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 2012

  1. HONR208A Earthquakes of the Mind
    Gerard Passannante, Associate Professor, Department of English
  2. HONR209A On Understanding Contemporary American Lives
    John L. Caughey, Professor, American Studies
  3. HONR209B New Orleans: History Lessons from the Big (Un)Easy
    Emily Landau, Lecturer, Department of History
  4. HONR209C The Plight of Children in the Arts
    Anthony Colantuono, Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology
  5. HONR218L Language and Mind
    Valentine Hacquard, Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics
  6. HONR239C The Creative Process in Dance
    Anne Warren, Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, Department of Dance
  7. HONR248Y Design and the Creative Process
    Ruth Lozner, Professor, Department of Art
  8. HONR269Z Darwin's Dangerous Idea
    Lindley Darden, Professor, Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Department of Philosophy
  9. HONR279E Languages of Europe
    Robert De Keyser, Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

College of Arts and Humanities
Spring 2013

  1. HONR208R  Leonardo and the Science of Art
    Meredith Gill, Professor, Department of Art History and Archaeology
  2. HONR209G Elements of Drawing for Non-Majors
    Patrice Kehoe, Associate Professor, Department of Art
  3. HONR209N Imagining Ecological Crisis 50 Years after Silent Spring
    Jesse Oak Taylor, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English
  4. HONR209V The Future
    Eric Zakim, Associate Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  5. HONR209X Science Fiction Feminisms
    Katie King, Professor, Department of Women’s Studies
  6. HONR209Z Popular Music, Then and Now
    Richard King, Associate Professor, School of Music
  7. HONR219N I Know What You’re Thinking: Language Acquisition and Mind Development
    Erin Eaker, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
  8. HONR229O Ancient Rome in Historical Fiction: Narratives, Sources, and Screen Adaptations
    Judith Hallett, Professor, Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Department of Classics
  9. HONR239C The Creative Process in Dance
    Anne Warren, Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, Department of Dance
  10. HONR249E Modern and Postmodern Music: Trends, Styles, Issues, and Ideas
     James Fry, Associate Professor, School of Music
  11. HONR258J Supreme Law: The Constitution, Morality, and the Courts
    Susan Dwyer, Associate Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, Department of Philosophy
  12. HONR278C Power, Ritual and Society in Western History
    Alejandro Cañeque, Associate Professor, Department of History
  13. HONR278J The Posthuman Imagination
    Lee Konstantinou, Assistant Professor, Department of English
  14. HONR279E Languages of Europe
    Robert De Keyser, Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  15. HONR289D Bodies, Borders and Citizenship: Perspectives on American Immigration
    Sonya Michel, Professor, Department of History
  16. HONR348A Digital Cinema: Theory and Practice
    William Lawson, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Fall 2012

  1. HONR2080 The Human Mind and the Nature of the Self
    Jerome Regier, Professor, Department of Entomology
  2. HONR218A Proteins, the Ultimate Molecular Machines
    Norma M. Allewell, Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
  3. HONR229M Evaluating Health Risks From Environmental Toxicants
    Amy Brown, Affiliate Professor, Department of Entomology
  4. HONR269X Faith in Science: Interactions between Science and Religion
    Rajarshi Roy, Professor, Department of Physics; Director, Institute for Physical Science and Technology
  5. HONR279W The Solar System
    Richard Walker, Professor, Department of Geology
  6. HONR288B True Science Versus Public Perception: A Concerned Citizen’s Evaluation of Media Portrayals of Scientific Problems
    Bonnie Dixon, Lecturer, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  7. HONR378N Research in Science and Public Policy for the U.S. National Security Agency
    Jordan A. Goodman, Professor, Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, University Honors Faculty Fellow, Department of Physics 

College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
Spring 2013

  1. HONR219O The Mathematics of Games and Puzzles
     Justin Wyss-Gallifent, Lecturer, Department of Mathematics
  2. HONR238E Science in the News and the News in Science
     David W. Inouye, Professor, Department of Biology
  3. HONR239O Great Physicists of the Twentieth Century: Creativity in the Sciences
    O. W. Greenberg, Professor, Department of Physics
  4. HONR268A Terrestrial Energy Resources and Policy
    Douglas Hamilton, Professor, Department of Astronomy
  5. HONR278K Evolutionary Processes in Health and Medicine
    Charles Delwiche, Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
  6. HONR288C Biotechnology: Bust and Boom
     Dorothy Beckett, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  7. HONR289L Biofuels: Facts or Fiction?
    Steve Hutcheson, Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Fall 2012

  1. HONR208B Contemporary Indian Society: Bullock Carts and Bollywood
    Sonalde Desai, Professor, Department of Sociology
  2. HONR209O The Science of Sleep and Biological Rhythms
     David Yager, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  3. HONR219K The Black Middle Class
    Kris Marsh, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
  4. HONR259L Thinking Strategically
    Daniel R. Vincent, Professor, Department of Economics
  5. HONR279M How Does the Brain Speak? Insights from Neuroimaging and Brain Damage
    Yasmeen Shah, Associate Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
  6. HONR378I Congressional Elections: Campaigning for Congress
    Paul Herrnson, Professor,  Distinguished Scholar-Teacher,  Director, Center for American Politics and Citizenship, Department of Government and Politics

