Honors 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
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.
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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

Adam Hosack completed his Honors thesis course requirements, defended his undergraduate thesis and received his Honors sash to wear at commencement.
“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
September 23, 2014
3:30 PM to 5:50 PM
Glickman Family Library

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.