This chart provides an overview of the seven Honors College living and learning programs in a side-by-side format. The first, University Honors, is designed to offer breadth and course flexibility regardless of a student’s particular interests. The other six are thematic programs with sequential courses. Students in all programs are afforded the benefits of the Honors College during all four undergraduate years, including enrolling in University Honors seminars and Honors versions of departmental courses. All students have the opportunity to earn the Honors citation on their transcript from their respective programs.

        

University

Honors (UH)

Gemstone (GEMS)

ACES (Cybersecurity)

Entrepreneurship & Innovation (EIP)

Design Cultures & Creativity (DCC)

Integrated Life Sciences (ILS)

Honors Humanities

Duration

Four years. Honors seminars and opportunities are open to students all four years

Four years

Four years, separated into ACES I (years 1&2) and ACES II (years 3&4)

First two years, with additional opportunities available in years three and four

First two years, with additional opportunities available in years three and four

First two years, with additional opportunities available in years three and four

First two years, with additional opportunities available in years three and four

Description

Flexible curriculum

* Over 130 interdisciplinary  Honors seminars offered each year that (1) address today’s urgent challenges, (2) explore big questions, (3) practice creativity (writing, music, art, dance, digital projects), and (4) take students to other countries

* Honors versions of traditional, discipline-based courses

* Study abroad, research, leadership and internship opportunities

Develop skills in the context of multidisciplinary team research projects of importance to society

Develop skills to work effectively in teams

Leadership opportunities through peer mentoring, teaching and service throughout their four years in Gemstone

       

Introduction to technical and nontechnical aspects of this important emerging field

Sets foundation for students to be future leaders in cybersecurity

First-hand interactions with cybersecurity professionals

Studies entrepreneurial concepts and enterprises

Learn to develop innovative, impactful solutions to contemporary problems

Students create their own innovative products and services

Options to apply for seed funds, use workspaces, receive legal support and pursue internships to develop their ideas and know-how

Explores links between emerging media, society, and creative practices  

Students are theorists and thinkers who investigate the digital age through building, designing, and creating

 

Focus on emerging technologies and their impact on the world, but also how our contributions to emerging technologies can change the world

A recognized leader in the national initiative to transform undergraduate education in the life sciences

Engages honors students interested in biological research and biomedicine

Accelerated sequence of integrated biology, genomics, biomathematics, cell biology, and scholarship-in practice courses

Opportunities for meaningful research and service experiences

Develop ability to use humanist methods to address issues of fundamental social importance

Complete two-year Keystone project on a topic of student’s choice and present at the annual Keystone Symposium in the fourth semester· 

Requirement for Citation

16 credits total

1 credit must be from HONR 100 or equivalent

At least 9 credits earned in Honors (HONR) seminars or equivalent I-Series classes

Remaining 6 credits in HONR seminars or H-version courses

 

Citation requirements may be completed any semester, including during the junior or senior year.

18 credits of GEMS courses

First year: Complete two 1-credit colloquia, one 3-credit course. Second year: Complete one 2-credit course, one 1-credit research seminar, and one 2-credit research seminar.  Third year: Complete two 2-credit research seminars. Fourth year: Complete two 2-credit research seminars.

Course Sequence:

GEMS100

GEMS102

GEMS104

GEMS202

GEMS296

GEMS297

GEMS396

GEMS397

GEMS496

GEMS497

Participation in research seminars teams from second through fourth years

14 credits of ACES I courses

Core Courses:

HACS100

HACS102

3 credits of experiential learning through research and/or internship

6 credits of HACS seminars

9 credits of EIP courses, 15 credits total

Course Sequence:

HEIP143

HEIP144

HEIP240

HEIP241

Complete 6 Honors seminars or I-series courses

A capstone entrepreneurial for-profit product with social benefits

10 credits of DCC courses, 16 credits total

Course Sequence:

HDCC105

HDCC106

HDCC208

HDCC209

Complete 6 relevant credits of Honors seminars

Maintain and upload projects and materials to a research blog which becomes a digital portfolio

Final capstone project

15 credits of ILS courses

Course Sequence:

HLSC100

HLSC207

HLSC322

HLSC374/BSCI

330H

HLSC377

Complete at least one meaningful research experience including an electronic portfolio

10 credits of Honors Humanities courses, 16 credits total

Course Sequence:

HHUM105

HHUM106

HHUM205

HHUM206

6 relevant credits in Honors seminars

Two year Keystone project

First Year Enrollment

Approximately 475

Approximately 150

Approximately 75

Approximately 75

Approximately 75

Approximately 75

Approximately 75

Housing

Ellicott Community

Ellicott Community

Prince Frederick Hall

Ellicott Community

Prince Frederick Hall

Ellicott Community

Anne Arundel Hall

Director

Prof. Susan Dwyer

Prof. Frank Coale

Prof. Michel Cukier

Jay Smith

Prof. Jason Farman

Prof. Todd Cooke

Prof. Gregory Staley

Contact Information

Mr. Damien Franze

honors@umd

.edu

301-405-6774

Dr. Kristan Skendall

gems@umd.edu

301-458-0784

Ms. Liz Galvin

aces@umd.edu

301-314-7414

Mr. Jay Smith

eip@umd.edu

301-314-7964

Ms. Krista Caballero

klc@umd.edu

301-405-2866

Dr. Boots Quimby

ils-honors@umd.edu

301-405-4596

Dr. Greg Staley

honorshumanities@umd.edu

301-405-1537

Additional Academic Offerings:  Exclusive access to register for Honors versions of departmental courses (known as H-Versions).

Convocation:  At the beginning of the academic year, new Honors College students are welcomed into the community with a special Honors College Convocation.

Websites for Honors Living-Learning Programs:  

University Honors- www.universityhonors.umd.edu

Gemstone- www.gemstone.umd.edu

Honors Humanities- www.honorshumanities.umd.edu

Design | Cultures & Creativity- www.dcc.umd.edu

Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students- www.aces.umd.edu

Entrepreneurship & Innovation- www.eip.umd.edu                                                                                

Integrated Life Sciences- www.ils.umd.edu

University of Maryland, Honors College (1/25/15)