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  • UMF Honors Program | Upcoming Course Schedules

    Spring 2021 ​ 1/2 HON 100 Innovation: Honors Writing Seminar Days: MWF Time: 10:30 - 11:35 ENG 100 Equivalent Class Equivalents: UMF ENG 100 This Honors Seminar meets the ENG 100 Writing Seminar requirement and will explore the idea of innovation from multiple perspectives. We will ask, what is innovation, under what conditions are humans most innovative, what can be done to foster and encourage innovation? Who are innovators in fields we are passionate about, and how can we learn from their practice? Readings will include a variety of texts on innovation and creativity. Along the way, students will craft insightful, thesis-driven essays that explore the history, nature, and future of human progress, understanding, and innovation. HON 101 Language Matters: First Year Seminar in Honors Days: MWF Time: 9:15 - 10:20 Equivalents: UMF FYS 100 Requirement Designation: First Year Seminar - Gen Ed Requirement This class explores both the “matters” of language (What’s the origin of language? How do we define language? Is language thought? Are there languages that are superior to others? How do gender and language intersect? How does language change? etc.) How and why language “matters” (How has it been used and manipulated? What is its importance? How does it influence *everything* we do on a daily basis?). Through readings, discussions, and written reflections, we examine what language is, what power it has, and why. HON 175S Camden Conference 2 credits January 26-March 9 Days: Tu 6:15-9:35pm Students can take the course in person or remotely. Camden Conference will focus this year on the Arctic and Geopolitics of Climate Change. The Conference will be virtual this year, to be held February 20-22. ​ HON 177M Game Theory Days: TuTh Time: 8:00 - 9:40 Game theory is a branch of mathematics that examines decision-making. In this course, we will study combinatorial games, two-person zero-sum games, and the generalized multi-player non-zero sum games. We will also examine ideas such as winning strategies and some of the fundamental theorems and ideas of the subject (such as Nash equilibria). HON 277A Art and Life Days: TuTh Time: 12:00 - 3:00 Historically the Art World has perpetuated a distinction between "high" art (fine arts found in museums and galleries) and "low" art (functional, craft, folk, outsider art). Today these attitudes are being challenged by artist's practices that interrogate those entrenched definitions through a novel use of materials and tools. Understanding the fluidity of the "art object" contributes to a blurring of the boundaries between Art and Life. Students will explore these issues by producing their own line of inquiry that focuses on daily practices as a mode of artmaking. Running parallel with production and critique of works, we will look at the historical footprint of this evolution of thought by viewing the work and philosophy of the Dadaists, the Gutai Movement in Japan, Fluxus practices in the 60's and 2nd wave Feminist movement in the 70s. No previous experience necessary. HON 277A Music During COVID and Other Plagues Days: MW Time: 3:40 - 5:20 This course explores how music and the arts have responded to and changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. For comparison, we will also study the arts during historical moments such as the 14th-century plague and 1918 flu. For students open to unfamiliar styles and genres of music and arts. HON 277H The Literature of Journey and Quest Days: M Time: 3:10 - 6:30 This course will explore the pervasive themes of journey and quest in world literature with particular attention to the spiritual and psychological dimensions of those themes. Through direct encounter with imaginative literary works from a variety of contexts and genres, we will consider the relationship between interior journeys and journeys through an external landscape, home and exile, bewilderment and certainty. Emphasis throughout will be placed upon careful reading of the texts, which may include Tolkien's Hobbit, The Epic of Gilgamesh, Dante's Inferno, Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha, Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle, Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, Basho's Narrow Road to the Deep North, Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, and others. HON 277S Thinking Through Skin: Race in America Days: TuTh Time: 9:50 - 11:30 Online The American "skin game" of race. How do we even approach the vexing task of making sense of something that Michael Eric Dyson has characterized as "our most sturdy and endurable conundrum"? We begin, as is the intention of this course, by thinking through skin to spark and inform discussion about racialized difference. Where do our perceptions of racialized difference come from? Why were racial categories constructed in the first place? How is one's lived experience of race here in Maine similar to, and different from, that of someone who lives in another part of the country? Why should we even care about the ways in which race operates in contemporary, everyday life? We'll tackle these questions and more as we develop personal, critical inquiries into racial matters. HON 277S Coming to America: Immigration and Asylum Days: MWF Time: 2:25 - 3:30 Why do people come here? How do they come? What are their legal options? What impact do immigrants have on the country? What is it like to uproot your life and settle in the United States? Take this course and find out! Students will learn about the history of immigration to the U.S. and U.S. asylum laws and practices, including the past and current experiences of immigrants and their communities. Due to contemporary issues, the course will highlight the history of migration in modern times across the southern border of the United States by people from regions to our south, but it will also include a study of earlier periods and immigration from other areas. The wide variety of readings will include first-person narratives. ​ HON 322S Consumerism, Politics, Values Days: Th Time: 6:15 - 9:35 This course looks at how political and social life has changed in the advanced industrial countries in the 20th and 21st Centuries by looking at the nexus of consumerism and politics, and the impact on societal values. The topics include a mix of economics, psychology, political science, and philosophy, as we struggle to understand the nature of political and social life in the first half of the 21st Century. HON 377H Nietzsche's Philosophy of/and/as Music Days: TuTh Time: 9:50 - 11:30 Online The 19th C philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is renowned for challenging traditional morality, religion, etc., but his real passion was music. He wrote more about music than any previous philosopher, devoting three of his 13 books to it. Nietzsche believed that music revealed a lot about the culture that produced it; even more, he believed that an individual's taste in music revealed a great deal about that individual's inner psychology. In this course, we will learn what Nietzsche's predecessors, especially Schopenhauer, said about music, and familiarize ourselves with the music of Nietzsche's time and about which he writes. Then we will explore Nietzsche's philosophy of music, both for what it says about Nietzsche's philosophy and for what it says about the nature of music itself. We will close with some speculation about what Nietzsche would think of later music and of our own particular tastes. Whether you just want to study some of the best philosophy that Nietzsche has to offer, or if you agree with him that "Without music, life would be a mistake," this course is for you. Note: Contact instructor if you would like to count this course for the PHI-REL major or PHI minor. HON 377H Critical Whiteness Studies Days: W Time: 3:10 - 6:30 Early in the summer of 2020, the nation was shocked when it saw the video of George Floyd’s death at the hand of police officers. As a result, many people have become aware of the continued impact race has on the lives of those living in the US. While engaging with race and racial difference is easier when you live in a multicultural place, but does race actually matter when we think about rural Maine? And even if it mattered, how could we even begin to study race when rural Maine is almost 100% white? To answer these questions and to develop new ones, this course invites you to study how the persistence of racial inequality affects not only the lives of people in urban America, regardless of their race, but it affects also the lives of rural populations. To reach this goal we will first learn about why “whiteness” as an identity category matters in our understanding race and how we can account for the differences among different population groups to see their embeddedness in the system. Then we will look at three studies that investigate the impact of systemic racism on the white population of rural America and how the claims of these study manifest themselves throughout American culture, including TV-shows, movies, video games, children’s books, etc. This course will include an ongoing experiential learning component. Requirements: Junior or Senior Standing unless waived by the instructor. ​ ​

