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Honors College

The Honors College at UMBC | Honors Orientation | Advisement | Honors Courses | The Honors Forum | Honors Sections of Regular Classes | Regularly Scheduled Honors Courses | Honors in the Major | Special Opportunities | Study Abroad | Grants and Scholarships | Prestigious Scholarship Programs | Application to the Honors College | Scholarships | Academic Requirements |


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Anna M. Shields

Associate Director

Simon Stacey

Honors College Professor of Visual Arts

Ellen Handler-Spitz

Program Coordinator

Maureen L. McCormick

Program Management Specialist

Margaret Major

Honors College Advisory Board

Ellen Handler-Spitz
Tyson King-Meadows
Diane M. Lee
Maureen L. McCormick
Gail Orgelfinger
Katherine L. Seley-Radtke
Anna M. Shields
Simon Stacey

Associate Professor

Kathryn Brown

Courses in this program are listed under HONR.

The Honors College provides a special opportunity for exceptional students seeking a community of diverse individuals for whom the quest for knowledge is its own reward. Coursework in Honors includes Honors seminars, service learning, internships, and independent research

The Honors College at UMBC

The Honors College is for students who seek exceptional intellectual stimulation and challenge. Students are offered a rich liberal arts experience through honors classes, internships, study abroad, and other extracurricular opportunities. One of the hallmarks of the program is specialized attention. Each semester, students receive individual advising from Honors College staff who are also available for consultation throughout the year. Membership in the Honors College is intentionally kept small. Limited to an enrollment of 500, the college seeks to have 125 first-year students matriculate each fall. Students admitted to the Honors College undertake general honors study in honors versions of regular classes and specially commissioned honors seminars. Honors seminars, the subjects of which vary from semester to semester, cover a wide variety of interdisciplinary topics. These courses are specially designed with regard to Honors College values to supplement the UMBC curriculum. Honors courses have limited enrollment and afford participants the opportunity for close interaction with distinguished members of the UMBC faculty. The Honors College encourages the development of advanced-level honors curricula and assists honors students in developing their programs, applying to graduate or professional schools, and gaining financial support for research and graduate study. Recent Honors College graduates have been accepted into programs at Princeton, Yale, Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, Oxford, Cambridge, Duke, Harvard, NYU and Georgetown, among others. Students who complete the Honors College curriculum graduate with a Certificate of General Honors, which is noted on their transcript.