Why Honors?

Wayne State's Irvin D. Reid Honors College gives the 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. The Honors College helps our most dedicated and ambitious students take full advantage of everything Wayne State University has to offer. 

By graduating with Honors, students earn one of the highest distinctions at Wayne State University, which is then noted on diplomas and transcripts. Honors sections of courses and honors coursework help students gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of specific subject material within a student's chosen major while making connections with outstanding Wayne State faculty members who serve as mentors for research projects and thesis proposals.  

The benefits extend beyond the classroom. All students are encouraged to get involved in the surrounding community, whether it be through the first year-course, one of the many service-learning opportunities the College provides or by volunteering with one of several student organizations tackling issues affecting the community. By getting involved, students gain first-hand knowledge of what it takes to make a difference in a community and can begin to see the immediate impact their involvement can bring to a community.   

Being a member of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College provides you with the kind of opportunities that students with high aspirations and goals are always looking for: 

  • Opening doors to the best that Wayne State has to offer 

  • Helping build strong relationships with renowned faculty and researchers 

  • Providing challenging and impactful academic experiences 

  • Designated Honors floors in university residence halls 

  • Pre-priority registration 

  • Opportunities for service-learning, internships, study-abroad and research 

  • Dedicated academic advisors and staff 

  • Graduation with University and/or Departmental Honors – the highest distinctions