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The Judy Genshaft Honors College offers courses located on all three USF campuses, as well as off-site locations.

Honors College courses are open to students from any home campus. Unless noted specifically in the course description, Honors courses require in-person attendance. 


The following course numbers are considered Honors Core classes:

  • IDH 2010
  • IDH 3350
  • IDH 3100
  • IDH 3400
  • IDH 3600
  • IDH 4200
  • IDH 4930 (only if 3 credits)
  • IDH 4950
  • IDH 4970


USF Sarasota-Manatee campus

IDH 2010: Acquisition of Knowledge 

Acquisition of Knowledge
IDH 2010-501
Instructor: Cayla Lanier
T/R | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Ranging from classical philosophy to the digital age, this first-year Honors course invites students to explore the different ways in which knowledge is created and consumed, how understanding is cultivated, the various relationships possible between knowledge and the self, and the implications of these in our contemporary world. Through an examination of common topics, studio experiences, and assignments, all sections of this course will explore different ways of knowing (e.g., historical, philosophical, scientific, creative, etc.) 

IDH 3600: Seminar in Applied Ethics

Tech Ethics
IDH 3600-501
Instructor: Christian Jordan Howell
W | 5:00 PM - 7:45 PM

Internet connected devices are ubiquitous in modern society. You’ve likely used your smartphone to stream music, access social media sites, and, hopefully, conduct research to excel in your courses. In doing so, you have generated user data and left a digital footprint in cyberspace. This course will explore the various ways your data can be extracted and used, then discuss the ethics of such usage. Moreover, the course will focus on teaching in-demand cybersecurity skills that give you more control over your online presence. 

IDH 4200: Geographic Perspectives

Food, Culture and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa 
IDH 4200-501
Instructor: Belisa Marochi
M/W | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

This course examines the relationship between food, culture and politics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The MENA region is made up of richly diverse geographies, ethnicities, religions, economic systems and institutions of governance. Through a survey of food in the region, the course shows the impact of imperial legacies and modern state formation on the different aspects of identities in the region. This course includes several hands-on cooking demonstrations, where students learn recipes and taste dishes from the region.

IDH 4950: Honors Capstone

Student Consulting: International Teams and Social Entrepreneurship
IDH 4950-501
Instructor: Gregory Smogard

In this collaboration between the USF Judy Genshaft Honors College and Marista University in Merida, Mexico, Honors students will work together virtually on a team with Marista students to develop an idea and a business plan to address a social issue agreed upon by the team and faculty advisors from both universities. By the end of the semester, students will have learned how utilizing critical and creative design thinking, multi-cultural teamwork, collaborative communication, project management and research skills can create a robust social entrepreneurship concept and detailed business plan. Through highly interactive, faculty advisor- led and independent team virtual class sessions and student research, the student team will develop its’ methodology and framework to create a comprehensive written business plan and oral presentation. The capstone course will culminate in the student team pitching the business plan to a team of faculty and entrepreneurs from both universities. This course provides the students with a unique opportunity to not only develop an idea and design a business plan, but do so as a member of an international team of students and faculty advisors. This course will be taught in English and is limited to three students. 

Course meeting days/times will be determined based on student availability after the start of the semester.

Global Student Consulting Course
IDH 4950-502
Instructor: Gregory Smogard 

In this high-impact, experiential learning course, student teams will be paired with a real company to learn about, research, and address a real-world business problem. The consulting projects are based on specific client needs and will address a wide range of business, industry and/or organizational issues. Each client will have a unique focus and will:

  1. Provide students with an existing, business challenge;
  2. Require applying multi-disciplinary concepts, data collection and analysis, critical thinking, dynamic collaboration, fact-based decisions, and high-performance teamwork, and;
  3. Conclude with the consultants presenting actionable recommendations to the client and the faculty advisor.

Student teams will meet with the faculty advisor weekly for coaching and problem-solving sessions, while working on their own to research issues and develop recommendations. The culminating project will be presented to the client’s management team. Teams will determine their weekly meeting time after the first week of class. Email Dr. Greg Smogard at for a permit.

IDH 4970: Honors Thesis

IDH 4970-501
Instructor: Cayla Lanier

Students registered in Honors Thesis will meet weekly with their faculty mentor and monthly for a writing group with Dr. Lanier. Days/times for the writing group will be determined after the start of the term.

USF St. Petersburg campus

IDH 2010: Acquisition of Knowledge

Acquisition of Knowledge

Ranging from classical philosophy to the digital age, this first-year honors course invites students to explore the different ways in which knowledge is created and consumed, how understanding is cultivated, the various relationships possible between knowledge and the self, and the implications of these in our contemporary world. Through an examination of common topics, studio experiences, and assignments, all sections of this course will explore different ways of knowing (e.g., historical, philosophical, scientific, creative, etc.)

Note: This freshman seminar is intended as an introduction to the Judy Genshaft Honors College community for incoming students. There are many sections of this Honors Core course on the St. Petersburg campus, please work with your Honors advisor to select the time that is best for you.

IDH 3350: Natural Sciences Honors

Destination Stewardship: Promoting Sustainable Tourism in Pinellas County 
IDH 3350-601
Instructor: Brooke Hansen
R | 3:30 PM - 6:15 PM

In a project-based learning format, this course will explore the growing field of destination stewardship and how countries, regions, and destinations are moving to a sustainable tourism model. During the pandemic, there was a heightened realization that tourism is a major economic driver with a huge global footprint. Efforts are underway to focus more on responsibly managing the destinations and resources that rely on tourism. Initiatives range from sustainable travel pledges and single-use plastic reduction policies to beach cleanups and sustainable certifications. There is nowhere better to explore these trends than the Florida Gulf Coast where tourism is the number one industry. Keep Pinellas Beautiful has partnered with USF, Visit St. Pete Clearwater and others to initiate the Hospitality Eco-Partnership Program. Students will learn about the program and work with local businesses and organizations to promote sustainable tourism and the triple bottom line of people, planet and prosperity.  A permit is required to register, request one here

IDH 3400: Social and Behavioral Sciences Honors

Human Trafficking, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Corruption 
IDH 3400-601
Instructor: Luz Nagle
M/W |11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Human Trafficking (HT) is a crime and a human rights violation with many dimensions, and a phenomenon that occurs at both domestic and transnational levels. It is a multibillion-dollar business that benefits organized crime and global corporations and encourages public and private corruption. Combating HT has been approached from various angles, each representing the perceptions and interests of different and sometimes disparate parties offering diverse solutions. For abolitionists, the elimination of prostitution and criminalization of demand are the most promising solutions to the problem. Some governments approach combating HT as a state security concern by attacking crime syndicates and securing borders. Others prefer to combat HT by addressing its root causes, viewing HT as an socio-economic problem triggered by political instability, violence, corporate misconduct, porous borders and failing states. While sex trafficking is perceived as the primary form of HT, in fact, labor trafficking is far more widespread and pernicious and crosses international borders and continents. This multidisciplinary course will examine HT, its characteristics, the corruption that sustains and is sustained by HT, and the efforts to compel companies to embrace corporate social responsibility for combating HT in their supply chains. A permit is required to register, request one here

IDH 3600: Seminar in Ethics

Evolution and Ethics: Darwinism and its Implications 
IDH 3600-601
Instructor: Blaze Marpet
T/R | 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM 

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by means of natural selection revolutionized humans’ understanding of themselves. This course will be a philosophical exploration of Darwin’s revolutionary ideas with the aim of understanding their ethical, social, political, and religious import. Questions that will guide our inquiry include: What does Darwinism tell us about morality? Should evolution by means of natural selection commit us, as some have claimed, to perpetual individualistic strife and inequality, or, on the contrary, does it provide grounds for sympathetic collaboration? To what extent might Darwin’s theories be compatible with traditional ethical theories and religious teachings about the meaning of life? Are recent attempts to “biologicize” ethics (to borrow E. O. Wilson’s term) promising? Do our moral theories, religious ideals, and social institutions undergo something akin to Darwinian evolution? The course will feature two types of readings. First, we will study the books, journals, and correspondences of Darwin and his close contemporaries. The primary goal of these readings will be to understand the historical development of Darwin’s thinking. Second, we will read the work of current biologists, philosophers, and scholars of religion. The purpose of these readings will be to rigorously explore the significance of Darwin’s key insights. A permit is required to register, request one here

