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The Honors Ambassador Council poses for a "silly selfie group photo" at the 20th anniversary celebration.

The Five Aims

Aim 1: 

To offer an enhanced collection of educational experiences to intellectually curious students.  This occurs both inside and outside the classroom. Inside the classroom, the full Honors Curriculum ensures that students take a minimum of five dedicated Honors Courses that are populated mostly with Honors Students.  These classes are taught by engaging faculty who love to teach undergraduates. They are some of the finest teachers on campus. Outside the classroom, each semester Honors Students are presented with co-curricula enrichment activities that they may choose to attend and participate in.

Aim 2:

To develop research skills and to encourage creativity. Faculty mentors guide students as they complete either a one semester or a two semester Honors Project or a two semester Honors Thesis.

Aim 3:

To encourage students to be interdisciplinary in their thinking and in their approach to solving problems.

Students in Honors are willing to take intellectual risks both in their discipline and outside of it; they enjoy the challenge. They are the exceptional English students who revel in discussions of quantum mechanics and the outstanding engineers who can’t read enough history.

(Written by Charlie Slavin, Ph.D., past Dean of UMaine’s Honors College for many years.)

Aim 4:

To strengthen four academic core skills:

  • Complex reading skills
  • Writing skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Critical thinking skills

Aim 5:

To inspire and prepare students to earn an advanced degree in their chosen field of study. Students gain increased confidence when they create, document, and present their Honors Project or their Honors Thesis.  Students need to know that they, one-day, can earn a masters or a doctoral degree themselves.