Honors Program

Members of the honors living learning community at their year-end celebration in Gorham
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.
Students attend the National Regional Honors Council Conference: Niagara Falls, NY
Students attend the 2014 NRHC Conference: Niagara Falls, NY
Honors students present their Illiminated Manuscripts for Honors Cultural Interpretation

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

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.

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This 3 credit course draws on literature, history, law, sociology, and anthropology to explore evolving conceptions of “race” in the United States. Students will contemplate perspectives of multiple writers, theorists, and community members. Special emphasis will be given to changing conceptions of “race” in Maine and New England. Experiential activities [may] include a field trip to Malaga Island, a walking tour of the Portland Freedom Trail, and participation in New Mainer’s Day.
Starting January 21st, join us every Wednesday (when classes are in session) for an hour of socializing and relaxation in the Honors Lounge (253 Luther Bonney). Enjoy tea and basic sandwich fixing, or bring your lunch. We hope to see you there!
We are pleased to announce the official launch of our new Honors Program 1 credit course: Honors Dialogue. This course will engage our students in thoughtful discussions surrounding weekly topics. The course will collaboratively examine issues from multiple perspectives. Emphasis will be placed on questioning, listening, identifying-and-suspending assumptions, and developing shared meaning.

USM 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.

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