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Year one: Community

Honors students arrive on campus eager to contribute to their new community. But before they can help, they must first understand the city. This is why Honors students spend their first year immersed in the history and the here-and-now of Detroit.

The two-semester signature course (HON 1000 and P S 1010), The City and Citizenship, focuses on Detroit’s past, present, and future, including its strengths and its challenges.

Key to the course is the Cultural Passport, which takes students out of the classroom and into the community – to museums, theatres, performance halls, and neighborhoods. Students gain firsthand knowledge of Detroit and its culture as they move forward. Past outings have included classes at the Detroit Institute of Arts, behind-the-scenes tours of Eastern Market, and special performances by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Opera Theatre. The first year culminates in a group research project tackling community concerns such as poverty or illiteracy. Our students don’t just present the problems; they brainstorm solutions. 

"In my first year I experienced the city first-hand as the student of a university in the heart of Detroit. HON 1000 gave me the ability to see Detroit as an inspiration-to grow and succeed."