Every year Wayne State College offers more than a dozen Honors courses. Honors courses are small and taught by select faculty members, with the primary goal being to provide a novel approach to learning that is stimulating to the most motivated and ambitious students (as opposed to simply increasing the volume of material covered). Honors courses are specially-conceived versions of courses from our General Education program such as Composition Skills (Honors), Biology and Society (Honors), Ethics and Values (Honors), Introduction to Theatre (Honors), and Introduction to Astronomy (Honors). Honors courses help to broaden the student’s vision and scholarly skills, and provide a rigorous background in advance of pursuing the Honors Projects.
Honors students who pursue the option of High Honors in the Major complete two Honors projects, usually during their junior and senior years. These projects serve to culminate the Honors Program experience, and provide the opportunity for the student to delve further into an academic discipline. These research opportunities also help to develop in the student the skills of independent thinking and scholarly inquiry.
Each semester, Senior Honors projects are publicly presented on campus, and many Honors students at WSC also present their project results at national conferences. This research can take place just about anywhere—in the lab or the library, in the community or the workplace, in the U.S. or abroad. With as many majors as Wayne State College has to offer, no list can convey what these projects might be. However, here is a sample of project topics from the last few years:
- The Power of Narrative in Everyday Life
- A Night in The Woods: Writing and Illustrating a Children's Book
- Explaining Tribal Economic Development: Lessons from the Winnebago Tribe
- Green Chemistry: Solid Phase Formation of Organometallic Sandwich Complexes
- A Genetic Algorithm for Optimizing Network Routing
- The Effects of Passive Stretching on Electromyography, Mechanomyography, and Muscle Strength in the Biceps Brach
- A Study on the Filmmaking Experience
- The History of the Clarinet Family: Technical Improvements, Composers, and Players
- Growth and Survival Analysis of Escherichia coli Containing High and Low Adenine-Thymine Recombinant DNA Sequences in Plasmid Cloning Vectors