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
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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

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.