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Departmental Honors

Students not admitted to University Honors upon initial enrollment, as well as those students who were, may earn a Departmental Honors Designation (Ad Majorem) at graduation by following these guidelines. Students must have at least a 3.3 college GPA and be willing to do some extra work. To earn Departmental Honors, students:

  • Enrich three upper-division courses required for their major--do additional work in each course as mutually agreed to by the professor & student. The course must be at 300 or above--and
  • Complete two upper-division Honors courses. Many of these cross-listed courses satisfy graduation requirements in Cultural and Gender Diversity or International Studies. The list of cross-listed courses can be found here. Also, see list with Cultural Diversity and International Studies courses in the EWU Catalog.

Steps to earn a Departmental Honors designation

At the beginning of the quarter the student negotiates a Departmental Honors proposal (enrichment) with the professor --e.g. additional research and writing, a creative project, additional reading, etc. Although not required, this could also be an oral presentation.

It is the student's responsibility to obtain a Departmental Honors form from the Honors office or online, have the professor sign it at the end of the course, and return it to Honors with an attached description of the extra work completed. No final course grade below 3.3 will be accepted for Honors credit.

Departmental Honors provides involvement opportunities, benefits, and challenges--especially for students planning for graduate or professional school. We encourage students to phone, email, or visit Honors with questions about Departmental Honors at Eastern.

University Honors
217 Hargreaves Hall

Cheney, WA  99004  

509-359-2822
Honors@ewu.edu

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