Honors Track - Departmental

Some departments and colleges at WSU offer students the opportunity to receive departmental honors through their major. Departmental honors tracks are currently offered in aerospace engineering, communication, communication sciences and disorders, health management, mechanical engineering, modern and classical languages and literatures, mathematics, political science, psychology, public health science, and organizational leadership and learning.


Each department or college specifies requirements for admission to the departmental honors track.

Program Requirements 

Departmental honors tracks consist of at least 12 credit hours of upper-division coursework or the equivalent effort, including satisfactory completion of a senior thesis, senior project, senior recital or capstone experience. Effort may be demonstrated by a student portfolio or another evaluation method determined by the department if courses are not required.

A minimum grade point average of 3.250 for coursework in the honors track is required for graduation with departmental honors.

Students who complete all requirements for departmental honors receive a diploma designation. For current information about departmental honors requirements, check individual department information in the Undergraduate Catalog or contact the department.

Credit earned toward departmental honors may be used toward requirements for the University Honors minor or Honors Baccalaureate awarded by the Cohen Honors College. Review the current university requirements for graduation for information about the required number of unduplicated credits. Departmental honors students are not required to be members of the Cohen Honors College.