Community Building and Engagement (HON 175)

This course will be offered in Fall 2021! Please read on for further information on the course and quick application process.

Aerial view of Hurricane Island

2021 Course Information

This course explores the nature of community and community engagement in relation to civic identity, responsibility, and social connectedness. Students are challenged to consider multiple roles and perspectives through experiences in and outside of the classroom. The objectives are to foster community among students in ways that strengthen social ties and to increase awareness of and ongoing engagement within the Honors College and the broader community.

The course begins on Hurricane Island Wednesday, August 25, 2021, which is prior to UMaine’s official dorm move in. Because of this gap, special provisions have been made to accommodate Hurricane Island students. They will instead move into their dorm residence the morning of August 25, 2021 at 8:00am, and the bus to Hurricane Island will depart from the UMaine campus at 8:30am. Students return to UMaine Friday, August 27, 2021 by 4:00pm.

Students will then attend course meetings on on Fridays, 1:00-1:50pm, and participate and plan service learning projects throughout the fall semester.

HON 175 is a 1-credit course. Additionally, HON175 will substitute for HON 170 or 180. Click here for more information about HON 170 and 180.

Three Honors students smile together after just having gone on a boating excursion on Hurricane Island.
Honors students walk together on a path through the woods on Hurricane Island.
An Honors student looks at organisms in the tide pools on Hurricane Island.

Course Registration

Space in the course is limited. This course requires an additional course fee of $250.00. If you cannot afford this course fee, please contact us.

To apply, complete the application: HON175 Application

Deadline to apply: Friday, June 18, 2021 by 5PM EST

 

Full HON175 Course Description

HON 175 is a hybrid of experiential and traditional classroom learning which explores the nature of community and community engagement in relation to civic identity, responsibility, and social connectedness. Students are challenged to consider multiple roles and perspectives through experiences in and outside of the classroom. The objectives are to foster community among students in ways that strengthen social ties and to increase awareness of and ongoing engagement within the Honors College and the broader community.

HON 175 experience begins on Hurricane Island, where we will spend 3 days building community, exploring the island and its history, considering issues of sustainability and the impacts of changing weather patterns on Maine’s coastline communities, take up questions on the nature of engagement, and more. During the semester, HON 175 will consist of in-class meetings and experiential learning through community-engaged activities.
 

For more information on HON175, please contact:

Associate Dean Melissa Ladenheim
Honors College
melissa.ladenheim@maine.edu