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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.

Nushrat Rahman - Honors Student Ambassador

Hi! My name is Nushrat Rahman, and I’m currently a sophomore here at Wayne State University. After perusing the many degrees offered by WSU, I finally decided on majoring in English with a minor in Art. During my time as a first year Honors College student, I saw my worldview broaden dramatically because I was able to engage with an incredibly diverse group of peers. My critical thinking skills were put to the test and the first year experience exposed me to many different forms of higher education (e.g. experiential, seminar, lecture). The Honors Program helped (and continues to help me) become an active and engaged learner, and I hope it will do the same for the incoming freshmen! Overall, it was a truly transformative experience.  

Upcoming Events

Calendar of Events

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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.
Research@Honors Workshop - III
February 24 2016 at 3:30 PM
Honors College, Irvin D. Reid
Research @ Honors is hosting a research workshop with two Honors College Senior Lecturers, 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. James Buccellato will talk about the research process: interviewing people, going through the archives (here in Detroit and Lansing), traveling to Sicily for research. He will also talk about getting funding and the book deal process. Check out his website jbuccellato.com Dr. Beth Fowler will present on "Desegregating the Charts: Crossovers, Cover Songs, and Race on the Billboard Charts, 1953-1958." Her talk is centered around the concept that rock and roll was created as songs crossed genres during the mid-1950s, and revealed and reinforced similar cultural tastes among black and white youth. She will also be talking about why she chose to use Billboard charts as her primary source for this particular study, and about using a digital platform to reveal connections we may not see otherwise. Please RSVP and reserve your spot for this event. Attendees will also get a desk-pad (comes with a ruler and post-its) from IDR Honors College.
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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