Sean H. McDowell, PhD
Director, University Honors Program
Associate Professor, English, Film Studies
Building: Casey 232
Assistant to the Director
University Honors Program
No, you don’t. University Honors is an alternative to the Core, not a version of the Core. The only non-major course requirements you have to satisfy outside of Honors are a course in quantitative reasoning and a course in the natural sciences. Often, many Honors students come to the university with these required courses fulfilled through AP courses they took in high school.
You can start on your major as a freshman in addition to your Honors courses. Because each Honors seminar is only four credits, you can enroll in one class each quarter outside the program for each of the first five quarters and two courses in the sixth quarter. This way, you can begin coursework in major(s), complete a foreign language requirement, or explore other subjects outside of Honors during your freshman and sophomore years.
In most cases, the choice is yours. Students from most majors take both the Intellectual Traditions and Innovations tracks. But if you wish to pursue a credit-intensive major (more than 110 credits), then the Innovations track is probably your best bet. This track fits like a puzzle piece against even the most credit intensive undergraduate majors on campus.
The majority of our Honors students routinely double-major in a variety of subject areas, unless they are in credit-intensive majors. At Seattle University, a student needs 180 credits to graduate. If your desired major is more than 110 credits, it can be difficult to double major and still graduate in four years. But even in such cases, picking up minors in various subjects may still be possible.
Yes. Every student in the program receives a scholarship for not just the full four years of a student’s undergraduate education. This scholarship is awarded in addition to whatever other scholarships may be a part of a student’s financial aid package.