This libguide provides a list of the upper-level honors seminars running in the Spring 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.
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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 Megan_Hadley@uml.edu to initiate the petition process.
|HONR.3200||301||Basque in the Glory of it All||Julian Zabalbeascoa||South||Tu 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm||Details|
|HONR.3200||302||Public Speaking||Teresa George||North||T/R 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm||Details|
|HONR.3200||305||Researching & Writing the Past||Sean Conway||South||M 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm||See below|
HONR.3300 courses automatically satisfy an AH core curriculum requirement.
|HONR.3300||301||World Cinema||Thomas Hersey||South||W 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm|
|HONR.3300||302||Out Planet, Our Selves: Writing About Climate Change||Marlowe Miller||South||T/R 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm||Details|
|HONR.3300||303||Native American Renaissance||Todd Tietchen||South||W 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm||See Below|
|HONR.3300||305||Game of Thrones: Fact or Fiction||Lauren Fogle||South||M/W/F 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm||Details|
|HONR.3300||305||Art & the Nazis||Lauren Fogle||South||M/W 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm||Details|
|HONR.3300||308||Designing Your Life||Rae Mansfield||South||Tu 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm||See below|
|HONR.3300||309||Game Gambit||Karen Roehr||South||Tu 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm||See below|
|HONR.3300||310||Race & Rupture in 1920's American Literature||Jeffrey VanderVeen||North||T/R 9:30 am - 10:45 pm||Details|
HONR.3400 courses automatically satisfy a Social Science core curriculum requirement.
|HONR.3400||301||Gender, Work, & Peace||Camelia Bouzerdan||South||M 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm||See below|
HONR.3500 courses satisfy a Science/STEM core curriculum requirement.
Energy in the Developing World
|Robert Giles||North||T/R 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm||Details|
|HONR.3500||301||Quantum and the Cosmos: Taking Measure of Our Universe||Partha Chowdhury||North||T/R 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm|
Departmental Honors Seminars are upper-level courses running from a department other than the Honors College (HONR) that have been approved to count as an Honors Seminar.
|CRIM.3870||301||Criminal Mind & Behavior||Cathy Levey||South||T/R 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm||SS|
|HIST.3931||301||Empire and Resistance in the Modern Middle East||Elizabeth Williams||South||T/R 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm||AH||Details|
|MGMT.3800||301||Business Ethics||Elissa Magnant||North||M/W/F 11:00 am - 11:50 am||ELO: SRE|
|MUHI.3610||301||History of Opera||Timothy Crain||South||W 5:00 pm - 7:20 pm||AH|
|PSYC.3600||301||Adult Development & Aging||Andrew Hostetler||South||T/R 11:00 am - 12:15 pm|
|PSYC.3600||302||Adult Development & Aging||Andrew Hostetler||South||T/R 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm|
|PSYC.4734||301||Sem Soc Psyc: Health Campaigns||Thomas Gordon||South||T/R 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm|
|PSYC.4750||301||Sem. in Clinal Psychology||Stephen Michael Balsis||South||T/R 11:00 am - 12:15 pm|
|PHYS.3160||301||Science & Technology in an Impoverished World||Robert Giles||North||Tu 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm||STEM|
|PHYS.4170||301||Space Science Mission Design||Supriya Chakrabarti||North||M 3:30pm - 6:20 pm||STEM||See below|
|SOCI.3350||301||Sociology of Intimacies and Sexualities||Cheryl Llewellyn||South||M/W/F 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm||SS|
HONR.3200 (305): Researching & Writing the Past
M 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm
In this class, students will research their own ancestors and their immigrant/refugee/slave histories, ultimately focusing on one individual to be the subject of a well-researched creative piece that brings a chapter of their family history back to life. Students will utilize the various online genealogy databases, newspaper archives, as well as our library’s extensive resources to collect data and assemble into a narrative.
Researching & Writing the Past, interdisciplinary in nature, is one part literature course, one part history course, one part research seminar, and one part writing workshop. You will leave at the end of the semester a more critical reader, a better writer, and will have developed strong research skills (using both online databases and the library’s resources). And, perhaps most importantly, will leave with a better sense of not only who you are, but how you are woven into the fabric of your ancestral past.
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HONR:3300 (303): Native American Renaissance Literature
W 3:30 to 6:20 p.m.
Students in this course will examine and discuss fiction, poetry and autobiographical writings by some of the seminal figures of the Native American Renaissance, including N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Joy Harjo and James Welch. Collectively, these writers helped restore traditional modes of cultural expression and historical perspective long imperiled by the histories of European and U.S. Colonialism in the Americas. Their work is also deeply imbued with concerns for the landscape and ecology, including in regard to conditions within the reservation system. Additionally, we’ll pay sizable attention to critical assessments of Native American literature as offered in the work of other Renaissance figures such as Paula Gunn Allen, Louis Owens, and Gerald Vizenor.
HONR.3300 (308): Designing Your Life
Tu 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
The 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(309): Game Gambit
Prof K.E. Roehr
Tu 3:30—6:20 pm
Monopoly, Chess, Jenga, Scrabble, Sneaky-Snacky-Squirrel, Uno, D&D, Yatzee are 3D games requiring concentration, skill, and connection with others. Games engage our brains, hands and hearts. Games encourage and support learning, growth, imagination and healthy brain development. In this course, students will learn about the history of games, elements and principles of what makes an engaging game as they learn to create their own games (both individually and in teams). The pandemic showed many the need for, and power of, games to both distract us from pain and engage us in connection with others. The games in this course will be real, 3D tangible games, (this course will not work with computer nor video games).
Prereqs: College Writing 1, ability to follow directions, share, and play nice with others.
HONR.3400 (301): Gender, Work, & Peace
M 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm
"Gender, Work and Peace" will explore the relationship between human rights, gender and nonviolence in the 21st century. We will examine how current and future reality can be shaped by related policies, specifically those on the micro and macro level concerned with gender. Today we live in a period of global transition comparable to the period that followed the Industrial Revolution. It presents us with enormous challenges and opportunities regarding factors we will address in class: economic globalization, government restructuring, work-family balancing, environmental safety at work, gender inequalities and the connection between human rights and dignity at work.
PHYS.4170 (301): Space Science Mission Design
M 3:30 pm - 6:20 pm
This 3-credit honors seminar course will introduce students to the process involved in the design of a space science flight mission. This is aimed at students in science and engineering with a Junior level standing or higher. A significant portion of the effort will involve in-depth research of topics described at a high level in the class. Some of the written proposal material and presentations will be reviewed by student peers, who will evaluate their strengths and limitations and suggest improvements and/or alternative solutions. Teams of students will develop their written project proposals and describe them to the class with PowerPoint presentations.