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  • Graduate with Honors
  • Explore Detroit's cultural gems with Honors
  • Celebrate at Honors graduation
  • Get green at the Honors Community Garden
  • Walk to an Honors lecture at the Detroit Institute of Arts
  • 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.

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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Wayne Med-Direct Open House
October 5 2016 at 5:00 PM
Welcome Center
This is an informational session on the Wayne Med-Direct program for Fall 2017 admission. We request that you RSVP in advance of the session. 
Knowledge on Tap presents ... Keeping cities weird: Revitalizing neighborhoods without losing their character
October 5 2016 at 5:30 PM
HopCat Detroit
Weirdness has always been an important indicator for a certain type of urban experience — spontaneous, unpredictable, diverse, rebellious, artistic and innovative.But how do you balance those avant-garde traits while also defining what makes a “successful” city?Join Andrew Newman, assistant professor in Wayne State’s Department of Anthropology, for the next Knowledge on Tap presentation, “Keeping cities weird: Revitalizing neighborhoods without losing their character.” We will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at HopCat Detroit's Huma Room in Midtown. The presentation begins at 6 p.m.Newman will discuss, among other things, what Detroit can learn from famous cases of urban and cultural transformation, such as Paris in the 1860s and New York in the 1960s-70s. Is there a relationship between urban change and the rise of a cultural avant-garde in some neighborhoods and artistic and political movements in others? How can city dwellers play a role in urban transformation instead of being displaced by it? And what is the role played by public spaces and architecture in this process?     Newman is a cultural anthropologist who studies the links between urban transformation and broader patterns of social, economic and political change. He writes about the importance of social movements in urban change as well as the importance of urban design centered on public spaces and vibrant sidewalk culture. Newman has conducted ethnographic research in Paris, New York and Detroit. He is the author of Landscape of Discontent: Urban Sustainability in Immigrant Paris and is a co-editor of a book in progress, A People's Atlas of Detroit.  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.
Research@Honors Workshop: Developing a Research or Creative Project Proposal
October 12 2016 at 2:00 PM
Honors College, Irvin D. Reid
Developing a Research or Creative Project Proposal (Wednesday, October 12, 2016 2 pm - 3 pm) Research@Honors is hosting its first workshop for this year on October 12, 2016 from 2pm-3pm. Our guest speakers are Honors Librarian Judith Arnold,  and Dr. Jule Wallis, Writing Center Director and Lecturer. This will be a great opportunity for you to learn to write a successful research and creative project proposal and about different research tools from experts. All attendees will receive a choice of an Honors stylus pen or an Honors highlighter!
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