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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.

Daniel Varghese - Honors Student Ambassador

Hello, my name is Daniel Varghese. I am a Sophomore currently studying Pre-Pharmacy in the HealthPro Start Program at the Irvin D. Reid Honors College. Honors is an excellent program that has enhanced myself as a student of Detroit. I had little knowledge about the history of Detroit when I stared as a freshman. Through HON 1000 and PS 1010, I was informed of Detroit’s diverse history, culture, and talents. Honors has also provided me with the opportunity of making life-long friends. The community at Honors is very inclusive and welcoming. If you are looking at a chance to pursue academic excellence, and want to be apart of a warm community, Honors at the Irvin D. Reid Honors College is the best place for you!

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

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Scholars Day on February 7 - Honors Student Volunteers
February 7 2016 at 7:30 AM
Student Center
The Honors College needs CURRENT HONORS STUDENTS to help with the Scholars Day events taking place on February 6 and 7, 2016. Honors students will serve as guides and ambassadors to prospective students and their parents, helping to guide groups of guests around campus and answer questions. Honors student will receive a scarf, a Certificate of Participation, breakfast and lunch for helping, and it's a great way to connect with other students! A short training session will held in the morning, followed by the day's activities. Start time will be about 7:30am and the event will end around 2:00pm.
Honors Movie Night - The Princess Bride (1987)
February 16 2016 at 6:00 PM
Undergraduate Library, David Adamany
When: February 16 Time: 6-8 p.m. Where: Honors College Room 2145 The greatest love story every told. The Princess Bride (1987) is an American fantasy comedy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner and starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, and Christopher Guest. Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name, it tells the story about a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by befriended companions along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck.
Knowledge on Tap presents ... The Bard at the bar: Exploring the book that gave us Shakespeare
February 25 2016 at 5:30 PM
HopCat Detroit
Pull up a stool, grab a drink and learn something new. The First Folio, the book that gave us Shakespeare, is headed to Detroit. But before it arrives in March, Knowledge on Tap presents “The Bard at the bar: Exploring the book that gave us Shakespeare” to give insight into one of the most influential books in human history and the author who gave us that work. Join Ken Jackson, chair of Wayne State University’s Department of English, to learn about the Bard, his life and the literary classics that might have been lost forever. We will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, at HopCat Detroit's Huma Room in Midtown. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. Many of Shakespeare's plays, which were written to be performed, were not published during his lifetime. The First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It was published in 1623, seven years after the playwright's death. Two of Shakespeare's fellow actors compiled 36 of his plays, hoping to preserve them for future generations. Without it, we would not have 18 of the Bard’s plays, including Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. In addition to his chair duties, Jackson is a professor of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State. He received his Ph.D. in English, with distinction, from Loyola University of Chicago. His research and writings on Shakespeare have appeared in numerous journal articles and books. Most recently, Jackson released his book Shakespeare and Abraham, which illuminates Shakespeare’s dramatic fascination with the story of Abraham’s near sacrifice of his son Isaac in Genesis 22. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring the First Folio of Shakespeare throughout 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. Wayne State, in collaboration with the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Public Library, was selected as the host site for the state of Michigan. Knowledge on Tap consists of live — and lively — discussions with some of Detroit’s greatest minds. The events are held every other month at a Midtown bar or restaurant 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.
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