History of the Honors Community
1926 | Mackenzie Honor Society
- Organized in 1926 and open to men only.
- Named in honor of David Mackenzie, first dean of what is now the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
- 1931: Karyatides, a womens honor society, is established.
- 1981: Mackenzie and Karyatides are merged; combined program becomes David Mackenzie Honor Society.
- David Mackenzie Honor Society continues to induct several top graduating seniors and one honorary member annually.
- Past honorary members include journalist Helen Thomas '42 and Wayne State president emeritus, Irvin D. Reid.
1959 | Monteith College
- Founded in 1959
- Offered students (known as Monteith Scholars) the advantages of a small college within a large university
- Home to some of Wayne State's most innovative faculty members and students during the '60s and '70s
- Students embraced new ideas as the college emphasized dialogue and inquiry, with a goal to identify and impart knowledge that every student should possess
"We want our students to look at the world whole, but without missing the details." — Monteith faculty member
1972 | Merit Scholars Program
- Created in 1972
- Provided full tuition to more than 4,500 students demonstrating superior academic achievement
- Continues today as the Presidential Scholars program
2008 | Irvin D. Reid Honors College
- Founded in 2008
- Named for former Wayne State President Irvin D. Reid
- Highest-achieving undergraduates are invited to join an engaged and dynamic academic community