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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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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