Honors Program

Honors Program

The USM Honors Program is a long-time institutional member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, the professional organization devoted to honors education, http://nchchonors.org/.


 We offer small, dynamic courses that meet USM Core requirements.  Students in any major may …

 First-year students, transfers, sophomores, juniors, adult learners, part-time students are all welcome.

The Honors community is a home for engaged learners.  Our courses tap student curiosity and creativity while exploring intellectually rich topics from multiple perspectives.  Students interact closely with peers in seminar-style classes and receive individualized attention from exceptional faculty.  Seniors can maximize their honors experience by writing a self-designed interdisciplinary thesis.

 Honors students achieve the confidence that comes from developing their own ideas through writing and dialog.  Students hone their communication skills and become better able to tackle complex challenges while working respectfully with others. That’s why honors education is prized by employers and graduate schools.

 A wide range of honors courses are taught on the Portland campus.  Gorham sections are also offered, and dormitory students can choose to reside in the Honors living-learning community in Hastings Hall.

 Please ask about honors scholarships and flexible options for students with demanding major requirements or study abroad plans.

 Admission to Honors Courses

The Honors program welcomes motivated, intellectually curious students.  Honors student status – and thus the ability to enroll in honors courses – may be requested any time between admission to USM and graduation.  When students request honors student status, we consider motivation for honors study (which could be evident from prior academic performance, life experience, faculty recommendation, or an interview).  As part of the general USM application process, honors status is automatically granted to recent high school graduates with stellar records.

 To enroll in your first honors course, contact Assistant Director Rebecca Nisetich at 207-780-4189 or honors@usm.maine.edu