Honors courses offer enhanced challenges and opportunities so students can develop intellectual autonomy and excellence. Students get the most out of their Ferris education by putting more of themselves in. Choose courses that help you learn independently, think critically, ask penetrating questions and communicate your ideas at a high level—choose courses that expand your experience and stir your curiosity.
To get the honors certificate associated with a bachelor’s degree, students do 20% of their coursework as honors credits once they start the Honors Program or a maximum of 22 honors credits. To get the honors certificate associated with an associate’s degree, students take 10 honors credits.
Students will normally take an honors section of either COMM 121 or ENGL 250 and honors general education courses in their first two years. However, we understand that students sometimes have transfer credit for these courses or have a major that does not allow this schedule; students are allowed to substitute different honors credits. We know that each student’s goals, programs and circumstances vary, and so we have the following options:
- Honors contracts are an alternative to Honors courses. With an Honors contract, students do an extra project in a non-Honors class for Honors credit. Contracts must be approved by faculty and submitted to our office by the end of the third week of the semester. The Honors contract form and information are on Honors Path under Contracted Courses. You are welcome to make an appointment with the Honors advisor to discuss this option.
- Additionally, a credit-bearing study away experience can replace one three-credit Honors experience. Please let our office know if you plan to study away.
The Honors Program is flexible enough to fit each major and any student’s educational goals. Honors should never add an unneeded course to your load, slow your progress toward graduation, or force you to drop a minor.
Starting in Spring 2021, a one-credit HNRS 460 course is required for students completing the Senior Symposium for their honors bachelor’s certificate. The course is an independent study guided by Dr. Peter Bradley, in which students will do research on their symposium topic and create their presentation.
To find Honors classes in Look Up Classes on http://www.ferris.edu, do an advanced search: highlight all the subject matters and select Honors Course under Attribute Type. The following list also provides an overview:
Fundamentals of Public Speaking – Honors
|15134||COMM 121 001||3||Fund-Public Speaking Honors||MWF 09:00-09:50 am TBA||Paul Zube|
|15101||COMM 121 LV1||3||Fund-Public Speaking Honors||TR 09:30-10:45 am TBA||Evan Watts|
|15102||COMM 121 LV2||3||Fund-Public Speaking Honors||TR 03:00-04:15 pm TBA||Evan Watts|
|15109||COMM 121 VL3||3||Fund-Public Speaking Honors||TR 09:30-10:45 am TBA||Neil Patten|
|15110||COMM 121 VL4||3||Fund-Public Speaking Honors||TR 01:30-02:45 pm TBA||Neil Patten|
Honors English 2
|13998||ENGL 250 V22||3||Honors English 2||TBA||Deirdre Fagan|
|13999||ENGL 250 V23||3||Honors English 2||TBA||Deirdre Fagan|
|14666||ENGL 250 V24||3||Honors English 2||TBA||Deirdre Fagan|
Culture General Education Courses
|14073||FREN 280 VL1||3||Honors Lit of French World||TBA||Daniel Noren|
|14080||LITR 203 VL1||3||Honors Intro-African Lit||TBA||Rebecca Sammel|
|14081||LITR 231 VL1||3||Honors Poetry||TBA||Deirdre Fagan|
|15090||THTR 215 001||3||Introduction to Theatre-Honors||TR 03:00-04:15 pm TBA||Katherine LaPietra|
Self and Society General Education Course
|14543||ANTH 122 VL3||3||Intro Cultural Anthropology||T 12:00 -01:15 pm TBA||TBA|
|15074||MATH 251 VL1||3||Stats Life Sciences-HNRS||TBA||TBA|
Honors Senior Symposium (required for students completing the Senior Symposium in the spring)
|15488||HNRS 460 VL1||1||Honors Senior Symposium||TBA||Peter Bradley|