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Fall 2022 Honors Seminars: Welcome


This libguide provides a list of the upper-level honors seminars running in the Fall 2022 Semester. To learn more about each seminar, either click on the "details" link, or scroll down to the bottom of this page. Please note that any syllabi linked here may be subject to change. 


Other helpful information:

  • For a list of ALL honors courses running next semester, UPDATE LINK
  • For a review of the honors requirements, you can review our curriculum requirements here or through this Brainshark video. 
  • We also recommend checking in with your honors specialist if you are unclear about the requirements or have questions about what requirements you have left to satisfy. If you're not sure who your honors specialist is, just check your Advisors list in SiS!
  • Registration will be open for honors students starting UPDATE ENROLLMENT Please check your enrollment appointment listed in SiS for more information. 


Please be aware that syllabi linked on this page are not final. Some of these are syllabi from a previous semester (and will reference dates or course information that may not be accurate to Fall 2022), others are early drafts, but they will still give you an idea of the course. 

Be sure to check in with your Honors Advisor if you have any questions about the honors seminars, or any of our other requirements?

Not sure who your Honors Advisor is? You can check here!


HONR.3200 Seminars

HONR.3200 courses default as free electives. HONR.3200 may potentially satisfy an Arts & Humanities (AH) or Social Science (SS) requirement depending on the nature of the course, but students will need to receive an exception from UML's Core Curriculum coordinator, Kevin Petersen. 

Students interested in petitioning for an HONR.3200 course to count as either an AH or SS core requirement should contact the Honors College Coordinator of Success and Communications, Megan Hadley by emailing to initiate the petition process.


Course Section Topic Instructor Campus Time More Info
HONR.3200 301 Call to Adventure Julian Zabalbeascoa South T/R 11:00 am - 12:15 pm  
HONR.3200 302 Experiencing Philanthropy Deborah Finch North T/R 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm See Below
HONR.3200 303 Public Speaking Teresa George North T/R 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm See Below


HONR.3300 Seminars - Arts & Humanities Perspective

HONR.3300 courses automatically satisfy an AH core curriculum requirement. 

Course Section Topic Instructor Campus Time More Info
HONR.3300 301 Factory Gothic: Horror and Industrialization Bridget Marshall South M 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm See below
HONR.3300 302 Modern Drama Shelley Barish South M/W 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm See Below
HONR.3300 303 Graphic Novels for Science and Medicine Karen Roehr South Tu 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm Link / See below
HONR.3300 306 Race & Rupture in 1920's American Literature Jeffrey VanderVeen North T/R 9:30 am - 10:45 am Link
HONR.3300 307 Illuminating the Middle Ages Lauren Fogle South M/W 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Link
HONR.3300 308 Philosophy of Science Paul Song North T/R 9:30 am - 10:45 am Link
HONR.3300 309 Designing Your Life Rae Mansfield North Tu 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm See below
HONR.3300 310 China's Forbidden City Yunchiahn Sena South Th 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm Link
HONR.3300 311 Graphic Design Concepts Ingrid Hess South M 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm See below


HONR.3400 Honors Seminars - Social Science Perspectives

HONR.3400 courses automatically satisfy a Social Science core curriculum requirement. 

Course Section Topic Instructor Campus Time More Info
HONR.3400 304 The Business of Sports Jeffrey Gerson South T/R 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Link
HONR.3400 305 Gender, Work, & Peace Camelia Bouzerdan South M 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm See below


HONR.3500 Seminars - STEM Perspective

HONR.3500 courses satisfy a Science/STEM core curriculum requirement. 

Course Section Topic Instructor Campus Time More Info
HONR.3500 301

Science of Energy

Robert Giles North T/R 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm Details



HONR.3200 (302): Experiencing Philanthropy
Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Instructor: Deb Finch 

Philanthropy plays many roles in our communities, from alleviating crisis situations to encouraging strategic, systemic change.  Nonprofit organizations are the intermediaries connecting donors to community needs.   Working with grants from a donor to the Honors College and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) students have the opportunity to practice philanthropy by serving as a young adult grant-making board to award $10,000 to local nonprofits in Lowell.

Students will learn about nonprofit organizations, different styles of philanthropy, and effective nonprofit management; how to think about and evaluate impact as a philanthropist; how to run a community project; how to read nonprofit financials and assess nonprofit organizational health and potential; sources of philanthropic news, and thinking, and trends in philanthropy and nonprofit management. 

Students will design their own process for requesting grant proposals and evaluating applications.  The process of selecting grant recipients will bring students very close to the local community.

HONR.3200 (303): Public Speaking
Tuesday/Thursday 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Instructor: Tess George

The thought of standing up and making a presentation in public is nerve-wracking to many of us.  Yet, this skill is critical for our success as professionals, citizens and community members.  In fact, “ability to communicate well” is consistently ranked as the top priority for new hires by businesses, and that’s not surprising. You may have great knowledge you want to share, a commitment to social change, or a desire to be given responsibility for an exciting project.  You might want to motivate others to join you in a cause, or to fund your ideas.  To do any of those things well, you’ll need to communicate your ideas clearly and convincingly, usually in a public forum.

