University Honors Program

University Honors
Faculty and Honors Seminars

We are very proud to offer University Honors Program students this exciting selection of special topics seminars taught by the University’s top faculty from each college.

Each year, exceptional faculty from every major department at the University of Maryland develop and teach special topic, small, seminar format classes exclusively for Honors students.

The seminars challenge our University’s best students, enlarging their world and developing and sharpening their academic skills, while they learn about important topics relevant to engaged citizenship in today’s world.

The result is a vibrant culture of faculty and student intellectual engagement that—because our faculty and students are dual-citizens of University Honors and the University of Maryland—ultimately enriches the entire campus.

 

University Honors Seminar

College of Arts and Humanities
Fall 2014

  1. HONR208R Leonardo and the Science of Art
    Meredith Gill, Professor and Chair, University Honors Faculty Fellow, Department of Art History and Archaeology
  2. HONR208X Contemporary Literature, Media, and the State
    Linda Kaufmann, Professor and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Department of English
  3. HONR218Z Happiness and Human Nature
    Susan Dwyer, Associate Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, Department of Philosophy
  4. HONR218K Behavior of the Rich and Powerful, Past and Present
    Giuseppe Falvo, Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian
  5. HONR218L Language and Mind
    Valentine Hacquard, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics
  6. HONR218X Fighting Slavery
    Richard Bell, Associate Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, Department of History
  7. HONR218Z Contemporary American Culture and Its Insecurities: A European Perspective
    Horst Tonn, Professor, Department of American Studies, University of Tübingen, Germany
  8. HONR239C The Creative Process in Dance
    Anne Warren, Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, Department of Dance
  9. HONR249E Modern and Postmodern Music: Trends, Styles, Issues, and Ideas
    James Fry, Associate Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, School of Music
  10. HONR279E Languages of Europe
    Robert De Keyser, Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

College of Arts and Humanities
Spring 2015

  1. HONR209C The Plight of Children in the Arts
    Anthony Colantuono, Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology
  2. HONR209G Elements of Drawing for Non-Majors: Studio
    Patrice Kehoe, Associate Professor, Department of Art
  3. HONR209K Country Music as American History: “Your Life in a Song”?
    Emily Landau, Lecturer, Department of History
  4. HONR218X Fighting Slavery
    Richard Bell, Associate Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, Department of History Department of History
  5. HONR229O Ancient Rome in Historical Fiction: Narratives, Sources, and Screen Adaptations
    Judith Hallett, Professor and Distinguished Scholar Teacher, Department of Classics
  6. HONR239C The Creative Process in Dance
    Sharon Mansur, Associate Professor, Department of Dance
  7. HONR239D Introduction to Printmaking: A Studio Workshop for Non-Majors
    Matthew McLaughlin, Lecturer, Department of Art
  8. 18. HONR258D Performing Gender on Stage and in the Street: a Culture History of Drag
    Catherine A. Schuler, Associate Professor, Women's Studies
  9. HONR278N Culture, Identity, and the Global Economy
     Jan M. Padios, Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies
  10. HONR278W Creative People, Creative Practice
    James Fry, Associate Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, School of Music
  11. HONR278Z The Philosophy and Practice of Yoga
    Susan Dwyer, Associate Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, Department of Philosophy
  12. HONR298G Science, Gender, and Classics Science Fiction
    Jane Donawerth, Professor and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Department of English
  13. HONR338A Understanding the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict through Opposing Histories
    Paul L. Sham, Executive Director of the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies
  14. HONR348K Kafka and Film: Angst, Sex, and Laughter
    Peter Beicken, Professor and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Department of German Studies

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Fall 2014

  1. HONR219O The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles
    Justin Wyss-Gallifent, Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics
  2. HONR238G The Manhattan Project: A Century of Radioactivity, Nuclear Weapons, and Nuclear Power
    William B. Walters, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  3. HONR239O Great Physicists of the 20th Century: Creativity in the Sciences
    O. W. Greenberg, Professor, Department of Physics
  4. HONR278P Biodiversity, Global Environmental Change and Their Effects on Human Health
    Karen R. Lips, Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  5. HONR279W The Solar System
    William McDonough, Professor, Department of Geology
  6. HONR378N Research in Science and Public Policy for the U.S. National Security Agency
    Jordan A. Goodman, Professor and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Department of Physics 

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Spring 2015

  1. HONR209M Fair Division- from Cake Cutting to Dispute Resolution
     William Gasarch, Professor, Department of Computer Science
  2. HONR218D Life, the Universe, and Everything
     Cole Miller, Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, Department of Astronomy
  3. HONR218O Ethics in a Professional Life
    Philip DeShong, Professor and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  4. HONR229P Mathematics and Art
    Niranjan Ramachandran, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics
  5. HONR278K Evolutionary Processes in Health and Medicine
    Charles Delwiche, Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
  6. HONR289L Biofuels: Facts or Fiction?
    Steve Hutcheson, Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
  7. HONR299J Prions: Cannibalism, Mad Cows, Slow Death, and Human Weakness
    Marco Colombini, Professor, Department of Biology

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Fall 2014

  1. HONR209O The Science of Sleep and Biological Rhythms
     David Yager, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  2. HONR278I Liberalism, Discontent and Outcasts: Who is Left Out?
    James Glass, Professor, Department of Government and Politics
  3. HONR278P Crime and Public Policy
    John H. Laub, Distinguished University Professor, and James P. Lynch, Professor and Chair, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  4. HONR278V Materiality of Diaspora: Invented Identities and Transformed World Views
    Stephen Brighton, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
  5. HONR348M The Stock Market
    Eric Wish, Associate Professor, Director of Center for Substance Abuse Research, Department of Economics

