2016-17 Catalogs

Program Overview

Director: Rebecca Nisetich, Ph.D.

The Honors program offers small, dynamic courses that meet USM Core requirements.  Students in any major participate in honors by completing a specified set of courses to graduate with the Honors Minor. 

Our seminar format enables close interaction with peers, individualized attention from excellent faculty, and strengthened communication skills.  Students develop thoughts and positions on complex, multi-faceted issues by considering diverse perspectives and conflicting-yet-plausible ideas.  Students achieve the confidence that comes from honing ideas through questioning, dialogue, writing, and research.  Our interdisciplinary approach taps student curiosity and creativity while complementing any major.

Seniors can maximize their honors experience by writing a thesis that expands upon their major, explores a personal passion, or solves a community challenge.  Honors education, especially thesis work, is prized by employers and graduate schools. 

Honors is more than a set of stimulating courses; the honors community is a home for engaged learners.  The Honors Center is a collegial space for study and relaxation.  Students can partake in honors student activities, travel, and community service.  Honors is meant to be a satisfying journey in which students rise to their potential as individuals and citizens – becoming the persons they want to be. 

Honors courses are offered on the Portland and Gorham campuses.  Residential students can choose to reside in the Honors Living-Learning Community in Hastings Hall. The Honors dorm floor houses a seminar classroom, lounge space, and a faculty/staff office.  The Honors Center on the Portland campus offers seminar rooms, lounge space, student study space, and faculty/staff offices.

Please contact the Honors office to inquire about competitive Honors scholarships awarded to continuing students for thesis work and leadership activities.  Also ask about program flexibility for students with demanding major requirements or study abroad plans.  For additional information, visit http://usm.maine.edu/honors.

Admission to Honors Courses

The Honors Program accepts motivated, intellectually curious students who value individual challenge and enjoy working closely with faculty and peers.  Honors student status — and thus the ability to enroll in honors courses — may be requested any time between admission to USM and graduation.  Traditional students, transfers, adult learners, and part-time students are all welcome.  When students request honors student status, we consider academic credentials (such as GPA) and motivation for honors study (which could be evident from prior academic performance, life experience, faculty recommendation, or an interview).  As part of the general USM admissions process, honors status is automatically granted to recent high school graduates with a record of strong performance.

To enroll in your first honors course, visit the Honors Center (253 Luther Bonney Hall) or contact (207) 780-4330 or honors@maine.edu.