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.
A one-credit HNRS 460 course is strongly recommended 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:
Honors Public Speaking
|COMM 121 001||3||Fund-Public Speaking (Honors)||TR 12 – 1:15||Evan Watts|
|COMM 121 002||3||Fund-Public Speaking (Honors)||TR 1:30 – 2:45||Evan Watts|
|COMM 121 003||3||Fund-Public Speaking (Honors)||TR 3 – 4:15||Evan Watts|
|COMM 121 004||3||Fund-Public Speaking (Honors)||TR 4:30 – 5:45||Neil Patten|
|82204||COMM 121 005||3||Fund-Public Speaking (Honors)||TR 3 – 4:15||Neil Patten|
|ENGL 250 V10||3||HNRS English 2||TBA (asynchronous online)||Deirdre Fagan|
|ENGL 250 VL1||3||HNRS English 2||TBA (asynchronous online)||Deirdre Fagan|
Self and Society Courses
|ANTH 122 001||3||Honors Intro Cultural Anthro||T 1:30 – 2:45 PM, R TBA||TBA|
|PSYC 331 002||3||Honors Psych of Personality||TR 1:30 – 2:45 PM||Felix Smith|
|81191||SOCY 341 001||3||Honors-Community Studies||F 1 – 3:50 PM||Tony Baker|
|81034||FREN 280 001||3||Honors Lit of French World||M 4 – 5:50 PM, TBA||Daniel Noren|
|LITR 202 VL1||3||HNRS Black Literature||TBA (synchronous online)||Rebecca Sammel|
|81040||LITR 241 VL1||3||Honors Intro World Short Fic||T 9:30 – 10:45, TBA||Deirdre Fagan|
|MATH 251 VL1||3||Stats Life Sciences-HNRS||TBA (asynchronous online)||TBA|
Honors Senior Symposium (for those finishing the honors bachelor’s certificate)
|81106||HNRS 460 VL1||1||Honors Senior Symposium||TBA (asynchronous online)||Bradley|