Academics and Honors College

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Living Learning Programs



Honors Citation

The Honors College Living-Learning Program Citations is an academic distinction and formal acknowledgement of participation in one of Maryland’s Honors College Living-Learning Programs. Students who earn an Honors College Citation wear special cords with their academic regalia at commencement and the Citation is noted on their academic transcripts. The specific requirements for the Honors College Citations vary from program to program but typically require that a student successfully complete all of the course requirements for the program and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2.

ACES – Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students Citation Requirements

Design | Cultures & Creativity Honors Citation Requirements

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Honors Citation Requirements

Honors Humanities Honors Citation Requirements

Gemstone Honors Citation Requirements

Integrated Life Sciences Honors Citation Requirements

University Honors Citation Requirements

Schedule of Classes

Student Clubs and Organizations

First-Look Fair

Individual Studies Program (IVSP)

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Federal Semester and Global Semester


Education Abroad

Honor Societies

National Awards and Scholarships

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Honors Seminars


Honors Seminars engage students with:

  • Interdisciplinary topics
  • Outstanding students
  • Terrific instructors
  • no more than 20 students in the class

You bring your ideas, your passion, and your interests to the courses you decide to take. We make sure you are given complex problems to think about, significant writing assignments with meaningful feedback, chances to practice presentation skills in formal settings, and a network of friends from every major in every college.

Departmental Honors Programs

Benefits of Departmental Honors

List of Departmental Honors Contacts

Departmental Honors programs usually involve working closely with a faculty mentor on an independent research project lasting at least 3 semesters and culminating in an honors thesis. Departmental Honors research is a powerful way for a student to experience the thrill of innovative research and discovery in his/her field of interest. In a few Colleges, such as Business, students may choose a thesis option, but there is also a non-thesis option involving upper level coursework and enriching experiences appropriate to the discipline.

Admission to Departmental Honors programs varies by College / Department, but there is typically a minimum GPA requirement, upper level course requirements, and an in-depth research / scholarly endeavor culminating with a thesis [check specific details of individual programs through the web links and contact information below]. Students may do Departmental Honors in addition to any of the Honors College Living-Learning programs. Some Departmental Honors programs are open to first year students, although most students begin Departmental Honors at the end of their second or beginning of their third year on campus. Again, check individual programs for options; be aware that some (such as Business) have firm application dates.

Benefits of Departmental Honors:

Students admitted to a departmental or college honors program on campus are also considered members of the Honors College, whether or not they were Honors students when they entered Maryland. For more information, please visit:

Honors (HONR) Seminars & H-Versions

All Honors College students, including departmental/college honors students have access to Honors (HONR) seminars offered by the University Honors Program and H-version courses offered by academic departments across campus. If you are a departmental/college honors student who is blocked from registering for an honors course you wish to take, please contact Assistant Director of the Honors College, Dean Hebert, for assistance.

Ice Cream

All Honors College students are welcome to participate in Honors College events, including our famous ice cream socials! Please watch the Honors College Event Calendar ( and the Honors College listserv for upcoming events.

Honors Research Grants

Departmental/College honors program students may apply for a one-time, need-based Honors Research Grant of $500 to help support research for an individual senior thesis or travel to a professional conference related to the thesis. Selection of recipients is based on academic merit, quality of supporting materials, and financial need. More information about the Honors Research Grants is available at

Honors Option Courses

If a student in a Department or College Honors Program is not able to take a departmental honors course that is required to meet your honors degree requirements, that student may develop an “Honors Option Course” with the permission of his/her Honors program advisor and the Honors College. An Honors Option student enrolls in a non-Honors course and creates an honors-quality addendum to the syllabus. More information about the Honors Option Courses can be found at

Links & Directors:

African-American Studies

African-American Studies
Ms. Valencia Skeeter
1119 Taliaferro Hall

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering
Dr. Ray Sedwick
3146 Glenn L. Martin Hall

Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agriculture & Natural Resources
Dr. Evelyn Cooper
0109 Symons Hall

American Studies

American Studies
Dr. Jo Paoletti
4117 Susquehanna Hall


Dr. Bill Stuart
0106 Woods Hall


Shannon Collis
1M326 Art-Sociology Building
1 443 955 0306

Art History & Archeology

Art History & Archeology
Dr. Yui Suzuki
4220 Art-Sociology Bldg.

Dr. Melissa Hayes-Gehrke
1245 Computer & Space Science Bldg.

Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Dr. Helim Aranda
3138 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building

Dr. Marjorie Reaka
4202 Bio-Psych Bldg.

Business & Management
Dr. Charles E. Olson
3419 Van Munching Hall

Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Dr. Louisa Wu
5128 Plant Sciences Building

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Mike Montague-Smith
1206 Chemistry Building

Dr. Leah Waks
Skinner 2101B

Computer Science
Dr. Rich Gerber
4135 A.V. Williams Building

Dr. Dave Levin
3122 A.V. Williams Building

Dr. Vibha Sazawal
4401 A.V. Williams Building

Criminology & Criminal Justice
Dr. David Maimon
2220 LeFrak Hall


Dr. Nuno Limao
4118K Tydings Hall

Dr. Christy T. Corbin
1117H Benjamin Bldg.

