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  • Explore Detroit's cultural gems with Honors
  • Serve with Honors Community of Scholars
  • Detroit Fellows Tutoring receives Faculty Award from WSU President Wilson
  • Graduate with Honors
  • Walk to an Honors lecture at the Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Get green at the Honors Community Garden
  • Celebrate at Honors graduation

Welcome to the Honors College

The Irvin D. Reid Honors College is city-based and service-oriented; we promote excellence and challenge our students to engage the world around them as problem-solvers and leaders. Our curriculum requires that students inform themselves about what it means to be citizens, of this city, this country, the world; we give our students tools, tools to be catalysts for innovation and improvement, and the skills necessary to create powerful solutions. The women and men who are students here — with the generous support and guidance of faculty, staff, friends and alumni — are inventing our shared future.

Mission Statement: The Honors College provides Wayne State University's highest achieving undergraduate students the opportunity to become members of an engaged and dynamic academic community through a curriculum that is challenging, innovative and interdisciplinary. Honors courses enrich undergraduate education, providing a unique set of experiences that integrate our four defining pillars: community engagement, service-learning, undergraduate research and career exploration.



Dalia Ibrahim

Dalia is a sophomore studying Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies and currently serves as the Honors College representative on Wayne State's University's Student Senate. 

Read Dalia's responses to questions about her Honors experience.

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

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Honors Induction Ceremony
August 29 2017 at 1:30 PM
Community Arts
Join the Irvin D. Reid Honors College in providing an official welcome to the incoming Honors students! Invited first-year students will have the opportunity to meet the Dean of the Honors College and its faculty and staff and be offically inducted into the Honors College.
Knowledge on Tap presents … Sing us a song: Popular music’s place in culture
September 14 2017 at 5:30 PM
HopCat Detroit
Pull up a stool, grab a drink and learn something new. If there is one commonality that binds us all, it is music. As poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” While some are passive listeners, ethnomusicologists make it their job to understand music as a social practice and study music in its cultural context. They research music from any part of the world and investigate its connections to all elements of social life. Join Joshua S. Duchan, associate professor of music history and director of graduate studies in music at Wayne State University, as he discusses ethnomusicology, popular music and his recently published book about the music of singer-songwriter Billy Joel. He will take us from the basic elements of how music is put together all the way to how it reflects and affects our society, culture and history. Join us starting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at HopCat Detroit's Huma Room in Midtown. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. Duchan is an ethnomusicologist specializing in American popular music. He has authored two books, Powerful Voices: The Musical and Social World of Collegiate A Cappella and Billy Joel: America's Piano Man, and numerous journal articles and book chapters. He has also been invited by the American Musicological Society to give a lecture in 2018 on his research at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. At WSU, Duchan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music history, world music, popular music and ethnomusicology. Outside of teaching, he is an active participant in the regional and national a cappella scene as an adjudicator, arranger, clinician and producer. Knowledge on Tap consists of live — and lively — discussions with some of Detroit’s greatest minds. The events are held every other month and feature an informal presentation by one of Wayne State’s renowned faculty members on a topic of their choice, followed by dynamic conversation. All Knowledge on Tap events are free, open to the public and require no educational background. All ages are welcome.
Honors College Welcome Back party
September 18 2017 at 3:00 PM
Keast Commons
The Honors College would like to welcome all of its students back for the Fall 2018 year. What better way than to have a party with free pizza and games. Come hang out, grab a slice of pizza or two and get to know your fellow Honors students and staff.  If you have any questions, please contact Drew Moser at fh5000@wayne.edu
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