MajorHonors Baccalaureate

The Honors Baccalaureate (HB) degree program from Wichita State is the only program of its kind in Kansas—and one of only a few offered in the country.

As an honors student, you'll enjoy a rigorous, personalized program of study, including the completion of a final project before you graduate. This degree is ideal if you're interested in pursuing advanced degrees, leading to careers such as university teaching, medicine, law or management.

Learn how the Honors Baccalaureate is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

For students entering WSU with fewer than 24 hours of college credit:

  • A minimum high school GPA of 3.7
  • Or composite ACT score of 27 (SAT 1280)

For students with 24 or more hours of college credit: 

  • A minimum college GPA of 3.5
  • Or composite ACT score of 27 (SAT 1280)

Special Admission: Students who do not meet the ordinary admission requirements are invited to apply. Check the special admission box on the application and give your reasons for applying.

Inside the Program

Honors student fights workplace discrimination through U.S. EEOC internship

Shortly after graduating from WSU, Honors College student Katie Deutsch lent the skills she learned in college to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 

Her job involved working in the EEOC's Office of the General Counsel, assisting economists in conducting legislative and judicial research.

Although Katie wasn't initially qualified for the position, she applied anyway and was ultimately chosen.


The H.B. curriculum consists of 63 credit hours. You'll work closely with a Cohen Honors College advisor and select two or three academic disciplines from at least two other colleges at WSU.


Thanks to WSU's extensive network of employer connections, students in every major have opportunities to gain real-world experience—helping them build a resume, make professional connections and land their dream jobs.

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