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William O. Douglas Honors College

Application for Admission: Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is for first-year students as well as transfer students needing to complete general education requirements. Transfer students should contact the DHC office and speak to an academic advisor regarding course requirements.

High School

Transfer/College Credits:

If you have earned a DTA, please complete the Upper-Division application.

If you have not earned an Associate Degree, please list the course names and number of credits you are transferring to CWU.

Essay Questions

These essays are the most important part of your application; the admissions committee will use them to gain a better understanding of you as a person.  Please use them as an opportunity to demonstrate not just your ability to write well, but to demonstrate your critical thinking ability.  

There is no set length for these essays. 

1. The motto of the William O. Douglas Honors College is sapere aude (dare to be wise). Tell us how you will “dare to be wise” in the context of an honors college education.

2. Please choose one of the following questions as a prompt for your second essay:

a. Nelson Mandela said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” What do you think is one of the greatest challenges or concerns facing humanity today and what will you do about it?

b. What does the study of the liberal arts (humanities and sciences) bring to today’s learning environment and your future possibilities as you make your way forward as a citizen-scholar in today’s global society?

c. Louis Pasteur said “Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.”  In what ways do you think the world has not lived up to Pasteur’s quote and in what ways will you contribute to its realization?


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Note: This form is for use by the William O. Douglas Honors College only and is not a substitute for Central Washington University admission requirements. Information on this form is subject to verification by official transcripts and test reports.

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