IDH 4200: Geographic Perspectives

Literature of Migration, Diaspora, and Exile
IDH 4200-601
Instructor: Tracey Maher
M/W |11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

While migration is as old as humanity, the 20th and 21st centuries have seen an unprecedented amount of human movement across the globe. In this course, we will analyze literary narratives of migration, diaspora, and exile. Students will read a range of texts covering key cases of human displacement across the globe, then focus on the particular case of Arab migration, diaspora, and exile to Europe, America and within the Arab world itself. Our texts will include novels, short stories, and poems, as well as other less obviously literary texts. In addition to the key concepts of migration, diaspora, and exile, we will explore ideas such as home, homeland, nation, travel, émigré, and refugee. As we explore these texts and concepts, we will consider how the experience of human displacement is refracted by factors such as gender, class, religion, race, and historical context. We will consider how past experiences of displacement can shed light on migration, diaspora, and exile in our own historical moment.  A permit is required to register, request one here

American Wilderness Thinkers in Geographic Perspective
IDH 4200-602
Instructor: Rebecca Johns
F | 11:00 AM - 1:45 PM

 “Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! the actual world! the common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? where are we?.” - Henry David Thoreau

"The clearest way to the Universe is through a forest wilderness." - John Muir

The invention and endurance of the wilderness ideal is foundational to the identity narrative of the United States. Over the span of more than two hundred years, the idea of wilderness has emerged in the voices of key American writers from Henry David Thoreau to John Muir, Aldo Leopold to Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, and resonates in the work of contemporary, 21st century nature writers such as Drew Lanham and Robin Wall Kimmerer. In examining the construction of the wilderness ideal at key moments in American history, we pay attention to geography and the influence of specific landscapes on each writer’s wilderness imaginings. We will also apply Thoreau’s transcendentalist framework, which centers you – the student – at the heart of the intellectual journey. Thoreau relentlessly asks us to examine our own moral beliefs and relation to the world around us by reminding us that “We are constantly invited to be who we are.” In each time and place – colonial and post-Revolutionary, abolitionist New England, the Progressive Era in the booming West, from the Great Plains to the High Sierra to the River of Grass – we will excavate the author’s environmental treatise in the context of both geography and history. Our central question in exploring these works will be “what am I asked to do, and who am I asked to be in relation to the living world?” Readings include the work of Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Aldo Leopold, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, Drew Lanham, and others. A permit is required to register, request one here.

IDH 4950: Honors Capstone

Digitally Preserving the ‘Burg or, When a Home Becomes History
IDH 4950-601
Instructor: Catherine Wilkins
W | 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Over the past decade, downtown St. Petersburg has undergone a tremendous transformation. As our population booms and skyscrapers rise, historic structures – from private homes to landmark public buildings – have been or are at risk of being demolished to make way for new development. In this class, students will get firsthand experience in learning how digital tools and methods can contribute to the work of historic preservationists, both locally and around the world, during times of change. In collaboration with Preserve the ‘Burg and the USF’s Digital Heritage and Humanities Collection, we will use cutting-edge technology to create a 3D scan of the interior and exterior of the historic Williams House. Built in 1891 by John C. Williams, co-founder of the city of St. Pete, the mansion was moved to the USFSP campus from its original location, where I-175 is today. Students will also work in small teams to create digital exhibits for a virtual tour of the home, which will help communicate to the public the important history of this structure, its inhabitants, and the legacy and impact of development in St. Petersburg. This will be a highly interactive, project-based class that will involve experimentation with new forms of technology, visual representation, and story-telling. A permit is required to register, request one here. 

IDH 4970: Honors Thesis

Honors Thesis
IDH 4970-601
Instructor: Catherine Wilkins
F | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

St. Petersburg students in the Judy Genshaft Honors College should register for this section of thesis. A permit is required to register, request one here.

USF Tampa campus

IDH 2010: Acquisition of Knowledge

Acquisition of Knowledge

Ranging from classical philosophy to the digital age, this first-year honors course invites students to explore the different ways in which knowledge is created and consumed, how understanding is cultivated, the various relationships possible between knowledge and the self, and the implications of these in our contemporary world. Through an examination of common topics, studio experiences, and assignments, all sections of this course will explore different ways of knowing (e.g., historical, philosophical, scientific, creative, etc.)

Note: This freshman seminar is intended as an introduction to the Judy Genshaft Honors College community for incoming students. There are many sections of this Honors Core course on the Tampa campus, please work with your Honors advisor to select the time that is best for you.

IDH 2930: Special Topics in Honors (These courses are not part of the Honors core.)

Backstage Pass to Health Professions
IDH 2930 - 075
Instructor: Tricia Penniecook
M | 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
1 credit course

In our currently evolving health care system, there is a growing emphasis on team-based approaches. Such approaches require that health professions training focus on interprofessional education. This course provides students who plan to pursue a health profession an opportunity to see what happens “backstage” in the health care field by shadowing interprofessional teams. The students will rotate among interprofessional teams that may consist of: medical students, residents, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists, social workers, health administrators, health educators, etc. The students will present their experiences during the class period and complete assignments in order to receive credit.

Rooted In Place
IDH 2930-076
Instructor: Andrew Hargrove with Dora Rodriguez
M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM in the USF Botanical Gardens
0-credit course
Sustainable Futures

This experiential learning course explores current knowledge, issues, and innovation in community gardening, including food sovereignty, community health, ecology, and community service and education. Participants in this course may earn 50 hours of community service through construction of a community garden located in the USF Botanical Gardens.

Art & Soul: Storytelling Through Your Eyes
IDH 2930-077
Instructor: Sayan Basu with Audra Nikolajski
M | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
0-credit course

In this course, students will explore facets of human identity like love, grief, culture, career, achievement, and failure as they embark on the journey of telling their own stories. Students will be introduced to and gain practice in various storytelling methods to show that storytelling has no sense of "normalcy." Over the course of the class students will realize that each person they encounter is infinitely complex, with an equally important story to tell while becoming equipped with the tools to tell them. Narrative is dynamic and ever-changing; this cohort will work to discover the mediums with which their stories are best told, from children's books to statements of purpose. Lessons are designed around two paired aspects of soul, accompanied with a medium of storytelling, so that students may focus on the duality and balance of narrative and spirit. In reading and writing narratives based on these subjects, students will engage with the complexities in themselves and others.

Global Experience Workshop
IDH 2930-078
Instructor: Megan Braunstein
W | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

This course is designed to prepare students to understand different perspectives and communicate across cultures. Throughout the semester, students will collaborate on creative projects and engage in meaningful discussions on various global topics. Ultimately, we aim to understand our individual biases as well as to refine our abilities to evaluate and navigate new cultures and perspectives. This course is permitted and is restricted to juniors and seniors. If you are interested in enrolling in the course, please fill out this permit request form

Honors Orchestra
IDH 2930-090
Instructor: Calvin Falwell
T | 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

Did you play an instrument in high school, or were a member of your local youth orchestra or band?  Have you been looking for an artistic outlet for your creative personality?  Then you are in the right place!  Join the USF Honors Orchestra this semester and explore the world of classical and popular music. This flexible and inviting group of musicians is open to all levels. We hope that you will join us. 

Honors Chorus
IDH 2930-091
Instructor: Allyssa Jones (with Preston Kifer)
F | 12:30-1:45

Do you love to sing? Do you miss singing? Join the USF Judy Genshaft Honors College Choir! Student-run with support from the instructor, we choose our own repertoire, collaborate on arrangements, and organize our events. Our ensemble is a true community where all people and musical backgrounds are welcome. Come sing for joy!

IDH 3100: Arts & Humanities

Fictionalizing Disability 
IDH 3100-001
Instructor: Ashley Nicole Reese
T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Medical Humanities

Literature has the ability to be a “window, mirror, and sliding glass door” into our own and others’ experiences (Sims Bishop, 1990). Characters experiencing disabilities have been part of Anglo-American literature from its inception; however, the ways in which those characters have been depicted has greatly evolved from a sentimental trope to a multi-dimensional character. 

