Fall 2021 Honors Course Overview

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

82208COMM 121 0113Fund-Public Speaking (Honors)TR 9:30- 10:45 AMNeil Patten
82210COMM 121 0123Fund-Public Speaking (Honors)TR 12 – 1:15 PMNeil Patten

Self and Society Courses

81240ANTH 122 0013Honors Intro Cultural AnthroT 1:30 – 2:45 PM, R TBATBA
81298PSYC 331 0023Honors Psych of PersonalityTR 1:30 – 2:45 PMFelix Smith

Culture Courses

81929ARTH 110 0013Prehist thru Middle Ages-HonorsTR 3 – 4:15 PMRachel Foulk
81694FREN 280 0013Honors Lit of French WorldM 4 – 5:50 PM, TBADaniel Noren
81700LITR 241 VL13Honors Intro World Short FicTBA (asynchronous)Rebecca Sammel


82322MATH 251 VL13Stats Life Sciences-HNRSTBA (asynchronous)TBA

Honors Senior Symposium (for those finishing the honors bachelor’s certificate)

82161HNRS 460 VL11Honors Senior SymposiumTBABradley