  • UMF | University of Maine at Farmington Honors Program

    Honors Program at University of Maine at Farmington Honors House is open daily 7am-midnight March 1 preregistration begins March 24 mini-spring break April 1 priority registration for Honors April 21 Symposium Day May 3-7 finals week May 8 Commencement ​Questions? Please email Lisa Gallant umfhonors@maine.edu HON 277H Afrofuturism HON 322S Consumerism, Politics, Values Spring 21 Fall 21 OPEN DOORS BY EXPANDING YOUR MIND OPEN YOUR MIND BY EXPANDING YOUR CURIOSITY Crypto what? Are we alone? Colonize Mars? Bigfoot! Is she real? Quick Clicks Fundamentals Mission Statement About the Program Requirements Apply to Honors Program Earning Honors Credits Honors Experience HON 305 Honors Enhancement HON 499 Thesis or Creative Project Honors Levels Honors Participation Honors Development Groups Volunteerism Honors Journal Honors Events Forms and Documents

  • UMF Honors Program | Curriculum

    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 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. Inside HON Courses

  • UMF Honors Program | Contact Us

    Greetings! We are happy to answer any questions and review suggestions on how we can make improvements on the Honors Program. Please leave your question, suggestion or comment for review. Honors Program University of Maine at Farmington 125 Lincoln Street Farmington, Maine 04938 umfhonors@maine.edu The truth is out there... 207-778-7199 Your details were sent successfully! Send

