The Honors Program at USM is a learning community for active and engaged students. In Honors, students are encouraged to tap into their intellectual curiosity and creativity while exploring 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 an Honors thesis.
We offer small, dynamic courses that meet USM Core requirements. First-year students, transfers, sophomores, juniors, adult learners, part-time students are all welcome. Students in any major may
- sample individual courses,
- complete a Core Thematic Cluster (Casco Bay Region Thematic Cluster), or
- graduate with Honors (Honors Program Graduation)
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.