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 2000 students, comprising both University Honors and Departmental Honors tracks. 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.

Social Work Departmental Honors

Current BSW students with a 3.5 GPA can apply for Departmental Honors - Social WorkAdditional details.

Requirements of Social Work Honors

  • Students must be admitted to the School of Social Work
  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Students must take at least one HON 42xx interdepartmental Honors seminar (3cr)
  • Students must take 9 credits of Honors Option from the SW program (3 classes at 3cr each)
  • Students must submit an Honors Option thesis consisting of a minimum 20-page research paper supervised by a faculty member of the student's choosing. This is typically accomplished in the last semester before graduation and may be in conjunction with the SW 4997 Integrative Seminar capstone course.

How to Apply

To receive the Honors option, complete the following steps:

  1. Submit the BSW Honors Application form 
  2. Meet with your academic advisor to discuss the requirements and develop a plan of work
  3. Ask an instructor if they will supervise your Honors option
  4. Enroll in courses

University Honors

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


For additional information contact BSW Program Director, Norma Love-Schropshire at bswdirector@wayne.edu.