Summer ACE


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As part of Summer ACE, you will enroll in two linked classes (six credits) of General Education course requirements. Summer ACE classes take place in person on the Tampa campus.

The ACE team will enroll deposited ACE students in one of our academic tracks found below. More information about our classes and faculty will be provided via our next steps process through Canvas.

Please note: The Summer ACE staff considers the student's intended major and previous course work earned by the student prior to course placement. These credits earned with the ACE program will fulfill the six out of nine summer credit hour requirements that are mandatory for all students. 


ACE academic courses will be conducted face to face (in-person) with classes meeting on campus at specific days and times. 

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General Education Interest Tracks 

Track One: Cultural Anthropology and Humanities

  • ANT 2410: Cultural Anthropology OR 
  • HUM 1020: Introduction to Humanities

Track Two: Social Issues and Problems

  • EDF 2085: Education, Diversity, and Global Society OR 
  • EDG2930: Special Topics - Education and Society

Track Three: Leadership

  • LDR 2010: Leadership Fundamentals 

Track Four: Sustainable Futures

  • IDS 2231: Introduction to Global Sustainability 

Track Five: Policy and Government

  • EVR 2861: Introduction to Environmental Policy
  • POS 2041: American National Government

Mandatory for all ACE students

IDS 2378 – Critical Thinking: Foundations of Interdisciplinary Knowledge and Inquiry

Through applied critical thinking, students in this course will examine social problems through the lens of these major disciplinary domains, preparing them to engage in collaborative, interdisciplinary problem solving.  This course allows students to explore their current major and to collaborate with others as they identify new and creative ways to solve problems of today. Embedded within this curriculum are multiple avenues to engage with USF faculty and to access a myriad of resources as you begin your college career.

SUMMER ACE COURSEs - what makes them special?

Class Size and Specialized Faculty

Summer ACE is proud to offer six credits (two 3-credit classes) worth of credit to students enrolling in the summer. These smaller classes consist of 20-25 students and will fill general education requirements while allowing students to create connections with their peers and instructor. 

Community Engaged Learning

Summer ACE is proud to offer students opportunities to explore and serve the Tampa Bay community through their classes as part of the "community engaged learning" initiative. Students will travel with their courses during the summer to sites surrounding the University of South Florida to learn more about their community outside the university and give back to their neighbors. The experiences vary widely by class; however, all share the three key components: educational enhancement, civic engagement, and excitement. Check out the experiences from prior years!

Paired Courses

You will be enrolled with the same group of students in both Summer ACE classes. This helps you build stronger connections and easily study together. 

Ready to get started on your ACE journey? Check out your next steps!