Forge Ahead With All the World as Your Guide

For more than 50 years, the Seattle University Honors Program has provided learners like you with the opportunity to join a community of engaged student citizens and professors, dedicated to the study of great works, ideas and histories that have shaped the development of our world.

To seek and lead toward a just future for all requires a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary understanding of the world we share. While Honors programs at other institutions simply provide special sections of regular classes, our dynamic Honors Program was crafted to offer a sequence of rigorous seminars designed to pique your interest and augment your academic majors and pursuits. Dive into your intellectual passions. And discover new ones with other students as curious as you.

As an intellectually motivated learner with great ambitions, you will find yourself embraced within Seattle University’s proud Honors tradition.

Seattle University Honors – Together Forward

Empowered Leaders in True Community

Our Honors Program operates on a cohort model that provides you with an invested community of fellow students who will go through the curriculum with you, as you all grow together in your knowledge and leadership skills. Through our distinctive seminar-style classroom philosophy, paper conferences, and oral exams, you will develop poise and confidence in public speaking, conducting research and exchanging knowledge and ideas. We consider our program the perfect pairing of knowledge and skills necessary for you to succeed as a leader in our world today.

Choose an Honors Path That's Right for You

Our Honors program offers three distinctive tracks to accommodate students’ diverse interests and collegiate aspirations

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Frequently Asked Questions

Admission to the Honors Program is for incoming freshman and has an additional application process.

University Honors applicants must also apply separately for admission to Seattle University.


Want to know more about the Seattle University Honors Program Experience? Just ask. We’re here to answer all your questions.

Contact Us

  • Sean H. McDowell, PhD

    Sean H. McDowell, PhD

    Director, University Honors Program
    Associate Professor, English
    Office: Casey 230-02

  • Yancy Dominick, PhD

    Yancy Dominick, PhD

    Associate Director, University Honors Program
    Senior Instructor, Philosophy
    Office: Casey 210-06

  • Dean Peterson, PhD

    Dean Peterson, PhD

    Interim Associate Director, University Honors Program
    Associate Professor, Economics
    Office: Pigott 524

  • Thorne Clayton-Falls

    Thorne Clayton-Falls

    Program Coordinator, University Honors Program
    Office: Casey 230

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