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Spring 2022 Honors Seminars: Welcome


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. 


Other helpful information:

  • For a list of ALL honors courses running next semester, please click here to click here to view the class schedule. 
  • 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 Monday, October 25 at 1:00 p.m. Please check your enrollment appointment listed in SiS for more information. 


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 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 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 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 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 301 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

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

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. 

Course Section Title Instructor Campus Time Core  More Info
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
Sean Conway
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.  
Click here to learn more in a video!

HONR:3300 (303): Native American Renaissance Literature 
Todd Tietchen
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
Rae Mansfield
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
Camelia Bouzerdan
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
Supriya Chakrabarti
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.