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University Honors Program
714 21st Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: (202) 994-6816
Fax: (202) 994-0842
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Program Information

The George Washington University Honors Program helps students hone their analytical and expressive powers, deepen their understanding of complex issues and questions, and broaden their perspectives. Built upon an interdisciplinary honors experience, the program is fully integrated into, synergistic with, and reinforcing of the highest academic aspirations of university schools and departments.

  • Small, seminar-style classes capped at 15 or 20 students, provide an opportunity to probe a variety of evolving issues and eternal questions.

  • The Honors community is strengthened and sustained by a shared academic experience and enhanced by its small size, approximately 500 students. The program offers first-year and second-year Honors students the option of living in an honors residential community.

  • Generally in the first two years of the program, students enroll in a series of unique courses that address questions and issues both cross-culturally and cross-disciplinary, drawing from the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. In their final year, students participate in a senior year capstone experience that provides an opportunity to apply and reflect on what they have learned as undergraduates.

  • The honors experience is enriched by distinctive co-curricular programming, including off-campus activities with professors and discussions in the program's Club Room. Recent events include student-faculty dinners, a hike along the Appalachian Trail, visits to local museums, day trips throughout the region, theater performances, film screenings, guest speakers and debates, and career information sessions.

  • The small, discussion-driven format of Honors courses creates a collaborative environment and strengthens relationships between students and faculty.

  • Designated Honors academic advisors assist students with academic, career, and personal planning.

  • Honors Program members receive early course registration privileges during their second, third, and fourth semesters at GW.

  • Membership in the Honors Program is indicated on a student's transcript.