Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the website for the Honors College and Trans-disciplinary Programs!

Since 1999, when we became the first Honors College sanctioned by the Georgia Board of Regents, our goal has been to transform lives – helping UWG’s best undergraduates metamorphose from high achieving students into productive scholars contributing to academic conversations taking place within their disciplines and making a positive difference in the communities where they study and live. Our award-winning Honors College staff strives daily to achieve this vision and fulfill our mission. 

As the Dean of UWG’s Honors College, my primary focus is ensuring our best students have every opportunity to reach their full potential as scholars. When I became Dean in 2012, the Honors College underwent a transition, now called the Honors College & Trans-disciplinary Programs. In addition to our broad-based curricula for Honors students, there are four units within the College:

  • Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Advanced Academy of Georgia
  • Debate

While these programs are quite diverse in the kinds of services and opportunities they provide to UWG undergraduates, there is a common theme running through all of them: exceptional opportunities for exceptional students. From the gifted high school juniors and seniors attending college early as part of the Advanced Academy, to the students from across campus who matriculate through Interdisciplinary Studies pursuing a degree which transcends any one academic discipline, to the participants who compete as part of UWG's national champion debate program, to the undergraduates who are presenting their research at national conferences and earning scholarships to the world's most elite graduate schools, the students who come through the Honors College & Trans-disciplinary Programs are exceptional in both their efforts, their goals, and their achievements.

As a proud alumnus who matriculated through the honors program and is now beginning my twentieth year as an employee at my alma mater, I speak from experience when I say no UWG student who is intellectually capable of excelling should be, nor will be, denied such opportunities. When you choose to participate in UWG's Honors College, you aren't just choosing to "Go West" - you are also choosing to "Go Best!"

Dr. Michael Hester
Dean of UWG’s Honors College