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William O. Douglas
Honors College

Hebeler Hall 219
(509) 963-1900
dhc@cwu.edu

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 anlysis, develop thought, ask meaningful questions, and apply knowledge.

DHC student Mohamed Nawar at the United Nations Youth Peace Summit

DHC student Mohamed Nawwar at the UN Youth Peace Summit.

Mesina Ieremia

DHC student Mesina Ieremia (far left) at the UN Youth Peace Summit.

II. Leadership

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

Alejandro Jimenez speaking as a DHC spotlight student

Alejandro Jimenez speaking at convocation as a DHC spotlight student.

Kacy Kracke leads freshman.

Kacy Kracke leads DHC first-years through orientation.

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.

Peyton Rondeau volunteering with the DHC at Kittitas Habitat for Humanity

Peyton Rondeau volunteering with the DHC at Kittitas Habitat for Humanity.

DHC students table CWU club fair.

DHC students table the fall CWU club fair.

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.

Myrinda Wolitarsky presenting her DHC capstone on references to alcohol in music.

Myrinda Wolitarsky presenting at SOURCE on references to alcohol in music.

Feddie Young's SOURCE presentation on structuring academic success for students of color.

Feddie Young's SOURCE presentation on structuring academic success for students of color.


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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