The Honors Program at the University of Washington is an interdisciplinary program for undergraduates. Students can pursue Honors as a general education track, as an in-depth program within their majors, or as a combination of the two. Students may apply to the Program as new freshmen, at the end of their first year, or once they've selected a major.

Curriculum Spotlight - Honors 210 A: Feminisms, Fictions, Fashions, and Fabrics

The Common Sense exhibition

Co-facilitated by local artist/art instructor Julia Freeman and activist/English instructor Kate Boyd, students set out to explore the gendered and racialized cultural politics of cloth through multiple histories that have been recorded by the evidence of cloth, textile processes and materials choices. The class was also engaged in the opening of Ann Hamilton's current show at the Henry Art Gallery.

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Gettin' Social with Honors

Honors group at All the Way

The Honors Program hosts many awesome social events where current students can mingle with peers, staff, faculty and inspiring individuals from across the University and the Seattle area. Hunter Sapienza, '17, tells us about the latest events including a research program in Olympic National Park, a civil rights panel and performance at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the latest readings from the Honors Book Club.

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Julie Villegas Wins Fulbright International Administrators Fellowship

Fulbright in Japan group photo - 2014

Long-time Associate Director and International Programs Lead, Julie Villegas, won a prestigious Fulbright International Administrators Fellowship! Selected U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials visited institutions throughout Japan to foster understanding of Japanese education systems and relationships between international colleagues.

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Wilderness as a State of Mind: Ben Lennon's Partners in the Parks Experience

Benjamin Lennon - Partners in the Park 2014

In a normal setting, any talk that begins with “Now, let’s talk about how to be happy while you might in fact be miserable” is not the precursor to a fun outing. The phrase generally conjures a negative image of the activity to come and may contribute to you actually being more miserable in the coming moments then you might otherwise be.

This, however, was not a normal setting.

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Alumni Spotlight: Special relativity with Justin Brown, '14

Justin Brown, '14 - College Honors in Mechanical Engineering

Justin Brown earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering with interdisciplinary honors last spring. Since then, he’s been working as a mechanical engineer for Janicki Industries, specifically on a project for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “tackling some of the global sanitation problems that plague much of the developing world.” We interviewed the recent graduate after he spoke at our recent community workshop.

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Under the Umbrella - Autumn 2014 Newsletter

Dec 4th, 2014

We're excited to bring you the latest news from Honors in our autumn 2014 newsletter! We've highlighted stories from our latest course offerings, recent alumni, experiential learning programs and international collaborations.

Bonderman Travel Fellowship

Nov 4th, 2014

The Bonderman Travel Fellowship application is now available for the 2015 cycle!

Where would you go if you had eight months to travel solo? Which countries would you visit? How would you get there? Where would you stay? How would you be transformed?

This extraordinary opportunity for travel, discovery, and challenge is made possible by the generous donation of Mr. David Bonderman. It offers University of Washington graduate/professional and undergraduate students (from the Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell campuses) an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad. 

Up to seven graduate and seven undergraduate Bonderman Fellowships will be awarded in Spring 2015. Each Fellowship carries a $20,000 award to be used only for extended solo international travel. Fellows may not conduct research, pursue an academic project, or participate in a formal program or organization.

More information about the fellowship, eligibility criteria, information sessions, and the application can be found at:

Applications must be submitted by 12:00 pm (noon) January 12, 2015.

Go! Get Out of the Country!

Oct 24th, 2014

Over 1000 students visited the annual Study Abroad Fair at the HUB on October 24 to learn about the 500+ study abroad options offered by the University of Washington. The University Honors Program was among the 30 UW departments and 19 affiliated organizations offering international experiences to adventurous undergraduate and graduate scholars. 

Photo of Greg Hicks and Anabelen Casares
Anabelen Casares (U. of León) and Greg Hicks (UW)

“These experiences are so valuable and immersive,” said Julie Villegas, Associate Director of the Honors Program and International Programs Director. Law Professor Greg Hicks elaborated on the wonderful diversity of viewpoints expressed during last summer’s León program, Wild Places and Forest Lands: International Environmental Law and Land Management, which he leads again next August/September. “We had Spanish students from the exchange program, a chemistry major, a filmmaker - just a wide range of students,” said Hicks. “All with very different backgrounds and all brought something to the party.”

Relational Poverty Network Launch Inspires More Collaborative Thinking Between Economic Classes and Disciplines

Oct 10th, 2014
Tim Harris and Vicky Lawson at RPN 2014

Hundreds of UW students and faculty joined visionaries from universities and organizations around the globe this morning to launch the Relational Poverty Network (RPN) co-founded by the new director of our Honors program, Dr. Victoria Lawson, and her colleague in the Geography department, Dr. Sarah Elwood, as a broad experiment bringing sciences and humanities together to build alternative understandings of impoverishment and forge social alliances to address poverty and inequality.

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