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— Why University Honors? —

Founded in 1966, University Honors is the Honors College’s oldest and largest living-learning program. Here, students of all backgrounds and majors pursue their curiosity wherever it leads as they explore topics of enduring and contemporary significance from the perspectives of different academic disciplines and methodological orientations.

— Introducing Thematic Clusters —


Our modern world is in great part the product of revolution—of sudden and sharp political changes, of dramatic transformations and turn-arounds in scientific and humanistic understanding, and of abrupt paradigm shifts in collective values, standards, and norms.


Deliberation is central to human life. Privately, we ponder important decisions, like where to attend college and what kind of life we’d like to lead. Publicly, our commitment to democracy requires that we engage in debate and civic dialogue about the important issues of the day.

War and Peace

How do the phenomena of war and peace occur at the local, national, and international levels? What do we mean by “war” and “peace”? How do they relate to one another? Why do wars happen? How do they develop? And how do they affect individuals and societies?

Identity & Intersectionality

Each human being lies at the intersection of any number of vectors—race, gender, socio-economic status, nationality, age, ability, etc. The effects of these and related factors on our well-being and experience are complicated and profound.

The Future of UH

University Honors recently embarked on a multi-year initiative to update its curriculum, introduce new cocurricular and student life programming, and expand its full-time faculty and staff.  Additionally, during the 2021-22 academic year, UH will come to occupy residential and program space in new buildings on North Campus.

— Faculty & Staff Spotlights —

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Kelly Colvin (PhD, Brown University)
Colvin's research centers on how gender impacts major global historical events and conflicts, including the World Wars and decolonization. She teaches in the War and Peace cluster.

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Jesse Cordes Selbin (PhD, University of California, Berkeley)
Selbin's courses for University Honors will explore the relationship of deliberation to forms of identity, community, and rhetorical expression. She teaches in the Deliberation cluster.

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Maggie Elwell (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary)
Elwell's teaching and research interests include narratives of violence, contemporary fiction and memoir, and critical ethics. She teaches in the Revolution cluster.

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Heidi Scott (PhD, University of Maryland)
Scott's teaching and research interests include identity-based explorations of our environment based on markers like race, class, and native language, as well as environmental humanities. She teaches in the Identity and Intersectionality cluster.

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