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.

2013-14 Honors Grad Profiles

Grad Photo Collage

Anjelica Harlow - Partners in the Park

Anjelica Harlow and crew

Check out Honors student Anjelica Harlow’s reflection on her awesome experience in Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO, as well as some beautiful photos from her trip!

"My stay in Gunnison was exciting and adventurous! I learned things I never knew were worth learning. My academics were enriched by the experience, and so was my sense of self. I did things I never thought I would do... things I never wanted to do... and I did things with more grace than I thought I could. It was truly an adventure and one I'll always think fondly upon."

Peer Mentoring Profile - Benjamin Janicki

Ben Janicki

Peer Mentors play an important role in the Honors Program by sharing their experiences and helping students of all ages and majors make decisions throughout their undergraduate careers.

Our currently-highlighted Peer Mentor is Ben Janicki, a senior in Mechanical Engineering who was also an Honors 100 Peer Educator. Say hello!

Read more about Ben and his UW experiences »
Learn more about Honors Peer Mentoring »

Departmental Honors - Dance

Each quarter, the University Honors Program showcases the remarkable work done by Honors students in their majors. While the programs vary from discipline to discipline, most typically conclude in a major research or artistic project and all challenge the students to bring their work to the next level.

Read reflections on Honors in Dance »
Browse Departmental Honors requirements »

Honors Librarian Spotlight - Deborah Pierce

Deb Pierce, UW Libraries

The Honors Librarian Program provides undergraduate Honors students with an introduction to the UW library system and a system of friendly specialists who are interested in supporting students' research needs.

Our currently-featured librarian is Deborah Pierce, a Reference & Instruction Librarian at the Odegaard Undergraduate Library and instructor for the Honors course "Experiencing the Power of Music."

Read about Deborah's experiences in music and mentorship »
Learn more about the Honors Librarian Program »

The Honors Portfolio

To complete an Interdisciplinary Honors degree, students must compile an online portfolio of their undergraduate experience at UW. Hear some of our recent graduates discuss their portfolios on the uwhuskies YouTube channel.

Special thanks to Kirsten Atik, UAA and Allison Tesch, Honors

Learn more about the Honors Portfolio »
Visit the UW YouTube channel »

  • June 25th, 2014
  • June 24th, 2014

    Missed this year's Celebration of Distinction, or just want to see those fabulous student speeches again? Check out our videos of graduate speakers Justin Brown and Emily Nitz-Ritter delivering their entertaining and insightful speeches at this year's Celebration of Distinction! You can find Emily's speech here and Justin's speech here. A huge thanks to all the families, friends, and graduates who joined us for the Celebration of Distinction; we hope you had a great time!

  • June 4th, 2014

    In this three-part series, the students of Honors 230 A describe their collaboration with students at the Twin Rivers Unit (TRU), a medium security facility at the Monroe Correctional Complex. Led by instructor Claudia Jensen, the course presented students with a unique opportunity to explore the complexities of education within a prison setting.

  • June 3rd, 2014

    Before you all head off to your exciting summer plans, we want to let you know about a great new opportunity offered by Honors for those looking to delve into more interdisciplinary dialogue about pressing issues and events. "Dialogue Across the Disciplines" is a pilot project seeking to raise and address a wide array of big questions that require multifaceted and interdisciplinary approaches through an engaging dialogue around the questions and proposed solutions.

    The project has three key objectives: 1) gather questions from students, faculty, staff, and the larger community. 2) facilitate interdisciplinary inquiry that engages diverse perspectives; and 3) create dialogue around the questions and the proposed solutions.

    The intended outcome of the project lies not in a formal presentation of the questions and their solutions, though this will happen, but rather aims to create opportunities for dialogue on critical topics of interest. Discussion forums will also facilitate networking and community building among students, alums, and the UW and local communities.

    As you consider the year ahead, think about the engaging questions that fascinate you (find some examples of the questions we have in mind on our Current Questions page) and submit a proposal identifying possible solutions and methods for approaching these issues. Participants may also propose their own questions. At the end of each quarter next year, one of the selected proposals will be chosen for a $500 award, made available thanks to a generous donor. Proposals must be submitted by the first Friday of each quarter and you will be notified of a decision by Friday of the third week at the very latest. Submit a proposal as early as this fall quarter (the deadline is October 3, 2014) and begin developing engaging dialogue surrounding relevant, interdisciplinary issues!

    Check out the Dialogue Across the Disciplines page for more information, and if you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us at!

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