Honors Course List – Spring 2016 – Overview

Honors courses offer enhanced intellectual challenges and opportunities so that students can develop intellectual autonomy. These opportunities allow students to get the maximum out of their Ferris State education by putting more of themselves in. Choose courses that help you learn autonomously, think critically, ask penetrating questions and communicate your ideas at a high level—choose courses that expand your experience and stir your curiosity.

Honors students strive for intellectual autonomy and academic excellence so that they may be prepared to contribute to the advancement of their chose professions. Typically, honors students complete 10 credits of Honors coursework, though for transfer students this may vary. To fulfill this commitment students will earn at least a ‘C’ grade in two Honors elective courses by the end of their second year, after completing HNRS 100 and COMH 121. Student who have already fulfilled their COMM requirement will simply take an additional Honors elective fitting with their academic program. We know that each student’s goals, programs and circumstances vary, and so we have the following options:

  • Honors Contracts are an alternative approach to this commitment and can turn any non-honors course into an honors experience. The contracts must be approved by the Honors program and agreed to by faculty and submitted to our office by the third week of the semester, please make an appointment with the Honors Advisor to discuss this option.
  • Additionally, credit bearing Study Away experiences can replace one 3-credit Honors experience. Please let our office know if you plan to study away.
  • If your program requires you to take your course work at a later time, please work with the Honors Advisor to process a deferral. This is often the case for students in Education or Technology; it is simple for us to develop an individualized plan for completion.

Please know the Honors Program is flexible enough to fit each major and any individual’s educational goals if they are interested in completing with Honors. Honors should never cost you additional money by adding an unneeded course to your load, nor should it slow you down or force you to drop a minor.

COMH121 – Public Speaking Honors courses:

COMH 121 Sections

Credit Hours

Time Location
Section 002 – Scholten  3  TR 9:30-10:45am  JOH 102
Section 003 – Smith  3  TR 3:00-4:15pm  JOH 103
Section 004 – Patten  3  TR 12:00-1:15pm  JOH 102
Section 005 – Smith  3  TR 12:00-1:15pm  JOH 103
Section 006 – Smith  3  TR 1:30-2:45pm  JOH 103
Section 007 – Zube  3  MWF 10:00-10:50am  JOH 103
Section 008 — Zube  3  TR 4:30-5:45pm  JOH 102

Spring 2016 – All second year students in Honors, excluding those concluding their Honors experience after receiving an associate’s degree, must complete one course from the following list during the second semester of their second year.  Please make careful note of C, S, Z, G and R designations.


Credit Hours

Time Location

GEOG 421-001 12618 National Parks of the World (G,S) J. Johnson


MW 4:30-5:45pm  STR 139

THTH 215-001 11007 Honors Introduction to Theatre (C) K. LaPietra


TR 3:00-4:15pm  WIL 166

LITH 203-001 10866 Intro to African Literature (C, G, R) P. Middleton


MWF 9:00-9:50am  STR 216

LITH 233-001 10868 Science Fiction Honors (C) R. von der Osten


MW  12:00-12:50pm  STR 230

LITH 241-001 10864 Intro to World Short Fiction Honors (C, G) R. Sammel


MW 4:30-5:45pm  SCI 132

LITH 241-002 10865 Intro to World Short Fiction Honors (C, G) J. Cullen


TR 4:30-5:45pm  STR 216
ARTH 110-002 13060 Prehistoric thru Middle Ages (C) R. Foulk  3  MW 4:30-5:45pm  IRC 107