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William O. Douglas
Honors College

Hebeler Hall 219

At a glance

Tuition waiver
$1000 per year
Small classes
DHC Living Learning Community
Barto Hall

The William O. Douglas Honors College (DHC), founded in 1977 and located in historic Hebeler Hall, is a four-year course of study for students at Central Washington University (CWU) who want to discuss thought-provoking topics in small classes with other engaged students. The DHC curriculum complements all majors and welcomes transfer students into Upper-Division Honors.

  • The DHC Core Curriculum satisfies the general education requirements of CWU. The Core Curriculum of the William O. Douglas Honors College is a set of courses students take that completely satisfy and replace the general education (gen-ed) requirements students would normally take through CWU. Instead of taking the gen-ed courses required for students at Central, students take them with us in the William O. Douglas Honors College.
  • DHC Upper-Division Honors prepares students for their post-CWU aspirations. The William O. Douglas Honors College's Upper-Division curriculum consists of courses you can choose to take that are designed to develop a thesis or capstone project.

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Benefits for William O. Douglas Honors College students include:

  • A $1,000 tuition waiver every year you’re in the DHC, as well as exclusive access to scholarships only open to DHC students.
  • Smaller class sizes than typical classes at CWU; our maximum class size is 24 students.
  • Exceptional faculty and staff provide holistic student support.
  • The opportunity to live in the Douglas Honors College Living and Learning Community in Barto Hall.
  • Citizen Scholars: The William O. Douglas Honors College program is structured upon Four Pillars of coordinated intellectual engagement: Leadership, Civic Engagement, Undergraduate Research, and Critical Inquiry.