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

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.

Evan Hansinger - Honors Student Ambassador

Hello my name is Evan Hansinger and I am one of the Honors student ambassadors. I am a sophomore Political Science major with a minor in Criminal Justice. I grew up In a city called Shelby Township and graduated from Eisenhower High School. Some of my interests include watching sports, watching Netflix, and learning about a wide variety of things. Since I started at Wayne I have been fairly active in the Honors College. I volunteered for Scholars Day and of course participated in the various activities that are part of the freshman honors classes. This experience I feel not only helped transition me into college life, but also gave me a greater connection to the university and the city. I found that the activities gave me not only a deeper connection but also a sense of pride. I highly recommend students to get involved. 

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

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Honors Induction Ceremony
August 30 2016 at 1:30 PM
Community Arts
Incoming first-year Honors students and their guests are invited to join the Irvin D. Reid Honors College for their official welcome to Honors. The Honors Induction Ceremony takes place in the Community Arts Auditorium at 1:30pm on Tuesday, August 30. The Honors Induction Ceremony follows New Student Convocation and FestiFall activities. For this event, dress is casual and the ceremony lasts approximately 45 minutes.
Honors Freshmen Day of Service
September 9 2016 at 1:00 PM
Keys Common
In spirit of the first two pillars of Honors – Community and Service - The Honors College has teamed up with two local schools to provide school uniforms for its students. Clothes will be collected during a picnic on Friday, September 9 from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Commons area, where there will be food, games, and music. Clothes will be boxed up to be delivered following the conclusion of the event. Deadline to RSVP is Friday, September 2. You do not have to attend the event in order to donate clothing as boxes will be available at the front desk of the Honors College beginning Tuesday, September 6. See the chart below to see which piece of clothing has been designated for each HON 1000 section.   Freshmen Day of Service Chart   Child S Child M Child L Child XL Adult S Adult M Adult L Navy Shirts (Short Sleeve or Long Sleeve) 504 (T) 507 (T) 519 (T) 524 (T) 501 (T) 513 (T) 502 (W) Khaki pants 505 (W) 508 (W) 521 (W) 511 (W) 514 (W) 518 (W) 503 (TH) Navy pants 506 (TH) 517 (TH) 522 (TH) 510 (TH)  512 (TH) 515 (TH) 523 (TH) Undershirts and Socks 520 (F) 516 (F) 525 (F)           For more information, please contact the Honors College front desk at 313.577.3030 or email fh5000@wayne.edu.
King-Chavez-Parks Distinguished Visiting Professors Forum on Career Development 2016
September 15 2016 at 10:00 AM
Alumni House
The Wayne State University Graduate School invites you to attend a  Forum on Career Development presented by the  2016 King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Distinguished Visiting Professors. Ethriam Brammer, PhD Eastern Michigan University  Ypsilanti, MI   Kish Golden, PhD Merck & Co. Milton, GA   Crystal Hill-Pryor, PhD US Army Medical Research Fort Detrick, MD     Established by the Michigan Legislature in 1986, the goal of the Martin Luther King, Jr. - César Chávez - Rosa Parks (KCP) Initiative is to increase the number of Michigan's most educationally or economically disadvantaged citizens who have the opportunity to complete college degrees and experience career success as active participants in a knowledge-based global economy. The KCP forum showcases former Wayne State University graduates who were KCP Fellows. The presenters will speak on the challenges and opportunities they experienced during their careers and share their wisdom with current students and faculty about succeeding in graduate school and beyond.     Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Alumni Lounge Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. RSVP by Sept. 1, 2016.   Funding for this program is, in part, provided by the King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.  
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