Honors Track

The Irvin D. Reid Honors College provides Wayne State's highest-achieving undergraduates with a program that is both academically rigorous and culturally engaged. Founded in 2008, it is home to roughly 2,000 students, comprising both University Honors and Departmental Honors tracks, including the Social Work Honors/AHEC Scholars track. 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. Honors students may pursue either or both tracks.

University Honors


Membership in the Honors College provides many advantages, including:
  • membership in a community of high-achieving students
  • pre-priority class registration
  • dedicated academic advisors
  • smaller classes taught by senior full-time faculty
  • unique opportunities for undergraduate research
  • special private scholarships
  • Honors floors in residence halls, for students who live on campus
  • special recognition at graduation, with Honors designation on degree and transcript

How to apply

Current BSW students interested in pursuing University Honors must schedule a meeting with an Honors Advisor by emailing honors@wayne.edu

Social Work Departmental Honors/AHEC Scholars

Current BSW students with a 3.5 GPA can apply for Departmental Honors within the BSW Departmental Honors/AHEC Scholars Program.

Enrollment process

  1. Complete admission to the Honors College via the online application form (see Honors booklet)
  2. Complete admission to the School of Social Work via the online application forms (must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or above)
  3. Complete the School of Social Work Departmental Honors application form 
  4. Schedule an interview with BSW Program Director Norma Love-Schropshire
  5. Apply to AHEC Scholars 

Timeline and course requirements:  Above, beyond and in addition to practicum hours

  • Students must take at least one HON 42xx interdepartmental Honors seminar (3cr)
  • AHEC Scholars is a 2-year program commitment, requiring approximately 80 hours total per year = 160 hours, which includes 40 hours of professional clinical training and 40 hours of educational assignments. Classes will combine online learning modules with active learning activities including:
    • 54 Core Required Hours
    • 7 Hours Emerging Issues in Health Care
    • 19 Hours of Electives

Upcoming information sessions

Students interested in the program can attend to get an overview of the program, as well as anwsers to any questions they have.

BSW Information sessions


Norma Love-Schropshire, DSW, LMSW
BSW Director and Lecturer