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 Honors Program at USM is a learning community for active and engaged students.  In Honors, students are encouraged to tap into their intellectual curiosity and creativity while exploring rich topics from multiple perspectives.  Students interact closely with peers in seminar-style classes and receive individualized attention from exceptional faculty.  Seniors can maximize their honors experience by writing an Honors thesis.

We offer small, dynamic courses that meet USM Core requirements.  First-year students, transfers, sophomores, juniors, adult learners, part-time students are all welcome.  Students in any major may

Honors students achieve the confidence that comes from developing their own ideas through writing and dialog.  Students hone their communication skills and become better able to tackle complex challenges while working respectfully with others. That’s why honors education is prized by employers and graduate schools.

News & Events

Professor Assunta Kent and the Theater Department present Shakespeare’s comedy, As You Like It with ASL Shadow-Signing.
Poetry reading by Honors and English Professor Lisa Giles held in the USM Planetarium on April 30th at 5:30pm.
Honors Director Dr. Nancy Artz is an organizer for Portland’s Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition. Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition is an adventure where women can explore their talents, break the rules, and work with a team to develop creative ideas into successful business plans.

Thinking Matters

On the 24th of April 2015 the University of Southern Maine and Southern Maine Community College will convene their annual University-wide exhibition of student research, scholarship, and creative achievement, known as Thinking Matters, on USM’s Portland campus. The 2015 Faculty Chair is our very own Assistant Director of Honors, Dr. Rebecca Nisetich. All are encouraged to attend and support our students.

Honors thesis of alumna Laura Tennenhouse leads to publication and presentation at the University of Graz, Austria

USM Honors alumna Laura Tennenhouse traveling to the University of Graz, Austria, to present a paper, based on her honors thesis, at this summer’s International Sociology of Religion Conference. Tennenhouse’s work, now expanded, began as her 2013 Honors thesis, New Monasticism as Reflexive Spirituality: A Case Study of the Simple Way. Tennenhouse begins graduate studies this fall at Boston College with a full scholarship and research assistantship. Congratulations, Laura!

USM Honors Program

The USM Honors Program is a long-time institutional member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, the professional organization devoted to honors education.

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