Russell Scholars Program

Russell Scholars Curriculum


Core Curriculum

Most Russell Scholars courses satisfy USM Core curriculum requirements. Students should consult with their Academic Advisor concerning the use of additional Russell Scholars courses to satisfy additional Core requirements.

RSP students take only a fraction of their USM courses through the Russell Scholars Program. Russell Scholars courses are intended to be used to satisfy only USM Core or electives toward graduation. The RSP Core curriculum is made up of primarily humanities-based and social science-based courses. RSP students must take all other core requirements outside of RSP. Since all RSP courses are either Core or elective courses, no RSP course is intended to satisfy credit requirements toward any academic major.

Visit the Undergraduate Catalog for up to date information on Core Curriculum Requirements and Courses.

Admission to the Russell Scholars Program

Any admitted, full-time, residential USM student is eligible to be a Russell Scholar. Students wishing to be admitted to the Russell Scholars Program should complete the short Application on this website. If you have questions about the Russell Scholars Program, please contact:

The Russell Scholars Program
University of Southern Maine
37 College Avenue
Gorham, Maine 04038

Lisa M. Hibl, PhD, MFA

Interim Director

(207) 780-5751


Elizabeth K. Dodge, MFA

Associate Director

(207) 780-5752


Applications are acted upon as they are submitted; therefore, early applications are encouraged.

To remain in the Russell Scholars Program, a student must remain a full-time student in good standing with the University and indicate a desire to continue participating in the program.