Honors courses include all disciplines and are taught by various professors from each department.  There are several courses offered each semester.

 Fall 2021 Course Schedule

HON 101 The Case for the Extraordinary

Days: Tu Time: 18:15 - 21:45 Instructor: Underkuffler,Frank M

Class Equivalents: UMF FYS 100

The Big Bang. The quasar. The black hole. Quantum theory. Time. The human genome. The human brain. The Internet. Culture. The laws. God. The virus. Evolution. Plate tectonics. The periodic table. The infinitesimal. Gödel’s theorems. The unconscious. Spiderman. The imagination. Classical Greece. Medieval cathedrals. Renaissance art. The hurricane. Beethoven. The Beatles. Alex Honnold. What goes into making a list of what most intrigues us? How is it even possible? What is the most astonishing thing on it? In the course of learning as much as we can about those things we humans find most amazing and why, we will explore the philosophy and psychology of the wonderful, miraculous, astounding, and sublime. Through assigned readings and class-wide debate, the class will develop and adopt suitable criteria for determining what is most extraordinary. Then the class will be divided into pairs. Each pair will be charged with researching what they believe to be the most extraordinary thing. They will report what they discover about that thing to the rest of the class and, using the criteria the class developed, advocate for their thing's being the most extraordinary thing of all.


HON 101 College Success/Failure

Days: TuTh Time: 08:00 - 09:40 Instructor: Youngdahl,Shana

Attributes: Fusion Course

Class Equivalents: UMF FYS 100

What does it mean to be successful? What does it mean to fail? We use the terms often noting someone is "a success, or asking a friend "Did you see my epic fail?" What do these concepts really mean? How are they related? And how can we build a life that we see as successful? This Honors section of How to Succeed in College will explore these questions as well as help you get the most out of UMF and the Honors Program as you make your transition to college life. In addition to considering success and failure through studying the works of great writers and turning a critical eye to our culture, this course will focus on uncovering your passions and interests in relation to other courses you take in college, the major you select, and the career you choose to pursue. The course will begin with a 5-day seminar on campus prior to orientation during which we will explore UMF, the local community and the outdoors, while building on our understanding of success, failure and resilience.


HON 101 Dig It: Growing for Others

Days: TuTh Time: 08:00 - 09:40 Instructor: Beck,Misty A

Attributes: Fusion Course

Class Equivalents: UMF FYS 100

“Dig It! Growing for Others” focuses on community gardening and gleaning (the historic practice of gathering produce that would otherwise be wasted). During the August Fusion week, the class will work with Merrymeeting Gleaners on the nonprofit farm “Growing to Give,” helping in all aspects of farming, from planting late season crops to harvesting for distribution. Students will gather stories of the gleaners, farmers, and sustainable farming practices (such as using biochar). These stories, along with their own direct experience, will be supplemented by appropriately distanced conversations in the evenings, camping at nearby Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment. After returning to campus, students will put that experience into direct local action, by growing food for others in our campus community garden; working with local community partners; deepening knowledge through reading about root causes and personal experiences of food insecurity; researching ways to create food justice and local autonomy; and telling these stories in essays, podcasts, and story maps. Students will learn something of the long history and practice of gleaning as well as the contemporary work of volunteer organizations like the Merrymeeting Gleaners, gaining a vital experience learning and working with them. Working with community partners, as well as in the Dig It! campus garden, students will help to develop a gleaning operation and network with volunteers to serve the fresh food needs of this area. Besides the valuable hands-on experience, students will learn how to grow their knowledge, put it into context of scholarship and other voices, and tell these stories in a variety of ways, both conventional and new media. 


HON 101 Dig It: Gardening for Change

Days: TuTh Time: 08:00 - 09:40 Instructor: Legler,Gretchen T

Attributes: Fusion Course

Class Equivalents: UMF FYS 100

If you want to ground yourself in the earth, get your hands dirty, grow and harvest food, connect with your community, and study issues such as food justice, organic farming, sustainable and restorative agriculture, and local foodways, this class is for you. These first year courses are designed to help you develop strong skills in personal and academic writing, critical thinking, and creative problem solving. This will all happen under the umbrella of "Gardening for Change." With ample time to experience, contemplate, and explore, students will tend to the UMF vegetable garden and other campus grow spots, including the UMF arboretum. In addition to hands-on gardening and field trips to local farms, food banks, and related venues, the course will include readings, new media and other cultural resources to delve into the garden as a concept in historical, political, aesthetic, cultural, and spiritual contexts; as a site for experiential learning and personal healing; and as a human-scale solution to our current environmental crises. Prerequisites: Acceptance in the UMF Honors Program, or permission of instructors.


HON 180N Sex, Drugs and Twinkies

Days: MW Time: 13:20 - 15:00 lecture Instructor: Sherrod,Michael J

Days: F Time: 13:10 - 15:00 lab

This interdisciplinary science course uses the lens of chemical and biochemical sciences to examine various topics in human history, human behavior, and the world around us. Topics vary by semester and with student interest, but may cover subjects as diverse as food chemistry, global warming, the biochemistry of addiction, the molecular origins of disease, and the biochemical origins of human sexuality. Hands-on laboratory exercises will demonstrate the underlying chemical concepts.

$30.00 Course Fee


HON 277H  Afrofuturism

Days: MWF Time: 10:30 - 11:35 Instructor: Johnson,Michael K

Afrofuturism is an umbrella term for speculative (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.) literature and art that centers on Black characters and themes. This course will focus primarily on African American texts in literature, music, film, and television, from Sun Ra’s Space is the Place and Octavia Butler’s fiction to the recent HBO series Lovecraft Country.

HON 277S History of Children in America

HTY255S cross-list
This course examines the lives of children and the evolving concept of "childhood" from the colonial era to the present. Looking at social and cultural variability across class, gender, time and race, it offers a nuanced portrait of the nation as it developed. (Pass/Fail option) Every three years. 

HON 377  Imaginary Machines

Days: TuTh Time: 12:00 - 13:40 Instructor: Gies,Paul J

This course will look at several kinds of "machines" invented by mathematicians like the late Alan Turing to investigate the nature of computation. Some of those machines turned out to be the predecessors of modern computers; all of them have something to tell us about how our own minds work and about the nature of knowledge itself.


University of Maine at Farmington Honors Program AY 2020-21