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More Meaningful Work

Honors offers students a different way to do their degree, designed to be broader, deeper, or more complex than traditional college study. 

Most Honors courses & experiences also meet general education or major requirements. They simply push you farther. They may require additional research or creative activity, encourage collaboration or independent problem solving, or engage you outside the classroom in integrative and reflective applied learning.

No matter what curriculum path Cohen Honors students follow, they prepare to be academic, professional, and community leaders. We place a particular emphasis on developing an innovative and transformational mindset in order to increase your intellectual and professional capacity. These are the pillars established in the student-written Honors College Charter.

In other words - Cohen Honors is more meaningful work! 

Wichita State University is an institutional member of the National Collegiate Honors Council and the Great Plains Honors Council.
These organizations offer students opportunities for applied learning, research, leadership, and networking with Honors students regionally and nationally.

Choose Your Honors Path

  • A student in any major can earn an honors college distinction on the transcript or diploma. Complete at least 12 credits including research or applied learning for an Honors scholar, leadership, or law & public policy track.  Complete 24 credits to be awarded the more ambitious University Honors minor. Or design-your-own multi-disciplinary Honors Baccalaureate degree.
  • To find tools for planning: Visit the Honors College forms page for planning sheets, and talk with the honors academic advisor.
  • Choose or change your Honors College track in the Change of Major app in your MyWSU portal.
  • Find Honors Courses in the Schedule of Courses. Type "honors" in the keyword box to see a full list of department honors and honors college courses

Not yet in Honors but curious? Stop by Shocker Hall or fill out the Course Permission form to request to take an Honors course.

Learn about more Honors Benefits

In addition to challenging and engaging courses, Honors offers multiple benefits to students who want to maximize their college education, including priority enrollment and 24/7 access to study areas in the honors student lounge in Shocker Hall Building A.

Apply for a Cohen Enhancement Scholarship

When Dorothy & Bill Cohen gave their naming gift to ensure the future of Honors, they challenged the college to join knowledge and innovation to grow visionaries. Thanks to their generosity, Honors students with high financial need receive a scholarship each year, and all students can apply for a scholarship of up to $4000 to support applied learning such as study abroad, student exchange, research, service-learning, and unpaid internships in the nonprofit or public sector.