“If I’m an Honors student, do I still have to take the Core Curriculum?”

No, you don’t.  University Honors is an alternative to the Core, not a version of the Core. No matter which track you choose within Honors, completing the track will complete all your Core requirements

“Can I start on my major course work right away, or do I have to wait until after the Honors program is over?”

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 at least one class each quarter outside the program. The Innovations track will allow you to take more than one class each quarter outside the program. This way, you can begin coursework in major(s), complete a foreign language requirement, or explore other subjects outside of Honors in your first years at Seattle University.

“Which Honors track should I choose?”

In most cases, the choice is yours. Students from most majors are able to take any one of the three tracks: Intellectual Traditions; Society, Policy and Citizenship; Innovations. 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.

Most majors offered at Seattle University are compatible with all three Honors tracks with the following exceptions. The Nursing major is compatible only with Innovations. Majors that are credit-intensive with required courses in the first year, such as science majors, fit best with the Innovations track. The Biology major is an exception and is designed to fit specifically with either Intellectual Traditions or the Society, Policy, Citizenship track.

At this time, engineering students cannot be admitted to the University Honors Programs because of class schedule conflicts. Matteo Ricci College students are ineligible for the University Honors Program because its program of study, another alternative to the University Core Curriculum, has a separate curriculum.

“Can I double major as an Honors student?”

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.

“Is there an Honors scholarship?”

Yes.  Every student in the program receives a scholarship, not just for the time they are in the program, but for 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.

Contact Us

Sean H. McDowell, PhD
Director, University Honors Program
Professor, English
Email: mcdowell@seattleu.edu
Phone: 206.296.5306
Building: Casey 232

Yancy Dominick, PhD
Associate Director, University Honors Program
Senior Instructor, Philosophy
Email: dominick@seattleu.edu
Phone: 206.296.5475
Building: Casey 203

Katie Fitzpatrick, PhD
Associate Director, University Honors Program
Associate Professor, Economics
Email: fitzpatk@seattleu.edu
Phone: 206.220.8593
Building: Pigott 404

Thorne Clayton-Falls
Program Coordinator
University Honors Program
Email: claytont@seattleu.edu
Phone: 206.296.5305
Building: Casey 2E

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