In this course, we will explore the role of disability in Anglo-American literature. Beginning with nineteenth-century texts, we will uncover the ways in which these harmful stereotypes undermine the lived experiences of people with disabilities, instead, turning medical conditions into tropes to further ideologies rather than giving insight into identities. By analyzing these tropes, we will then be prepared to analyze modern-day texts, looking for characters who are not reduced to stereotypes. In the second half of the class, we will partner with Palm Harbor Library’s Homebound Delivery Service. Students will research and identify books that feature characters experiencing disabilities and create a take-home reading lesson plan for library patrons who are experiencing temporary or long-term physical illness or disability. This course will culminate in an abstract and poster that students can submit to the Undergraduate Humanities Conference at USF.

Home: Designing Where We Live 
IDH 3100-002
Instructor: Atsuko Sakai
T/R | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Sustainable Futures

"Home" is something very special to all of us. House, shelter, dwelling — these are all just buildings, but when does a building become a home — a place which touches one's heart with memories, images, feelings, and even smells? Home contains one's important private and family life. We, humans, modify and shape our surroundings to provide comfort and quality of life. Thus, this hands-on course will explore the actual design elements of houses because design reflects specific people and site contexts (i.e. geographical, social, cultural, etc.) of where and how we live. We will also investigate the psychological effects of the physical environment on humans. Together we will go on a journey to discover your own definition of a "Home" by analyzing various readings, brainstorming with your peers, and learning architectural design conventions all while designing your own dream house!

Refined Imaginations: A Poetry Workshop 
IDH 3100-003
Instructor: Deepak Singh
M/W | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM 

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” – Robert Frost

In this course, students will learn to use their own experiences and memories as a springboard for detailed imagery and emotions. One doesn’t need to have an exciting life, and poetry can be about little moments that create strong emotions and most people have felt strong emotions at some point. 

During the first part of the semester, students will read and discuss poetry while becoming familiar with literary devices and sensitive to the sounds and rhythms of poetry. Students will be expected to interpret the assigned poems and come to class prepared to discuss them. Developing these skills will be important for the second part of the course, where students will submit their own poetry and workshop their peers’ poems. 

Writing Resistance 
IDH 3100-004
Instructor: Dennis Mont’Ros
M/W | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

"The singular power of literature lies not in its capacity for accurate representation of mass commonalities, but its ability to illuminate the individual life in a way that expands our understanding of some previously unseen or unarticulated aspect of existence.”  -Nicole Krauss, Writer
Resistance is a natural response to tyranny. Our survival instinct compels us to push back against factors that limit freedoms. In this course, students will examine how contemporary writers use short fiction to resistance institutional and societal restrictions.

Our primary emphasis will be practicing the art and craft of writing short fiction to enhance our ability to infuse message with meaning. Our secondary emphasis will be analyzing repressive motives and the tools employed to control voices of dissent: rhetoric, censorship, and propaganda.

This course will enhance students’ ability to recognize and utilize language as the most powerful of expressive modalities, while familiarizing themselves with the struggles of marginalized groups from cultures around the world. Projects will include a portfolio of creative work which will be workshopped with peers.

JGHC Creative Music Lab 
IDH 3100-005
Instructor: Francesca Arnone
W | 11:00 AM – 1:45 PM

This participatory class focuses on the creation and interaction of sounds using traditional and non-traditional instruments, apps, and other means to connect and respond through music making and listening. While music pervades nearly all aspects of modern life, the act of creating it and embodying music-making is seldom experienced, thereby engendering a passive response to its existence. This creative laboratory environment engages each class member, and welcomes new exploration of chamber music, call-and-response, open form, and guided improvisation for all consumers of music. While experienced music makers may enroll, this class intentionally invites everyone to contribute to the musicking party, no experience necessary. In addition to weekly jam-sessions and both collaborative and independent recording projects, students will explore other ways to intentionally create and listen to music.

“Gotta Dance”: The Greatest Dancers 
IDH 3100-006
Instructor: Jeffrey Donley
T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM 

The phrase “Gotta Dance” comes from perhaps the greatest movie musical ever made, Singing in the Rain. Dancing is movement and movement permeates every aspect of life, whether within our bodies, minds, or the world around us. This class is an interdisciplinary integration of creative and critical methods for researching human movement that introduces the aesthetics and creative processes in dance and choreography. You will think critically about dance performance, and you will be engaged in dance as a performing art form by transforming you into the roles of dancer, choreographer, audience member, and critic in relation to the realms of aesthetic questions, politics, identity, religion, and complex views of the human body. Students will also cultivate their critical thinking and observational skills in the ways that artists and scholars conceive of human movement as a way of knowing the world. 

Students will watch the greatest dancers perform primarily in dance film musicals, stage/television performances, and music videos. Through guided discussions, they will learn how to observe and analyze the choreography of Busby Berkeley, Marsha Graham, Jerome Robbins, Agnes de Mille, Michael Kidd, Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, Jack Cole, Robert Alton, and Bob Fosse, for their contributions of avant-garde films of the postwar period, translations of stage choreography to screen, architectural studies, cartoon animation, and music videos. Drawing on eclectic source materials from different dance genres, the focus of this class will be an examination and observation of dance in film from c. 1928 to the present, including the performances of male dancers Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, The Nicholas Brothers, Donald O’Connor, John Brasica, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Michael Jackson, and MC Hammer. Female dancers Eleanor Powell, Ginger Rogers, Cyd Charisse, Leslie Caron, Vera-Ellen, Mitzi Gaynor, Ann Miller, Reiko Sato, and Natalia Osipova will be analyzed. No prior dance experience is necessary.

Stop Motion Animation 
IDH 3100-007
Instructor: Tamara Nemirovsky
F | 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Engaged Citizenship

In this course, students will create socially conscious stop-motion animation artwork. Students will explore textural imagery and conceptual animation filmmaking by developing their own creative research projects. Projects will examine community issues while incorporating multiple perspectives into production decisions when creating a meaningful and reflective stop-motion animation film. Students will collectively explore the cultural value, story, and emotional meaning of objects, materials, elements, and sounds to evoke emotions and meaning in the viewer by creating socially conscious stop-motion animation artwork.   

Emphasis is on animation film language, experimental stop-motion animation techniques, concept development, and narrative structures as well as all the production stages (pre-production, production, post-production) and technical aspect required to produce a stop-motion animation film. This course does not require previous animation knowledge or experience.

Creator, Images, and Sounds
IDH 3100-008
Instructor: Tamara Nemirovsky
F | 12:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Engaged Citizenship

In this class, students will learn how to produce a video that reflects their understanding of current events and their own response to them through the creation of a fictional narrative. They will become creators of images and sounds that capture their own subjective interpretation of problems that local communities are facing today.   

This class will focus on concept development, image, and sound composition, research, storyboarding, film language, and construction of meaning through the creation of multiple visual layers and sounds during filming and editing as well as all technical aspects (camera, lighting, sound, editing software) required to produce a creative video. 

Students will collectively explore the aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of images and sounds to evoke emotions and meanings in the viewer. They will research human-social problems (violence, guns, education, poverty, climate change, addictions, communication, health, COVID-19, etc.) affecting communities today and develop a video art piece that will question at the same time the audience and their own systems of beliefs. Students will develop their capacity to recognize how we create understanding through the production of a video step by step, and how creative and fictional work can address their current social and cultural concerns. This course does not require previous film/art knowledge or experience. You will use a DLSR camera. If the students do not have access to a DLSR, they will use their smartphone cameras.

Art & the Environment
IDH 3100-009
Instructor: Tina Piracci
M/W | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Sustainable Futures
Engaged Citizenship

With rising sea levels and global temperatures climbing, our earth is in need of immediate regenerative action. This studio art course will propose various forms of restorative design and art activism to address climate change, threatened ecosystems and the environment. Utilizing design, fine art, and other creative modes of expressive solutions, we will research potential calls for creative action, whether via art activism and awareness or design implementation and fieldwork. This class does not require previous art experience and various mediums will be open for exploration. Through community partnerships, we will investigate opportunities for impact design with a focus on local oyster restoration via 3D printing ceramic habitat bricks, as well as other topics curated by students. Our oyster brick restoration project is done in collaboration with Dr. William Ellis from the Integrative Biology department and will involve research, partnerships, and field work. With opportunities to ideate and develop design proposals with the environment in mind, we will collaborate with community researchers and organizations to take creative action for a cleaner tomorrow.

