Honors Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply to the Honors Program and how?
Motivated students with a good academic record and the desire for small, interactive classes.
To apply, go to Contact Us, www.usm.maine.edu/honors.
Are Honors classes harder? Honors classes are small (16 average) with an emphasis placed on reading and writing. Attendance, preparation and participation are important for every class. The interdisciplinary teaching approach offers a hands-on and discussion based forum for students actively engaged in the learning process.
How does Honors work with my major?
Participation in the Honors program satisfies a majority of Core requirements and hosts students from many majors. Some majors have specific Core requirements so it is important to meet with Student Success advisors to see how Honors fits with your academic plan.
Who teaches Honors classes?
Experienced faculty from a variety of disciplines teach Honors classes including but not limited to: Philosophy, Biology, Political Science, Anthropology, Classics, Criminology, English and History.
What are the benefits of being in the honors program?
Taking part in the Honors Program at USM allows you to challenge yourself beyond the conventional classroom with small class size, individual attention from both your peers and professors and the discussion based atmosphere offers an alternative to the traditional classroom environment. The service learning based component combined with the interdisciplinary approach offers students the chance to learn outside of the classroom and utilize what they already know.
Students also have the opportunity to write an undergraduate thesis as a Capstone! Completing a thesis sets a student apart from other graduate school or job applicants.
Do Honors students live in a separate dorm? Honors Program students can choose to live on the Honors floor in Hastings Hall, http://www.usm.maine.edu/reslife/residence-halls. As a member of the Honors Living Learning Community you can take your HON EYE course where you live and quickly become friends with other engaged students. Imagine knocking on a classmate’s door when you have a question or conversing over dinner about ideas sparked in class. Enrich your Honors experience in a friendly, open-minded environment where you can join in service activities, hang out with friends, or pursue your own passions.
Does the Honors Program offer a Thematic Cluster ?
The “Casco Bay Region: Where We Live” cluster is organized by the Honors Program. Final approval for the cluster, is anticipated in September 2012. Students enrolled in fall 2012 courses will receive credit toward cluster completion (assuming cluster approval).
Information on the Casco Bay Region Thematic Cluster is available in the Resources section (lower- right of screen).