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.

"Blind Glass" is a hidden gem

Frances McCue with the UW Poetry Brigade

Produced under the auspices of the Poetry Brigade (a pop-up interest group of undergraduates who read, write and perform poetry or poetry's attendant sidekicks), "Blind Glass" is published infrequently as a PDF anthology, packed with work that challenges and illuminates.

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Driven To Discover: Honors students prepare for a year in Japan

WASEDA staff and students, winter 2015

Honors recently hosted colleagues from WASEDA University in Tokyo, Japan, who visited Seattle to meet with the recently-selected 2015-2016 Global Leadership Fellows and share updates and future directions of this unique program.

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Ugly fruit can change the world: Q&A with Honors alumna Jess Wallach

Jess Wallach '13

UW alumna Jess Wallach earned her BA in Geography with College Honors in 2013. She sat down with a member of the Honors staff to discuss her recent work supporting Frances Moore Lappé at the Small Planet Institute and share examples of progress in the food justice movement.

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Honors students establish "Bridges to HOPE" scholarship fund

HOPE screening and panel, winter 2015

HOPE students recently screened several short films about prison education programs and hosted a panel discussion to help raise funds for a new scholarship benefiting youth in foster care who have been impacted by incarceration.

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Life After College: Alumni open up to students in Honors 496

Alumni panel at Honors 496, winter 2015

Honors alumni met with students of Honors 496—the capstone course wherein seniors finish and present an online portfolio reflecting their undergraduate experience—to discuss their own experiences of "life after college."

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Gettin' Social with Honors: Bryan Djunaedi '15

Jon Herron and Frances McCue at Honors Hearth, winter 2015

It's not every evening that you, a college student, find yourself hanging out around a crackling fireplace with your peers, your faculty, a biologist, a poet, and other such “real adults” (don’t they have families?). Yet on February 5, that’s exactly the company I found myself keeping during the first event of the Honors Hearth series in Haggett Hall's Grey Lounge.

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Faculty Perspective: Getting Back to My Roots by Jeanne Contardo, Ph.D.

Jeanne Contardo, '00

Jeanne Contardo graduated from UW with College Honors in 2000 and is now an educational consultant in Washington, D.C. She reflects here on her experience designing and teaching an Honors seminar "Driving Educational Change."

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Varsha Govindaraju wins prestigious Luce Scholarship

Mar 19th, 2015

Varsha Govindaraju, a senior Interdisciplinary Honors student majoring in anthropology and law, societies, and justice with minors in human rights and diversity, was recently selected as a 2015-16 Luce Scholar. A graduate of Federal Way Public Academy, Govindaraju is one of only 18 students nationwide to receive the award this year.


President's Medalists

Feb 24th, 2015

Honors congratulates two fantastic interdisciplinary students and President's Medalists: Mitchell Krawczyk and Ashley Bobman! Mitchell and Ashley are different yet perfect examples of how students in our program bring their passions into the larger community. Click the names to read more!

Office Hours with Frances McCue

Jan 14th, 2015

This quarter, Honors Writer-in-Residence Frances McCue will be holding office hours in Mary Gates Hall 297 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12-1:30 PM. This opportunity is open to all undergraduates!

You can also arrange an individual appointment by emailing Frances directly at

In Memory of William Gerberding

Dec 30th, 2014

Farewell beloved former UW President, William Gerberding. The Honors Community will miss you, as will so many others.

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