The Honors Program is an alternative pathway through the college’s requiredcore curriculum. It is not itself a major, but is to be taken in conjunction with any major—and Honors students represent the full gamut of majors and extra-curricular interests at Puget Sound.
The program uniquely honors the intellectual tradition of the liberal arts as a powerful means of understanding and engaging today’s real-world problems. It features:
Special emphasis on foundational texts in each of the college’s main disciplinary areas (Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, the Arts).
A cohort experience for an entering class of up to thirty-four Honors students who embark on a close-knit intellectual journey that builds from one semester to the next.
Community living to foster lasting personal and intellectual relationships (first-year Honors students live in a residence hall, along with many other students who are not in the program, and have additional communal living options beginning the second year).
Rich offerings outside the classroom, including trips to cultural events in Seattle and Tacoma, a student-run film series, guest lectures, and numerous other student-sponsored activities.
Distinguished graduation as a Coolidge Otis Chapman Honors Scholar upon successful completion of the Honors curriculum, the senior thesis, and the senior thesis presentation.