (3 credits) requirement. Honors students are also exempt from requirements in Health and Physical Education.
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First and Second Year Courses
Honors Health & Wellness (3-4 credit hours, core class: no substitutions allowed)
Honors Ethics (4 credits, core class: no substitutions allowed)
Honors History (3-4 credits)
Honors Rhetoric (3-4 credits)
Literature & the Arts (9-12 credits)
- Honors Literature (4 credits)
- Honors Theatre (3 credits, core class: no substitutions allowed)
- One additional honors creative arts (3 credits, music, dance, art)
Science & Math (8 credit hours)
- Honors Biology (4 credits) or Honors Earth Science (4 credits)
- Honors Computer Science or Math (4 credits)
Exploratory Honors (4 courses 12-16 credits, may also be taken later)
Honors Colloquia (2 courses, 6-8 credits, may also be taken later)
Third and Fourth Year Courses
Exploratory Honors (4 courses 12-16 credits, may be started earlier)
Honors Colloquia (2 courses, 6-8 credits, may be started earlier)
Honors Thesis/Project Orientation (2 credits, fall term, junior year)
Honors Thesis/Project Development (2 credits, spring term, junior year)
Honors Thesis/Senior Project (1-6 credits, usually final term)