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The Honors College

Donal Skinner, 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 senior honors 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.


Students are invited to join the program prior to their freshman year. Freshman applicants meet at least one of the following criteria: a composite ACT score of 27, OR a combined verbal and quantitative SAT score of 1280, OR a high school GPA of 3.700.

The program 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.

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 has a few 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.

Program Requirements

The Honors curriculum immerses students in multi-disciplinary inquiry. We begin with the first-year Colloquium, a course that takes a complex topic – for example, dreams and reality – and explores it with readings based in the humanities, 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; on average one honors course per year: Non-Western Perspectives and then two upper division courses that emphasize interdisciplinarity. Each of these courses fulfills graduation requirements.

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

To continue in the program, we have implemented a graduated scale towards the requirement of graduating with a 3.250 GPA. Specifically, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 after their Freshman year, 3.100 after Sophomore 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.

Successful completion of the program is indicated on transcripts and diplomas, and seniors are recognized at graduation ceremonies.

Honors courses are preferentially for 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.

Honors Program (HP) Courses

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