Honors Program

Minor in Honors

The Honors Minor is an interdisciplinary pathway through the USM Core Curriculum. In the first two years, students fulfill Core Curriculum requirements with Honors versions of these courses (e.g. EYE, CI, SCA, CE, QR, SE, etc.). The third and fourth years, students take an Honors version of EISRC, a 1-credit Honors Research Colloquium course. To complete the Minor, students may choose from a menu of discipline-specific Honors course offerings including Honors internships, Honors independent studies, Honors study abroad, Honors thesis, and Honors capstone. Total credit requirements: 15-18 Core Curriculum credits, 6-12 Minor-specific requirements (may be credits towards the major or "elective" credits). 

Lower Division Course Requirements: Flexible; generally students take 1 Honors course per semester. During the first semester, students may choose to take Honors EYE and Honors College Writing concurrently. 

  • HON 101 (EYE) + 1-credit experiential learning lab
  • HON 100 (CW)
  • Choice of 2-3 Honors Core Courses (e.g. CE, CI, SCA, QR, etc.)
  • HON 298: Honors Summer abroad (optional, counts for International) 

Upper Division Course Requirements: 1 course per semester, with the following options tailored to fit the student's interests, major requirements, etc. Options include:

  • HON 310 (EISRC)
  • HON 398: Honors Research Colloquium (1 credit)
  • HON 321: Honors Directed Research
  • HON 331: Honors Directed Study
  • HON 359: Honors Internship
  • Honors Signature Work: upper-division work in the major counts towards Honors, with permission
  • UROP Research Project
  • HON 311, 411, 412: Honors Thesis course sequence (6-9 credits total)
  • HON 498: Honors Capstone (1-credit add-on to capstone in the major)

First-year students with a high school GPA of 3.5 and combined SAT scores of 1150 are admitted into the Honors Program, where they take 1 course per semester in coordination with their academic major(s). 

Transfer/Late Entry Honors Students with a GPA of 3.5 are eligible to join the Honors Program at the third year, and take 1 course per semester at the 300- and 400-level in coordination with their academic major(s). Transfer/Late Entry students must take a minimum of 12 credits in Honors to earn the Minor. Required courses for the late-entry Minor option are HON 310 and HON 398. 

 

NOTE: The following is only one example of many possible pathways. The Honors Minor is designed to fulfill the USM Core Curriculum requirements and to complement any USM major. Students receive individual advising to create a pathway through Honors that works for their degree plan. The Honors Director coordinates with academic departments to establish upper-divsion Honors coursework done in the major.

First Year

  • Fall: HON 101, HON 100
  • Spring: any 1 Honors course (e.g. HON 103 or HON 105 or HON 198)

Second Year

  • Fall: any 1 Honors course (e.g. HON 200/201 or HON 207 or HON 299 or HON 198)
  • Spring: any 1 Honors course (e.g. HON 200/201 or HON 207 or HON 299 or HON 198)

Third Year

  • Fall: options include HON 310, HON 321, HON 331, HON 359, HON 398, etc. 
  • Spring: options include HON 310, HON 321, HON 331, HON 359, HON 398, HON 311: Honors Thesis I (Workshop), etc.

Fourth Year

  • Fall: options include HON 310, HON 321, HON 331, HON 359, HON 311: Honors Thesis I (Workshop), or HON 411: Honors Thesis II (Independent Research)
  • Spring: options include HON 310, HON 321, HON 331, HON 359, HON 411: Honors Thesis II (Independent Research), Honors Capstone (in the major)

Transfer and "Late Entry" Students:

The Honors Program welcomes transfer and late entry students. Students entering with 54+ academic credits  are required to take a minimum of 12 Honors credits to earn the Honors Minor:

  • Required Courses: HON 310, HON 398 (1-credit course)
  • Options include: HON 321, HON 331, HON 359, HON 311: Honors Thesis I (Workshop), or HON 411: Honors Thesis II (Independent Research), Honors Capstone (in the major)