Educational Methods


Four Pillars


Through the William O. Douglas Honors College’s interdisciplinary curriculum, students from across campus work with instructors in challenging classes and engage in experiential learning via research, service, international experiences, leadership, and internships. The DHC program is structured upon four "pillars" of coordinated intellectual engagement which dictate how we guide instructors to teach and how we expect students to apply their learning.
  • I. Critical Inquiry

    In gathering information, evaluating assumptions and biases, while incorporating multiple methods, students are best equipped to produce robust analysis, develop thought, ask meaningful questions, and apply knowledge.

  • II. Leadership

    Through the understanding of distinct methods when organizing people, resources, and time, students can become capable directors and effective stewards of collaboration.

  • III. Civic Engagement

    Utilizing their growing knowledge, students can identify needs in their communities. With inherent skills, personal values, and political awareness, students can then make effective changes to promote quality of life.

  • IV. Undergraduate Research

    We provide opportunities to publish and present original work in conference settings. Developing existing scholarship and constructing new ideas as young learners encourages the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.

Cultivating Personal Strengths

Once examined, a student’s strengths, achievements, values, and interests will provide knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions regarding their major, future occupation, and life goals. Fostering a supportive and respectful environment, students should actively engage and take responsibility for their academic career at Central Washington University.

Every student has talents, and DHC advisors encourage students to develop their talents into strengths that can be used to help them succeed in and out of the classroom. All students in the Honors College are encouraged to complete Gallup’s CliftonStrengths assessment and receive coaching from a Gallup certified coach. The honors college provides coaching for all of its students.

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