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.

News & Events

On the 25th of April 2015 the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College will convene their annual University-wide exhibition of student research, scholarship, and creative achievement, known as Thinking Matters, on USM’s Portland campus. The 2015 Faculty chairs are our very own Assistant Director of Honors, Dr. Rebecca Nisetich, and Honors and Political Science professor, Dr. Francesca Vassallo. All are encouraged to attend and support our students.
On the 7th of January the committee of the scholarly journal, The African American Review, publically recognized Honors Assistant Director, Rebecca Nisetich for her work surrounding Nella Larsen’s novel Passing.
For those interested in the summer session Honors is offering these two intriguing interdisciplinary courses!

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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