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The Honors College

Peter Parolin, Dean
Guthrie House
Phone: (307) 766-4110

The Honors College provides academically ambitious students with a series of curricular and co-curricular opportunities. Through these opportunities, students gain the breadth of knowledge needed by citizens, professionals, and family members to be effective in a lifetime of stimulating and enriching pursuits. Honors students learn to write cogently for a variety of audiences in their academic disciplines and beyond. They learn to locate and use reliable information and trustworthy opinion. Through appropriate coursework, they learn how to become engaged citizens and to understand the ethnic and cultural diversity of America and the world. They learn the purposes and values of the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. The Capston senior thesis project is a sustained research or creative activity through which students demonstrate what they have learned: to formulate a project independently, to develop the intellectual and creative means to complete it, and to write and speak effectively about their work. The senior project is frequently used as evidence of critical thinking in graduate and career applications.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Honors College will be able to: (1) engage in problem-solving, research, and creative pursuits that utilize an interdisciplinary approach (2) articulate the value of international and diversity-focused perspectives (3) develop their own styles of leadership and service and identify meaningful opportunities for engagement in these areas and (4) create intentional pathways through career development, including utilizing internship opportunities.


Students are invited to join the college prior to their first year. First year applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria: a composite ACT score of 27, OR a combined verbal and quantitative SAT score of 1270, OR a high school GPA of 3.700.

First year applicants who have been admitted to UW/will start at UW in a spring semester must meet one of the criteria listed above AND must have successfully completed a COM1 course.

The college also welcomes transfer students and current UW students up to the beginning of the junior year. To join, these students need an overall college GPA of 3.250, completion of 30+ post-high school credit hours, and successful completion of a COM1 course and a COM2 course.

Interested high school seniors and transfer students are encouraged to come by the Honors College or to write to the Dean, The Honors College, Dept. 3413, 1000 University Ave, Laramie, WY 82071. The email address is


The Honors College offers scholarships primarily for incoming freshmen and consideration of financial need and academic merit are taken into account in their allocation. In keeping with the vision of Honors to facilitate an international experience, Honors will provide a scholarship to assist with short-term and especially semester-duration study abroad. To be scholarship eligible, students must have a minimum cumulative 3.250 GPA. Fellowships for supporting research or creative projects for the senior thesis may also be available.

Program Requirements

To earn a minor in Honors, Honors students must complete a total of five courses in Honors and a Capstone senior thesis project. They must also graduate with a 3.250 UW GPA. Students who transfer to UW or join Honors as continuing UW students may have some of their required Honors courses waived.

The Honors curriculum immerses students in multi-disciplinary inquiry. We begin with the First Year Colloquium, a two-semester course sequence that takes a complex topic – for example, Dreams and Reality – and explores it with readings based in the humanities, arts, sciences, and social sciences. We enrich the course with visits to the theatre, the Art Museum, and other UW resources, building community while learning about UW. Thereafter, students enroll in three additional courses: a Non-Western Perspectives course (offered at 215X, 315X, and occasionally 415X) and then two upper division courses (offered at 215X and 415X) that emphasize interdisciplinary. On average, students take one honors course per year.

The Capston senior thesis project assures that students gain creative or research experience in an area of their interest. These projects often lead to graduate studies or a special career path.

Honors College Minor Curriculum

Required Courses Hrs.
First Year Honors Colloquium I
HP 1020 (COM1) or HP 1151 (H)
Colloquium II
HP 2020 (COM2)
Non-Western Perspectives1
Any HP 2151, 2152, or 2153
or designated titles at 3152, 3153, or 4152
Upper Division Interdisciplinary
Honors Electives1
Two courses: Any Modes of Understanding or Senior Honors Seminar course
HP 3151, 3152, 3153, 4151, 4152, or 4153

Capstone Senior Thesis Project (creative or research-based)
Students are not required to register for a specific course to complete the Capstone Senior Thesis project. There is no specific Capstone Senior Thesis course; students complete the project independently in coordination with a faculty mentor.

  • Honors does offer an optional independent study course if desired. Up to 6 hours of credit in the optional HP 4976: Independent Study are allowed.
  • HP 4976 does not meet any specific Honors coursework requirements or USP requirements.
  • Students may be pursuing a major that requires a capstone project, and this project may also meet the requirement for the Honors College Capstone Senior Thesis. Please contact the Senior Thesis Coordinator for details.
Additional Requirements
Students must complete an oral presentation at an Honors College approved venue. Students must also gradute with a 3.250 cumulative UW GPA.

1Must be three unique courses to meet these requirements; a single course cannot count as both the Non-Western and an Upper Division Interdisciplinary Honors Elective.

We have implemented a graduated GPA scale towards the requirement of graduating with a 3.250 GPA. Specifically, to continue in the program, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 after their Freshman year, 3.100 after their Sophomore year, and 3.250 by the end of their Junior year. As noted above, students must always have a cumulative 3.250 GPA to be eligible for scholarships. Students must also enroll in at least one honors course every three semesters to maintain good standing with the college.

Successful completion of the program is indicated on transcripts and diplomas, and seniors are recognized at graduation ceremonies.
Preference for enrollment in Honors courses is given to Honors College students, although non-Honors students with a 3.250 GPA are encouraged to enroll if space is available. Requests for admittance must be approved by the Honors College Office.


The Honors College offers supplemental advising that supports the work that students do with their primary advisors. Honors Advising instructs students on Honors curriculum requirements and helps students select their Honors courses. Students work with their primary advisor to plan their courses each semester and to monitor progress towards degree completion. Students cannot register for Fall or Spring classes without meeting with their primary advisor.

Honors College (HP) Courses

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