Why Become a Douglas Honors College Student?
The Advantages of Honors
The reasons are numerous, but here are just a few of the details that make joining the William O. Douglas Honors College a compelling piece of learning at Central Washington University for both first-year and transfer students.
DHC Living Learning Community
Living Learning Communties (LLCs) are curated spaces within CWU's residence halls. Although there are several LLCs across campus, ours is unique for its home in the sustainably constructed Barto Hall usually reserved for first-year students. On the east wing of the second floor, DHC residents have access to study space, loung area, and laundry facilities.
Unique Interdisciplinary Courses
The professors of the honors college are some of the best CWU has to offer. Each year our faculty propose unique courses they want to teach. These courses are interdisciplinary -- combining topics from several schools of thought -- and feature discussion as the core mode of learning.
$1000 Tuition Waiver
Once accepted to the DHC, students are granted tuition waivers of $1000 each year for the duration of their time at CWU. This waiver is split evenly between the fall, winter, and spring quarters.
To ensure students can complete the classes they need, honors undergrads can select their courses before the majority of the university. Additionally, our administration works hard so at least one DHC course of each core subject is offered every quarter.
Satisfies Gen Ed Requirements
For students without an AA, our core curriculum satisfies the university's general education requirements and does so in fewer credits! By taking only two courses more, students can complete the Interdisciplinary Honors Minor.
All CWU students are eligible for Upper-Division Honors. Through this tier, students will complete a capstone research project or creative project under the mentorship of a seasoned faculty member.
Whether honors students live on or off campus, they are assigned peer mentors who provide academic and emotional support. Peer mentors also facilitate dynamic events to cultivate community and create lasting memories.
Admin, faculty, and students work together to create workshop events for undergrads to prepare for the future. Preparation for grad school apps, resume building, and interview practice are regular staples.
Small Class Sizes
Our space is limited so classes rarely exceed 20 - 24 students. This ensures DHC professors have the means to connect meaningfully with their pupils.