The Centennial Honors College provides academically talented and motivated students an enriched academic curriculum and opportunities for leadership, professional growth, and service learning. At the university level, its curriculum of special general honors tutorials, colloquia, and seminars is an integral part of the University’s General Education. Within departments or areas of study, the honors curriculum is an integral part of the major with offerings of in-course honors, seminars, recitals, and internship opportunities. General Honors courses, taught by a select faculty, foster opportunities for discussion and debate and promote critical reasoning, cross-disciplinary thinking, and communication skills. Honors work within departments and areas provides opportunities for in-depth study, research, and professional development.
Only students who are enrolled in the Centennial Honors College may register for honors courses. To qualify for the Centennial Honors College, entering freshman must fall into one of the following categories:
Comparable SAT score is acceptable.
Transfer and current WIU students who wish to join the Honors College (including the Quad Cities Honors Program) must have a 3.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale based on 12 or more semester hours at an accredited university.
International students are encouraged to apply and may contact the director.
Students may complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299).
University Honors includes: two general honors seminars, an honors section of the First Year Experience (a general honors seminar may be substituted in some cases), G H 299, and the appropriate discipline specific honors requirements in the major. Transfer students are eligible for University Honors if they have completed an approved honors curriculum at a college or university before enrolling at Western Illinois University.
Upper Division Honors includes: the appropriate discipline specific requirements in the major and G H 299.
Lower Division Honors includes: two general honors seminars, an honors section of the First Year Experience (a general honors seminar may be substituted in some cases), and G H 299.
See Pre-Professional Programs for a detailed description of the requirements.