Narrative Cartography: Mapping the Stories of Your Life 
IDH 3100-010
Instructor: Ulluminair Salim
T | 11:00 AM – 1:45 PM
Engaged Citizenship

“You can kiss your family and friends goodbye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach; because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” — Frederick Buechner, author and theologian

Cartography is the study and practice of map-making, and Narrative Cartography invites students to map the stories of their lives. Through reading, writing, and multilayered forms of journeying, students will tell stories that matter to them, from the mundane to the profound. This practice-oriented course leverages written narrative to visit personal places seldom explored such as the meaning in and of our names; how and why we hold the political values that we do; the stories that our bodies tell; death, dying, and remembrance; our personal foodways; and what it means to celebrate our failures, among other concerns. At its most expansive, this course is a foray into our shared humanity and recognition of the universal in the particular.

Language Learning and Linguistics in Your Life
IDH 3100-011
Instructor: Matt Kessler
M | 11:00 AM-1:45 PM

The ability to use and manipulate language in different contexts is a critical skill that affects numerous aspects of life, including one’s success in academic and professional contexts. However, with continued advancements in technology, our world is growing ever more interconnected and digital in nature. As a result, being able to express oneself in different ways is increasingly important. This means not only being able to speak an additional language(s), but also being able to leverage different modes of communication (i.e., oral speech, linguistic text, images, gestures, and video) for specific purposes.

In response to these issues, this course provides students with an overview of the field of Applied Linguistics. The goal of the course is to offer students a global perspective on language use in addition to a local perspective regarding how language functions in their own personal lives. The course consists of three main parts, and Part I provides students with an overview of basic concepts and theories that are critical to understanding how languages are learned and used. In Part II, students put these principles into practice and reflect on them through a multi-week project that enables students to learn an additional language of their choice. In the final portion of the course, Part III, students further explore language in use by completing a project that allows them to investigate how different modes of communication are used in a specific area or discipline that is of interest to them (e.g., language in business, medicine, engineering, or other contexts).

History of Electronic Music
IDH 3100-012
Instructor: Calvin Falwell
M | 5:00 PM – 7: 45 PM

This course will explore how, in the early 20th century, composers began redefining the concept of instruments and organized sound, in turn redefining music, with modernism, futurism and postmodernism, ultimately leading music into a new era. We will dive headfirst into Classic electronic music of the Avant-garde, Electronic Dance Music (EDM) and its collection of sub-genres such as House, Drum n Bass, Dubstep, Trap, and Hardstyle. While this is a history course, there will be a considerable amount of sound collecting and electro-acoustic composing.

Pilgrim in the Metaverse
IDH 3100-013
Instructor: Csaba Osvath
T/R 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

This class offers an in-depth exploration of the domain of Extended Reality (XR) with a particular focus on Virtual Reality and the Metaverse or Multiplayer and Social VR Experiences. During this class, we will learn about the history of XR from its earliest manifestations to our present time and beyond. We will acquire a basic understanding of how this technology functions and how it facilitates immersive experiences through an ecosystem of specialized software and hardware as it interacts with human physiology and psychology. We will examine how immersive technologies (VR, MR, and AR) shape and influence our lived experiences, ranging from professional engagements (e.g., work, training, education) to entertainment (e.g., gaming, immersive storytelling, fitness). This course will also introduce a large collection of existing virtual applications related to various domains and genres. Our learning will include critical reflection and analysis of virtual experiences, philosophical discussions concerning the metaphysical implications of XR, and actively developing new ideas and concepts for XR through design thinking. 

IDH 3350: Natural Sciences

What is the Environment 
IDH 3350-001
Instructor: Andrew Hargrove
M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Sustainable Futures

You may think the answer to the question what is the environment is simple, but this seminar style course will critically explore the way the social construction of the environment has changed through history and how our conception of what the environment is affects how we treat it and what we determine is acceptable. In this course, we will take a global perspective on how the environment is perceived around the world, what we are doing about solving the many environmental problems globally, and how a shift in perspective can spark change.

Climb Every Mountain: Geology of Our National Parks 
IDH 3350-002
Instructor: Judy McIlrath
T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Sustainable Futures

The dramatic landscapes seen in our national parks can leave lifelong impressions. This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of geology and the theory of plate tectonics. The course content focuses on the diverse geologic features of our National Parks and society’s need to protect and preserve these features. Over the course of the semester, you will come to realize that our Earth is a dynamic and ever-changing planet. Understanding the planet on which you will (likely) spend the rest of your life is pretty important.  Undoubtedly, your future holds relocations and/or travels for which the practicality of Geology may play a significant role.

Creativity & Innovation: The Laboratory of Life
IDH 3350-003
Instructor: Michael Cross
T/R | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Natural science is the basis for many applied disciplines including medicine, public health, and engineering. In this course, we look beyond the STEM core, to incorporate other areas of inquiry necessary to advance the human condition. Using the lens of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), we foster interdisciplinary inquiry to address specific opportunities within the local community in collaboration with a non-profit partner. Examples of previous projects include UNSDG (3) Good Health and Well-being to understand how assisted living facilities can better navigate the COVID-19 global pandemic and UNSDG (8) Decent Work and Economic Growth to support programs that engage K-12 in STEM education. Finally, we address your future aspirations in a series of assignments to help you navigate your next, whether that is graduate school, medical school, law school, or entry into the workforce.

Exploration of Microbiology and Immunology
IDH 3350-004
Instructor: Steven Specter
T/R 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

This course will provide an overview of general principles of microbiology and immunology with an emphasis on how microbes and humans interact, providing insights into infectious diseases and public health topics. Students will examine current topics in microbiology via current events sessions and explore topics such as evolutionary biology and gene editing through eclectic sessions. The course will focus on active learning, so that only a few introductory lectures will be given with discussions on reading materials featured in most classes. Students will also be afforded the opportunity to look into a few topics in greater depth in order to prepare written and oral presentations.

IDH 3400: Social Sciences

Women and Leadership 
IDH 3400-001
Instructor: Atsuko Sakai
T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

In 2022, Forbes ranked USF among the top places in the U.S. for women to work. Sixty-four percent of administrators at USF are women, including several deans, associate deans, vice presidents, and the president. In fact, three of the last four presidents of USF are women. This course will explore women in leadership not only at USF, but also in our local community's businesses, non-profit organizations, and government. Class sessions will include many guests throughout the semester, and students will have the opportunity to ask women leaders about their leadership strategies, experiences, and recommendations. Students will select an area of interest to research, conduct a personal interview with a woman in leadership related to that topic, and present their findings to the class. There will also be in-class group activities where students can discuss the concept of leadership, how it has developed over time, and exchange ideas to better understand leadership. The course will include some hands-on activities such as design thinking workshops for students to develop their own leadership plans. Students of any gender are welcome to enroll.

Indiana Jones and the Greatest Archaeological Discoveries
IDH 3400-002
Instructor: Jeffery Donley
T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Indiana Jones is the archetypal character first appearing in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark. He is a college professor of archaeology in a tweed suit who transforms into Indy—a non-superhero superhero with a fedora and whip—on the hunt for great archaeological discoveries. Often encountering insurmountable odds, deadly booby traps, and villains who want to kill him, Indy always prevails in the nick of time. But is this real archaeology? And how does the reality of archaeological work differ from what we see in Indiana Jones movies?  

The purpose of this Social Science seminar is to expose students to cultural ideals and scientific principles from the greatest archaeological discoveries. Students will engage in readings, reflection, collaborative inquiry, critical and creative thinking, writing, and discussions. Students will learn about such treasures as The Rosetta Stone, the Terra-cotta Soldiers, Machu Picchu, the Giza Pyramid Complex, Chechen Itza, Gobekli Tepe, Stonehenge, The Knossos Palace, Troy, Angkor Wat, the Antikythera Computer, and Akrotiri. Students will explore how archaeology plays an essential part in the evolution of knowledge, by separating mythology and legend from actual history.  

The Challenge of Becoming an Environmentalist
IDH 3400-003
Instructor: Greg McCreery
M/W | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Sustainable Futures

What does it take to be an environmentalist? What should one eat? How can one responsibly engage in a consumerist culture? How should one spend one’s time? What sorts of beliefs are required for environmentally friendly, sustainable actions? In our post-industrial era, heavily influenced by scientific and technological advancements, we face serious questions concerning how to relate to the environment, to one another, and to future generations. In this class, we will take up the task of considering such questions and embracing notions of sustainability in ways that combat wasteful tendencies and the loss of indigenous knowledges of architecture and agriculture. We will consider technological advancements that push us toward a “posthuman” future that offers promising benefits, but not without possible dangers. How might humanity embrace different ways of knowing that influence how we act and what we do with technological advancements? How might humans flourish by considering alternative ways of living, while incorporating technologies and alternative knowledges for the sake of sustainability? We will explore subjects such as genetic enhancement, cloning, genetically modified organisms, and life extension. In this course, we will work through theoretical approaches to environmental issues, posthumanism, technological advancement, sustainability, and indigenous knowledge, with a focus on case studies and how to engage pragmatically in the community as environmentalists. 

