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Douglas Honors College


Director: Anne Cubilié
Location: Language and Literature Bldg., room 103

The William O. Douglas Honors College (DHC) is Central's interdisciplinary program for academically talented students. The program is divided into two parts: a core curriculum and an upper-division scholarship experience. The core curriculum is composed of a series of courses that emphasize how the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences converge in considering historically important questions. Lectures are supplemented by colloquia, and courses draw heavily from the great works of world literature. The upper-division scholarship experience involves additional, advanced courses and a culminating research project in either the arts and humanities or in the sciences. DHC also sponsors cultural field trips, guest lectures, and a number of other extracurricular activities.

The college is named for U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O.Douglas, a native of Yakima, Washington and a great supporter of higher education. Following Justice Douglas' example, the DHC encourages intellectual breadth, academic curiosity and the application of scholarship to pressing social issues.

Students wishing to apply should contact the DHC office to find out about minimum qualifications and the application process.

For additional information visit the DHC office, Language and Literature Building, 103, or call (509) 963-1445. Informational literature will be mailed on request.

Academic Standing Policy

A student is in good standing when the cumulative grade-point average (GPA) is 3.0 or higher. A first year student is in good standing when their cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher by the end of their first three quarters. A student who has been in good standing will be placed on warning when the cumulative GPA has fallen below 3.0. A student who has been on warning will be placed on suspension if the cumulative GPA is below 3.0 for two quarters. The DHC Director has the discretion to waive and/or modify these standards for individual students so long as the waiver or modification does not affect the academic integrity of the DHC. Students who have been suspended from DHC may re-apply if they raise their cumulative GPA to 3.0 or higher. Re-admission is not guaranteed, however.