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

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.

Important Registration Information for Honors Students:

The dates for Fall 2017 Pre-Priority Registration are:
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 -- 9 a.m. to midnight <- please note later start time!
Thursday,  March 23, 2017 -- 7 a.m. to midnight
Friday, March 24, 2017 -- 7 a.m. to midnight

Please visit the schedule of classes online to create your wish list for Fall 2017 (classschedule.wayne.edu).          

You can request block lifts NOW from departments if any of the classes you would like to take say 'departmental permission' on them.  NOTE: If there are any special instructions for a course or people that you need to contact about registration, it will be noted in a grey message bar in the class schedule.  Please make sure that you read these as they will contain important information.

A couple tips:

1. You need a 3.3 GPA in order to participate in pre-priority registration.

2. Please note that the registration system is not available 24 hours a day but has a start and end time.

3. If you are experiencing any issues registering for classes and you have a 3.3 GPA and are attempting to register during the listed times above, please call the Honors College front desk at 313-577-3030 for assistance.

4. If you do not have a 3.3 GPA, then you will need to check this website to see when you can register based on the amount of credits you currently have earned.

Registration for all students, regardless of class level, begins on Friday, March 31, 2017.


Connor Tukel

Connor is a junior the Honors CollegeMedStart program and is studying Near Eastern Languages with a concentration in Hebrew. In addition to building drones, he volunteers his time as a Conversation Partner with the English Language Institute.

Read about Connor's Honors College experience. 

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

Full List
Research@Honors Senior Lecturer Series
March 30 2017 at 1:00 PM
Honors College, Irvin D. Reid
Research@Honors is hosting its fourth research workshop with two of our Honors College Senior Lecturers; Dr. Aaron Martin&nbsp;and Dr. Kamahra Ewing, who will present on research topics that they have pursued. Attendees and young aspiring researchers will have the opportunity to listen and ask the presenters questions on getting involved in research projects and engaging in research. Dr. Aaron Martin, along with some Honors students, will present how they are conducting research through the projects they are working on. Following is an excerpt of their description of their work: We have four scholarly articles that will be sent out for publication to peer-reviewed journals the first week in April. The project is a semester-long program where four groups of four Honors students use neo-pragmatism to provide a theoretical re-orientation to a social problem we've identified as creating an unsustainable situation. For example, in one group we are arguing that a real lack of economic opportunity puts at risk the health of our democracy. Each group meet once a week to discuss process, assess progress, and assign work according to the plan. In addition to the actual research, the students divide the labor but remain in contact to ensure continuity, which helps build teamwork and trust, as well as come up with a journal strategy, which has greatly familiarized them with the process of publishing. Dr. Kamahra Ewing&nbsp;will discuss the research she conducted for her doctoral dissertation entitled, "Nollywood Goes to Brazil: Counter-hegemonic Media Flows in the African Diaspora.&rdquo; Her dissertation examines the correlations between intra-ethnic identity and citizenship under recent Brazilian affirmative action legislation. Mixed methods data collected in Salvador, Bahia and Sao Paulo revealed the Nollywood (Nigerian movie) phenomenon in Brazil&ndash;through exhibitions, co-productions, and audience reception within recent Nigerian immigrant communities as well as mostly Afro-Brazilian communities. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to reserve your spot for this event
Transfer Scholars Day
April 24 2017 at 3:30 PM
Student Center
Join the Irvin D. Reid Honors College for Transfer Scholars Day on Monday, April 24, 2017, a special event for incoming transfer students. Invited students will hear more about the many&nbsp;advantages of being Honors students when they begin their studies at Wayne State University, write a brief essay and sit for a small group interview, and get information on student services at a mini resource fair. Attending students will also be competing for consideration of additional awards. Parking for guests is provided in Wayne State Parking Structure 1. Check-in begins at 3:30pm on the second floor of the Student Center Building at the Ballroom.
An Evening with Honors
May 2 2017 at 3:30 PM
McGregor Memorial Conference Center
Join the Irvin D. Reid Honors College for "An Evening with Honors" on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.&nbsp;Invited students will complete for a seat in the Honors College for Fall 2017 by writing a brief essay and participating in a small group interview. Students will also hear more about the benefits of being an Honors student at Wayne State and will have access to a mini resource fair. The event takes place at the McGregor Memorial Conference Center and parking is provided in Wayne State Parking Structure #1. Check-in begins at 3:30pm and the program begins at 4:00pm.
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