HON 3000 - Field learning requirement
In order to deepen their educational experience, all Wayne State University Honors students are required to complete a "field learning" requirement outside of the traditional classroom. They may do so through any one of the following options: research, service learning, internship/co-op/practicum or study abroad.
Note: To fulfill the Field Learning requirement, students must enroll concurrently in Honors 3000 in the same semester in which the Field Learning takes place. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposed Field Learning selections with an Honors College advisor prior to enrolling in Honors 3000. Approved options will typically require WSU faculty oversight and assessment. Details for each option are below.
Retroactive credit: Students who have previously completed Field Learning courses or experiences that clearly fall within the parameters explained below may petition (firstname.lastname@example.org) to have those counted toward the Honors 3000 requirement. Generally, only experiences that were part of an approved WSU class or program will qualify.
For more information about this requirement, please contact the Honors College or schedule a meeting with an advisor in the Honors College.
Breakdown of requirements
Please select from the dropdown menu items below to find out more information on each field learning requirement as well as approved classes that can be used to complete each requirement.
Students may use a variety of undergraduate research experiences to fulfill the University Honors Field Learning requirement:
- Pre-approved WSU research courses listed on the Honors College website
- Pre-approved independent research or creative projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor and taken as HON 4990
- Pre-approved larger-scale, lab-based projects under a principal investigator and taken as HON 4990
- Pre-approved summer or off-campus research experiences might qualify, provided they are guided by full-time Wayne State faculty in the appropriate discipline and taken as HON 4990
- Qualifying undergraduate research experiences will occur during a student's sophomore-senior years.
- Research-focused courses teaching the tools/methods of research but not requiring a research project or student contribution to a larger project run by a principal investigator do not count towards the Field Learning requirement.
Honors students may use a credit-bearing internship or field placement experience to fulfill the Field Learning requirement. This can be done through pre-approved departmental internship, practicum or field practice courses. Internship experiences that are outside of a course may still qualify but would need to be pre-approved with the Honors College advisors and would necessitate registering for at least a one-credit independent study. All qualifying internship experiences must include:
- A credit-bearing course, which may be an independent study
- At least 25 hours of meaningful work in the field during the semester
- A mentor/mentee relationship within the placement
- A reflective component to critically analyze the experience in connection to coursework
Approved courses by school/college
College of Nursing
NUR 2050, 3010, 3015, 3020, 4010, 4040, 4050, 4120
College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts
Department of Art and Art History
AFA 5992 Supervised Field Experience
AGD 5990 Graphic Design Internship
These two below are limited in enrollment (based on interviews/degree program, etc.):
ACS 5210 Art Gallery Internship
ACS 5200 Art Gallery Management
Department of Music
MED 4560 - Practicum
MED 4570 - Student Teaching (Vocal Music Education Only)
TED 5970 - Student Teaching (Instrumental Music Education)
MUA 4650 - Internship for Music Business and Music Technology
Department of Communication
Journalism students are the only ones in COM who are required to take our COM 6190 internship course as a required part of their major. Film/MAS/CMS/PR can all take it as a “highly encouraged” elective.
Department of Theatre and Dance
Select six credits of the following (6):
THR 2581 Theatre Studio - Performance (Max. 3)
THR 2582 Theatre Studio - Scenery/Lighting (Max. 3)
THR 2583 Theatre Studio - Costumes (Max. 3)
THR 2584 Theatre Studio - Stage Management (Max. 3)
THR 2585 Theatre Studio - Theatre Management (Max. 3)
THR 2586 Theatre Studio - Running Crew (Max. 3)
THR 2587 Theatre Studio - Production (Max. 3)
College of Engineering
Both optional: BE 3500 (0 credits) or BE 3510 (1 credit)
Mike Ilitch School of Business
All optional: For zero credit but shows up on transcript:
Accounting: ACC 4500
Finance: FIN 4500
Global Supply Chain: GSC 4500
Information Systems: ISM 4500
Management: MGT 4500
Marketing: MKT 4500
For credit and shows up on transcript:
Accounting: ACC 5890
Finance: FIN 5890
Global Supply Chain: GSC 5890
Information Systems: ISM 5890
Management: MGT 5890
Marketing: MKT 5890
College of Education
School of Social Work
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
ENG 5820 - 6 cr.
HIS 4997 - 3 cr.
HIS 7998 - 1-3 cr.
For course descriptions, please see the University Bulletin.
Students may use a variety of service-learning experiences to fulfill the Field Learning requirement. Approved service-learning methods are:
- Pre-approved WSU service-learning courses listed on the Honors College website.
- Service-learning Honors Options linked to WSU course. Students will submit the proposal form by the term-specific deadline. Approved service-learning Honors Options will include a minimum of 25 hours of service with a community partner during the semester in which the student is enrolled in the service-learning course.
Students may find additional details related to submitting a proposal on the Honors website (https://honors.wayne.edu).
Approved Service-Learning Courses
Students may participate in a study abroad course or semester abroad to fulfill the Field Learning requirement. Students may enroll in a course or a semester abroad through the Wayne State University Study Abroad Office; alternatively, students may enroll in a course on WSU's main campus with a study abroad trip embedded into the course; students may also opt to enroll in a course with pre-approved study abroad transfer credit taken through another accredited institution of higher education. Honors students are advised to discuss their study abroad selection with an academic advisor in the Honors College before undertaking the course or semester abroad in order to get pre-authorization that the credit hours will fulfill the Field Learning requirement.
A diverse range of Study Abroad experiences may be used to fulfill the Field Learning requirement. These include but are not limited to:
- Semester study abroad program approved through WSU's Study Abroad Office
- Semester programs through accredited institutions of higher education
- Single study abroad course through WSU or through an accredited college or university
- On-campus semester course with travel embedded as a requirement of the course
- Faculty-led independent study or research abroad with time abroad as a requirement of the course (minimum one-credit hour is required)
- Other petitioned, individually vetted and approved curricular programs from accredited colleges or universities
Sample WSU approved Study Abroad courses and semesters abroad can be found at the following site:
Examples of travel abroad that do not count as study abroad for the purpose of fulfilling the Field Learning requirement include:
- Independent travel abroad
- Alternative spring breaks abroad that are not connected to a course
- Field work undertaken independently and not connected to a course
- Medical missions abroad undertaken independently and not affiliated with an academic course
- Missions abroad that are not part of a credit-bearing, faculty-led course