University Honors Mission

Mission Statement 

University Honors at UMD is designed to bring together students from many different majors, interests, and backgrounds and encourage them to learn broadly about human nature and society and to engage actively in their communities and academics. Consistent with the University’s overall mission, University Honors offers an enhanced liberal education experience designed to develop leaders with a diverse set of skills honed through active learning in the classroom, participation in research, increased cultural awareness, and public engagement.


Honors students will learn to value the pursuit of knowledge broadly, to see the importance of being intellectually curious across disciplines and differences, and to perceive the world from multiple perspectives. They will become leaders excelling not only in their chosen professions or graduate studies, but also in the quest for the betterment of self, relationships, communities, and the overall human condition.