2.43.05 Guidelines for the Establishment of Undergraduate Honors Curricula Purpose

The University's honors curricula should serve to challenge highly motivated students through courses of advanced study; to provide academic programs of unusual breadth and depth; to provide recognition for outstanding scholastic achievement; to foster interest in research and scholarly activity; and to provide students an opportunity to work with outstanding faculty. This Statute delineates guidelines for the establishment of Honors curricula in the University. Curriculum

There shall be two types of Honors curricula available: (A) University-wide Honors Curriculum; and (B) College/School or Department Honors Curricula. University-wide Honors Curriculum

The University-wide Honors College allows undergraduate students in any college/school to pursue a structured curriculum consisting of a first-year sequence, General Education core curriculum, Junior/Senior seminar, additional upper-level credits, and thesis.  

College Requirements. The College shall require Honors-designated course work totaling a minimum of 36 credit hours for the baccalaureate program the student is pursuing. Students in this College MUST SATISFY THE GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, but the approved General Education courses may differ for the Honors College after review by the Honors Council and the General Education Implementation Committee and approval by the President or his/her designee. The Honors College General Education core curriculum will define a common body of knowledge beginning with the freshman Honors 1000/2000 sequence, and including a specified complement of Honors courses chosen from existing General Education options as determined by individual departments in consultation with the College.  

Admission. Students with excellent academic records are eligible and may apply for admission to the University's Honors College. In considering nominees/applicants for the College, considerable emphasis shall be placed upon the character of the student's prior accomplishments, and upon measures of potential appropriate to the individual and his/her field.  

Normally, the following are required:

(a) Entering Freshmen: Any entering freshman with a high school honor point average of 3.5, or a composite ACT score of 26 or SAT combined score of 1100, is eligible to apply for admission to the Honors College. Students must be in the top 10% of their high school graduating class. Students not meeting the above criteria may request an interview with the Honors Council.

(b) Transfer Students who have completed a minimum of 15 hours of college credit with a cumulative honor point average of 3.3 at another postsecondary institution are eligible to apply for admission to the College. Normally, no student shall be admitted to the Honors College who has fewer than 60 credits remaining for undergraduate study at Wayne State University. Students must complete at least one Honors Seminar (HON 4200 - 4280), the Honors thesis, and any additional required upper-level Honors courses in their major at WSU.

(c) Continuing Students: Students who have a cumulative honor point average of 3.30 or above at Wayne State University may submit an application for consideration prior to the fall and winter registration period.

(d) Presidential Scholars: Students awarded Presidential Scholarships are eligible for admission to the University Honors College upon entrance to Wayne State University.

(e) Students whose cumulative honor point average is at least 3.3, but who are not formally in the Honors College, are eligible to elect honors courses to enrich their educational experiences.  

Retention. The academic record of each student shall be reviewed at regular intervals. To remain in the University Honors College, a student normally shall be expected:

(a) To pursue a program consistent with the objectives of the Honors College, as recommended by the University Honors Council and approved by the President or his/her designee.

(b) To maintain a cumulative honor point average greater than or equal to 3.3.  

A student whose cumulative honor point average is below 3.3 and is, for that reason, dropped from the Honors College, may reapply when the cumulative honor point average is 3.3 or higher.  

Participation. A student designated an Honors College Student shall be assigned to an Honors Advisor. The Honors Advisor shall develop with the student an individualized program of study appropriate to the student. The Honors Advisor shall have the responsibility to make certain that the requirements of both general education and the major are represented in the student's program. The program of study must be approved by the student's home college and by the University Honors Council.  

Graduation. For graduation from the Honors College, students must have a minimum cumulative honor point average of 3.3, and must complete a minimum of 28 credit hours in honors-designated course work (including credits in an independent research project, essay, or thesis). Graduates of the University-wide Honors College will be so recognized on the transcript and diploma. College or Department Honors Curricula

Undergraduate programs in colleges and schools shall be encouraged to develop curricula leading to honors. College/School or department Honors Programs will be approved by the Honors Council and the President or his/her designee.  

Program Requirements. College/School or department Honors Curricula shall require a minimum of 12 credits of honors-designated course work of which at least three credits must be in an independent research project, essay, or thesis, in the student's college/department. Students also must meet the requirements of their major fields. The honors requirements for the major may include approved modifications of normal major requirements.  

Admission. Students must be admitted to the major or program for which honors is sought. A minimum honor point average of 3.3 is required for enrollment in college/department programs; however, colleges/departments may establish a higher honor point average for admission.  

Retention. To remain in the Honors Program, a student normally shall be expected to maintain a cumulative honor point average greater than or equal to 3.3; however, colleges/departments may establish a higher H.P.A. for retention in college/department/school programs.  

Graduation. For graduation with honors, students must meet the requirements approved by their department/college/school, including a minimum of 3.30 H.P.A., and at least 12 Honors credits including a thesis and at least one Honors seminar.  

Dual Recognition. Students who complete the requirements of both the University-wide Honors College and a college/department/school Honors Program shall have both designations on the transcript and the diploma. Only a single senior essay, thesis, or project shall be required. Administration

The President or his/her designee shall establish a University-wide Honors Council. The Council would be responsible for reviewing and recommending to the President or his/her designee plans of study for students in the University-wide Honors College; reviewing and recommending approval to the President or his/her designee of the college/department/school honors requirements; monitoring honors courses; and monitoring and evaluating the University-wide Honors College. The Honors Council shall not modify General Education requirements, except by approval of the General Education Implementation Committee and the President or his/her designee. Each college will designate its Honors Advisors and its honors courses in accordance with normal University approval procedures. The Honors Council will consist of one member from each of the participating colleges/schools of the University, the Honors Dean, and two student members. Each Council member will serve a three-year term, with 1/3 of the members being selected each year. Student members will be appointed, with terms not to exceed two years.  

The Dean of the Honors College would be responsible for overall administration of the University's honors curriculum. Definitions

Honors Designated Coursework. Courses or coursework which has been specifically approved, through University approval procedures, for honors-level work. Honors designated courses are noted on the transcript. Honors designated coursework may include honors courses, honors sections of regular courses, H-Option coursework, as well as individual study and research project.  

Honors Courses. Courses specifically designed for students in the honors curricula.  

Honors Sections. Special sections of regular courses designed for honors students.  

Honors-Option (H-Option) Coursework. Option available for intermediate and advanced courses which allows an individual student in a regular course to elect honors-level work and receive a retrospective transcript designation as honors, if such additional work is completed in a satisfactory manner and if the overall grade in the course is "B" or better.

Legislative History

Adopted Official Proceedings 52:____ (30 April 2008) Prior Acts: 30:4153 (18 July 1986); 39:5161 (9 June 1995); (20 March 2019)