Frequently asked questions

  • What is the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State?

    Founded in 2008, the Irvin D. Reid Honors College is home to more than 2,200 high-achieving students who excel in an academic setting found only in Detroit. Students can join the College as first-year students, transfer students or current students after completing one semester at WSU. Students in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College come to Wayne State from throughout Michigan and beyond. They are campus leaders, involved in student organizations and engaged in our community. Honors students have majors from every undergraduate program offered at WSU, from the natural and social sciences, to business, engineering, the arts and humanities, education and nursing. 

  • What are the benefits of doing Honors?

    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 

  • What is the difference between University Honors and Departmental Honors?

    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. 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.

  • How do Honors College courses fit in with my degree requirements?

    Honors credits can be found within a students general education curriculum as well as in a student's major/minor course of study.  Students will work directly with Honors College Academic Advisors to map out the best plan for earning honors credits within their programs.