Westminster, MD
07/08/2015 01:16 PM
The Honors Program at McDaniel, which was established in 1986, offers academic enrichment to students in the program who become part of a community of scholars. Admission is highly selective and is based on students’ academic records, test scores and leadership potential.  

Honors students at McDaniel take advantage of special opportunities, including Honors housing, challenging courses, mentorship, and study abroad trips, conferences and special events just for Honors students.

Over the past 29 years, Honors students have achieved academic successes earning numerous fellowships, grants and awards, including Fulbright, Gilman and critical language scholarships. Honors students have also received prestigious graduate and medical school acceptances. Since 2010, three McDaniel Honors students have earned the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council’s John and Edythe Portz Award as outstanding Honors students at a four-year college in Maryland.

Bryn Upton came to McDaniel in 2002 after being awarded a post-doctoral fellowship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Bowdoin College and a Ph.D. in American history from Brandeis University.

Upton specializes in modern U.S. history and teaches courses on such topics as presidential scandals, the conservative movement, the Cold War and Civil Rights. His first book, “Hollywood and the End of the Cold War: Signs of Cinematic Change,” published in 2014, looks at how the end of the Cold War changed popular films.

He has published several articles and review essays in scholarly journals and serves as a junior editor for “Proto: An Undergraduate Humanities Journal.” Among his many professional affiliations, he is a member of The Society for U.S. Intellectual History, the American Historical Association, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.

A former assistant track coach at McDaniel and a performer-composer with the McDaniel College Electric Bass Ensemble, he currently resides in Westminster, Md.

For more information about the McDaniel Honors Program, visit

Additional information about Bryn Upton, including his downloadable headshot, can be found at
Cheryl Knauer
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