Interdisciplinary Honors is only available to entering Freshman who applied to Honors at the same time they applied to the University of Washington or to Freshman who maintain a 3.5 GPA during autumn and winter quarter, and who apply to Honors during spring quarter of their first year.
In order to graduate with Interdisciplinary Honors, a student must complete the following requirements:
- HONORS 100 seminar
- one Honors Arts/Humanities course (VLPA)
- one Honors social science course (I&S)
- three Honors science or math courses
- one Honors interdisciplinary course (various combinations of NW, I&S & VLPA)
- three additional Honors courses from any category
- Experiential Learning Project
- HONORS 496 seminar
Students must maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA to remain active in the Honors Program and to graduate with an Interdisciplinary Honors degree. More information about the Honors GPA requirement can be found here.
A sample 4-year plan while pursuing Interdisciplinary Honors can be found here.
The College of Engineering Honors program offers high-achieving students the ability to pursue a challenging course of study, as well as an educational experience that facilitates long-term goals.
There are three unique Honors options that EE students can pursue (and we encourage it!): Interdisciplinary Honors, College Honors or Departmental Honors. Interdisciplinary Honors students graduate "With Interdisciplinary Honors," Departmental Honors students graduate "With Honors in Electrical Engineering," and College Honors students graduate "With College Honors in Electrical Engineering." More information about Interdisciplinary, Departmental and College honors can be found here.
In order to apply for Departmental Honors, a student must meet the following criteria:
- Complete at least 2 full-time quarters of EE coursework at the UW (minimum of 12 credits per quarter)
- Complete the EE core, including EE 215, 233 and 235
In order to graduate with Departmental Honors, a student must meet and complete the following requirements:
- Minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA
- Minimum 3.5 EE GPA
- 9 credits of College Honors Courses
Complete a total of 9 credits of College Honors Courses with a minimum of 3 credits of Departmental 499H Special Projects (or ENGR 499H). The additional honors credits can be fulfilled with either special projects or ad hoc courses.
In order to graduate with College honors, a student must complete both Interdisciplinary and Departmental Honors.
Ad hoc credit
Through the ad hoc option, a student can contract with the instructor in a given departmental course to obtain honors credit in that course by completing additional work. To do so, you will need to complete an Ad Hoc Form for each course.
Note that no more than 15 ad-hoc credits may be applied toward the Honors core for Interdisciplinary Honors.
Examples of ad hoc projects include:
- Presenting your work at the Undergraduate Research Symposium
- Doing extensive research on a particular topic covered in class and presenting your work or writing a research paper explaining your research process, conclusions and overall experience
- Participating in graduate level research and/or collaborating with graduate students in labs, class, etc.
Remember that we are more interested in your overall experience than in the amount of additional work you do - Honors is intended to be about the *quality* vs. the *quantity.* If you need additional suggestions on how to receive ad hoc credit, please see an EE advisor.
Applying for Honors
If you are interested in pursuing Departmental or College Honors, please see an EE Advisor:
If you are interested in pursuing Interdisciplinary Honors, please see an Honors Program Advisor:
If you are interested in pursuing College of Engineering Honors, please see a College Honors Advisor:
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