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The Honors Program is open to all students whose desire to learn is not bound by traditional disciplines and classrooms. Honors students should be committed to learning, sharing their knowledge with others, improving their skills in reading and writing and have the intellectual curiosity to pursue independent research and creative endeavors.

Students apply to the Honors program by writing a letter that summarizes their learning experiences and how they will contribute to the program. Students may apply via the online application or by downloading the .pdf application and following the mailing instructions.

The Honors Program was founded by Professor Jane Maddock. After careful study of the best features of other Honors Programs around the country, Dr. Maddock founded a unique program based on three principles: self-selectivity, experiential learning and interdisciplinary study. Dr. Maddock also believed that courses should incorporate service-learning, be reading and writing intensive, and offer the opportunity for independent research and creative endeavors.

The Honors Program at the University of Montana Western is a member of the Western Regional Honors Council.

Helpful Information

Honors First Year Experience

The Honors First Year Experience is a special program for a select group of freshmen, learn more.

Honors Courses

View current Honors Courses

Honors Student Association

Actively engage in the Honors Program

Online Honors Program Application

Click here to apply for UMW's Honors Program online.

Mail in Honors Program Application

Click here to download a .pdf copy of the Honors Program Application to be turned in via mail or in person.

Contact Information



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