Honors Program

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 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.

What is a Pioneer?

The Pioneers was a STEM track program that has merged with the USM Honors Program. The Honors Program is empowering a new generation of scientists, information technology specialists, engineers, and mathematicians. Honors students engage in advanced curriculum and innovative co-curricular programming to maximize their education and growth, at USM and beyond!

As an Honors Student, you have access to the following opportunities:

  • Take Honors classes to fulfill Core Curriculum requirements
  • Complete Honors-level independent research projects with faculty mentors
  • Access Honors-specific internships
  • Membership in a learning community with dedicated facilities on the Portland and Gorham campuses
  • Honors-specific faculty and staff mentors
  • Participtae in high-impact, experiential learning opportunities designed to deepen your knowledge in STEM and prepare you for post-graduate careers

For more information contact Rebecca Nisetich, Honors Program Director at rebecca.nisetich@maine.edu