  • UMF Honors Program | Q & A

    To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. Here are some common questions. If you have a question not listed, contact us! How are students selected to be in the Honors Program? The Admission Office offers admittance into the Honors Program to qualified incoming students. Faculty may also nominate outstanding students, or students may self-nominate. UMF students may to apply. click here Can I apply for the program after my freshman year? In order to have the best opportunity and flexibility to complete the Honors Program, as well as to experience its other academic and social benefits, it is most advantageous to join at the beginning of the freshman year. Joining the program after the freshman year limits the ability to complete it. Therefore, these exceptions may or may not be approved. ​ How do I know if I am even in the Honors Program? Providing you received confirmation from Admission Office that you are accepted in the Program, you will see Honors Program listed in your Student Group window in MaineStreet. You will also receive monthly communications from the Honors listserve. If you are unsure, please contact us. ​ What are the requirements to be in the Honors Program? To be in the Honors Program, you must maintain a 3.3 AGPA, earn Honors credit within your first two semesters after being accepted into the program, and attend & participate in events. Currently, there is no requirement to take additional courses afterward, but that may change in the future. Also, Honors 10 hours each semester at their chosen location. for recognition requirements. volunteer Click here ​ : upon completing at least 12 HON credits, you will have Honors designation on your transcripts. This is an accomplishment to be proud of, and what a great addition to your resume, employers do take notice! Please see the full description for . Honors recognition levels Honors Levels ​ What are the benefits to being in the program? There are many! Small classroom size: courses have an enrollment cap of 12 students to allow greater access to faculty and opportunities to participate in class. ​ : which means you have a greater chance of getting at least a couple of your desired courses. Honors students have a window of time that they alone are able to register for classes ahead of the rest of the campus body. Priority registration ​ : yes, you read it correctly! Honors House has two computer stations that you may use to work at and to print from. The printing is unlimited, but in order to continue with this benefit, we do ask that it be course work related. Free printing ​ : in addition to having courses at Honors, you can enjoy the backyard. There are apple trees, picnic tables for you to study at or just enjoy some sunshine. Kitchen cupboards are filled with snacks monthly through the fall and spring semesters. Honors House is located next the fitness center and dorms. Access to the Honors House ​ ​ : Honors plans events through the fall and spring semesters. This includes a welcome barbecue for incoming students, fall festivities like apple picking and pie baking, on and off campus conferences, local day trips, holiday gatherings, movie and game night, and the Honors banquet in April. Events ​ : being a part of something can make all the difference when experiencing something new such as leaving home and living on campus. Shared experiences such as courses and events help build a community and cohort that brings comfort during times of stress and joy! Cohesiveness ​ ​ How do Honors courses differ from "regular" courses? Honors courses encourage more critical thinking and active participation in classroom discussion, including expressing thoughts and opinions. Honors courses require good reading skills and may require more writing than regular classes. Honors students generally report finding these seminar style classes more rewarding and thought provoking. ​ ​ What are Honors Enhancement and Honors Experience Credits? Enhancement credit is earned by taking any UMF course and enhancing it to meet Honors criteria. Experience credit is earned through experience such as travel. Please visit the Curriculum tab to learn more. ​ May I apply a study abroad or travel course toward Honors Experience credit? Yes, each student may apply 4 credits toward Honors recognition levels. Please complete the . Honors Experience Request Form ​ Does being an Honors student mean I must take additional courses? No. You can earn 12 credits through Honors courses, experience such as travel, independent study/research and internships. Enhancement allows you to enhance any UMF course to meet HON criteria. For more information on Honors Experience and Enhancement, click here. ​ How can I graduate with Honors with my busy schedule? Earning 12 credits gets Honors on your transcripts. This is the first level of the three available Honors recognition levels. ​ Is there an Honors dorm? No, Honors students are in various dorms, most of which are in close proximity to Honors House. ​ Can I use the Honors House whenever I want? Honors House is open daily 7am-12 midnight during the fall and spring semesters. Since most courses take place in the living room, we do ask that you schedule a time should you want to hold meetings. Otherwise, the study room and workstations are available anytime. ​ Can I cook in the Honors House kitchen? Yes! Please check the kitchen bulletin for course schedule, and let us know in advance to determine what other functions may be happening. ​ What if I change my mind and no longer want to be in the program? Just email, call or stop in to let us know, and you will be removed from the program. ​ Does it cost anything to be in the Honors Program? No. The only costs you may incur is if you sign up for an event that may involve travel or an unusual circumstance. ​ Does being an Honors graduate appear on my transcripts? Yes, once you earn a minimum of twelve credits, you will graduate with Honors on your transcripts. ​ Will graduating with Honors help me in my job search and career? Yes. Honors is a prestigious recognition, and potential employers understand that graduating with Honors requires dedication, motivation, and critical thinking, all of which any employer will find desirable. ​ ​

  • UMF Honors Program | Journal

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  • UMF Honors Program | Honors Students & Opportunities

