Honors Program

Honors Student Testimonials

Hailey Janelle ‘20

Environmental Science Major, Ecology & Honors Minor

I can honestly say that joining the Honors Program has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I had this idea in my head that the program was going to be too restrictive and would not offer interesting courses, but all of the Honors classes I have taken have been fascinating and the workload is very manageable. Honors classes are small discussion-based classes where everyone has a chance to talk and freely express their opinions, which is great for someone who is soft-spoken like me. The Honors Program has introduced me to many new friends and provided me with many experiential learning opportunities. I am so grateful for this amazing program!


Vincent McDaniel ‘20

Biology Major, Theatre & Honors Minor

I actually joined the Honors Program with some hesitancy due to its close-knit feel, but all my doubt has now been eradicated due to the integrity and creativity of the program and what it offers. The Honors Program provides opportunity. It is excellent for people who have interests that might be a bit too specific for a university of this size, and for people who want to go outside the box. I am very excited to continue my education as an Honors Minor with the full support of the professors and alums who contribute their knowledge and kindness to every student.


Anastasia D’Amico ‘20

Biology Major, Biochemistry & Honors Minor

Before enrolling in an Honors Entry Year Experience (EYE) course, I had never heard of an Honors Minor. The Honors EYE class that I enrolled in was called Race: Reflection and Reality; it seemed like an interesting topic to learn about at the time. Little did I know that by taking that class I would gain a lot more than just knowledge. The Honors courses are much smaller than an average lecture class. This provides a much easier way to get to know everybody and make connections. The discussions we had in class, and the experiential learning we did together, resulted in a classroom of friends by the end of the semester.


Amia Pelletier ‘19

Athletic Training Major

In my Honors classes, I’m finding that I really like the intimate feeling of the seminar-based format. I recently took HON 175 Oral Interpretations of Text and it was the most fun I’ve had in a class yet! It was a small class of 10-15 people and we got to act out various pieces of writing. It was so different from any other class I’ve taken, and I really enjoyed it. I’m excited to continue on my journey with the Honors Program and the wonderful people that come with it. The Director is genuine and helpful, the professors are sophisticated and intriguing, and the students are eager to learn and ready to guide each other when needed.


Nikolas Frazee ‘16

Anthropology & Tourism and Hospitality Major

I was invited to Honors my freshman year, and I am so happy that I accepted. I have met a large portion of my friends and social network through the Honors Program. I have been able to take classes that are thought-provoking and engaging. The USM Honors Program has had a profound positive impact on my college education. Not only does the program offer fantastic classes and community, but it also promotes volunteerism and community engagement. I believe that Honors is a well-rounded and far-reaching program, one of the best at USM. Honors does so well for its students, USM, and the greater Portland community, and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish in the future!