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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Design with Departmental Honors, BA

The honors program in the Art, Art History and Design department is an opportunity for outstanding majors to demonstrate excellence in their chosen artistic discipline by pursing a directed project in their field. All honors majors will complete a total of 65 credits in the major including the five-credit course ART 4790  Departmental Honors Thesis Supervision.


Acceptance into the honors major is based on the quality of the proposed project and faculty sponsorship of this project. In addition, it is usually expected that the honors candidate will:

  • Have an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher
  • Have completed at least 45 credits at Seattle University by the end of junior year
  • Have completed at least 15 credits in the major at Seattle University by the end of junior year
  • Submit a Change of Major, Degree, or Specialization form to the Office of the Registrar when accepted into the major, degree or specialization


The student must identify a faculty sponsor with whom to work and complete an Art, Art History and Design Honors Proposal form (available in the department office for Art, Art History and Design) by October 15 of the senior year. The proposal will be considered by the Art, Art History and Design faculty.


In order to complete the requirements for departmental honors, the student must maintain an overall GPA of 3.50.

Honors students must complete 90 credits in the major. Design majors must complete the five-credit ART 4790  Departmental Honors Thesis Supervision course. Design majors must complete an additional five-credit course, at the 3000-4000 level (see Course Descriptions), that focuses on work related to the honors project; this course must be approved by the faculty sponsor.

The honors project must be completed and presented to the public by the end of spring quarter of the senior year and the student must receive a grade of A or A- for the Departmental Honors Thesis Supervision course.

Example of possible honors project:

  • Independent design project in consultation with an advisor

View Design, BA  requirements.