Honors Program

Honors Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join the Honors Program?

Students with exceptional academic records are automatically invited to join the Honors Program. If you are interested in joining Honors and have not been invited, please contact the Honors Program Director, Rebecca Nisetich, at rebecca.nisetich@maine.edu or 207-780-4189

How do I graduate with Honors?

Starting in the Fall of 2016, students must declare the Honors Minor to graduate with Honors.

What are the Honors Minor requirements?

The Honors Minor requires students to take Honors versions of the USM Core Curriculum as well as several upper division Honors research course. To complete the Minor, students choose from a list of discipline-specific Honors courses including internships, independent studies, study abroad, thesis, and capstone. The total credit requirements are 15-18 Core Curriculum credits and 6-12 Minor-specific requirements. Please visit the Honors website for more specific program requirements.

What can I expect when I take an Honors class? 

Honors classes are small (16 average) with an emphasis placed on reading and writing. Attendance, preparation, and participation are important for every class. The interdisciplinary teaching approach offers a hands-on and discussion based forum for students actively engaged in the learning process.

How does Honors work with my major?

The Honors curriculum is designed to complement all majors. Participation in the Honors program satisfies Core requirements and hosts students from many majors. Some majors have specific Core requirements so it is important to meet with Student Success advisors to see how Honors fits with your academic plan. 

Who teaches Honors classes?

Experienced faculty from a variety of disciplines teach Honors classes, including but not limited to: Philosophy, Biology, Political Science, Anthropology, Technology, Theatre, English, and History.

What are the benefits of being in the honors program?

Taking part in the Honors Program at USM allows you to challenge yourself beyond the conventional classroom with small class sizes, individual attention from both your peers and professors and discussion based atmospheres that offer an alternative to the traditional classroom environment. The service learning based component combined with the interdisciplinary approach offers students the chance to learn outside of the classroom and utilize what they already know. Students also have the opportunity to write an undergraduate thesis! Completing a thesis sets a student apart from other graduate school or job applicants.

Do Honors students live in a separate dorm?  

Honors Program students can choose to live on the Honors floor in Hastings Hall or Philippi Hall (http://www.usm.maine.edu/reslife/residence-halls). As a member of the Honors Living Learning Community, you can take your HON EYE course where you live and quickly become friends with other engaged students. Imagine knocking on a classmate’s door when you have a question or conversing over dinner about ideas sparked in class. Enrich your Honors experience in a friendly, open-minded environment where you can join in service activities, hang out with friends, or pursue your own passions.

For more information contact Rebecca Nisetich, Honors Program Director at rebecca.nisetich@maine.edu