University of South Florida
The Florida Excellence in Higher Education Act of 2018 required the USF to consolidate accreditations under one umbrella. As part of the
University’s consolidation plan, the policies, requirements, and curriculum of the
Judy Genshaft Honors College are now universal across all campuses, as of July 1,
Students enrolled in the Honors programs at the St. Petersburg campus and the Sarasota-Manatee
campus prior to July 1, 2020 may enjoy all of the benefits of belonging to the Judy
Genshaft Honors College, while still adhering to their original academic requirements,
Students in the Honors Program at USF St. Petersburg campus are enrolled in either
the two- or four-year program.2-Year Program:The two-year track is designed for students who transfer to the university, for students
who wish to enter the Honors Program after they have completed two years of study,
and for four-year students who come to the university with a significant number of
AP, IB, Dual enrollment, and/or CLEP credits.As a student in the two-year track, you are required to take four Honors courses:
two semesters of Major Works/Major Issues, and two semesters of Honors Thesis. These
courses fulfill the University’s exit requirements.To remain eligible for all the benefits of Honors, including scholarships, you must
qualify for the University Honors Program, register for an Honors core course and
maintain a 3.3 USF GPA each semester. Remember, you must have a 3.3 USF GPA and a
3.3 cumulative GPA to graduate with the University Honors Program designation. All
courses, including repeated courses, are calculated in these figures.Courses in the 2-Year Program:
4-Year Program:The four-year track is designed for first time in college students from high school.
If you entered the university with college credit through AP, IB, CLEP and/or dual
enrollment, you may opt to complete the two-year track to avoid duplication of credit.
Make an appointment with the Honors Program Director to discuss your options.To graduate from the Honors Program four-year track, you must complete all eight courses
in Honors, complete the foreign language, mathematics, and freshman English requirements,
and earn a 3.3 USF and 3.3 overall GPA. The Honors distinction will be reflected on
your diploma (on which a special gold Honors seal will be affixed). It will also be
indicated on your transcripts, and you will be recognized in the graduation program
and be awarded an Honors medallion.To remain eligible for all the benefits of Honors, including scholarships, you must
qualify for the University Honors Program, register for an Honors core course, and
maintain a 3.3 USF GPA each semester. Remember, you must have a 3.3 USF and a 3.3
cumulative GPA to graduate with the University Honors Program designation.Courses in the 4-Year Program:
The final year of both the 2-year and 4-year programs is devoted to the Honors thesis.
The thesis is the capstone to the Honors experience. Working closely with a committee
of faculty, Honors students devote two semesters to planning, researching and writing
the thesis. Projects can range from research in business, education, science and humanities
to novels, short stories, journalism, photography, screenplays and graphic and web
The Two-year Honors Track is limited to the 3-course upper-level sequence that culminates
in an undergraduate thesis. The honors seminar (IDH 4000) and the directed-readings
and research course (IDH 4950) develop the ability to pursue independent research.
Through the mentored experience of writing an undergraduate thesis and discussing
it in an academic presentation, honors students have the opportunity to present original
arguments with scholarly authority and integrity.