Pop Culture and Social Change
IDH 3400-004
Instructor: Elizabeth Kicak
M/W | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

This course will focus on the social effects of espionage and spy fiction on popular culture since the Cold War. Through a combination of primary texts, film, and scholarly writings, students will learn how social values (good and bad) are reflected and amplified by this popular medium, as well as how contemporary espionage stories reflect the changing values and social dynamics in our current world. This course will be reading and writing intensive.

Global Health with People First 
IDH 3400-005
Instructor: Holly Donahue Singh
T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Medical Humanities

This course introduces students to the general principles and foundations of public health using a global framework and giving particular emphasis to qualitative and mixed methods health research. This approach centers the experiences and perspectives of people who comprise health systems, experience health systems, and face the consequences of policy. It introduces students to the social and behavioral sciences through cultural and sociopolitical inquiry and aims to cultivate ethical ideas and practices pertaining to civic engagement, dimensions of human experience, and the complexity of social interaction.

Music Mania: The Psychology of Music 
IDH 3400-006
Instructor: Jeffery Donley
T/R | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

In this course, students will listen to and enjoy all genres of music. It will explore the scientific understanding of all psychological aspects of music. These include studies on listening, performing, creating, memorizing, analyzing, describing, learning, and teaching, as well as applied social development. Students will listen to/experience/and enjoy different genres of 18th – 21st century music for analysis such as: Classical, Opera, Theater Lyricist and Librettist, Blues, Vocal, Movie Musicals, Easy Listening, Country, Electronic, Folk, R&B/Soul, Hip-hop, Jazz, Christian & Gospel, Metal, Disco, Latin, Alternative, New Age, Punk, Reggae, Children’s Music, Rock n Roll, and Rap. 

This course will expose students to cutting-edge “music as psychology” techniques and theories of psychophysics, cognitive psychology, psychophysiology, particle physics/super string theory, cognitive neuroscience, and music theory & analysis. The concept of the student as “listener” is thematic to our course, and inherently rich and diversified in its definition and application. Students will learn the factors of music listening:

  1. To regulate arousal and mood,
  2. To achieve self-awareness, and
  3. As an expression of social relatedness.

Students will learn not to just hear at a subconscious level, but to choose to listen by paying attention to the sound and register the meaning at a conscious level — thus focusing on sounds and using one’s mind to interpret their social and cultural meanings. No prior music experience is necessary.

James Baldwin and the Origins of White and Black 
IDH 3400-007
Instructor: Zachary Purdue
M/W | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Sustainable Futures

When asked about the future of Black Americans and the future of America, James Baldwin remarked that the two were "insoluble". White Americans, Baldwin argued, would largely determine the country's future to the extent that they could confront the historical and existential origins of American distinctions between Black and white. Failing this task would inevitably lead to "a breaking point" in which the country's race relations would erupt into violence. America's only options for sustainable futures all required a searching, honest appraisal of the relationship between Black and white identities, identities Baldwin saw as interdependent. This course investigates Baldwin's comments surrounding what it means to be Black and white in America. We sift through Baldwin's letters, essays, and interviews to draw out his positions on the phenomenology of racial identity. Additionally, the course examines Baldwin's commitment to optimism and criticisms of pessimism, his views on gay and straight identities, and his relationships with other intellectuals and activists of the civil rights era. We also compare Baldwin's views with studies from history and the social sciences on the origins and development of Western racial distinctions. The course's approach strongly resembles courses in the history of philosophy. Classes consist of seminar-style close readings and discussions of primary sources. There is little to no classical lecturing. Evaluation methods are almost entirely writing and participation, with no tests.

Food, Culture, & Health
IDH 3400-008
Instructor: Rebecca Todd
W | 11:00 AM – 1:45 PM
Medical Humanities 
Sustainable Futures

This course will survey the relationship between food, human culture, and health. Students will challenge themselves to explore the unique roles that food plays in shaping cultural worldviews and individual identities through a cross-cultural and holistic perspective. Topics will include (but are not limited to): how food is defined, how it is produced and consumed, who does and does not eat different types of food, and how this all fits together throughout the human story. As a central theme of the course, we will engage in local and global discussions around food (in)security, food justice, and food sovereignty.
In this class, we will apply a variety of different theoretical perspectives toward a more holistic understanding of how food is conceptualized, constituted, distributed, and materialized through social and cultural norms and practices. We will explore the static yet evolving nature of humanity’s relationship with food while exploring questions about the structural viability of past and present food production technologies, ethical food procurement strategies and decisions, and cultural variations regarding food and what is good to eat. Through course readings, discussions, and a research project, we examine different patterns of food acquisition, procurement, distribution, and health as we question the role food will play in the future of the human story.  

The Science of Happiness and Well-Being
IDH 3400-009
Instructor: Meredith Johnson
T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Medical Humanities

What makes us happy? What makes us well? There’s an entire body of research that explores the scientific bases for happiness and well-being. Students enrolled in this section of IDH3400 will learn strategies for improving overall life satisfaction by reading the latest research from social science, psychology, business, behavioral economics, health, philosophy, and communication. Using this research to guide their practice, students will implement proven strategies for increasing their happiness and well-being.

Topics addressed will include mindfulness and meditation; gratitude and positive emotions; relationships: cultivating personal and communal support; energy: intentional movement, exercise, and sleep hygiene; social media and social connection; productivity, rest, and relaxation; meaning and purpose; and establishing and maintaining happiness and well-being by creating habits that stick.

IDH 3600: Seminar in Applied Ethics

Bio-Medical Ethics
IDH 3600-001
Instructor: John Dormois
M/W | 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Medical Humanities

*7 Year BS/MD students only. For permit email Mr. Carter Harbert.

This course uses a case-based approach to explore a number of ethical dilemmas that occur in medicine. Students will participate in groups of three to prepare class presentations, write summaries on those presentations, and write a 10-page research paper on a medical topic with ethical implications. Class discussions are an important part of the overall experience.

Ethics of the Dispossessed: Sustaining Human Populations in an Age of Mass Migrations 
IDH 3600-002
Instructor: David Garrison 
T/R | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Sustainable Futures 
Homelessness is not a new problem. Refugees, the dispossessed, and immigrants have been a part of the human experience for as long as we have records. However, the contemporary world provides new opportunities for dealing with these conditions, new means by which to understand the causes and potential solutions to issues of homelessness, and new challenges in the face of increasingly dense human populations and increasingly numerous migrations. 
In this course we will examine new ways to conceptualize the nature of home and homelessness.  We will explore some of the political, financial, psychological, environmental, and social causes of homelessness and migration, and attempt to address future solutions to some of these challenges.  

The American Revolution: Ethics in a Time of World War, 1776-1783
IDH 3600-003
Instructor: Jeffery Donley
T/R | 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

This course is a seminar in applied ethics that includes new avenues that set the stage for the ethical lens of the colonial transformation that was caused and became inseparable from the American Revolution, creating a fundamental shift in ethical ideas that remains today. The focus of this seminar-style course will be one of reading, reflection, writing, collaborative inquiry, and discussion. What made the American War for Independence (1775-1783) revolutionary? Students will investigate whether it was the ethical principle that rights are not the product of human will or historic development are inherent in all human beings by God’s design — a principle reaching back to the arguments of English philosopher John Locke and Scholastic philosopher Thomas Aquinas and explicitly well established as the point of division from the mother country at least fourteen years before the “shot heard round the world.” 

