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Why join the Douglas Honors College at CWU?

Douglas Honors College students find exclusive courses taught by respected faculty, who consistently encourage scholarly and critical thinking. 

Students who complete one of the upper division scholarship experiences are designated either an Arts & Humanities Honors Scholar or a Science Honors Scholar. Students who complete both parts of the program graduate with honors from CWU.

Honors college students participate in exclusive discussions with distinguished faculty and visiting scholars, attend seminars and social events, and travel to conferences and research libraries.

Students in the honors college can receive scholarships and partial tuition waivers.

Graduating with honors is often a deciding factor in future employment. 

Honors College students can live in the DHC Living Learning Community in Barto Hall.

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The William O. Douglas Honors College Program encompasses a wide range of experiences and opportunities which help prepare students for careers in a variety of fields. Career development such as workshop events, graduate school preparation, and interview skill-building are just some of the resources available to students. 


Central’s commitment to hands-on learning, discovery and individual attention takes students beyond the limits of the classroom and books. Honors students at CWU enjoy a variety of opportunities to network, learn, and get involved.

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Points of Pride

DHC graduates have been accepted to prestigious graduate schools and law schools, including Cornell University (law), Washington University in St. Louis (anthropology), Georgetown University (conflict resolution), Portland State University (psychology), the State University of New York at Stony Brook (philosophy), and Northern Illinois University (history), just to name a few.

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.

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