Honors students participate in an alternate general education program, which completely substitutes for General Education that is required of all non-Honors students at WOU.

Not counting the thesis, participating in Honors does not require any additional credits towards graduation. Students in Honors take the same number of credits as students who complete the non-Honors general education core.  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. Course substitutions, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits are all allowed, when appropriate, in the program.

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, mandatory for all non-honors students. Because Honors classes typically feature individual or group presentations, participation in Honors also automatically satisfy WOU’s COM 111 (3 credits) requirement, also mandatory for non-honors students. Honors students are also exempt from requirements in Health and Physical Education.

 

First and Second Years
    • Health & Wellness (3-4 credit hours)
    • History (3-4 credit hours)
    • Ethics (3 credit hours)
    • Rhetoric (3-4 credit hours)
    • Literature & the Arts (9-12 credit hours)
    • Science & Math (7-9 credit hours)
    • Exploratory Honors (12-16 credits, 4 courses, may also be taken your third and fourth years)
    • Honors Colloquia (6-8 credit hours, may also be taken your third and fourth years)

 

Third and Fourth Years
    • Exploratory Honors (12-16 credits, 4 courses, may also be taken your third and fourth years)
    • Honors Colloquia (6-8 credit hours, may also be taken your third and fourth years)
    • Thesis/Senior Project Orientation Seminar (fall term, junior year)
    • Thesis/Senior Project Development Seminar (spring term, junior year)
 

 

 

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