We will go on a journey of an interdisciplinary exploration of an “Ethics of Revolution” that integrates the “Just War Theory” of a nationalistic endeavor of honor, raw courage, and self-sufficiency of American exceptionalism in George Washington, Nathaniel Green, Daniel Morgan, Benjamin Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette, etc. This course will emphasize the indispensable role of women, such as The Daughters of Liberty, Mercer Otis Warren, Sibyl Ludington, Phillis Wheatley, Margaret Moore Barry, Deborah Sampson, and Elizabeth Burgin, in winning the Revolution. Students will decide if our Founding Fathers made the ethical decision of whether they had “the right to go to war” against Great Britain in that it was just (jus ad bellum) as well as whether the means employed in “the conduct/guidelines of engagement” were ethical (jus in bello). The ethical principle of “honor” will be thoroughly investigated in this course.

The Ethics of Political Grievances, Freedom, and the Responses to Tyranny 
IDH 3600-004
Instructor: Stephanie Williams
M | 12:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Engaged Citizenship

This course will examine the questions surrounding the concepts of political grievances, freedom, and tyranny through the study of conservative, centrist, and liberal-leaning political speeches. These readings include politicians and political activists from the Revolutionary War and the founding of America through the Biden Administration. Students will discuss what it means to express and hold political grievances and debate what a "just" society must look like. The class will also look at the issue of ethics through their arguments related to political freedom from the right to vote, the right to be free from political violence, the right to determine which citizens have “the right to rise," who may make demands of our political systems through protest, who may make changes to government policies and institutions that don’t serve their political interests, and who may make demands to preserve tradition and culture. By the conclusion of the course, students will improve their skills in political discourse by learning how to research and articulate the major topics that shape our national values. The professor ensures that all students of all political views are engaged in productive conversations that are civil and fair by allowing students of all political views to be heard in class in a respectful environment.

Controversies in Medical Research 
IDH 3600-005 
Instructor: David Diamond 
M | 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM 
Medical Humanities 

In this seminar we will investigate flaws, conflicts of interest, outright deception and breaches of ethics in medical research. This will be an active learning course in which students will study the literature on specific topics, and then summarize the research in an engaging discussion with the class through the use of a PowerPoint presentation. 

Argument: Democracy’s Greatest Gift? 
IDH 3600-006
Instructor: Ralph Wilcox
T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
Engaged Citizenship

At a time when contemporary democracies are threatened by growing discord and divisiveness, this class examines the critical importance of argument, debate and civil discourse to citizenship and civic responsibility. From the ancient Greek city states to the contemporary world, students will evaluate the essential role of free speech, viewpoint diversity, and the exchange of ideas to strengthening the foundation across many forms of democracy. This class will explore decline in the debating tradition and the consequent threat to democracy along with the importance of individual and collective resiliency in an increasingly divided and dangerous world most often characterized by technological mediation. The class will also consider the importance of recognizing and responding to the rise of demagoguery, bullies and authoritarianism, the antithesis of democracy, in both domestic and global contexts. 

Students will critically assess the great debates in western civilization and beyond, the importance of presidential debates throughout the history of American democracy, and advance their own rhetorical skills through demonstrating active listening, critical thinking, forming a substantive and persuasive argument, and rebuttal. 

Western Philosophy is Decadent & Depraved
IDH 3600-007
Instructor: Zac Purdue
M/W | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM 

Say what you want about their philosophical positions, philosophers themselves can be some scandalous people. This class investigates the lives and deeds of several giants of Western Philosophy. We ask if their moral crimes are inconsistent with their philosophical positions — i.e., if they were hypocrites who didn't live up to their own high standards — or if their philosophical positions enabled their horrifying behaviors. We read biographies focusing on both their personal lives and their intellectual developments, and supplement this with selections from their actual writings. Classes consist of seminar-style discussions. There is some classical lecturing, but very little. Evaluation methods are almost entirely writing and participation, with no tests. Student discretion is advised, as topics of discussion involve (among other things) psychological manipulation, exploiting power dynamics, deeply problematic intimate relationships, and severe substance abuse.

IDH 4200: Geographic Perspectives

Access to Justice
IDH 4200-001
Instructor: Alma Dedic-Sarenkapa
T/R | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Engaged Citizenship
Sustainable Futures

People need protection from possible harm inflicted on them. All of us can find ourselves in harmful situations, especially when we engage in disputes or conflicts of interest. In these situations, we start looking into actions or remedies we can use to redress the harm. When remedies are guaranteed by law, they are called legal remedies. Legal remedies involving a third party such as a legal institution lead to resolving disputes mostly through compensation or restitution. The ability of people to access and seek remedies through different mechanisms is the main concern of the Access to Justice concept. In this course, we will explore different models of Access to Justice and human rights standards linked to them in the Americas, Europe & Asia, and Africa. We will also look at the connection between access to justice and social justice. This connection can be examined from different perspectives such as equal or unequal opportunities, privileges, and economic justice.  

Following current events and news shaping the world we live in students will better understand (human) rights protection in the country and around the world. Students will engage in facilitated discussions, team presentations, student-led working groups, workshop and final research.

Organizational Culture and International Perspectives 
IDH 4200-002
Instructor: Mark Lane-Holbert
T/R | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Organizational or group culture is broadly defined as a set of shared beliefs, values, and norms that influence the way members think, feel, and behave. Systems and institutions of education are a primary example of how both cultural and scientific knowledge is passed from one group member (or one generation) to the next. Cultural interpretation and cultural analysis are ways of understanding key aspects of human cultural groups and organizations, including kinship groups, educational institutions, and chosen organizations one affiliates with throughout a lifetime; this course navigates in understanding these and their educational practices, which encourages both problem-solving and problem-awareness. This course engages in a broad interdisciplinary perspective to understand how individuals, groups, organization and the environment interact; including the role of language (linguistics), human culture (sociology/anthropology), and pedagogy (how we learn and teach), and finally how all of these shape an individual's perspective in larger organizations or systems. This course will also engage in exploration of international organizations and international service-learning experiences for their comparative value, through readings, guest speakers, practical experiences, case studies, and special projects.

How to Save a Planet 
IDH 4200-003
Instructor: Andrew Hargrove
M/W | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Sustainable Futures
Engaged Citizenship

We are currently in a state of emergency about the future of our relationship with the natural environment. We are experiencing the 6th mass extinction, global warming over 1.5 (2.7F) degrees Celsius, ecological damage, rising sea levels, more natural disasters, and population displacement. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer size, scale, and scope of these crises. Our natural inclination may be to feel hopeless and powerless. BUT you do not have to feel this way! This class will discuss the many facets of the climate change problem, how people are ALREADY working on addressing it, and what YOU can do to contribute to making the world a better and safer place for us all to live. We will engage with the scientific literature, with calls for action, with NGOs around the world, and with people right here in our own community fighting climate change. Join us and learn how to save a planet!

From the Great Wars to the New Cold War 
IDH 4200-004
Instructor: Arman Mahmoudian
T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

There is no doubt that war brings the worst out of humanity, but unfortunately, despite its tragic nature, wars have shaped the history of humankind, and even oftentimes changed the destiny of nations and civilizations. Among all wars, the major ones, those waged by great powers, have made the most impact on our humankind's fate. Thus, it is worth knowing them, finding out why they happened in the first place, and what impacts they made.

In this class, we will study the following major modern wars one by one; Napoleonic Wars, WW I, WW II, Cold War, War on Terror, and the New Cold War between Russia, China, and the U.S. We will spend two weeks on each major war, and at the end of the semester we will employ what we have learned to analyze the current conflict between Western and Eastern (Russia and China) nations. 

The Rise of Authoritarian Russia: What went Wrong 
IDH 4200-005
Instructor: Arman Mahmoudian
T/R | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM 

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, many across the world were optimistic that Democratic values had won, and the snowball of desire for democracy would reach every corner of the world. Now thirty years later, not only did the snowball of democracy not reach Russia, Russia finds itself under an authoritarian leadership that invades democratic countries such as Georgia and Ukraine.

Hence, it is a valid question to ask why Russia did not embrace democracy, and worse, how the country took a turn back to restoring the days of a dictatorship. In this course, we will learn about the hands of siloviks, former members of the KGB and the Red Army, who took over the leadership of Russia’s political machine and turned the nation back to square one, dictatorship. In this course, we will learn about how corruption, and political chaos in the post-soviet era, led to the rise of Vladimir Putin and, more importantly, who he is and what he wants.

