Spring 2022 Honors Course List 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.

The one-credit HNRS 460 course is highly 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:

Fundamentals of Public Speaking – Honors

12070COMM 121 011 Fund-Public Speaking (Honors)3TR 12 -01:15 pmEvan WattsIRC 115
12071COMM 121 012 Fund-Public Speaking (Honors)3TR 03 pm-04:15 pmEvan WattsJOH 101
12074COMM 121 013 Fund-Public Speaking (Honors)3TR 09:30 -10:45 amNeil PattenJOH 101
12075COMM 121 014 Fund-Public Speaking (Honors)3TR 01:30 -02:45 pmNeil PattenJOH 101

Culture General Education Courses

11794FREN 280 VL1 Honors Lit of French World3TBA (Asynchronous online)Daniel NorenTBA
11800LITR 203 VL1 Honors Intro-African Lit3TBA (Asynchronous online)Rebecca SammelTBA
11801LITR 233 VL1 Honors Sci Fi & Fantasy3TBA (Asynchronous online)Heather PavleticTBA


001 Intro to Theatre-Honors
03:00 pm-04:15 pm
Katherine LaPietraWIL 166

Self and Society General Education Courses

11152ANTH 122 001 HONORS Intro Cultural Anthropo3T 12 -01:15 pm and TBA TBASTR 232 and TBA


11935MATH 220 004 Analytical Geom-Calc 1-HNRS4MTWR 04 -04:50 pmTBASTR 137
11941MATH 251 VL1 Stats Life Sciences-HNRS3TBA (Asynchronous online)TBATBA

Honors Senior Symposium (for students completing the Senior Symposium in the spring)

10867HNRS 460 VL1 Honors Senior Symposium1TBA (Asynchronous online)Peter BradleyTBA