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Honors CItation 


The Honors Citation in University Honors is an academic distinction and formal acknowledgement that you participated in Maryland’s University Honors living-learning program. The Citation appears on your transcript, and students who earn the Citation wear elegant red and gold Honors cords at commencement.

The University Honors curriculum is designed to be completed by the end of the sophomore year or the beginning of the junior year. Students admitted in 2020 and later will be awarded their Honors Citation upon completion of 15 credits of University Honors coursework, as follows:

Gateway Seminar (1 credit)

This required course is taken by all freshmen in their first semester.

The core of the University Honors curriculum allows students considerable flexibility to explore the topics and types of courses that most intrigue them. Students may choose to complete either 2 thematic clusters or 1 thematic cluster and 1 theory & practice track.

Thematic Cluster (6-12 credits)

A thematic cluster is a group of 3-4 non-sequential courses concerned with a single topic of contemporary and enduring significance. Clusters are comprised of an I-series course and 2-3 satellite seminars. To complete a cluster, students must complete the I-series course (3 credits) and one of the satellite seminars (3 credits), for a total of 6 credits. Courses may be completed in any order and at any time during the cluster’s two-year lifespan.

Theory & Practice Track (0-6 credits)

A theory & practice track is a group of 2 non-sequential courses that engage a single topic from differential methodological orientations. To complete a theory & practice track, students must complete both the theory seminar (3 credits) and the practice seminar (3 credits), for a total of 6 credits. Theory & practice seminars may be completed in any order and at any time during the track’s multi-year lifespan.

Vantage Point Seminar (2 credits)

This required course is taken by all University Honors students, either in their sophomore or junior years. Students may not register for this course until they have completed at least one thematic cluster or theory & practice track.

Here are several examples of the many pathways that University Honors students might follow in completing their Honors Citation:

Sample Pathway 1

Freshman Year (7 credits) Sophomore Year (6 credits) Junior Year (2 credits)
Gateway Seminar (1 credit) Cluster 2: I-Series Class (3 credits) Vantage Point Seminar (2 credits)
Cluster 1: I-Series Class (3 credits) Cluster 2: Seminar A/B/C (3 credits)  
Cluster 1: Seminar (3 credits)    

Sample Pathway 2

Freshman Year (7 credits) Sophomore Year (8 credits)
Gateway Seminar (1 credit) Cluster1: I-Series Class (3 credits)
Track 1: Theory Seminar (3 credits) Track 1: Practice Class (3 credits)
Cluster 1: Seminar (3 credits) Vantage Point Seminar (2 credits)

Sample Pathway 3

Freshman Year (7 credits) Sophomore Year (5 credits) Junior Year (3 credits)
Gateway Seminar (1 credit) Cluster 2: Seminar (3 credits) Cluster 2: I-Series Class (3 credits)
Cluster 1: I-Series Class (3 credits) Vantage Point Seminar (2 credits)  
Cluster 1: Seminar (3 credits)    

Note: University Honors students admitted in 2020 or later are not eligible to register for HONR seminars.

Read more at our FAQ page.

The University Honors Citation requires a 3.2 cumulative GPA and completion of a minimum of 16 Honors credits, distributed as follows:

  • 1-credit Honors colloquium (typically HONR 100)
  • At least 9 credits of HONR seminars
  • 6 credits that are any combination of H-version classes and HONR seminars

University Honors recently embarked on a multi-year initiative to update its curriculum, introduce new cocurricular and student life programming, and expand its full-time faculty and staff. As part of these efforts, HONR seminars will be phased out over a two year period beginning in Fall 2019. Spring 2021 will be the final semester in which HONR seminars are offered.

During this transitional period, students who matriculated in Fall 2019 or earlier will be held harmless. No University Honors student who pursues their Honors citation in good faith will be denied the opportunity to complete the program.

We have taken a number of steps to ensure that, as the HONR seminars are phased out, the disruption for current UH students is minimized.

  1. Access to HONR seminars is increasingly limited to UH students only. Registration in HONR seminars by students in other Honors College living-learning programs is restricted by program membership, matriculation year, and citation-status.
  2. Restrictions for UH students on HONR registration have been lifted. UH students who have not completed their Honors citation may register for as many HONR seminars as they require.

The purpose of these changes is to maximize the number of seats open to current UH students before the HONR seminars are phased out in Spring 2021. Until that time, current UH students are encouraged you to register for as many HONR seminars as their schedule permits.

Current UH students who do not complete their Honors citation by Spring 2021 will be permitted to register for the new UH courses that replace HONR seminars.

Specifically:

  • UH students who (a) matriculated in Fall 2019, (b) have not completed their Honors citations by Spring 2021, and (c) require HONR credits to do so will, during the 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years, be permitted to register for the new UH courses that replace HONR seminars.
  • UH students who (a) matriculated in Fall 2018, (b) have not completed their Honors citations by Spring 2021, and (c) require HONR credits to do so will, during the 2021-22 academic year, be permitted to register for the new UH courses that replace HONR seminars.

Please note that the UH courses that replace HONR seminars will have a different course prefix, and registration will require permission. Further information will be announced prior to Fall 2021 course registration.

University Honors is committed to working with each and every one of you on an individual basis to find individualized solutions. We recognize that unexpected circumstances arise. Whatever your situation, we will work with you to figure out a solution that works for you and your schedule.

Are you a current UH student who has a question about your particular situation? Please contact Honors College Assistant Director, Dean Hebert (dhebert@umd.edu).