Women in Conflicts in the World 
IDH 4200-006
Instructor: Rahi Dayerizadeh
T/R | 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM
Engaged Citizenship

This course will be taught from an interdisciplinary perspective and engage with the causes, lived experiences, outcomes, and resolutions of selected modern conflicts from the 1950s to the present. In particular, this course will intentionally also examine various forms of global conflicts through the eyes of women. In overlooking the important roles that women have had during conflicts and the aftermath, women have been depicted historically, as having no agency and as victims. This course is designed to further student abilities to think critically about international relations and feminist studies to re-explore contemporary questions and debates surrounding conflicts in the world. Conflicts in today’s world are dynamic and can include a state against another state, against its own people, non-state actors such as organizations vs. the state or another organization, a fight for independence, civil war, ethnic conflict, or simply when one group of people are fighting for resources such as social, political, or economic power, etc.  Among the cases of conflicts to be researched, presented, and discussed are the Argentinian military dictatorship, Algerian independence, Bosnian War, Guatemalan civil war, the Iran/Iraq war, Myanmar conflict, and the Rwandan genocide. Through the study of these particular conflicts, the role of women as fighters, survivors, leaders, peacemakers, and activists will be examined. 

This course will be treated as a seminar, allowing each student to actively participate, present to class, contribute to online discussions of current conflicts, collaborate on a group project, and research and write a final paper demonstrating their knowledge and critical thinking in the field of conflict studies.

Health and Culture in the Dominican Republic*
IDH 4200-007
Instructor: Lindy Davidson
M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Medical Humanities

*Students must be accepted to the ten-day service trip to the Dominican Republic prior to enrolling in the course. Travel will occur at the end of the semester from December 10-20, 2023. There are additional costs associated with this trip.

Students will explore the many factors contributing to health in the Dominican Republic. Throughout the semester, we will consider political, economic, environmental, structural, and cultural perspectives that impact health in the Dominican Republic. At the end of the semester, students will participate in the Honors Service Trip to the Dominican Republic, where we will work with the Kerolle Initiative for Community Health. On the trip, students will serve in mobile medical clinics, shadow a physician, stay in homes with community members, and participate in service projects to improve the overall health of the communities in and around Sosúa. Click here for more information and to apply. DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 31.

The Non-Citizen Experience and Finding Home: Immigrants, Refugees, and Exiles 
IDH 4200-008
Instructor: Nazek Jawad
T/R | 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Engaged Citizenship

Population movement and displacement has been an increasingly powerful phenomenon in our global age. This course considers the experiences of immigrants, refugees, and exiles from the perspective of human rights theory. The aim of this course is to instigate critical thinking of the complexity of their experiences, which is critical for an informed debate. We begin our conversations by examining the state as a moral agent, and state boundaries’ function of inclusion/exclusion. We will examine the causes and consequences of displacement. Why do people migrate across international borders? How do we understand the politics of immigration and the policies that let some people in, but keep others out? We will also spend considerable time learning about immigrants’ process of integration and “learning” their new home. We will look at socioeconomic integration and consider broader questions of belonging and membership.

Beasts and Burdens: Survival, Imagination, and Risk in the (Global) South 
IDH 4200-009
Instructor: Ulluminair Salim
W | 11:00 AM – 1:45 PM
Medical Humanities
Engaged Citizenship

"Can the subaltern speak?" – Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, social theorist and scholar

Beasts and Burdens: Survival, Imagination, and Risk in the (Global) South will investigate health (inequality) and risk in southern, (postcolonial) spaces —  including the American South — examining critical, creative, and unconventional responses to subjugation.  Through thematic and geographic “travels,” students will examine axes of inequality, subalternity, and survival among people across the globe, leveraging audio, video, imagery, and narrative as windows into the social imaginary. 

Several questions animate the course: "What are ways in which minority voices emerge in the humanistic social sciences, and how do their voices circulate?  How can students and scholars of the (global) south envision alternative narratives and intervene upon existing characterizations? That is, what are elsewheres and elsewhens of representing power and agency in southern spaces? Finally, what are ways in which we can critically theorize gender inequality, health, and resilience in risky spaces?  How can we map them and map onto them?" As such, the study of (gendered) violence, power, and socioeconomic and environmental conflict are central to the issues that this course takes up.  

During our symbolic travels, we will watch films and analyze other discursive texts to critically (de)construct narratives about survival and resilience in southern riskscapes. Beasts and Burdens will investigate artistic and ethnographic expressions by, for, and about communities in the American South, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central and South America, and/or Oceania.

1968: A Year Unlike Any Other
IDH 4200-010
Instructor: Daniel Ruth
W |8:00 AM – 10:45 AM

Every year brings momentous events to our lives. But few years have had so many myriad news events that transformed not only American society, but the rest of the world right up to today as 1968. The Tet Offensive shattered America's opinion toward the Vietnam War. The Prague Spring marked the first event of many that would eventually crumble the Iron Curtain across Europe. The assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy forever changed the course of American race relations and the nation's politics. And, for the first time, astronauts entered the Moon's gravitational pull. These and many other profound events that dominated 1968 will be explored not only for the impact on society at the time they occurred but the lasting impact they have had on the world.

US-UK: The “Special Relationship,” Myth or Reality? Trans-Atlanticism in the Contemporary World
IDH 4200-011
Instructor: Ralph Wilcox
T/R |11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Engaged Citizenship

The “special relationship” between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain has been a central feature of trans-Atlantic and Anglo-American relations since 1945 and before. This course examines the nature and significance of the alliance over time utilizing a multi-faceted framework that includes political and diplomatic relations, strategic and security matters, trade and economic cooperation, social, legal, religious, environmental considerations, and cultural appropriation. Set in historical perspective, students will assess trans-Atlantic tensions and threats to the “special relationship” throughout time and consider the current state and likelihood of sustaining a mutually beneficial partnership in the future.  

Utilizing documentary evidence to better understand individual (including presidents, prime ministers and the monarchy) and institutional (big business and media for example) connections, and critically evaluating the symbolism, myth and reality of trans-Atlanticism, the class will explore notions of empire, American and British exceptionalism, and the significance of the alliance to the world today.

Food and Culture in the Arab and Eastern World 
IDH 4200-012
Instructor: Raja Benchekroun
T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Medical Humanities

Food often carries significant social and cultural magnitude to many societies. In this course, we will learn about Food in the Middle East and North Africa, its intrinsic identification as Arab Cuisine, and the paradox this identification causes in the face of the region’s multicultural identities from East to West. We will explore how recipes and dietary practices transmit knowledge from generation to generation, what stories Food tells, and how it preserves cultural heritage and restores family values.  

Students will learn about the Eastern cuisine in Tampa Bay communities. What does Food tell us about the nature of its people and the identity of its origins? How had taste traveled across the Arab region and to the west? How has “comfort food” conserved its authentic flavors and cooking techniques? We will explore Food's journey to tell us about critical historical events in the Eastern world and agricultural hardships, celebrations, religion, and diet. Students will learn how to navigate cultures through Food, networking with diverse community members, and engaging in field trips to local food festivals and Arab and Eastern restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. 

Arab Literature, Culture, and Film 
IDH 4200-013
Instructor: Raja Benchekroun
T/R | 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Arab Literature, Culture, and Film, a gateway to the Arab World based on scholarly research, authentic voices, textual, translated resources, media, and literature by authors of Arab origins. The course will introduce the region's various languages, dialects, and cultures, which comprise a kaleidoscopic wealth of the world’s most ancient societies and major past/ current events that transformed the Arab region. 

This course explores how the interconnectedness of diverse spaces, places, and peoples constitute the community. By examining locales, historical periods, and the people who inhabit them, students will take an interdisciplinary approach to the local, regional, and global relationships to create intentional learners.

Innovative Service-Learning in Ghana: Transforming Spectators into Problem-Solvers
IDH 4200-014
Instructor: Elizabeth Doone
T/R | 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM 
Engaged Citizenship

The examination of broad historical periods in Ghana West Africa, and those factors that have influenced and shaped the people and culture will be explored as students collaborate with local mentors to develop a Service-Learning Plan through a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge about real world issues that challenge communities across the globe. Using a multidisciplinary approach, students will collaboratively select a shared concern with a global peer mentor, generate ideas and viable responses, critically weigh options, and create and implement an action plan. This course is relevant to students desiring to immerse in a cultural exchange of ideas and understandings while honing their communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills.