The good news is that great speakers are made, not born.  In this course, you’ll learn how to make interesting, informative, and even inspiring presentations.  You’ll learn how to make nervousness work to our advantage. You’ll study recent research about oral communication and persuasion as well as the great classical theories of rhetoric. You’ll listen to speeches from political, military and business leaders as well as activists for social causes.  Through a variety of readings, videos and discussions, you’ll learn how to present facts, when to and how to employ emotions, when to tell stories and use examples, and how and when to use visual aids.

You’ll have the opportunity to teach your classmates something, to persuade them to donate money to a charity, to explain a complex issue and to persuade your audience to action.You’ll develop your own speaking style in a supportive environment, with helpful feedback from the professor and your classmates, and you will most likely have some fun doing it.

HONR.3300 (301): Factory Gothic: Horror & Industrialization
Mondays 3:30 – 6:20
Instructor: Dr. Bridget Marshall (English) / Twitter: @FactoryGothic

In the nineteenth century, our city of Lowell, Massachusetts was a thriving site of industrialization. Lowell’s “mill girls” – who worked in cotton mills for 14 hours each day – became famous world-wide not just for the cloth they made, but for the stories, poems, and essays they wrote in their magazine, The Lowell Offering (1840 – 1845) and in other publications. At the same time, news stories and pulp fiction were telling stories about “factory girls” that suggested they were both dangerous and in danger. This course will focus on darker stories (real and fictional) about industrialization, looking at texts by and about Lowell’s early mill girls, and looking to a variety of literature that has depicted the terrors and horrors of the Industrial Revolution.

Some sample readings:

  • “Factory Girl” poetry broadsides collection
  • Lowell Offering excerpts
  • Diaries and letters by New England mill operatives
  • Rebecca Harding Davis’s “Life in the Iron Mills” (1861)
  • Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire” (2014)
  • H.G. Wells’s “The Cone” (1895)
  • Herman Melville’s “Tartarus of Maids” (1855)
  • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps’s “The Tenth of January” (1868)

Some topics we’ll learn about:

  • What caused the collapse of the Pemberton Mill in Lawrence, MA?
  • How did Lowell Cemetery mark the deaths of mill girls?
  • Who was “the man in the waterproof cape”?
  • How did fires, floods, and other disasters in factories and mills affect workers?

HONR.3300 (302): Modern Poetry
Monday/Wednesday 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Instructor: Shelley Barish 

Modern drama signifies a period of theatrical experimentation from nineteenth century to present day.  This course will examine major plays and key movements (realism, naturalism, symbolism, epic theatre, theatre of cruelty, theatre of the absurd, etc.) in the development of theatre. Discussions will focus on crucial social, political, and scientific influences as well as pivotal plays. Through deep analysis, we will explore the range and impact of these movements on present day playwrights and theatrical conventions.  

HONR.3300 (303): Graphic Novels for Science and Medicine
Tuesday 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm
Instructor: Karen Roehr

Graphic Novels for Science and Medicine: This honors seminar introduces the power of sequential storytelling in medicine and science through the medium of comics and graphic novels. Through reading, writing, discussion and creation, students will explore a variety works in this interdisciplinary medium as they gain understanding of this growing field. They will learn how comics can help educate, explain, offer comfort, and create community through understanding. The intersection of comics and healthcare and science allows for the creation of unique, informative and engaging narratives that have capacity to appeal to a wide audience.

HONR:3300 (309): Designing Your Life
Tuesdays 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm
Instructor: Rae Mansfield

This course uses design thinking to address the “wicked problem” of designing your life and career. This class offers a framework, tools, and most importantly a place and a community of peers and mentors where we’ll work on these issues through assigned readings, reflections, and in-class exercises. The course employs a design thinking approach to help students from any major develop a constructive and effective approach to finding and designing their lives and vocations after UML.

Topics include the integration of work and worldviews, ideation techniques, a portfolio approach to thriving, designing to increase balance and energy and how to prototype all aspects of your life. We also touch on the realities of engaging the workplace, and practices that support vocation formation throughout your life. This is an experiential class that includes seminar-style discussions, personal written reflections, and individual mentoring/coaching. The capstone assignment is the creation of an “Odyssey Plan” focusing on taking action in the 3-5 years following your graduation.

HONR:3300 (311): Graphic Design Concepts
Mondays 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm
Instructor: Ingrid Hess

Graphic Design Concepts for Honors: This introductory Graphic Design course is for students interested in visual communication, type, and its use. This is a project-based course which contains visual, written, and research components. Students will be introduced to the software used in contemporary design practice. Projects include a poster, a timeline, a set of blocks, and a final book. Content will address environmental sustainability as well as other social justice issues.