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dr. Romel Gomez
Electrical and Computer Engineering Office of Undergraduate Studies
2313 A.V. Williams Building

Engineering Honors Program
Dr. Richard H. McCuen
Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
1170 Glenn L. Martin Hall

Dr. Randy Ontiveros
3123 Tawes Hall

Dr. William Lamp
4112 Plant Sciences Bldg.

Environmental Science and Policy
Dr. Bruce James, Director
0220 Symons Hall

Dr. Wendy Whittemore
0220 Symons Hall

Family Sciences
Dr. Mia Smith Bynum
1124W School of Public Health

Dr. Valerie Orlando
3106G Jimenez Hall

Geographical Sciences
Dr. Martha E. Geores
2181 Lefrak Hall

Dr. John Merck
1218 Centreville Hall

Germanic Studies
Dr. Regina Ianozi
4106 Jimenez Hall

Government & Politics
Dr. David Cunningham
3140 Tydings Hall

Hearing & Speech Sciences
Dr. Yasmeen Faroqi Shah
0141F Lefrak Hall

Dr. Holly Brewer
2133 Francis Scott Key

Dr. Joseph Falvo
3103 Jimenez Hall

Dr. Carson Smith
2351 SPH Building

Dr. Tonia Bleam
1401 Marie Mount Hall

Dr. Larry Washington
1106 Mathematics Building

Dr. Allen Stairs
1126 Skinner Bldg.

Dr. Steven Anlage
1363 John S. Toll Physics Bldg

Dr. Jack Blanchard
1147A Bio-Psychology Bldg.

Dr. Linda Moghadam
2108 Art-Sociology Bldg.

Spanish & Portuguese
Dr. Ana Patricia Rodriguez
2215E Jiménez Hall
(301) 405-2020

Women's Studies
Dr. Else Barkley Brown
2101 Woods Hall

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Academic Policies

Student studying

Statement on Academic Integrity
GPA and Academic Requirements
Repeat Policy
Honors Transfer Policy

Honors College Statement on Academic Integrity

The Honors College is an intellectual community that engages high-achieving undergraduates in the pursuit of knowledge in an atmosphere of honesty and trust. We support the University’s commitment to academic honesty and responsibility. Students are responsible for upholding the university’s Code of Academic Integrity. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity, please contact the Office of Student Conduct.

GPA and Academic Requirements

The minimum GPA for students to remain in good standing in the Honors College is a 3.0 cumulative. The 3.0 GPA requirement is a consistent standard across the College, including living and learning programs. A minimum 3.2 GPA is required to earn the Honors College citation.

Individual programs may have additional program-specific requirements. Students should consult with their living and learning programs to ensure full knowledge of academic standards and expectations. Students are encouraged to discuss concerns with meeting minimum GPA requirements immediately.

Honors College Repeat Policy

University Honors seminars, which are open to all Honors College students, are not repeatable. These courses are limited or one-time offerings that are not available for re-enrollment. Living and learning program courses are cohort-specific and are not designed for re-enrollment as they are sequential, building on previous courses. In rare circumstances, a student may be allowed to repeat a course with the next cohort. Students are encouraged to contact their living and learning program director regarding any extenuating circumstances.

Transfer Policy

Generally, the Honors College policy requires students to meet with their program’s director or associate director for advising and consultation. Honors students who wish to switch out of their living and learning program are discouraged from doing so until the end of their first semester unless there are extenuating circumstances. Typically, students may only switch into the University Honors (UH) program.

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Honors Research Grant

Application Deadlines

Fall: October 1 Spring: February 26

A limited number of grants of up to $500.00 (each) are available to Honors students each semester. Selection is based on academic merit, quality of supporting materials, and financial need.

Background and Rationale

The Honors Research Grant Program has been established to support the research efforts of students in the departmental and college Honors programs. Students may apply for grants up to $500.00 for any legitimate purpose that would enhance their research efforts. For example, grant money could be used toward travel to conferences or special research collections or for the purchase of equipment unique to the student’s project not covered by a mentor’s grant. Generally, grant money is not awarded for the purchase of common laboratory equipment. A student may receive the award once.


  1. 1. Students must be admitted to a college or departmental Honors program.

  2. 2. Students must be actively engaged in a research project that will lead to the writing of an individual Honors thesis.

  3. 3. Students must have a FAFSA on file for the current academic year that demonstrates financial need. If a student’s expected family contribution for college expenses is less than the total cost of attendance, there is an excellent chance the student will meet the financial need criteria. A student may inquire about his/her financial eligibility prior to applying by emailing

Application Process:

  1. 1. This Application Form (submit 2nd page only)

  2. 2. Narrative Description of your Honors thesis project

  3. Detailed Budget

  4. Transcript (unofficial transcript is fine)

  5. 5. Confidential letters of support from Faculty Mentor. (An additional letter of support from your college or department Honors director is optional.)

Submit completed application materials (electronic) to: (with the subject line 'Research Grant' and your last name). Questions: 301-405-1221.

*Students who are awarded the Honors College Research Grant must agree to submit a final copy of their thesis to the Honors College and to have their name, thesis title, and abstract posted on the Awards website.

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