Honors Program

The Honors Program at UM-Dearborn is designed for qualified, highly-motivated students who want an extra level of challenge and stimulus in their college experience.

The curriculum is organized around the values of intellectual aspiration, curiosity, moral engagement, and inclusion.

Honors students take a dedicated set of six classes that satisfy basic requirements and at the same time contribute to a stimulating and creative undergraduate education that prepares them to be citizens of the twenty-first century. Two specially designed courses in composition are also part of the Honors Program curriculum. The program helps students to think critically and independently, to perceive connections between diverse areas of knowledge such as the humanities and the sciences, and to express their thoughts clearly and effectively.

Honors Program classes are small, enabling students to interact closely with the faculty and each other. Because of the size of the Honors classes and the emphasis on active participation, students in the program gain close personal contact with their professors from the beginning of the freshman year. The instructors in the Honors Program are highly dedicated teachers and are committed to the ideal of fair debate and intellectual engagement between students and professors. The Honors faculty are readily available to Honors students for academic advising and for informal conversation.

Honors students develop a special set of relationships with each other and with the faculty. They get to know each other and build close friendships because they take many of the same courses together. The program regularly sponsors social hours and organizes group outings to concerts, plays, and museums. Students and faculty in the program get to share valuable experiences outside the classroom.

Student Testimonials

" I am a Junior majoring in History. To me, the Honors program has not just challenged me academically, it has also challenged me with getting out of my personal bubble and with this granted me the opportunity to make lasting friendships and connections."  -Hope Pacheco

“I'm a freshman here in the Honors program, double majoring in Psychology and Integrative Studies. This is my first year in the Honors program, and I find it an astronomical program. It's truly fun and engaging. It is what helped me decide to come to UM-Dearborn; I was really grateful to find out about the small class sizes. After being in the program for a year, I can really see how it is a community, you make lifelong friends, and when you are around others you are ambitious to learn.  We are all from different majors, and it's nice to have all of those different perspectives. Overall, no matter your major, interests, etc., this program will open you to new opportunities like studying abroad, networking, and emerging yourself into different situations that you wouldn't experience in your major or general education classes.”  -Zion Porter

"I'm a second-year student studying Psychology. The Honors program the last two years has been absolutely amazing from the community we've built with each other to the topics we talk about in the classes."  -Juliana Bazzi

"I am a first-year student at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and this is My first year in the Honors program. The Honors program has not only helped me evolve academically but personally as well; I met so many new people with similar interests! I highly recommend this program!”  -Zakaa Reda 

“The Honors program has helped me grow my intellectual knowledge as well as my analytical skills. I would consider the Honors program to have a more philosophical view of history and social studies. These classes help students grow a deeper sense of empathy, which is crucial in any field. The Honors program has helped me develop connections with staff as well as students. This is in part due to the smaller classroom setting but mostly because of the incredibly welcoming community.”  -Morgan Corley 

"Assalamu Alaikum and greetings to you all. I am a sophomore Biochemistry student pursuing medical school. To me, the Honors program provides the space for deep, fascinating discussions with amazing people"  -Adam Almaleky

Honors Program Events

Honors Faculty

Anna Muller
Anna Muller

Honors Program Director:

Anna Muller, Ph.D.

Professor, History

The Frank and Mary Padzieski Endowed Professor in Polish/Polish American/Eastern European Studies

Director, Women in Learning and Leadership Program

Director, Honors Program



Below you will find the full-time Honors Program faculty:

Imran Aijaz

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Camron Michael Amin

Professor of Middle East and Iranian Diaspora Studies

William DeGenaro

Professor of Composition and Rhetoric

Daniel Little

Professor of Philosophy

Anna Muller

Professor of History; The Frank and Mary Padzieski Endowed Professor in Polish/Polish American/Eastern European Studies; Director, Honors Program

Kristin Poling

Associate Professor of History

P.F. Potvin

Lecturer IV, Composition and Rhetoric

Liz Rohan

Professor of Composition and Rhetoric

Michael Rosano

Associate Professor of Political Science

Nadja Rottner

Associate Professor of Art History

Velimir Stojkovski

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Honors Advisory Board

Amanda Esquivel

Amanda Esquivel, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

College of Engineering and Computer Science


Terri Laws

Terri Laws, Associate Professor of African & African American Studies

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters


Lisa Martin

Lisa Martin, Department Chair of Health and Human Services

College of Education, Health, and Human Services


Contact Us

Honors Program

3018 - College of Arts Science and Letters (CASL) Building