Honors Program

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
Members of the honors living learning community at their year-end celebration in Gorham

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.

News & Events

Monday, November 16th Students will perform selected scenes from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin and George Aiken’s theatrical dramatization of the novel from the 1850s. 5:45PM-7:30PM 10 Bailey Hall, Gorham Campus
USM Honors student Jacob LiBrizzi publishes poem with Portland based publishing company Pine Pitch Press. The poem Cesium’s Bell will appear in the collected works issue Then, Again, centering on the theme “seconds.”
This Saturday, October 10th, Waking Windows, a music, arts, comedy, and literature festival organized by USM English major Nat Baldwin will take place in downtown Portland, ME, featuring over 60 performers in 10 venues.

Honors thesis of alumna Laura Tennenhouse leads to publication and presentation at the University of Graz, Austria

USM Honors alumna Laura Tennenhouse traveling to the University of Graz, Austria, to present a paper, based on her honors thesis, at this summer’s International Sociology of Religion Conference. Tennenhouse’s work, now expanded, began as her 2013 Honors thesis, New Monasticism as Reflexive Spirituality: A Case Study of the Simple Way. Tennenhouse begins graduate studies this fall at Boston College with a full scholarship and research assistantship. Congratulations, Laura!

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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