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Spring 2015

  1. HONR218W The Idea of Crime
    John H. Laub, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
  2. HONR259K Global Inequality: Research and Practice
    Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
  3. HONR259L Thinking Strategically
    Robert Schwab, Professor, Department of Economics
  4. HONR279Y Language and Thought: Insights from Brain Damage, Neuroimaging, and Bilingualism
    Jared Novick, Assistant Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences; Associate Research Scientist, Center for Advanced Study of Language
  5. HONR288Q The Psychology of Social Networking and Social Computing
    Kent L. Norman, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  6. HONR298F Explaining Social Change: Fact and Fiction in Understanding Why our World Looks the Way It Does
    Meyer Kestnbaum, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
  7. HONR349F America and the Middle East
    Shibley Telhami, Professor, Department of Government and Politics, International Relations and Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
Spring 2015

  1. HONR239A Constructing and De-Constructing the Colonial Chesapeake
    Dennis Pogue, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Fall 2014

  1. HONR269V Virus Hunting: From Emerging Diseases to Nano-Technologies
    James Culver, Professor,  Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Spring 2015

  1. HONR289G A Feed the Future Classroom
    Margaret Udahogora, Dietetics Program Director Department of Nutrition and Food Science
  2. HONR289I Greening Cities: Who Wins, Who Loses and Who Cares?
    Marla McIntosh, Professor and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

Robert H. Smith School of Business
Fall 2014

  1. HONR258E Creating the Future through Systemic Thinking and Design
    J. Gerald Suarez, Professor of the Practice in Systems Thinking and Design, Distinguished Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow, Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change
  2. HONR269P Formulating U.S. Science and Technology Policy
    Henry C. Lucas, Professor of Information Systems, Department of Decision, Operations and Information Technologies

Robert H. Smith School of Business
Spring 2015

  1. HONR248R Sustainability Solutions: Business Lab
    Rachelle Sampson, Associate Professor of Logistics, Business and Public Policy
  2. HONR289P How Do Innovators Think?
    Mark Wellman, Distinguished Tyser Teaching Fellow, Department of Management and Organization

College of Education
Fall 2014

  1. HONR238L Engineering in Ancient Empires
    Denis Sullivan, Professor, College of Education
  2. HONR248H Delinquency in the Context of Disability
    Peter Leone, Professor, Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education

College of Education
Spring 2015

  1. HONR218V Contemporary Issues in Disability Studies
    Ellen Fabian, Professor, Counseling Psychology, School Psychology and Counselor Education
  2. HONR219Y Merging the Multiple Me's: Developmental Origins of the Integrated Young Adult
    Allan Wigfield, Professor and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University Honors Faculty Fellow Department of Human Development
  3. HONR228V Warfare and Society in Greece, Rome and Byzantium
    Denis Sullivan, Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership

A. James Clark School of Engineering
Fall 2014

  1. HONR288L Medical Devices: Applied Ethics and Public Policy
    Glenn A. Rahmoeller, Lecturer, Fischell Department of Bioengineering
  2. HONR288O Why Do Things Fail?
    W. L. Fourney, Keystone Professor and Associate Dean, University Honors Faculty Fellow, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering

A. James Clark School of Engineering
Spring 2015

  1. HONR219T Surviving Natural Disasters
    Ed Link, Senior Research Engineer, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  2. HONR288L Medical Devices: Applied Ethics and Public Policy
    Glenn A. Rahmoeller, Lecturer, Fischell Department of Bioengineering
  3. 5. HONR288M Boomtowns: Technological Innovation in the Context of Community
    Sheryl Ehrman, Keystone Professor and Chair, University Honors Faculty Fellow, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  4. HONR288P Why Do Things Burn?
    Marino diMarzo, Professor, Department of Fire Protection Engineering

Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Fall 2014

  1. HONR229F New Media Frontiers
    Leslie Walker, Visiting Professor, Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Spring 2015

  1. HONR239J Exposing Scandals: The History of Investigative Journalism in the U.S.
    Mark Feldstein, Richard Eaton Professor of Broadcast Journalism, Philip Merrill College of Journalism
  2. HONR239V Introduction to Visual Storytelling: Studio Workshop
    Timothy Jacobson, Lecturer, Philip Merrill College of Journalism

School of Public Health
Fall 2014

  1. HONR258O Kinesiological Bases of Skilled Performance: Golf
    Seppo Iso-Ahola, Professor, Department of Kinesiology
  2. HONR258W Exploring Homophobia: Demystifying Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues
    Robyn Zeiger, Lecturer, Department of Family Services
  3. HONR289N Physical Activity in Health and Human Performance: From Fat to Fit to Olympic Gold
    Coleen Farmer, Assistant Dean, University Honors Faculty Fellow, School of Public Health

School of Public Health
Spring 2015

  1. HONR238N Public Health and Contemporary Health Issues: “Saving Lives Millions at a Time”
    Kerry M. Green, Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral and Community Health

School of Public Policy
Fall 2014

  1. HONR289T Rule of Law: The Bedrock of Democracy
    David Falk, JD, Senior Fellow, School of Public Policy
  2. HONR349I Leading Social Change: Philanthropy
    Robert Grimm, Professor of Practice, University Honors Faculty Fellow, Director of the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership