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Information for University Honors Students

2010 - 2011


Director’s Welcome
University Honors Mission
Why Choose University Honors?
       Small College Atmosphere and Large Research Institution Advantages
       Independence, Choice, Flexibility and the Freedom to Maximize Opportunities
Honors Academics
       Students and Faculty Working Together to Achieve Academic Excellence
       Academic Integrity
       HONR 100
       What Is a Seminar?
       200-level Honors Seminars
       300-level Honors Courses
       H-Version Courses
       Honors Option Contracts
       CORE Requirements and Honors Courses
       Departmental/College Honors Programs
       Honors Research Grants
       Graduate Course Enrollment
Advising and Registration Information
The Honors Citation
       Requirements for the Honors Citation
       Honors Citation Planning Worksheet
Important Extra and Co-Curricular Opportunities
       Student Clubs and Organizations

       First-Look Fair
       Individual Studies Program (IVSP)
       Undergraduate Research Opportunities
       Federal Semester
       Study Abroad
       National Awards and Scholarships
       Phi Beta Kappa
More About Honors
       Honors Housing
       Honors Listserv
       Honors Events
               The Honors Lecture Series
               Annual Rajpat Lecture
               Art Fest
               Student Art Gallery
               Ice Cream Socials
               Tickets to On-Campus Events
               Off-Campus Activities
       Merit and Need-Based Scholarships
Fall 2010
       Fall 2010 Honors Seminars Titles
       Brief Descriptions of Fall 2010 Honors Seminars
       Departmental H-Versions Courses for Fall 2010
Preview of New Honors Courses for Spring 2010

Departmental/College Honors Program Directors
The University Honors Program Staff


My philosophy as the very lucky Director of the Honors College is simple. Opportunities
provided and investments made in these exceptional students now will multiply to yield
immeasurable personal and professional contributions in years to come.

Creating a wide range of high impact academic offerings for these wonderful students;
allowing them to learn, live, and laugh together with a diverse group of bright peers;
encouraging undergraduate research with many of the top minds in the country; and
facilitating opportunities for them to meet outstanding faculty in and out of the classroom
are the fundamentals of this highly successful program.

Honors College programs provide intellectual stimulation, freedom, choice, mentorship, and
community. Students think, thrive, mature, and support one another in times of need, and
go on to satisfying and productive lives that were positively influenced by their Honors
friends and experiences.

Honors faculty and staff consider it our privilege to work towards this mission on behalf of
our beloved, amazing students.

--Professor Bill Dorland, Honors College Director

If you have any questions, please call (301-405-6771) or stop by the Honors office in Anne
Arundel Hall. Please visit the University Honors website for a complete list of Honors seminars
and a wealth of additional information


The mission of University Honors is to:

      Attract academically talented students with an outstanding, up-to-date curriculum anchored
       in real-world issues and challenges

      Offer academically talented students independence, choice, and flexibility in shaping their

      Create dynamic learning partnerships between intellectually adventurous students and top
       university faculty

      Develop an appreciation for and comfort with the wide ranging diversity of the globalized
       world that we all share

      Serve as a gateway for the best opportunities—research, internships, and international
       experiences—that the University of Maryland offers

      Put students in touch with the special opportunities in government, science, business, and
       culture that the nation’s capital offers

      Prepare students to win prestigious national scholarships, international awards, entrance to
       graduate and professional schools, and competitive positions in the workplace



University Honors combines the best of two educational options: high impact academics in
the friendly environment of a small liberal arts college, nestled within the rich, diverse,
boundless opportunities of a big research institution (along with the extra perks of the
dynamite Terp spirit).

University Honors, as your "academic home," provides an instant group of friends and a
compatible community as well as enriched courses, so you’ll feel "plugged in"
immediately, even on this big campus. Over time, you will get connected to new friends
and opportunities at the University through your major, extracurriculars, and research and
internship opportunities; and you will expand your horizons even further as you participate
in international experiences.

You will never exhaust all that University Honors, the University of Maryland, the
Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and our international connections have to offer.


University Honors never narrows a student’s choices or limits his or her possibilities.

A part of University Honors that we treasure is the individual choice that each student has
in designing his or her education. Students choose their classes from a large number
specially designed Honors seminars and Honors-versions of regular departmental courses.

In addition, students have the option of turning an upper-level course in their major into an
Honors course through an Honors Contract.

The flexible curriculum allows students to complement classroom learning with experiential
learning by participating in the University’s outstanding research, internship, and study
abroad advantages. University Honors students thereby maximize their opportunities and
put together a powerful education and a compelling set of credentials to make them highly
competitive in today’s rapidly changing world.


University Honors students are co-producers of their educational experiences rather than passive

University Honors academic program combines small classes taught by exceptional faculty with
the wide range of additional educational opportunities offered by a large research institution.

Beginning in their first semester at the University, University Honors students choose from a
variety of innovative learning experiences that are designed to promote engagement, broaden their
intellectual horizons, and develop and sharpen their academic skills.

The main academic program consists of: (1) Honors 100 (or UNIV100H), a one-credit first-year
colloquium that serves as a transition to the University; (2) Honors Seminars (considered the
heart of University Honors); (3) H-version Courses offered by academic departments; and (4)
Honors Option Contracts, which elevate a non-honors course to honors level.

These classes count towards the requirements to graduate from the University. Thus, University
Honors students do not take additional courses; they take Honors courses instead of other


University Honors is principally an academic program. Faculty develop intellectually rich
and engaging courses, mentor student writing, and create innovative assignments that

develop the cross-disciplinary skills essential to students’ academic, professional, and
personal success.

Students, in turn, are expected to be intellectually curious, academically adventurous,
highly motivated and active learners, who to come to class prepared to participate in
informed, lively discussions.

Honors seminars typically feature interdisciplinary approaches, focus on original materials
rather than textbooks, call for independent research, and offer leadership opportunities—all
of which facilitate strong higher-order critical thinking and communication skills.

The result is a vibrant intellectual community that prepares students for the next steps: to
excel in their majors and gain enrichment experiences such as research opportunities and
internships, pursue Departmental Honors, and embark on exceptional careers, or be
accepted into top graduate and professional schools.

Honors sets the academic bar high, but within a friendly, supportive, nurturing environment
in which faculty work closely with students, and students encourage and contribute to each
other’s intellectual growth and success.


The University is an academic community. Its fundamental purpose is the pursuit of
knowledge. Like all other communities, the University can function properly only if its
members adhere to clearly established goals and values. Essential to the fundamental
purpose of the University is the commitment to the principles of truth and academic

All University of Maryland students are asked to write and sign the following Honor Pledge
to all submitted assignments and exams:

  I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on
  this assignment/examination.

The University of Maryland honor system is fully described in the Code of Academic
Integrity. Please read: The Code is
administered by an all-student Honor Council. The student Honor Council office is located
in room 2118 Mitchell Building and can be reached at 301-314-8204.

University Honors works to enrich its community life by promoting an atmosphere of
honesty, trust, and mutual responsibility. In the event that a University Honors student is
found responsible for a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity by the Student Honor
Council, he or she will be dismissed from the University Honors Program for the semester
in which the violation took place and for all subsequent semesters in which the student is
enrolled as an undergraduate at Maryland.

HONR 100

HONR 100 is a 1-credit, first-semester colloquium that meets each week. Our goal is to
give new students the information they need to continue to excel academically, to be
responsible for their own education, and to take advantage of the wide range of
exceptional opportunities our campus and the surrounding Washington, D.C. area offer.
We also want to welcome new students and provide them with a strong sense of


Traditionally, the seminar format is reserved for graduate students or sometimes offered to
senior undergraduates in their majors. They are usually taught by the most talented,
productive faculty; and, because of the smaller class size, faculty work closely with
students, mentoring critical thinking, research, writing, and oral presentation. Lively
discussions are more typical than lectures, and students often have opportunities to
present their work to the class and receive feedback.

Honors seminars are not only outstanding educational opportunities, they also trigger the
development of essential and transferable skills—higher order critical thinking,
communication, and research—that will strengthen students work in all of their classes.

What students may not understand at first is that they share with the professor the
responsibility for making each class and the overall semester engaging, focused,
productive, and memorable.

Simply doing the readings and completing assignments, isn’t in keeping with the seminar
format, which takes the intellectual promise of talented students seriously and asks them to
rise to the challenge, be intellectually curious, take risks, and be as involved with the
success of others in relation to the topics at hand as they are their own.

The expectation is that that students will bring almost as much to the table as instructors.
The instructor’s knowledge, of course, will be much deeper, but students are expected to
dive in with energy and engagement.


Honors seminars are small classes (usually with 20 students or fewer) taught by top campus
faculty and local experts, Seminars connect classroom learning to real-world issues and problems
and prepare students to be informed decision makers and problem solvers in today’s world.

Honors seminars fall into one or more of the three categories listed below:

   1. Contemporary Issues and Challenges Seminars are designed to help students
       develop a greater understanding of the critical issues of today’s world, gain the
       knowledge to analyze complex societal and environmental problems, and acquire
       the skills to contribute to progress.

   2. Arts & Sciences and Today’s World Seminars: Through the study of the physical
       and social sciences, history, languages, literatures, and artistic expressions, these
       seminars prepare students to participate in today’s multicultural, global world with
       cross-disciplinary knowledge, skill, imagination, and empathy.

   3. World as Classroom Seminars take students into the community—locally and
       globally—giving them the opportunity to combine classroom learning with the
       exploration of Washington, D.C.’s exceptional government, science, and cultural
       institutions, and in the case of study abroad, to live and study with people in
       cultures other than their own.

The result of this up-to-date curriculum, anchored in the exigencies of today’s world, is an
exciting educational environment in which learning happens more quickly, has more depth, and
has a lasting influence in students’ lives and in the world.

Each semester students may enroll in one seminar during pre-registration, and sign up for
additional seminars after all Honors students have completed registering for classes.

A list and brief descriptions of the seminars offered in the fall term appear toward the back of this
booklet. More detailed descriptions of each seminar can be found online at


These advanced courses are designed to deepen students’ knowledge about a particular
issue through advanced research, analysis, and problem solving.

Students in upper-level courses assume greater independence and are expected to make
a significant intellectual contribution to the course experience as a whole.

Classes remain smaller than most departmental courses; indeed, students may arrange to
study individually (or in a small group) with faculty, submit a proposal, and be assigned a
300-level course number and receive credits.

World as Classroom 300-level courses will feature much deeper engagements with local
or international learning sites. In a 200-level course, for example, students may go on a
number of field trips while in a 300-level course, students may actually do a good part of
their coursework at off-campus sites, 300-level study abroad courses offer an advanced
rather than foundational approach to topics.


H-versions (Honors versions) are special sections of departmental courses students may
take to satisfy CORE, major requirements, or electives. They are designed for and open
only to Honors students.

H-versions are generally smaller classes; they may treat the same material in a more
sophisticated way, or they may be special in a way particularly suited to the subject and
the audience.

In a few cases, students in the Section attend larger lectures but have separate, smaller
lab or discussion sections, which are often lead by faculty. A list of H-version offerings for
fall appears toward the back of this booklet.


If an upper-level honors course is not available in a department and is needed to meet a
requirement for a departmental/college degree, then a student and professor can jointly propose
an Honors Option Contract to elevate a non-honors course to honors level by enriching the
student’s learning experience with additional meetings, reading, and assignments that are
qualitatively beyond the normal requirements for the course.

If the student completes the honors portion of the course, then an honors notation is added to the
transcript for that course. A detailed description and Honors Option Contract Proposal are
available on the Honors College website.


The purpose of the CORE curriculum--a set of general education requirements that all
undergraduates at Maryland must complete--is to ensure that students study a broad
liberal arts and sciences curriculum outside their majors.

Honors seminars are highly attractive alternatives to the larger CORE courses offered
through academic departments. You can find the CORE category for each Honors seminar
at the end of each seminar description in this booklet and online at

Students who come to campus with AP, IB, or community college credits may be able to
count some of them toward CORE requirements. For further information, visit the Transfer
Credit Center website:


University Honors students may also choose to participate in one of the Departmental or College
Honors programs (listed at the end of this booklet). These programs usually involve taking
additional advanced course work in the major and working closely with a faculty mentor on an
independent research project culminating in a Senior Honors Thesis.

Departmental/College Honors research is a powerful way for students to experience the thrill of
innovative research and discovery in their fields of interest.

Admission to Departmental/College Honors programs varies by unit. Most students begin
College/Departmental Honors at the end of their second or beginning of the third year on
campus. Check individual programs for timetables and options; be aware that some programs
(such as Business) have firm application deadlines.

Links to individual program websites are on the Honors website under Current Students,
Departmental Honors. A list of Departmental and College Honors Directors is located toward the
back of this booklet.


A student enrolled in a Departmental or College honors program who has financial need may
apply for an Honors Research Grant of up to $500 to support a research project. Grant money
may be used for expenses such as research-related travel or purchase of research equipment
and supplies. Application materials are available each year on the Honors College website.


With prior approval from their Honors advisers and the courses’ instructors, Honors
students may enroll in graduate courses for undergraduate credit.



University Honors has a wonderful advising staff ready to help students with academic planning
or any other issues that may arise. To make an appointment with an Honors advisor, please call
the Honors Office at 301-405-6771.

Mr. Dean Hebert is the Assistant Director for Advising. All current and prospective Honors
students are invited to contact Dean with any questions regarding the University Honors
Program and for more general academic concerns.

“I meet with Honors students to help with any academic concerns they have—completing
the Honors Citation, thinking about changing majors or adding a second major, dealing
with academic difficulties, etc. If you have a question or concern, I’m eager to discuss your
options. I can’t make a decision for you, but I can give you the information you need to
make a good decision.”

Ms. Liza Lebrun, Academic Advisor and Assistant to the Director, works with Letters and
Sciences students to explore options and find the best academic fit to a major or major(s).
She also advises students on academic policies, procedures, and deadlines.

Liza also meets individually with students to help them develop their résumés. She is a
frequent visitor to HONR100 sections where she offers tips on resume and cover letter
writing. She will be hosting career development workshops starting this fall and spring.

“I advise Letters and Sciences students and really love working with this population
because they are in the process of making some really important (and tough) decisions.

Contact me the second you sense something is going wrong. Most students struggle far
too long in a class before emailing me. As an advisor, I have access to resources such as
time management and tutoring services.”


Students who are in good standing in University Honors may register for one HONR seminar and
as many H-versions as they want for the following semester during early registration. Students
already registered for one seminar may get on the hold file for other seminars.

After early registration and summer orientation, the restriction of one HONR seminar will be lifted,
and students will be able to add any other seminars that are still open.

If you have trouble registering, contact Mr. Dean Hebert at 301-405-6775 or


The University Honors Citation is an academic distinction and formal acknowledgement of
participation in Maryland’s Honors College. The Honors Citation appears on your transcript, and
students who earn the Citation wear elegant red and gold Honors cords at commencement.


The University Honors Citation requires a 3.2 cumulative GPA and completion of a minimum of
16 Honors credits, distributed as follows:

     HONR 100 or UNIV 100H, a one credit colloquium for first year Honors students offered in
        the fall term
       15 Honors credits: five 3-credit Honors courses (HONR seminars or H-versions of regular
        departmental courses) of which at least 9 credits must be Honors seminars.

Most students complete the Citation requirements within 5 semesters of entering the University
Honors, but they may complete the Citation any time before graduation.

Students apply for the Citation during the semester in which they finish the requirements.

Honors Citation applications are available each semester on the Honors website, on the Listserv,
and in Anne Arundel Hall.

An Honors Citation Ceremony is held each semester to recognize students who earned their
Citations. Parents and guests are invited to attend this festive celebration.


Fill out an application for the Citation in the semester during which you will complete the
requirements. Applications are available in the Honors Program Office, 1113 Anne Arundel
Hall or on the Honors website. Students must have a GPA at least 3.2 to receive a

1-credit HONORS Colloquium (HONR 100 or UNIV 100H):

 Course Number                      Course Title


HONORS SEMINARS - 9 credits minimum:
 Course Number                      Course Title

HONR ____________________________________________________________

HONR _____________________________________________________________

HONR _____________________________________________________________

ADDITIONAL HONORS COURSES (H-versions or seminars) - 6 credits:

 Course Number                      Course Title




You can never out grow the University of Maryland. The campus offers exceptional
opportunities to complement your course work with experiential learning that will prepare
you in every way to take the next step: graduate or professional school, competing for the
job you desire in a tight job market, and being an effective and compassionate citizen
engaged in bringing about positive change.

University Honors asks that you learn about the very best of these opportunities and
choose the ones that will help you to achieve your goals.

The flexibility of University Honors leaves plenty of room in your schedule to participate in
these advantageous opportunities whenever it best fits your plans to do so.

We encourage you to learn about:

       Students Clubs and Organizations
              First Look Fair
       Individual Studies Program (IVSP)
       Federal Semester
       Undergraduate Research (on and off campus)
       Federal Semester
       Exceptional Study Abroad Opportunities
              (3-week, full-semester, and yearlong options)
       Phi Beta Kappa
       National Scholarships


Getting involved at the University of Maryland couldn't be easier with more than 500
clubs, hundreds of cultural events, fraternities and sororities, movies, speakers, concerts,
and sports.

Looking for a fencing club, a cappella singing group, mock trial team, a Buddhist Thought
and Meditation Group or ballroom dancing? We've got you covered. Or maybe your
interests lean towards the Terrapin Trail club or one of the scores of social and service
fraternities and sororities.

Maryland has an active and growing program of community and volunteer services that
can connect you with local and national organizations for elder care, tutoring, mentoring, or
environmental action.

The Maryland Marching Band is 150-strong. Also on campus are religious organizations,
an improvisational comedy company, sports clubs, political clubs, and student chapters of
professional societies.

Every September there is a two-day First Look Fair on McKeldin Mall to introduce you to
all the student groups the University of Maryland has to offer.

Meanwhile, go to and look for clubs that interest you!


September 17 and 18, McKeldin Mall, 10am-3pm

First Look Fair is one of the longest running involvement traditions at the University of
Maryland. The event is host to more than 500 student clubs and organizations, campus
departments and services, and community service agencies.

The festive atmosphere is the perfect place to gather resources, learn more about how to
get involved, and connect with other students with similar interests.

During First Look Fair, representatives of student organizations set up tables full of info
and make themselves available to meet interested students and answer all your questions.

It’s a great time to find out more about the organizations that interest you, and to get to
know at least one member, who will reassure you that you are welcome and needed.
That’s the entire reason they are there: To Talk to YOU!

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to discover everything that University of Maryland has
to offer!


Education is sometimes best outside of the boundaries of a single academic major or program.
IVSP students design unique academic programs combining courses from a number of
departments, and in doing so, create new major concentrations. Under the guidance of a faculty
mentor, the program allows students broader academic freedom to pursue their degree in ways
that best match their own intellectual interests.

With help from their chosen faculty mentor and the IVSP staff, students develop proposals for
their program that lay the intellectual framework for the area of study and set the academic
course requirements. Once a proposal is approved by the Faculty Review Board, the courses
approved for the program are analogous to the requirements of the University's other majors.

Individual Studies students also benefit by taking their studies outside of the traditional classroom.
Students will complete a senior thesis, and may also use internships or other independent studies
to complement their courses. While never vocational in nature, drawing from real-life experience

as a supplement to the academic curriculum is generally encouraged.

Developing a successful IVSP prospectus takes time and usually involves several meetings to
review and edit the draft prospectus. Interested students should contact the IVSP staff and begin
the application process early in their academic career. Working closely with the Coordinator and
their prospective faculty mentor, students should plan to complete and submit their IVSP
prospectus, preferably during their sophomore year. Recent IVSP programs created by students
include: museum studies, recreation management, peace studies, and public health policy

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (on and off campus)

Many University Honors students engage in research projects, some as early as their first year on
campus. Most students take advantage of the many research opportunities on our campus.
However, students may also pursue research internships at other research institutions in the
greater Baltimore-Washington area.

An academic citation for research participation from the Maryland Center for Undergraduate
Research ( is a great way to earn formal recognition for research
participation. Third and fourth year students who continue to be involved in research can earn
academic credit for research experiences through a variety of internship and research courses
offered on campus. Students interested in research may also want to consider joining the
Departmental/College Honors Program in their major (see above).


The Federal Semester Program is an opportunity for University of Maryland students to
develop insight into federal policy and gain professional experience in the federal
government or on Capitol Hill.

Open to students from all majors, this year-long program combines a fall academic
seminar with a spring internship. Supplementary courses, field trips and other out-of-class
events help students deepen their understanding of the federal government and the
policymaking process. Professional development workshops help students navigate the
internship search process and prepare for future careers.

Programs for 2010-2011 include:

      Energy and Environmental Policy
      Health Policy
      Homeland Security Policy
      U.S. Foreign Policy and the Middle East

Federal Semester students receive $500 stipends and are eligible to apply for fellowships
to pursue graduate studies at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and at
other policy-focused graduate programs at the university.

Please visit the Federal Semester website for more information at


Honors students take full advantage of internship opportunities available in the greater
Washington, D.C. area. Internships are a great way to test your professional interests and goals,
gain valuable experience in a professional setting, network with professional contacts, and obtain
personal letters of recommendation from professionals in your field. Internships can range from
just a few weeks to an entire academic year.

Some of the places where Honors students have recently interned include: the U.S. Senate,
House of Representatives, The White House, The Supreme Court, D.C Law Firms, Library of

Congress, The Smithsonian Museums, Children’s National Medical Center, The National Zoo, The
National Aquarium, National Institutes of Health, The Washington Post, and The Baltimore Orioles.

Many agencies and organizations seek interns from the Honors Program because they know that
Honors students are smart, hard working, and academically prepared to contribute to a fast-paced
professional environment.


The University of Maryland is home to an exceptionally large and successful Study Abroad
Program. Honors students have access to its full range of options, from short term (2-3 weeks)
to full-year abroad experiences.

Honors sponsors or co-sponsors courses that take students to China, Costa Rica, Germany, Italy,
Japan, Laos, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, and the UK.

Early each term, the Study Abroad Office sponsors a day-long Study Abroad Fair to inform
students of the various opportunities that are available.

For further information, please visit Maryland’s study abroad website:

And don’t wait--it’s never too early to study abroad!


Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate honors
society in the United States. The Society’s mission is to foster and recognize excellence in the
liberal arts and sciences. Admission to Phi Beta Kappa is by invitation only. At the end of each
term, the local chapter of Phi Beta Kappa reviews student transcripts and invites qualified
Maryland juniors and seniors to join PBK.

For further details about what it takes to be invited to Phi Beta Kappa, visit the UM PBK website


University Honors students are excellent candidates for prestigious national scholarships such as
the Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater, and Fulbright. Start investigating and preparing for these
opportunities early.

These scholarships are highly competitive awards that provide opportunities and support for
many different experiences, including study abroad, graduate study (and sometimes
undergraduate study also), federal employment, teaching, research, and public service.

National scholarships are looking for students (with or without financial need) who have
strong interests and goals – academic and extracurricular – and who want to take
advantage of every constructive opportunity that will help them reach their objectives.

Just as each national scholarship offers a different kind of opportunity, each is also looking
for a different range of strengths and interests in its applicants. If you develop a strong
academic record, are thoughtful about your choices and devote yourself to activities you
care about, you may well find one or more scholarship opportunities of interest to you.

The National Scholarships Office can help you search for awards that fit your goals. It
provides information through its website (, through a weekly
Listserv announcement, and through individual advising sessions. It also organizes
workshops for students applying for particular national scholarships, and provides both
general and personal advice on how to prepare the strongest possible scholarship



Anne Arundel Hall is the headquarters of the Honors College. It is a Living-Learning Center,
housing 110 students, providing offices for Honors staff and advisors, and hosting a
Scholar/Artist-in-Residence apartment, faculty office, a student art gallery, the Portz library,
seminar rooms, and lounges. Denton Hall is the center for University Honors students on the
North Campus, providing common space for events and activities as well as student housing.

Residing in Honors housing provides students with the opportunity to live, learn, and laugh with
peers from every discipline and background. The shared cultural events and study rooms create
a comfortable and stimulating atmosphere in which to explore the world of ideas, stretch
intellectually, and build life-long friendships.


The Honors Listserv keeps students informed about Honors activities and campus events. New
Honors students are automatically added to this Listserv, which announces internships, prize and
scholarship opportunities, upcoming events, and Honors activities. Listserv announcements are
made daily to provide timely information on events and opportunities. If you want to join now,
send an email to, leave the subject line blank, and type: subscribe
umhonors {your name}.


A year-long calendar of lectures, forums, performances, and other events provides opportunities
for Honors students to develop strong ties within this vibrant intellectual community. Largely
supported by the generous donations of Honors parents, friends, and alumni, these events

      The Honors Lecture Series. Faculty and guest speakers present exciting research or
       discuss timely topics, and the campus pre-med, pre-law, and pre-business advisors
       provide practical information regarding preparing for admission to graduate and professional
       schools. The atmosphere is informal and always includes a question and answer period
       and a reception.

      Art Fest. Honors Art Fest encourages and enhances student creativity by providing events
       that expose students to the work of their peers as well as that of established artists. Each
       semester, Art Fest hosts the Open Mic which is open to all students and genres of
       expression. Art Fest events have included a Poetry Slam, a Full Moon Mask Making Party,
       the War Readings in honor of Veteran's Day, and various full-length dramatic works. Art

    Fest is a collaborative venture with Honors Humanities, is affiliated with the Jimenez-Porter
    Writers' House, and often draws a campus-wide audience.

   Rajpat Lecture Series. The annual Rajpat Memorial Lecture is sponsored by the University
    Honors Program and the Office of Resident Life in memory of Honors student Camille
    Rajpat, who died from cancer while still a student at Maryland. Camille was very active in
    campus life, in the Honors Program, and in Resident Life.

   Student Art Gallery. The Honors Student Art Gallery encourages artistic expression and
    inspiration to generate high quality student art in Honors buildings. Each spring semester,
    Honors holds an open submission for works of art. Submissions are judged and selected
    by a juried panel of faculty and student peers. The piece of art may be completed prior to
    submission, or an idea/concept/proposal for a work to be done over the summer may be
    submitted. Five to seven artists are chosen each year for this cash award.

   Workshops. Honors faculty and staff offer special sessions to assist students with such
    important tasks as constructing a resume, writing a job application letter, or composing an
    essay for graduate or professional schools.

   Ice Cream Socials. Students and faculty gather for afternoon Ice Cream Socials or all day
    scooping opportunities, called “Raid the Refrigerator Parties,” in Anne Arundel Hall.
    Enjoying the finest frozen fare from the campus dairy creates a favorite forum for meeting
    friends and faculty, and chilling, literally and figuratively.

   Tickets to On-Campus Events. Tickets to on-campus events, especially for performances
    at the spectacular Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (CSPAC), are frequently offered to
    Honors students, on a first come first served basis, free of charge.

      Off-Campus Activities. Honors faculty organize a variety of off-campus activities, ranging
       from field trips to theater events to the annual Honors whitewater raft trip.


The University Honors does not offer its own scholarships. All scholarship decisions are made by
the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Office of Student Financial Aid, and in some cases
the academic colleges.

General information regarding scholarships for incoming students is outlined below. More detailed
scholarship information for incoming students may be found on the Honors and Office of
Undergraduate Admissions websites.


All students applying for fall semester who submit an application for admission to the University
by the priority deadline will automatically be considered for merit scholarships. Eligibility
requirements for each scholarship vary, with the most academically talented students receiving the
most prestigious awards.

The University of Maryland offers a comprehensive need-based aid program for students
with demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal
Student Aid (FAFSA). Two categories of need-based aid are available: gift aid (grants)
and self-help (loans and Federal Work-Study). Eligibility requirements vary, with the
neediest students receiving the most aid. Eligible students may be awarded either or both
types of need-based aid.

The FAFSA must be received by the University’s priority financial aid deadline in order to

be considered for the maximum possible need-based award. The FAFSA may be
submitted online at

FALL 2010


NEW     Washington, D.C. Seminars

HONR238A Backstage in the Nation's Capital: The Washington, D.C. Theatre Experience

HONR269A Contemporary Arts and Ideas

HONR258J Supreme Law: The Constitution, Morality, and the Courts

HONR 368A: Maryland General Assembly Legislative Seminar (prepares students for
spring internship)

HONR378I Campaigning for Congress


HONR208A Proof in Mathematics

HONR208B Contemporary Indian Society: Bullock Carts and Bollywood

HONR208E Tolkien: Author of the Century

HONR208X Contemporary Literature, Media, and the State

HONR209E Understanding the Cultural Impact of Temporary Exhibitions

HONR209O The Science of Sleep and Biological Rhythms

HONR209T Cities and the World: Globalization and Urban Development

HONR217 Life, the Multiverse, and Everything: Developing an Individual Cosmovision

HONR218C Western Intellectual Heritage: The Hero and Society

HONR218L Language and Mind

HONR228B Planning For Cities

HONR228K Great Ideas in Physics & Their Implications in Other Disciplines

HONR228N Evaluating Global Development Assistance

HONR228T Journalism and Peace

HONR229O Ancient Rome in Historical Fiction: Narratives, Sources, and Screen

HONR229T Race, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Press

HONR229V Energy Sources for the Future: Separating Science from Pseudoscience

HONR238D Contemporary American Musical Theater: From Hair to Hairspray

HONR238F From Animal Thoughts to Animal Feelings: Cognitive and Applied Etholgy's
Understanding of Animals

HONR238L Engineering in Ancient Empires

HONR238R Terrorism

HONR238T The Body and Literature

HONR239C The Creative Process in Dance

HONR 239P Higher, Faster, Farther: Case Studies from Aerospace History

HONR248H Delinquency in the Context of Disability

HONR248N Extinction Risk: Where Biology, Geography, and Mathematics Meet

HONR248O The Military and the Media in American History

HONR248W America in the 1960's

HONR248Y Design and the Creative Process

HONR249P Art, Politics, and Race in South Africa

HONR249W The Spiritual Heritage of the Human Race

HONR249Y Amadeus: Mozart 101

HONR258O The Kinesiological Bases of Skilled Performance: Golf

HONR258T Tools of Fiction

HONR258V American Attitudes toward Warfare and the Military

HONR258W Exploring Homophobia: Demystifying Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues

HONR258Z Language, Identity, and Diversity in the U.S.

HONR259F Black Masculinities

HONR259L Thinking Strategically

HONR259M Metropolis: The Cinematic City

HONR259N New Orleans: Colonial to Katrina

HONR268A Financial Markets and the Business Environment

HONR268J Religion and Progress: Islamic Science, Politics, and Economics

HONR268K Beyond the Hype of Medical Miracles: Stem Cells, Gene Therapy, and Other
Cutting-Edge Medical Research

HONR268L United States Immigration Issues

HONR268R Creative Expression and the Web

HONR268W Disability Studies

HONR268X Anna Karenina as a Window on Russia

HONR269A Contemporary Arts and Ideas

HONR269B The Political Economy of International Cooperation

HONR269E Exploring Key Issues of Globalization

HONR269X Faith in Science: Interactions between Science and Religion

HONR279E Languages of Europe

HONR279F The Problem of Time

HONR279M How Does the Brain Speak? Insights from Neuroimaging and Brain Damage

HONR279O Counterterrorism

HONR288L Medical Devices

HONR289A Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Infectious Disease

HONR289C History of Evolutionary Thought

HONR289T Rule of Law: Bedrock of Democracy

HONR289Y Novels and Who We Are

HONR299B Internet Technologies in the Information Era

HONR348J Contemporary Social Issues

HONR359B Alternatives to Violence


New    Washington, D.C. Seminars for Fall 2010

Plays! Art Museums! The Supreme Court!        Congress!

Learn about current and exciting topics, earn credits, and get to know the extraordinary
cultural and government institutions in the nation's capital all at the same time.

HONR238A: Backstage in the Nation's Capital: The Washington D.C. Theatre Experience
Tuesday 2-4:30 p.m.
Dr. Korey Rothman, Department of Theatre

Students enrolling in this seminar should leave Wednesday evenings open to attend plays.

Everyone knows that Washington, D.C. is the seat of our national government, but many
are surprised to learn the nation's capital is also one of the country's cultural capitals. In
this course, students will attend several live performances in a variety of area theatres,
from the Folger Theatre, renowned for classical and Shakespearian productions, to the
Wooly Mammoth, whose mission is to "defy convention" and "explore the edges of
theatrical style and human experience." CORE: History or Theory of the Arts [HA]

The course will culminate in a class trip to New York to attend a Broadway show.

HONR 269A: Contemporary Arts and Ideas
Tuesday/Thursday 11am - 12:15 pm
Dr. Ingrid Satelmajer, Department of English

This course will introduce students to the process of defining and evaluating contemporary
arts -- visual art, theater, music, dance, cinema, and literature. We will visit D.C. area
venues as we consider the role contemporary arts can play in our own lives. And we'll
consider whether (and how) the contemporary arts maintain a sense of relevancy, how
they invite or deflect audience participation and the construction of meaning, and what kind
of relationship they have to public institutions and debates. CORE: History or Theory of
the Arts [HA]

HONR258J: Supreme Law: The Constitution, Morality, and the Courts
Monday/Wednesday, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Dr. Susan Dwyer, Department of Philosophy

Visits to the U.S. Supreme Court will be arranged during the semester.

Gun Control. Abortion. Pornography. Physician-Assisted Suicide. Gay Marriage.

People care deeply about these issues, and they seem to care about them whether or not
they themselves want to own a gun, have an abortion, consume pornography, receive
assistance in dying, or marry a person of the same sex. People care so much about
abortion, for example, that they cast their votes merely on the basis of what they believe
about a politician's view on voluntarily ending a pregnancy. Our goal is to understand how
moral views influence judicial reasoning at the level of the Supreme Court and to
investigate whether that influence is legitimate or ought to be more or less powerful.
CORE: Humanities [HO]

HONR 378I Congressional Elections: Campaigning for Congress
Tuesday 3:30-6 p.m.
Dr. Paul Herrnson, Director, Center for American Politics and Citizenship

Students will undertake an in-depth study of congressional campaigns, drawing examples
from the 2010 elections as they unfold. We will examine congressional campaigns from
several perspectives, including those of the candidates, party officials, political consultants,
political action committee (PAC) managers, and other interest group leaders. Topics to be
explored include the backgrounds of congressional candidates, the decision to run for
office, campaign organization, fund raising, and communications.

HONR 368A: Maryland General Assembly Legislative Seminar
Tuesday, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Dr. Thomas Lowderbaugh, English Professional Writing Program

Students who take HONR 368A (3 credits) in the fall must commit to an MGA internship
in the spring HONR 386 (6 credits). For more information and an application to this
program, see

This class is designed to rehearse typical intern writing tasks, to develop professional
communication skills (oral, written, and collaborative), and to teach legislative processes

and issues. Assignments also include the application for the placement in Annapolis with
resume, cover letter and personal essay; a bill summary and research questions;
constituent letters, a press release, a policy analysis (a collaborative research project), and
testimony on the project. All assignments are revised and presented in a portfolio at the
end of the semester.

The Maryland General Assembly Program, limited to 23 students, places interns with
legislators in Annapolis during the 90 day spring legislative session which begins in early
January and ends in early April (six credits of HONR 386).


Please visit for more detailed descriptions
of each seminar.

HONR208A: Proof in Mathematics
Tuesday /Thursday, 11:00 am-12:15 pm
Dr. Joseph Auslander, Department of Mathematics

The seminar will interest to mathematics students, and also those with philosophical
interests. It focuses on proof in mathematics, although we'll also consider proof in physical
and social sciences. In addition, we will consider changing standard of proof over time.
Cases in point are the proofs in Euclidean geometry. The original proofs of Euclid are now
considered to be incomplete. In the seminar, we will go over some of Euclid's arguments,
as well as later attempts to correct them. CORE: Mathematics and Formal Reasoning

HONR208B: Contemporary Indian Society: Bullock Carts and Bollywood
Wednesday 4-6:30 pm
Dr. Sonalde Desai, Department of Sociology

We will explore different dimensions of Indian life using a variety of sources to examine
the contemporary Indian society. We will gain insights into Indian economy, society and
politics by focusing on daily lives of Indian households. The kinds of questions we will
explore include: What are the predominant sources of livelihoods in modern India? Does
the ideal of Indian extended family still reflect the reality? What are the gender relations in
the Indian society? And to what extent do the traditional divisions based on caste, class
and religion still persist? CORE: Behavioral and Social Sciences [SB] and Human Cultural
Diversity [D]

HONR 208E: J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century
Monday/Wednesday, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Dr. Verlyn Flieger, Department of English

The course will study Tolkien's major works, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The
Silmarillion, as well as some minor works (The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth) and Tolkien's
major scholarly criticism. CORE: Literature [HL]

HONR 208X: Contemporary Literature, Media, and the State
Monday and Wednesday, 12:00-1:15 p.m.
Dr. Linda Kauffman, Department of English

This course focuses on the relationship between the individual and the State at specific
moments of global upheaval, with emphasis on the post-September 11th climate. It
addresses global issues of citizenship and sovereignty from many perspectives: African,
American, Asian-American, Islamic, etc.). The course examines competing representations
of History in fiction, film, television and print media. We shall discuss the bitter divisions
(race, gender, religion, nationality, and class) that have brought us to a stage of
permanent war. State terror, environmental degradation, and apocalypse are portrayed in
the theoretical texts, as well as in fiction and film. CORE: Literature [HL] and Human
Cultural Diversity [D]

HONR 209E: Understanding the Cultural Impact of Temporary Exhibitions
Monday/Wednesday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Dr. Quint Gregory, Lecturer in University Honors

The temporary exhibition is arguably a museum's best means for attracting new visitors. It
is a powerful vehicle for illuminating historical moments or exploring themes of profound
spirit and beauty in art. The exhibition is also a form that, increasingly, is the raison d’être
of many museums. Powerful tensions between scholarship and mass appeal constantly
threaten the integrity of the exhibition concept. The goals of this course are to understand
the exhibition as a form of communication and to be aware of the forces that shape it and,
at the same time, the visitor's experience. CORE: History/Theory of the Arts [HA]

HONR 209O: The Science of Sleep and Biological Rhythms
Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Dr. David Yager, Department of Psychology

Sleep is a dominating and inescapable presence in our biological lives, our psychology,
and in every human and animal culture on earth. It alters and challenges the way we
experience the passage of time, and it is intimately tied to remembering and forgetting. Yet
no one fully understands the mechanisms of sleep, or even why we sleep. We will study
what is known about the biology of sleep and also examine in depth the closely related
topic of biological rhythms. The emphasis will be on the biological processes that give rise
to and control sleep and rhythmic behaviors. Therefore, part of the course will be a primer
of brain structure and function. CORE: Life Sciences, non-lab [LS]

HONR 209T: Cities and the World: Globalization and Urban Development
Tuesday, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Dr. Mila Zlatic, Department of Geography

We will focus on the new era of de-industrialization of the city and the complicated
relationship between globalization and urbanization, urban impact on globalization, and the
role of cities in globalization. In order to understand what is happening in Baltimore, New
York, or Sydney we must understand that cities are shaped simultaneously by outside
forces far beyond their borders, as well as by factors much closer to home. The impact of
the global economy on cities and the impact of cities on the global economy will be
explored. CORE: Behavioral and Social Science [SB]

HONR 217: Life, the Multiverse and Everything: Developing an Individual Cosmovision
Section 0101: Tuesday, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Section 0201: Wednesday, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Dr. John Carlson, Senior Lecturer in University Honors; Director, Center for

All peoples, from hunter-gatherer bands to state-level societies, develop some view of who
and what they are and how they fit into the universe as they perceive it. Each individual
also has his or her evolving personal world-view or cosmovision created from his or her
cultural background and personal experiences. As the world around us changes and we
mature, our individual "cosmovisions" develop into creative works in progress as unique as
one's own genome. The goal of this seminar is to create an interactive learning experience
where the students and teacher consciously explore the process of "Developing an
Individual Cosmovision." CORE: Humanities [HO] and Diversity [D]

HONR 218C: Western Intellectual Heritage: The Hero and Society
Thursday, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Dr. Peter Losin, National Endowment for the Humanities

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to some of the important texts that
have shaped the Western intellectual heritage. Readings fall into three general groups: The
Classical Heritage, the Biblical Tradition, and the Early Modern Inheritance. Running

through the three sections is the common theme of the hero and society. We will be
asking questions such as: What is a hero? How is the hero related to society? How do
conceptions of heroism change over time? What can you learn about a society by studying
its heroes? We will consider examples as diverse as Achilles, Oedipus, Antigone,
Socrates, Aeneas, David, Samson, Dalila, Sir Gawain, and Henry V. CORE: Humanities

HONR 218L: Language and Mind
Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Dr. Valentine Hacquard, Department of Linguistics

Fish swim, birds fly, people speak. No one would think to deny that fish are biologically
built for swimming and birds for flying. Nature has genetically endowed these creatures
with special-purpose faculties which undergird these capacities. Linguists have argued for
the past 25 years that the same holds for humans and language, in particular, that
humans have a specific genetically-endowed dedicated capacity to acquire and use
language. The aim of this course is to investigate the evidence for this claim. CORE:
Humanities [HO]

HONR 228B: Planning for Cities
Tuesday 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Dr. Alexander Chen, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

This seminar will trace the development of the city from the first urban settlements to the
global cities of today. A multidisciplinary lens will allow us to see how fields of study as
diverse as architecture and economics, preservation and mathematics, and real estate
development and sociology combine to respond to the planning challenges and
opportunities of city life. By zooming in on specific issues, we will focus on the complex
dynamic between people and preferences, power and politics, as well as property and
place. CORE: Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues [IE]

HONR 228K: Great Ideas in Physics and Their Implications in Other Disciplines
Monday/Wednesday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Dr. Ted Einstein, Department of Physics

This seminar will explore some great advances in physics, what they meant, how they
came about, and how they influenced other fields. Examples include Newton's laws and
their influence on philosophy, kinetic theory and classical physics in the late 1800's and
their reflection in Freudian psychology, and quantum mechanics and modern psychology.
Discussion of the relevant physics will be at a popular level, using only high school math.
There will be regular demonstrations from the world-class collection in the physics
department. Discussions will assume that students have some familiarity with the scientific
meaning of terms like energy, momentum, velocity, speed, acceleration, force,
light/electromagnetic radiation, atom, electron, etc. from a high school physics course.
Ideally the class will have students interested in a broad range of social sciences and
humanities, so that many perspectives can be brought to bear on the discussions. CORE:
Physical Sciences, non-lab [PS]

HONR 228N Evaluating Global Development Assistance
Tuesday/Thursday, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Dr. Vivian Hoffmann, Dept. of Agricultural Resource Economics

The course will examine current debates about foreign aid and about programs to help
reduce poverty. Through concrete examples, students will be introduced to fundamental
ideas in economics such as growth theory, public goods, and principal-agent problems. We
will consider both theoretical arguments and empirical evidence, and critically evaluate
some of the recent literature on aid effectiveness. We will also consider alternatives to aid
such as reform of rich countries' trade and agricultural support policies. CORE: Behavioral
and Social Sciences [SB] and CORE Human Cultural Diversity [D]

HONR 228T: Journalism and Peace
Monday, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Colman McCarthy, Lecturer in University Honors; Columnist

We have no shortage of war correspondents. But where are the peace correspondents?
Where are the journalists—whether toiling for the wealthy corporate media or going it alone
as independents, whether columnists or editorial writers, whether reporters and editors on
high school or college newspapers or on large circulation dailies—who bring to the public
the news about peace? This course is a modest effort to examine some of the issues
involving journalism and peace. Students are encouraged to bring to class news stories
that will enliven the class discussions and debates.

HONR 229O Ancient Rome in Historical Fiction: Narratives, Sources, and Screen
Monday/Wednesday 3-4:40 pm extended time for viewing films
Dr. Judith Hallett, Department of Classics; Distinguished Scholar Teacher

We will study the I, Claudius BBC series, and compare this 1976 "small screen" cinematic
treatment to Robert Graves' novels on which it was based, as well as to the ancient
primary sources on which Graves mainly relied: Tacitus' Annals, Suetonius' Lives of the
Twelve Caesars, and the histories of Cassius Dio. We will focus on Claudius' ancient and
modern image as a physically and mentally challenged individual, on his role as a member
of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, and on the impact of his story on audiences. CORE:
Literature [HL]

HONR 229T: Race, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Press
Monday, 2:00- 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Haynes Johnson, School of Journalism

This seminar will examine the relationship between the media and the U.S. Civil Rights
movement with the purpose of drawing lessons about how well -- or poorly -- the media
have performed the essential role of informing citizens about the single greatest issue that
has plagued America since its founding: the legacy of slavery that led to a Civil War, then
to a century of segregation. We will explore how the Civil Rights movement created
historic changes in laws and opportunities. The class is offered at a propitious time, as the
United States has elected its first African American President. We will monitor media
coverage and examine public attitudes and the impact race has on both. CORE:
Behavioral and Social Sciences [SB] and Diversity [D]

Professor Johnson is a best-selling author and television commentator. He won the
Pulitzer Prize for distinguished national reporting in 1966 for his coverage of the civil rights
crisis in Selma, Alabama. Professor Johnson’s most recent book is The Battle for America
2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election.

HONR 229V: Energy Sources for the Future: Separating Science from Pseudoscience
Tuesday/Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Dr. Carlos Romero-Talamás, Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics

A scientific background is not required for this course, and most of the tools we will
develop will involve simple arithmetic and high school calculus.

From public policy to global climate change, the way we plan our energy resources
utilization now will have far reaching consequences for generations to come. Research and
development on improving existing sources of energy and on finding new ones is on the
rise. We will review concepts of energy, energy generation, storage, transmission,
efficiency, and exponential growth; and we will apply these concepts to compare
advantages and disadvantages between existing energy sources: fossil carbon-based,
biofuels, solar, wind, nuclear fission, and geothermal, as well as possible future concepts

such as nuclear fusion, and space-based power generation. CORE: Physical Sciences
non-lab [PS]

HONR 238D: The Contemporary American Musical Theatre: From Hair to Hairspray
Section 0101: Monday/Wednesday, 12:00-1:15 p.m.
Section 0201: Monday/Wednesday, 10:00- 11:15 a.m.
Dr. Korey Rothman, Department of Theatre

This course will begin with the Vietnam-era musical Hair in order to consider how the
American musical is simultaneously a source of popular entertainment and profit and a
means to make important political and social critiques. The course will move from the
Concept Musicals of the 1970s, to the profit-driven Mega-Musicals and nostalgic revivals
that dominated the 1980s, to the "Disneyification" of Broadway in the 1990s, to the
current trend toward pastiche and satire, to explore the ways the musical has paralleled,
reified, and challenged larger trends in the American landscape. CORE: History or Theory
of the Arts [HA] and Human Cultural Diversity [D]

HONR 238F: From Animal Thoughts to Animal Feelings: Cognitive and Applied Ethology's
Understanding of Animals
Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30-4:45 pm
Dr. Ray Stricklin and Dr. Kim Drnec, Department of Animal Sciences

This course explores animal behavior as a science and the ethical issues underlying how
we treat animals. Topics include: an overview of the history of animal use from early
domestication to modernity; the role science has played in increasing our knowledge of
animal behavior, including sentience; and the importance of ethics in determining how we
humans ought to treat animals. CORE: Humanities [HO]

HONR 238L: Engineering Ancient Empires
Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Dr. Denis Sullivan, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

The so-called Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, from the Temple of Artemis at
Ephesus to the Colossus of Rhodes, are well known examples of the technical skills of
ancient engineers. This course will examine these and a number of other ancient technical
achievements from bridges and buildings to aqueducts and artillery, with a focus on the
specific nature of the technical achievement and the methods used to create it, and
consider the question of why no major jump to industrialization occurred in the ancient
world. CORE: Social or Political History [SH]

HONR 238R: Terrorism
Section 0101: Monday, 3:30-6:05 p.m.
Section 0201: Tuesday, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Dr. Howard Smead, Senior Lecturer in University Honors and History

This semester we will ask how and why the terrorist attacks of September 11 occurred and
them into historical context. We will look at the history of terrorism, both domestic and
international, and examine the many factors that may have provided causation: uncertainty
caused by the end of the Cold War, "blowback" from an arrogant American foreign policy,
the Israeli/Palestinian crisis, globalization of liberal capitalism, the spread of American
popular culture, the rise of orthodox and fundamentalist sects, and the rise of radical
Islamist nationalism. We will also look at the influence of terrorist events on national
security, civil liberties, privacy, and American/international economic and political culture,
and at dissenting opinions about how America should respond to global terrorism. CORE:
Social or Political History [SH]

HONR 238T: The Body and Literature
Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Dr. Sibbie O'Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in University Honors

We will examine how the body is represented in literature and culture as an object of
desire and as a source of knowledge. We will divide this examination into five sections:
The Male and Female Body; The Body of the Child; The Body of the Other, or the
Grotesque Body; The Sick, Aging and Dead Body; and the Parahuman Body. CORE:
Literature [HL]

HONR 239C: The Creative Process in Dance
Tuesday/Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Dr. Anne Warren, Department of Dance

We will explore the process of creation in dance, and we will look at the collaborative
nature of the relationship between dancer and choreographer and between choreographer
and composer. We will read articles by dance writers and critics who examine why we
respond so strongly to movement and how we determine its meaning. We will also explore
the effects that are created when choreographers manipulate our sense of time, our
awareness of the space around us, and our interactions with gravity. CORE:
History/Theory of the Arts [HA] and Diversity [D]

HONR 239P Higher, Faster, Farther: Case Studies from Aerospace History
Tuesday, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Dr. Jeremy Kinney, Curator, Aeronautics Division National Air, Space Museum Smithsonian

The ability of humans to take to the air and on into space generated some of the most
dramatic events in the history of human civilization. This seminar focuses on the history of
aerospace–flight within and beyond the Earth’s atmosphere–from its origins to the present

day by discussing significant case studies within the broader context of culture, economics,
politics, society, technology, and war. It will be for both humanities and
science/engineering majors alike who want to gain a better understanding of the
development of science and technology from a historical perspective. CORE: Social and
Political History [SH]

HONR 248H: Delinquency in the Context of Disability
Monday, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Dr. Peter Leone, Department of Special Education

Students will develop skills that enable them to understand the contexts and forces that
have shaped current beliefs about disability and deviance. After completing the course,
students will be able to: describe mechanisms developed by societies to identify and
classify individuals who differ significantly from the norm; identify social, political, and
professional forces that shape responses to individuals labeled as deviant or disabled;
analyze how media shape and reinforce beliefs about deviance and disability; and apply
concepts of the treatment and classification of individuals visited, following a visit to a
juvenile or adult correctional facility. CORE: Behavioral and Social Sciences [SB] and
CORE Human Cultural Diversity [D]

HONR 248N Extinction Risk: Where Biology, Geography and Mathematics Meet
Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Dr. William F. Fagan, Department of Biology

How do extinctions actually occur? What changes to a species’ abundance and spatial
distribution occur as it declines toward extinction? And how can human interventions alter
these trajectories? And what biological traits put some species more at risk of extinction
than others? We will explore issues related to extinction and extinction risk including
thresholds for population collapse versus gradual declines, the use of vaccination to
eradicate disease, biodiversity databases, stochastic processes, conservation intervention,

nonlinearities in difference and differential equations, issues in spatial mapping, and
conservation reserve design.     CORE: Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues [IE]

HONR 248O: The Military and the Media in American History
Wednesday, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Dr. William Hammond, Senior Lecturer in University Honors; Chief, General Histories
Branch, U.S. Army Center of Military History

The free press has always posed problems for armies in time of war. Soldiers contend that
their lives depend upon their right to withhold information from the enemy. Reporters
respond that, however important the rights of soldiers, they may have to yield before the
need of a free people to scrutinize the deeds of its government. This course will
investigate the relationship between the military and the media by applying the traditional
journalistic question--who, what, when, where, how, and why--to the news business and to
the business of making war. CORE: Social/Political History [SH]

HONR 248W: America in the 1960's
Monday, 12:00-2:30 p.m.
Dr. John Newman, Lecturer in University Honors

Why have the 1960's left such an indelible mark on the American psyche? Why are
historians and participants from those traumatic years still locked in deep debate over what
happened and what it means? While the disagreements persist, there is agreement on at
least one point: the 1960's represent a watershed in modern American history. This course
will explore the political, social, cultural, and intellectual history of America during this
crucial decade including the Civil Rights movement and women's rights and gay rights
movements, the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement, and the Kennedy and King
assassinations. CORE: Social/Political History [SH]

HONR 248Y Design Literacy: Decoding Our Visual Culture
Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.
Dr. Ruth Lozner, Department of Art

This course will change the way you think about design just as contemporary design is
changing the way we live in the world. We will be looking at design in all its aspects
(including information design, architecture, product and package design, servicescape
design, advertising and marketing, broadcast and web design, even "experience design");
its influence and response to cultural changes (including green design, universal design
and cause-related marketing). By deconstructing the design process, we can explore the
potential it holds for future needs with creative, responsible and innovative ideas. CORE:
History or Theory of the Arts [HA]

HONR 249P Art, Politics, and "Race" in South Africa
Thursday, 2- 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Shannen Hill, Department of Art History and Archaeology

This course examines issues of racial representation in South African visual culture from
the 18th century through today. Visual culture is explored as a basis for studying political
rhetoric around nation, tribe, race, and gender. Arts that are conventionally studied in art
history are included, but we will expand beyond these into mass media, architecture,
documentary, film, and performance. The course is highly interactive; consider it a type of
round-table wherein particular lines of inquiry will be discussed and debated.    CORE:
History or Theory of the Arts [HA] and Diversity [D]

HONR 249R: Music and Gender Identity
Monday, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Dr. Boden Sandstrom, School of Music

As a densely constructed concept, gender is a kind of performance site in which cultural
values and beliefs can be staged, endorsed, contested, and renegotiated. The expression
of sexuality through music and its link to gender will also be explored. Questions such as
those posed by Ellen Koskoff in her breakthrough book Women and Music in Cross-
Cultural Perspectives will be explored: "To what degree does a society's gender ideology
and resulting gender-related behaviors affect its musical thought and practice? How does
music function in society to reflect or affect inter-gender relations?" CORE:
History/Theory of the Arts [HA] and Diversity [D]

HONR 249W The Spiritual Heritage of the Human Race: An Introduction to the Study of
World Religions
Wednesday 1:30 - 4 pm
Dr. Suheil Bushrui, Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace

In this course, the study of religion is undertaken from the perspective of the existence of
a spiritual heritage common to all humanity. It postulates that recognition and
understanding of this heritage is required to realize the goals of unity, cooperation, and
peace. From the resulting codification of the truths common to all religions, efforts can be
undertaken towards evolving a global code of ethics that incorporates all that is best in
humanity's shared spiritual heritage. CORE: Humanities [HO} and Diversity [D]

HONR 249Y: Amadeus: Mozart 101
Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Dr. Suzanne Beicken, Department of Music

This course explores the genius of Mozart: the man as magic music maker; his life, his
music; and his era between the ancient regime and revolution. We will examine: the
unusual childhood of the precocious wunderkind, fostered by a loving family and an
overbearing father/mentor; the plight of being a servant-composer; Mozart's yearning to
free himself from servitude; his stardom as a freelancing Vienna performer and composer;

and, finally, his supreme accomplishments as an artist for all ages. CORE: History or
Theory of the Arts [HA]

HONR 258O: Kinesiological Bases of Skilled Performance: Golf
Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Dr. Seppo Iso-Ahola, Department of Kinesiology

There will be a $45.00 charge for the equipment needed during the course.

Students will experience their own learning of a motor skill (i.e., golf). Principles and
issues introduced in lecture will be explored and studied in lab. The lecture/discussion
portion of the class will explore sociological, physiological, and biomechanical perspectives.
Emphasis is on the general principles underlying the learning and performance of all motor
skills. We will also explore the role of sport, and golf in particular, in American society.

HONR 258T: Tools of Fiction: Literature and/as Creative Writing
Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Dean Hebert, Assistant Director, University Honors Program

We will analyze works of short fiction and examine storytelling conventions that many have
in common. We will also look at works that deliberately break various "rules" of literary
fiction, whether conventional expectations readers generally have or rules that a story
establishes internally (such as by creating a pattern, and then breaking it). Each student
will create and revise a short story, which will be shared with and discussed by the class.
Other writing assignments include several short essays based on short stories (mainly from
contemporary American authors) and an essay final exam. CORE: Literature [HL]

HONR 258V American Attitudes Toward Warfare and the Military
Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Dr. David Hogan, Senior Historian, U.S. Army Center of Military History

Are Americans a peaceable people? Have they fought just wars? Do they demonize their
adversaries? How has their memory of past conflicts affected their views on warfare and
the military? How have these and other social, intellectual, and cultural factors influenced
the organization of their military institutions and the conduct of their wars? This course will
focus on these questions in examining American attitudes toward warfare from colonial
times to the present. CORE: Social or Political History [SH]

HONR 258W: Exploring Homophobia: Demystifying Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Issues
Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Dr. Robyn Zeiger, Department of Family Science

This seminar will focus on homophobia (the irrational fear of homosexuality) by examining
the myths and stereotypes related to lesbians and gays, and the reality of this often
misunderstood segment of society. Through analysis, we will strive to develop a humane
vocabulary that reflects appreciation of human diversity. Through lectures, videotapes,
guest speakers, and class discussion, we will explore such topics as sexual orientation,
relationships, family issues, physical and psychological health concerns, as well as
lesbians and gays in history, film, music, art, and sports. CORE: Diversity [D]

HONR 258Z: Language, Identity, and Diversity in the U.S.
Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Dr. Alene Moyer, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Also offered as SLLC 305; students may not take both for credit.

This course will introduce issues of linguistic diversity and identity in the framework of the
U.S. as a multilingual society. Special emphasis is placed on attitudes toward language as
a marker of status and belonging, and on language use as politically, culturally and
socially motivated. Particular attention will be paid to myths about language diversity and
variation, and how assumptions about linguistic difference contribute to cultural stereotypes.

Several hotly debated issues will be treated, including the controversy over Ebonics,
bilingual education, the "English only" movement, politically correct language, and gender
differences in language behavior. CORE: Humanities [HO] and Human Cultural Diversity

HONR 259F Black Masculinities
Tuesday/Thursday 2 - 3:15 p.m.
Dr. Jeffrey Q. McCune, American Studies

From the historic boxing match of Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries to the political bout
between now President Barack Obama and John McCain, black masculinity has been
central to American social and cultural fabric. Examining the intersections of race and
gender, from early black history to our hip-hop era, allows us to see the threads, tensions,
and acts that unravel in various historical contexts. Through an exploration of critical
writings, literature, films, and performances from slavery to the present, we will gain
valuable insight into the complicated relationship between black male identity and American
manhood. CORE: Behavioral and Social Sciences [SB] and Human Cultural Diversity [D]

ONR259L: Thinking Strategically
Thursday 11:00 am -1:30 pm
Dr. Daniel R. Vincent, Department of Economics

This course is designed to use the tools of decision theory and game theory to understand
economic, political and social problems and issues. Among other topics, it will examine the
fallacy of sunk costs; techniques to determine the credibility of threats and promises; the
importance of identifying dominated strategies; the potential value of randomizing
strategies; the importance of knowing how much rivals know before choosing a strategy.
While mathematical skills such as calculus and algebra will increase the student's
enjoyment of the course, these are not required. What is required is a curious mind and a

willingness to think analytically about interesting and (sometimes) important problems.
CORE: Mathematics and Formal Reasoning [MS]

HONR 259M: Metropolis: The Cinematic City
Wednesday, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
Dr. Tom Zaniello, Former Director of Northern Kentucky University Honors Program

A remarkable array of film genres take the measure of the idea of the Metropolis: post-
apocalyptic films, science fiction, film noir, and epics of catastrophe. We will screen films
and analyze films such as Bladerunner, Chinatown, Kiss Me Deadly, Mimic, Mirage’ and
Neverwhere. CORE: History/Theory of the Arts [HA] and Human Cultural Diversity [D]

HONR 259N: New Orleans: Colonial to Katrina
Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Dr. Emily Landau, Dept. of History

This is a course about America's most interesting city. New Orleans exists simultaneously
as a mythic city. We will go back to the first days of French settlement and study the
ways in which the city developed as an exotic enclave in the Deep South. The course
explores the dominant tropes in New Orleans history: race, sex, carnival, jazz, prostitution,
slavery, free people of color, and the environment. We will map the social, cultural, and
political changes that occurred in New Orleans from colonial times to the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina. CORE: Social/Political History [SH] and Diversity [D]

HONR 268A Financial Markets and the Business Environment
Monday/Wednesday 11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
Dr. Vojislav "Max" Maksimovic, Smith School of Business

Meltdown in the financial markets has been the big news story in the past year. In this
course, we will be looking at the big picture issues: Are markets a mechanism for
mobilizing savings, a marketplace for diversifying risks, a legalized form of gambling, or all

the above? How do financial markets work, and does reality correspond to the textbook
descriptions? What are the main institutions? Does the government do a good job of
regulating the markets? Are the markets safe for individual investors or do you have to
have special access to do well from investing? And how do the actions of traders and
investors on Wall Street affect Main Street? CORE: Behavioral and Social Sciences [SB]

HONR 268J: Religion and Progress: Islamic Science, Politics, and Economics
Tuesday, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Dr. Imad A. Ahmad, Senior Lecturer in University Honors

This course explores the role of science, politics, and economics in Muslim history and in
the modern Islamic revival. We examine of sources of Islamic law: the Qur'an, the practice
of the early Muslims, legal scholarship, and consensus. We also examine the progress of
science in the classical Islamic era and the attitudes of modern Muslims towards science,
the political systems of the classical era and the objectives of the "Islamists" movements
today, the economic development in the classical era, and the economic status of the
Muslim world today. CORE: Humanities [HO] and Diversity [D]

HONR 268K: Beyond the Hype of Medical Miracles: Stem Cells, Gene Therapy, and Other
Cutting-Edge Medical Research
Tuesday/Thursday, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Dr. Kenneth Frauwirth, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics

We will discuss the basic scientific principles behind the research with an eye toward
making realistic projections of the potential applications. The course will begin with several
lectures covering basic cell, developmental, and molecular biology, but will then mainly
consist of guided discussion of readings from scientific journals, news media, and
government documents. Examples of readings will include the original report on the cloning
of Dolly the sheep and an article in the journal Science describing novel approaches to
gene therapy. We will also discuss how some of these issues are portrayed in science

fiction literature (students will be required to read Mary Shelley's Frankenstein) and movies
(we will watch Gattaca in class). CORE: Life Sciences, non-lab [LS]

HONR268L: United States Immigration Issues
Tuesday/Thursday 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Dr. Dorith Grant-Wisdom, Department of Government and Politics

Issues of international migration and the integration of immigrants and refugees are among
the most compelling and controversial issues of the twenty-first century. The purpose of
this course is to give students an introduction to some important issues and complexities
that characterize the U.S. immigration process and policies. It will also focus on proposals
for immigration reform as well as expose students to various policy experts in and outside
of government as well as community organizations that are integrally involved with
immigrant communities and the immigration process. CORE: Behavioral/Social Science
[SB] and Diversity [D]

HONR268R: Creative Expression and The Web
Tuesday/Thursday 2-3:15 pm
Elizabeth Kvernen, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities

We live in a world whose social fabric has been profoundly changed by the introduction of
the World Wide Web. In this course we will look at the how the web as a medium is
shaping our daily lives and interactions and offering new avenues for creative expression;
we will learn the underlying technologies of the web and how to create a basic website;
and we will begin to understand the impact that design decisions have on a website's
success or failure. Students in this course will learn by doing. Through a series of hands-
on projects, they will come to understand the distinct possibilities for expression offered by
the web medium, the importance of following web standards and best practices, and the
basic design principles and processes that should be followed when developing material for
the web.

ONR 268W Disability Studies: Stories, Law, and Social Policy
Tuesdays 2-4:30 pm
Sara D. Schotland, JD

What is Disability? Why do definitions matter? How did the disability rights movement
evolve? We will explore disability challenges for individuals with autism, psychiatric
disorders, deafness and/or blindness. Through case studies, we will examine the difficult
choices made by parents of disabled children concerning whether to place their children in
special education or mainstream classrooms, and their advocacy efforts to access funding
and resources to meet their children's needs. We will also consider the intersection
between disability and aging, focusing on Alzheimer's as an example. Guest speakers
include disabled individuals and their family members. CORE: Humanities [HO] and
Diversity [D]

HONR 268X: Anna Karenina as a Window on Russia
Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 - 1:45 pm
Dr. Mikhail Dolbilov, Department of History

Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina can be read as a universal story of love, happiness, despair,
sin and recompense. In our analysis, we will bring together the historical context of the
plot and the characters, the novel's literary devices and aesthetic message, and social
circumstances of the text's production. Reading Anna Karenina through the prism of latest
history scholarship on imperial Russia, this approach will allow us to add new zest to
conventional interpretations of a range of phenomena. Among them are state service and
farming as the nobility's pursuits, aristocracy and self-government, imperial military
subculture, controversies over the emancipation of peasants, the "woman question," the
Eastern Christian church's hold of Russian civil law, including marriage and divorce,
educated Russians' search for non-traditional religious spirituality, and the meaning of
suicide. CORE: Literature [HL]

HONR 269B: The Political Economy of International Cooperation
Tuesday/Thursday 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Dr. Bart Kaminski, Department of Government and Politics

This multidisciplinary course seeks to examine the impact of the changing nature of the
global political economy on international institutions -- such as the International Monetary
Fund (IMF) and the World Bank -- and domestic responses by providing a bird's eye-view
of the institutions and forces supporting or hindering international integration. It contrasts
the global governance underpinning our current wave of international integration with
regional efforts at cooperation in the context of globalization, and it contrasts institutional
arrangements fostering interdependence with those that encourage disintegration. CORE:
Behavioral and Social Sciences [SB]

HONR269E: Exploring Key Issues of Globalization
Tuesday/Thursday 2-3:15 pm
Dr. Dorith Grant-Wisdom, Department of Government and Politics

The greater portion of the course will examine a wide range of issues in relation to
globalization including: the global, regional and local expression of the organization and
restructuring of capital; perceptions and realties of time and space (in terms of worldviews,
communications, etc.); the role of the nation-state as a sovereign structure and a
community of belonging and identity in an era of globalization; globalization and culture;
migration and displacement; and the challenges that global processes pose to individuals
and collectives at the levels of the state, class, gender, and race. CORE: Behavioral and
Social Sciences [SB] and Human Cultural Diversity [D]

HONR 269X: Faith in Science: Interactions between Science and Religion
Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Dr. Rajarshi Roy, Director, Institute for Physical Science and Technology

This course will provide a framework to understand advances in modern science and
technology and their impact on the role of faith in our lives, as well as to address the very
relevant inverse question: how does our religious background shape advances in science
and technology? We will explore the questions: Is the nature of our belief in science
different from our belief in God? What kinds of questions do science and religion address?
How are the answers to these questions relevant to how we live our lives and interact with
each other and the world around us? CORE: Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues [IE]

ONR 279E: Languages of Europe
Tuesday/Thursday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Dr. Robert De Keyser, School of Languages, Literature, and Cultures

In our globalized world, understanding other cultures is increasingly important. This course
will contribute to that goal by familiarizing students with the ethnic, linguistic, geographic,
and historical complexity of Europe from a somewhat oblique angle: by dealing with the
languages of Europe in their structural and social dimensions, and providing ample
exposure to the historical background as well as frequent hands-on experience with maps,
reference works, and electronic resources. CORE: Humanities [HO]

HONR 279F: The Problem of Time
Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30 - 1:45 pm
Dr. Mathias Frisch, Department of Philosophy

What is time? In this course we will investigate philosophical puzzles about time and will
examine how these issues are addressed in literature and film. We will begin by looking at
arguments for the claim that the flow of time or even time itself is unreal. We will read
selections from philosophers ranging from Aristotle and St. Augustine to J. Ellis McTaggert
and David Lewis; and we will discuss how modern physics, in particular Einstein’s theory
of relativity, has affected our understanding of time. We will examine how conceptual

puzzles about time are treated in novels by Kurt Vonnegut and Martin Amis and in Terry
Gilliam's movie Twelve Monkeys. CORE: Humanities [HO]

HONR 279M How Does the Brain Speak? Insights from Neuroimaging and Brain Damage
Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30 - 1:45 pm
Dr. Yasmeen Shah, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences

We speak at an average rate of 200 words per minute! An amazing number of processes
occur when we speak: conceptualizing what to say, selecting the words that convey our
ideas, selecting the tone of the message, constructing grammatical sentences, uttering the
sounds that make up the sentences, and so on. How do our brains enable us to speak
creatively at such a rapid rate? And how did we find out about neural operations involved
in speaking? This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to address these issues,
drawing from neuroscience, brain imaging, psycholinguistics, speech pathology and
cognitive neuropsychology. CORE: Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues [IE]

HONR 279O: Counterterrorism
Monday, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Dr. John Newman, Lecturer in University Honors

This course investigates America's response to the threat of terrorism since the end of the
Cold War. From the rise of the fundamentalist Islamic terror threat to the U.S. to domestic
American terrorism, we will critique the performance of U.S. counter terror organizations,
including the FBI, CIA, NSA, the White House, and Congress. We will evaluate the
successes and the failures of these organizations, study the lessons that were or should
have been learned, and examine the extent to which these lessons have been brought to
bear on the post-9/11 reorganization of U.S. counter terror assets. CORE: Interdisciplinary
and Emerging Issues [IE]

HONR 288L: Medical Devices: Applied Ethics and Public Policy
Monday, 2:00-4:35 p.m.
Glenn A. Rahmoeller, Senior Lecturer in University Honors

Also offered as BIOE150. Credit will be granted for only one.

We will use case studies from the professor's experience as a regulatory consultant and
as the former Director of the Division of Cardiovascular Devices at the FDA. We will
examine how controversial decisions were made by the FDA, manufacturers, physicians,
and other government organizations, and whether those decisions were ethical. We will
also examine other current issues from the literature and news media. Case studies will
include controversies concerning breast implants, genetic testing, allegations of scientific
misconduct, artificial hearts, transplants, and deaths due to mechanical heart valves. Most
of us will make important, controversial decisions in our lives--this course will give you a
process by which to make those decisions. CORE: Behavioral and Social Science [SB]

HONR 289C: History of Evolutionary Thought
Monday/Wednesday, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Dr. Michelle Dudash, Department of Biology

The goal of this class is to introduce students to the writings of Alfred Wallace and others
who influenced Charles Darwin and his understanding of the mechanisms underlying the
evolutionary process. In the first portion of the course students will be introduced to the
many scientists that laid the groundwork for Darwin and the basic concepts in evolutionary
biology. The second portion of the class will explore the writings of Alfred Wallace, the co-
founder along with Charles Darwin of the idea of natural selection. Finally students will
present talks based on a major contributor or an idea they have been exploring during the
semester via class discussions, writing assignments, and independent investigations.
CORE: Life Sciences, non-lab [LS]

HONR 289T: Rule of Law: The Bedrock of Democracy
Tuesday/Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
David Falk, JD, Senior Fellow, School of Public Policy

The rule of law as an abstract principle is universally accepted to be an essential element
of democratic government. But the paradoxes of law and democracy in the United States
will be apparent to anyone with passing knowledge of how our government operates. For
example, an unelected Supreme Court, with no public accountability except for personal
misconduct, has the capacity to render decisions of profound political, economic and social
significance which may be contrary to strongly held preferences of large segments,
sometimes majorities, of the American public. Individual decisions by lower-level courts can
have life-altering impacts on individual and business litigants; yet such decisions may
result from unequal talents and financial resources of the parties and their lawyers,
ideological predispositions and personalities of the judges, and the happenstance of jurors
selected for the case. What, then, is the rule of law, and what makes it the bedrock of
democracy? CORE: Behavioral and Social Sciences [SB]

HONR 289Y: Novels and Who We Are
Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Dr. Sibbie O'Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in University Honors

This seminar will explore what it means to read fiction and what that endeavor reveals
about us and the lives of those who, on the surface, seem unlike ourselves. An important
exchange of self still takes place once we examine how and what the fictional world gives
to the reader and what the reader brings to it. When we look at reading in this manner we
begin to see that it is a primary source of knowledge about both the self and the greater
world. But before we can analyze how this exchange affects us individually, we need to
ask some fundamental questions about reading. How does reading fiction help us know
ourselves? CORE: Literature [HL]

HONR299B: Internet Technologies in the Information Era
Mon/Wed. 3:00-4:15 p.m.
Dr. Massimiliano Albanese, U of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

The digital revolution has caused a shift towards an economy based on the manipulation
of information. The course offers a survey of the technologies and issues underlying the
use of the Internet for communication, research, and dissemination of information. Topics
include an introduction to Internet protocols, Internet history and development, the dot-com
bubble, network security, and today's major applications (e.g., e-commerce) and trends.
The course also covers legal and social issues, such as copyrights, intellectual property,
and the emerging phenomenon of social networks. Finally, the course explores the
importance, in today's economy, of building an online presence and offers a survey of the
existing tools and technologies which individuals and companies have available to build
their own online presence. CORE: Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues [IE]

HONR 348J: Contemporary Social Issues
Wednesday, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Dr. Howard Smead, Department of History and Senior Lecturer in University Honors

This course engages students in a thoughtful examination of critical modern social issues
of national and international concern, as well as problems students face in modern
universities such as affirmative action and multiculturalism. Other topics include: - the
proper role of the federal government in assuring health care, pollution control, and work
place safety? Should the welfare state be reduced, dismantled, or modified?-what are the
cultural and political implications of the apparent conflict between "traditional family
values," on the one hand, and popular culture and the entertainment media, on the
other?-and should America be the world's policeman, or retreat behind its borders and let
other nations fend for themselves?

HONR 359B: Alternatives to Violence
(grading S/F)
Monday, 3:00-5:40 p.m.
Colman McCarthy, Lecturer in University Honors; Columnist

All of us are called on to be peacemakers, whether in our personal or in our political lives.
Yet few have the skills or ideas to create the conditions in which peace can result.
Courses in non-violence are rarely taught in schools, and non-violence is rarely used by
governments as a means to settle conflicts. We seem helpless, to have no choice but
reliance on fists, guns, armies, and bombs. The course offers a study of the methods,
history, and practitioners of nonviolence. An objective of the course is to study nonviolence
as a force for change, both among nations and among individuals faced with violence in
their daily lives.


Note: 300 and 400 level H-version classes may have prerequisites and/or require








































Like the world itself, University Honors curriculum never stands still. We continually
develop new opportunities for students to become engaged with the real-world issues and

challenges of today. We continually recruit new faculty (on and off campus) who have

emerged as leaders in their fields. And we continually expand our opportunities for

students to develop their talents.

Take an Honors Seminar with the New

Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism,
Kevin Klose

Dean Klose is developing an Honors seminar for spring 2011. This is a remarkable

opportunity to study with a leader in journalism’s revolutionary move forward.

Kevin Klose is an international media executive, journalist, author, and lecturer. Early in

his career, Mr. Klose was hired by Ben Bradlee at the The Washington Post. From 1967
to 1992 he held a wide variety of posts, including city editor and Moscow Bureau Chief.
He was a principal editor in major breaking stories and investigative series, award-winning
international reporting, and coverage of the Iran-Contra hearings. He most recently served
as President of National Public Radio, Inc., (NPR).

"Kevin brings to us the perfect blend of seasoned journalism, highest integrity, a global
perspective, and a passion for building institutions. He's a builder . . . . . Kevin's vision will
guide us in educating the next generation of journalists, as well as in redefining
                                     --Dan Mote, President of the University of Maryland

Enrich classroom learning with international travel!

Lean about global business and spend spring break in London:

HONR 228C: The Role of Accounting and Computers in Facilitating Global Business

3 credits / 4 credits with additional London Experience option

Prof. Lawrence Gordon, Robert H. Smith School of Business

This seminar meets once a week thoughout the spring semester, and students earn 3

credits. (if the London Experience is added students will earn 4 credits.) Either way,

students will come away with cutting-edge, real-world knowledge.

Course Description: With the advent of the information age, and in particular the Internet,

globalization is a key concern that is transforming the world of business. Indeed, it is

essential that today's businesses recognize the importance of globalization on their ability

to be successful. Two of the key drivers of global business are accounting and computers.

This course will discuss the role of these drivers in facilitating global business activities,

with a focus on information science as the link that connects accounting and computers.


Students have the option (not a requirement) to participate in the “London Experience,” a

4-day trip to London with Prof. Gordon over spring break to visit the great financial

institutions and meet with a multi-national company!

Honors will cover a generous part of each student’s expenses.

Expand and deepen your knowledge of crucial world events!

Learn about the complex challenges in the Middle East with an international


HONR349F: America and the Middle East

Professor Shibley Telhami, Department of Government and Politics

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, and non-
resident senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. He contributes to
The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times and regularly
appears on national and international radio and television.

He has served on the US Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy for the Arab and Muslim
World, which was appointed by the Department of State at the request of Congress, and
he co-drafted the report of their findings, Changing Minds, Winning Peace. He is a
member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was given the Distinguished International
Service Award by the University of Maryland in 2002.

His best-selling book, The Stakes: America and the Middle East was selected by Foreign
Affairs as one of the top five books on the Middle East in 2003.

His other publications include Power and Leadership in International Bargaining: The Path
to the Camp David Accords; International Organizations and Ethnic Conflict, ed. with Milton
Esman; Identity and Foreign Policy in the Middle East, ed. with Michael Barnett, A Decade

of Reflections on Peace, ed. (forthcoming), and numerous articles on international politics
and Middle Eastern affairs.

Special Opportunity to Develop Your Talent!

Take a Poetry Workshop with Maryland’s Poet Laureate, Professor Stanley


 This workshop will be limited to 12 students to encourage working closely with Professor


Stanley Plumly’s father, who died at the age of fifty-six of a heart attack brought on by his
chronic alcoholism, dominates the poet's work: "I can hardly think of a poem I've written
that at some point in its history did not implicate, or figure, my father.” His mother also
figures prominently as the silent, helpless witness of her husband's self-destruction.

Plumly's books of poetry include The Marriage in the Trees (Ecco Press, 1997); Boy on
the Step (1989); Summer Celestial (1983); Out-of-the-Body Travel (1977), which won

the William Carlos Williams Award and was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle
Award; Giraffe (1973); In the Outer Dark (1970), which won the Delmore Schwartz
Memorial Award.

Most recently, he wrote the nonfiction book Argument & Song: Sources & Silences in
Poetry (Other Press, 2003), Old Heart (Norton, 2007), and Posthumous Keats: A
Personal Biography (Norton, 2008),

His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship He is a professor of English at the University
of Maryland, College Park. Currently, he is Maryland's poet laureate.





African-American Studies          1211E Art-Sociology Bldg.
Dr. Valencia Skeeter              301-405-1465
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Agriculture & Natural Resources   4221 Art-Sociology Bldg.
Dr. Leon Slaughter, Asst. Dean    301-405-1499
1296 Symons Hall        
301-405-2078                   Astronomy
                                  Dr. Grace Deming
American Studies:                 1247 Computer & Space Science Bldg.
Dr. Nancy Struna                  301-405-1562
1102 Holzapfel Hall     
Anthropology                      Dr. Marjorie Reaka-Kudla
Dr. Bill Stuart                   4202 Bio-Psychology Bldg.
106 Woods Hall                    301-405-6944
                                  Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Art                               Dr. Boots Quimby
Dr. Dawn Gavin                    1126B Microbiology Bldg.

301-405-2318                 301-405-2685    

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Michael Montague-Smith
2102 Chemistry Building
301-405-1791                 Education                 Dr. Christy T. Corbin
                             1117H Benjamin Bldg.
Communication                301-405-7793
Dr. Leah Waks      
2101B Skinner
301-405-6529                 Electrical & Computer Engineering         Dr. Judith Bell
                             Electrical and Computer Engineering
Computer Science             2433 A.V. Williams Bldg.
Dr. Bill Gasarch             301-405-6082
3213 A.V. Williams Bldg.
301-405-2698           English
                             Dr. Kimberly Coles
Dr. Bonnie Dorr              4111 Susquehanna Hall
3153 A.V. Williams Bldg.     301-405-9662
                             Environmental Sciences & Policy
Dr. Donald Perlis            Dr. Bruce James
3259 A.V. Williams Bldg.     0220 Symons Hall

301-405-8571             Germanic Studies
                            Dr. Rose-Marie Oster
Entomology                  3224 Jimenez Hall
Dr. William Lamp            301-405-4096
4120 Plant Sciences Bldg.
301-405-3959                Government & Politics
                            Dr. Stephen Elkin
Family Sciences             1140E Tydings Hall
Dr. Jin Kim                 301-405-4117
1204 Marie Mount Hall
301-405-3500              Health Education
                            Dr. Viki Annand
French                      3301 School of Public Health Bldg.
Dr. Sarah Benharrech        301-405-2473
3106F Jimenez Hall
301-405-1644            Hearing & Speech Sciences
                            Dr. Kathleen Skinker
                            0106 LeFrak Hall
Dr. John Merck
1119 Geology Bldg.          History
301-405-2808                Dr. Arthur Eckstein              2134 Taliaferro Hall

301-405-4301                      Mathematics
                                     Dr. Larry Washington
Italian                              4415 Mathematics Bldg.
Dr. Joseph Falvo                     301-405-5116
3103 Jimenez Hall          
301-405-4031                       Mechanical Engineering
                                     Dr. Sami Ainane
                                     2188 Glenn L. Martin Hall
Dr. Stephen M. Roth                  Philosophy
2134 School of Public Health Bldg.   Dr. Allen Stairs
301-405-2504                         1126 Skinner Bldg.                       301-405-5695
Dr. Tonia Bleam
1401 Marie Mount Hall

Dr. Norbert Hornstein
1401A Marie Mount Hall

Dr. Steven Anlage
1363 John S. Toll Physics Bldg.      Women’s Studies
301-405-7321                         Dr. Michelle Rowley                       2101 Woods Hall
Dr. Tom Wallsten
1147 Bio-Psychology Bldg.

Public & Community Health
Dr. Viki Annand
3301 School of Public Health Bldg.

Dr. Linda Moghadam
2108 Art-Sociology Bldg.

Spanish & Portuguese
Dr. Edya Merediz
2215H Jimenez Hall

UNIVERSITY HONORS STAFF   Academic Advisor and
                          Assistant to the Director
Dr. William Dorland       301-405-3049
Director and Professor

Dr. Cathy Barks
Associate Director

Dr. Katherine Russell
Associate Director

Ms. Traci Dula
Assistant Director

Mr. Dean Hebert
Assistant Director

Ms. Liza Lebrun

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