Honors Program

Students living on the Honors dorm floor, celebrate a recent snow storm!
Niagara Falls Honors Conference in April? Conference fees? The Honors Student Organization started fundraising.
Current Honors student, alumna and faculty participate in Husky Harvest sponsored by the USM Tourism and Hospitality Program, Portland Student Life and the International Studies Program.
Honors 310 students present their Service Learning Project for the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership
Developing characters with words and imagery in Honors "Iluminated Autobiography"
2013 thesis students and the Honors thesis library

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.

News & Events

“I Know the Rules, But How Do I Play?”: The Yugioh Trading Card Game as a Moral Order of Play
Gift to USM Honors Program from Honors student Fatoumata Issifi Hidjo
Jenna Rossnagel is an Honors student and majoring in the Tourism and Hospitality Program. The Festival and Event Planning class in the USM Tourism and Hospitality Program coordinated the event.

As an Honors student you will experience the following:

  • Our small, seminar-style classes give you the opportunity to work closely with other similarly engaged students and to be mentored by your teachers.
  • You will be invited to pull together and make sense of what you’re learning in college while you deepen and sustain your thinking—reflectively, analytically, critically and imaginatively.
  • Write more coherently and know your own voice.
  • Learn how to field questions, to lead discussions and to give public presentations with confidence.
  • You will know how to design and carry out personal, complex projects, start to finish.
  • When you graduate from USM with the Honors distinction you will be prepared and positioned for graduate or professional school or for pursuit of your chosen career.
  • You will be given the opportunity to write an undergraduate thesis.