    GET INVOLVED! Do you want to become active in the Honors Program? If so, here are the opportunities. Honors Talk Role & Responsiblities Email Us Read the Honors Journal Merrill Center Job Listings SHARE YOUR PROFILE AND THOUGHTS ON OUR WEBSITE Students love to read about other students. What a great way to connect with others and help serve as a mentor for fellow students. Submit your profile, thoughts, jokes, favorite pet or vacation photos to . umfhonors@maine.edu ​ JOIN US ON SOCIAL MEDIA Honors is developing our image on Facebook and Instagram. Please help us in growing our presence, please see us here: HONORS COUNCIL STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE HC has three seats available for student representatives. Statements of interest are sought in April for those wishing to serve a one-year term on Honors Council. The Honors Director will announce this through the Honors listserve. Selection is determined by the Honors student body voting system. Contact the Student Representatives EVENTS COMMITTEE Honors students may opt to be members of the committee. The main responsibility is to create events, both on and off campus. These events can be small, or more detailed; from movie night at Honors House to planning a Boston excursion. You have control of what Honors experience during their time here at UMF. It's a big role, and it's a big deal! If this interests you, email us! HONORS JOURNAL The Honors Journal is an online and print publication run entirely by Honors student editors. Submissions include poems, pictures, films, essays, and more. The journal themes are dedicated to Honors students, and it also accepts works from all students across campus. Contact Journal Editors WORK INITIATIVE & FEDERAL WORK STUDY POSITIONS Honors Program hires students for the fall and spring semesters under Work Initiative and Federal Work Study. The job descriptions may vary by year but typically includes event planning, social media management, or leading Honors Development Groups.

  • UMF Honors Program | HON 499 Thesis or Creative Project

    To play, press and hold the enter key. To stop, release the enter key. HON 499 Thesis or Creative Project A primary distinguishing feature of an Honors thesis or creative project is the defense. At an agreed upon date, those completing a thesis/project will submit their finished thesis/project to the Honors Director, who will forward to the Honors Council. (A list of the current members of the Council, including student representatives, are available on the UMF Honors website or by request.) Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Honors Program, a minimum of 16 other Honors credits earned, and approval of the Honors Council and Director. Pass/Fail. ​ The Honors Council conducts the defense, usually held in the Honors House. The student and faculty advisor both attend the actual defense, and the faculty advisor is encouraged to introduce briefly the student and the significance of the project. A majority of the Council must agree to pass or fail the thesis/project. On occasion a thesis/project may be passed contingent on revisions, but given the late timing of the defense, students should present to the Council a finished draft. ​ Honors provides a document for proposing a thesis/project, including general expectations and standards. The thesis/project can be completed along multiple pathways: ​ No credit model (student independent work, Wilson scholarships) 0-credit model (Honors add on to equivalent capstone work in major, teaching portfolio, etc.) 4-credit model (traditional Honors directed thesis/project) ​ HON 499 Form & Guidelines Read HON 499 Thesis or Creative Project Online

  • UMF Honors Program| Forms & Documents

    Download the following: Honors Experience Proposal Form HON 305 Honors Enhancement Proposal Form and Guidelines HON 305 Honors Enhancement Examples HON 499 Proposal Form and Guidelines Track Your Volunteer Hours Through United Way (Instructions) Research Links

  • UMF | University of Maine at Farmington Honors Program

    Mission Statement University of Maine Farmington Honors Program ​​ Mission: Gathering engaged faculty and academically motivated, curious students from across campus, the UMF Honors Program creates a holistic learning community where small, rigorous classes enable students to experience close working relationships with faculty, cultivating the next generation of citizen-scholars from today’s exceptional students. Vision: The Honors Program will be recognized as a leader in preparing the next generation of solution- oriented, critical, and creative thinkers with the knowledge, skills, abilities, and commitment to have a positive impact on the world around them. Philosophy and Core Values: The Honors Program is committed to providing a quality, rigorous interdisciplinary undergraduate education that helps students develop their ability to think critically and to communicate well in a variety of contexts. Honors creates a collaborative learning community that emphasizes active learning, intellectual exploration, and civic engagement to provide motivated, high-achieving students a holistic educational experience. The Program bases our academic and extracurricular activities around Six Program Goals: Thinking, Scholarly Inquiry, Writing, Speaking, Perspective, and Civic Engagement. Honors contributes to the Public Good by preparing undergraduate students to become conscientious and productive members of their communities, to engage in lifelong learning, to enhance their sensitivity to cultural diversity, to behave ethically, and take responsibility for their actions. Furthermore, Honors is also committed to the creation of new knowledge through a sustained program of basic and applied undergraduate research. Thinking: Student demonstrates an ability to think critically and creatively. Scholarly Inquiry: Student shows a growing understanding of how scholarship is conducted and knowledge created. Writing: Student writes effectively in a variety of contexts. Perspective: Student demonstrates a growing understanding of individual, cultural, disciplinary, and artistic perspectives. Civic Engagement: Student demonstrates a sense of efficacy as a citizen. Speaking: Student communicates effectively with individuals and groups. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ About the Program

University of Maine at Farmington Honors Program AY 2020-21

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