About

The Irvin D. Reid Honors College provides Wayne State's highest-achieving undergraduates with a program that is both academically rigorous and culturally engaged. Founded in 2008, it is home to roughly 2000 students, comprising both University Honors and Departmental Honors tracks.

The University Honors track is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary program that includes a distinctive first-year sequence, community-engagement experiences, and Honors courses across the curriculum. The Departmental Honors track is a discipline-specific program that varies by major; students apply after taking at least a semester of courses at Wayne State. Honors students may pursue either or both tracks.

Note that all Honors students pursue a traditional major in conjunction with their Honors experience, with access to the full range of faculty, courses, and programs at Wayne State.

The College provides many advantages, including:

  • a community of high-achieving students
  • pre-priority class registration
  • dedicated Honors academic advisors
  • smaller classes taught by senior full-time faculty
  • unique opportunities for undergraduate research
  • special private scholarships
  • Honors floors in residence halls, for students who live on campus
  • special recognition at graduation, with Honors designation on degree and transcript

Students may be invited to join the College as first-year students, transfer students, or current students. Learn more about how to apply to Honors

Mission Statement

The Irvin D. Reid 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, service, research, and career.

Program Assessment

The Irvin D. Reid Honors College is committed to thoughtful, ongoing assessment of its academic program and makes our yearly findings available here:

IDR Honors College Program Assessment Report 2013-2014

IDR Honors College Program Assessment Report 2014-2015

IDR Honors College Program Assessment Report 2015-2016

IDR Honors College Program Assessment Report 2016-2017

IDR Honors College Program Assessment Report 2017-2018