Undergraduate Research & Honors Program

The Department's Honors Program offers academically talented students a more advanced and challenging educational experience related to the study of families. The program provides opportunities for involvement in scholarly independent study, intensive interaction with faculty, and examination of a range of family topics in greater depth than is possible in the normal program of study. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Child care
  • Fathering
  • Work and family issues
  • Family and community violence
  • Homeless families
  • Interracial marriages
  • Family financial education
  • AIDS education
  • Adolescent depression
  • Couple relationships
  • Marital standards in China

Students enroll in special Honors courses, Honors option work in regular courses, and independent research. The program culminates with the presentation of a Senior Honors thesis. Students are recognized at graduation for their superior achievement in family science.

Interested students must apply three semesters (not including summer) prior to graduation; application deadines are May 1 for Fall semester, and December 1 for Spring semester.

To apply now, click here.

Additional information can be found by contacting:

Dr. Mia Smith Bynum
Chair, Family Science Honors Program 
1142W School of Public Health
301.405.0299
msbynum@umd.edu(link sends e-mail)