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Spring 2013

  1. HONR209P Speaking to the Brain: Using Psychological Principles to Give Effective Presentations
    Thomas Carlson, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
  2. HONR239E Carbon: Basis of Life, Environmental Challenge, and Economic Driver
    George C. Hurtt, Professor and Research Director, Department of Geographical Sciences
  3. HONR278L Technology and Criminal Justice: Practices, Impact and Problems
    Steven Kowa, Lecturer, Criminology and Criminal Justice
  4. HONR278M Desertification: Science and Myth
    Steven Prince, Professor, Department of Geography
  5. HONR288A Representation and Public Policy
    David Karol, Associate Professor, Department of Government and Politics
  6. HONR288Q The Psychology of Social Networking and Social Computing
    Kent L. Norman, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
  7. HONR348M Stock Market
    Eric Wish, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology
    University Honors Faculty Fellow

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
Fall 2012

  1. HONR208V The Ancient Roman City: Pompeii and Beyond
    Robert Lindley Vann, Professor, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
Spring 2013

  1. HONR 279F Toward an Adaptable, Reusable, and Living Architecture
    Garth Rockcastle, FAIA, Professor, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  2. HONR239A Constructing and De-Constructing the Colonial Chesapeake
    Dennis Pogue, Lecturer, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Fall 2012

  1. HONR269V Virus Hunting: From Emerging Diseases to Nano-Technologies
    James Culver, Professor,  Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture
  2. HONR278B From Famine to Fast Foods: Food and Culture in a Globalized World
    Mira Mehta, Director, Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program; Department of Nutrition and Food Science
  3. HONR238F From Animal Thoughts to Animal Feelings: Cognitive and Applied Ethology's Understanding of Animals
     Ray Stricklin, Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Spring 2013

  1. HONR288X Sustaining the Wooded Hillock: A Living Classroom
    Marla McIntosh, Professor and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

Robert H. Smith School of Business
Fall 2012

  1. HONR208I Why Good Managers Make Bad Decisions
    Mark Wellman, Distinguished Tyser Teaching Fellow, Department of Management and Organization
  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 2013

  1. HONR288N Understanding the Global Economic Environment
    Curt Grimm, Dean’s Professor of Supply Chain and Strategy, Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Department of Logistics, Business and Public Policy
  2. HONR289O Digital Markets
    Joseph P. Bailey, Research Associate Professor,  Executive Director of Quest, Department of Decision, Operations and Information Technologies
  3. HONR289P How Do Innovators Think?
    Mark Wellman, Distinguished Tyser Teaching Fellow, Department of Management and Organization

College of Education
Fall 2012

  1. HONR238L Engineering in Ancient Empires
    Denis Sullivan, Professor, College of Education
  2. HONR248H Delinquency in the Context of Disability
    David Domenici, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress; Director, Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings at the University of Maryland

College of Education
Spring 2013

  1. HONR219Y Merging the Multiple Me's: Developmental Origins of the Integrated Young Adult
    Allan Wigfield, Professor, Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Department of Human Development
  2. HONR228V Warfare and Society in Greece, Rome and Byzantium
    Denis Sullivan, Professor, College of Education
  3. HONR349I Leading Social Change: Redefining and Experimenting with Philanthropy
    Noah D. Drezner, Assistant Professor, University Honors Faculty Fellow, College of Education

James Clark School of Engineering
Fall 2012

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

James Clark School of Engineering
Spring 2013

  1. HONR219T Surviving Natural Disasters
    Ed Link, Senior Research Engineer, Civil and Environmental Engineering, A. James Clark School of Engineering
  2. HONR288L Medical Devices: Applied Ethics and Public Policy
    Glenn A. Rahmoeller, Lecturer, A. James Clark School of Engineering
  3. HONR288P Why Do Things Burn?
    Marino diMarzo, Professor and Chair of Fire Protection Engineering, A. James Clark School of Engineering

Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Fall 2012

  1. HONR229F New Media Frontiers
    Leslie Walker, Visiting Professor, Philip Merrill College of Journalism
  2. HONR229T Race, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Press
    Haynes Johnson, Professor and Knight Chair, Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Spring 2013

  1. HONR278E The Internet, Democracy, and Dictatorship
    Sarah Oates, Professor and Senior Scholar, Philip Merrill College of Journalism

School of Public Health
Fall 2012

  1. HONR258O Kinesiological Bases of Skilled Performance: Golf
    Seppo Iso-Ahola, Professor, Department of Kinesiology
  2. HONR258W Exploring Homophobia
    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 2013

  1. HONR258W Exploring Homophobia
    Robyn Zeiger, Lecturer, Department of Family Services

School of Public Policy
Fall 2012

  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, Director of  Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management, University Honors Faculty Fellow, School of Public Policy

College of Information Studies
Spring 2013

  1. HONR208P Tolkien: Mythmaker for Our Times
    Michelle Butler, Lecturer,  College of Information Studies