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.

Exploring Our Honors Program Information Sessions

Students who complete an application to the Honors Program by February 15 will be invited to attend one of the following ‘Exploring our Honors Program’ virtual information sessions:

  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 6:00PM-7:00PM

  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022 6:00PM-7:00PM

Daniel Little
Daniel Little, Ph.D.

Honors Program Director

Daniel Little, Ph.D., professor of philosophy. Little served as chancellor of the campus from 2000 to 2018. He received his A.B. in philosophy and B.S. in mathematics from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University in 1977. He also serves as professor of sociology at UM-Ann Arbor. Prior to coming to UM-Dearborn he taught at Colgate University, Wellesley College, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and he served as vice president for academic affairs and professor of philosophy at Bucknell University. During 1989-91 Little was a visiting scholar at the Harvard University Center for International Affairs.

Full Time Honors Program Faculty

Imran Aijaz

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Daniel Little

Professor of Philosophy; Director, Honors Program

Anna Muller

Associate Professor of History; The Frank and Mary Padzieski Endowed Professor in Polish/Polish American/Eastern European Studies; Director, Women in Learning & Leadership

Kristin Poling

Associate Professor of History

Liz Rohan

Professor of Composition and Rhetoric

Michael Rosano

Associate Professor of Political Science

Nadja Rottner

Associate Professor of Art History

Contact Us

Honors Program

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