Academics at a Glance

Citation Requirements (Entering Fall 2018 or After)

You must complete 15 credits. Each Honors Humanities student takes the courses shown below. While syllabi and course themes change year to year, the overall structure remains the same. HHUM105 introduces the arts and humanities. HHUM106 puts the arts and humanities into practice. HHUM205 explores arts and humanities around the world, and in HHUM206, Honors Humanities students create a Keystone project that brings together what they have learned in their coursework with their passions and goals. Most students take these courses within their first two years, but you are welcome to take them at anytime over the course of your four years at UMD. Follow the links in the grid below to view recent syllabi:

Fall Spring
Year 1 HHUM105 (3 credits) HHUM106 (3 credits)
Year 2 HHUM205 (3 credits) HHUM206 (3 credits)

In addition to these courses, you need to complete one (1) 3-credit experience selected from any of the options below. You can complete this final citation any time before graduation:

Option Requirements
Upper-level Course ( 300 or 400 level ) in the College of Arts & Humanities Your required professional writing course does not count toward this citation requirement.
Arts & Humanities Internship: An internship in which you examine and document the applications and manifestations of the arts & humanities in public and private sectors Complete and submit this approval request form before beginning the internship.

Study Abroad: A credited study abroad experience in which you explore and document the nature and uses of the arts & humanities in a different culture

Complete and submit this approval request form before studying abroad.

Although we encourage you to complete the HHUM course sequence during your first two years on campus, you may take up to four years to complete any of the requirements. Moreover, if you study abroad as a Sophomore, you can return to complete our sequence of courses during your Junior or Senior years.

Citation Requirements (Entering before Fall 2018)

You must complete 16 credits:

Fall Spring
Year 1 HHUM105 (3 credits) HHUM106 (3 credits)
Year 2 HHUM205 (3 credits) HHUM206 (1 credit)

In addition to these courses, described in more detail below, you need to complete (2) 3-credit experiences selected from any of the following options:

Option Requirements
Arts & Humanities Honors Seminar: A course related to the Humanities and offered through the University Honors Program Complete and submit this approval request form before taking the course.
Arts & Humanities Internship: An internship in which you examine and document the applications and manifestations of the arts & humanities in public or private sectors Complete and submit this approval request form before beginning the internship.
Study Abroad: A credited study abroad experience in which you explore and document the nature and uses of the arts & humanities in a different culture Complete and submit this approval request form before studying abroad.
Upper-level Course ( 300 or 400 level ) in the College of Arts & Humanities, subject to approval

You can combine elements of these three options, but you must complete a total of two such experiences. Although we encourage you to complete these courses during your first two years on campus, you may take up to four years to do so. Moreover, if you study abroad as a sophomore, you can return to complete our sequence of courses during your junior or senior year.

HHUM Access to Honors Seminars

As of 2019, University Honors Seminars are available to some Honors Humanities students in a limited capacity, and access will end Spring 2020. Please see the chart below for HONR course access.

Matriculation Year (Year Entered Program) Complete Citation? Access to HONR Access Ends
2017-18 and earlier Yes No N/A
No 1 per semester Spring 2020
2018-19 Yes/No 1 per semester Spring 2020
2019-2020 Yes/No No N/A
2020-21 Yes/No No N/A

Year 1: Overview

Our courses explore the nature and functions of the humanities by celebrating their pleasures, by putting their ideas into action, and by confronting the big questions, both past and present, which they have helped us to ponder. Through our curriculum you will also begin to develop your own ideas about how to contribute to the field through your Keystone project.


Check out a recent HHUM105 Syllabus and HHUM106 Syllabus.


Year 2: Overview

In the second year, students learn the global application and current relevance of the humanities, and are able to practice the humanities through completion of a keystone project. In addition to a seminar in the fall, students will participate in workshops to gain feedback on their keystone project along with their peers.


Check out some recent HHUM 205 syllabi.

If you would like to schedule a visit Honors Humanities, please email hhum@umd.edu.