Sub-Saharan Africa    
IDH 4200-015
Instructor: Fenda Akiwumi     
M/W | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

This class will look at culture, societies, and development in Sub-Saharan Africa in historical and contemporary context. It will be a broad interdisciplinary introduction to the study of this part of the African continent. Africa’s history, politics, cultures, and societies are rich, diverse, and complex yet generalizations and negative stereotypes about Africa by the media, academics, and policy makers are common (apocalyptic scenarios of civil war, poverty, famine, diseases such as AIDS and failed states, for example). Using selected case studies, we will explore political, economic, and socio-cultural characteristics of both modern and traditional Africa and through critical evaluation of course materials to obtain a more balanced portrayal of the continent and its development.     

Global Perspectives of Health and Wellness
IDH 4200-016
Instructor: Nivethitha Ketheeswaran
R | 11:00 AM-1:45 PM 
Medical Humanities

What does it mean to be well in this world? How does context influence our health, from individual personality to social structures, to global positioning? This course examines these questions through in-depth examination of various global cultural perspectives on health and wellness. Students will consume diverse authorship and engage in creative expression to explore their own perspectives on health and wellness along with the diverse perspectives that surround them in today's ever globalizing context. We will examine major health and wellness subjects from a variety of global contexts. We will begin with defining the bio-psycho-social model and how it is applied in different regions of Asia, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East. We will then work through different health subjects and their various global applications such as bodily autonomy, access to health care, alternative wellness, and community wellness. Students will be asked to create a portfolio which includes 1) One proposal for a community wellness center 2) One arts-based representation of health and wellness, 3) A recipe contribution to a class wellness cookbook and 4) One written reflection of their own health and wellness experiences which apply course learnings.

IDH 4930: Special Topics

Honors Seminar in Pharmacy
IDH 4930-001
Instructor: Yashwant Pathak
W | 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
3-hour course counts as Honors Core requirement.

Learn about innovation in the pharmaceutical sciences directly from faculty researchers of the Taneja College of Pharmacy! In this seminar, you will have the opportunity to hear first-hand experiences about technological advances in pharmacy, basic sciences in pharmacy, pharmacogenomics, geriatrics, and drug discovery. You will work on a culminating project with mentorship by faculty of the Taneja College of Pharmacy.

Government Policies and Everyday People
IDH 4930-002
Instructor: Gus Bilirakis
F | 2:00 PM – 4:45 PM

*This is a 3-credit course delivered in a hybrid format due to the Congressman's travel schedule. Some course meetings will occur in person on the Tampa campus.

This course explores how the interconnectedness of federal government policies, both domestic and foreign, affects the lives of everyday citizens. Through analysis and discussion of national and world events, students will gain an understanding of the nexus between government action and its consequences. This course will enhance critical/analytical thinking, problem solving, and written communication skills. At the same time, students will attain knowledge and skills related to American government and how it affects their daily lives.

IDH 4950: Honors Capstone

Registration for capstone courses on the Tampa campus will not require a permit. Seniors may register beginning March 27, juniors beginning April 3, and then all students beginning April 10. Students with extenuating circumstances who need priority should contact their Honors advisor. 

Transitional Justice 
IDH 4950-001
Instructor: Alma Dedic-Sarenkapa
T/R | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

In the realm of international politics, countries in transition from an authoritarian regime to democracy or from war to peace often face multiple transitions and different challenges, for instance, the challenge of overcoming past abuses of human rights such as political executions, ethnic cleansing, mass murder, or genocide. Such societies at times reach for transitional justice mechanisms to redress past atrocities and human rights violations. Transitional Justice (TJ) mechanisms consist of judicial and non-judicial measures, including truth-seeking mechanisms, reparation programs, and institutional reforms. This complex set of measures if applied in counties in transition can offer reconciliatory elements for grieving and often divided societies on their path to democracy and global trends. 

This course will offer an exploration of Transitional Justice mechanisms using real-life experiences. Yet together we will reach even further and look into our own society and the communities we live in. What can we learn from societies in transition? Can we apply such measures and experiences in our own society and communities? In this course, students will practice how to bridge the gap between academic concepts and real-life experiences in a complex environment using a problem-solving approach and TJ tools. Through a series of thematic sessions, case studies, and student-led workshops students will learn how to obtain input for project ideas they wish to work on.

Quality Makes ¢ent$: Health Care Research & Quality Outcomes 
IDH 4950-002
Instructor: Donna Gambino
W | 12:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Medical Humanities

What ethical and legal obligations do hospitals have to patients? What challenges and issues arise while conducting health care quality projects? How are quality of care and cost of delivery related? Using literature (Foucault's The Birth of the Clinic, Gawande's Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance, and others) and film (The English Surgeon, Malice, and others), this course purposes to instill the knowledge of community needs through cultural enlightenment, interdisciplinary practices, and real-life experience. This course will primarily focus on clinical outcomes, process change, and emphasizes analysis of the patient care process to identify specific interventions. Students will learn to incorporate the research process as they conduct an actual health care outcomes study utilizing a quantitative research approach. Students will be prepared to present findings and practical applications to hospital administrators. Designed for students interested in interprofessional health care delivery, this course seeks to assist students with developing competencies expected of professional programs. Additional topics include an overview of accreditation standards; licensure agencies; reimbursement systems; legal/ethical issues; health care computerization; documentation, quality, compliance, and regulatory requirements and HIPPA compliance.

Policing and the Constitution 
IDH 4950-003
Instructor: Elizabeth Cass
T/R | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

This course delves into the fundamental constitutional and legal principles that govern the interactions between citizens and law enforcement in the United States. With a focus on the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, we address questions including:  Under what circumstances can law enforcement "seize" a person? How much force can law enforcement use to arrest? What constitutes a "search," and when is a warrant required? When must law enforcement provide individuals with Miranda Warnings? Team-Based Collaborative Learning will provide the opportunity for discussion and debate about the ongoing struggle to balance competing interests and values in a diverse society.

In the capstone project, students will demonstrate their ability to critically analyze landmark Supreme Court cases and their historical context and examine the impact of the Fourth Amendment from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including sociology, psychology, and ethics.

Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice 
IDH 4950-004
Instructor: Holly Donahue Singh
T/R | 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Medical Humanities

This course examines contemporary social movements around reproductive health, rights, and justice in global historical contexts. The historical and cross-cultural examination of debates about, and advocacy around, reproduction will ground students' research into current medical, legislative, and social reform movements aimed at changing the ways people imagine human futures and work to create them through policy, education, and advocacy. Students' research will serve as the basis for creating their own projects aimed at increasing public understanding of their topics in the form of a public event, a podcast, an exhibition, a website, a course syllabus, a documentary, or another form.

Systems Thinking for Sustainability
IDH 4950-005
Instructor: Kebreab Ghebremichael
W | 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Sustainable Futures

Sustainability has become an important topic of discussion as humanity faces existential threats. Conventional approaches of analysis and decision making have not been able to address the complex nature of the challenges we face. Hence decisions based on systems thinking and multidisciplinary approaches are required. In this course we will use systems thinking to explore interdependencies in the three pillars of sustainability (social, economic, and environment), and develop solutions driven by trade-offs between these pillars.  

We will use real life case studies to describe systems and understand the various components and their interactions to develop solutions to sustainability related problems. This course will use social science field methods to demonstrate how one can develop culturally appropriate solutions by engaging community members/organizations. The course will provide students an in-depth engagement with colleagues and peers from multiple disciplines through group project.

Becoming the Next Problem Solver: Creator, Thinker, Changemaker 
IDH 4950-006
Instructor: Michael Cross
T/R | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Engaged Citizenship

In this course, we use the lens of the UN Sustainability Development Goals (UNSDG) to develop solutions to Real World Problems — a core assignment — in collaboration with a community partner. Examples of previous projects include UNSDG (2) Zero Hunger to propose increased community garden development within the Uptown Tampa Innovation Quarter, UNSDG (9) Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure to identify new transit methods in partnership with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit, and UNSDG (12) Sustainable Consumption and Production to assist a company in converting to recyclable marketing mailers. We also engage in a series of assignments to answer questions critical to your personal and professional development such as “What do you want to do vs what do you want to be?” and “What’s your next?”

Perspectives in Performing Arts Health Care 
IDH 4950-007
Instructor: Nancy Burns
F | 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Medical Humanities

Performing artists are individuals who engage in creative and artistic activity as discipline and career that includes dance, music, drama, and other expressive arts. Identifying the occupational risks affecting performing artist is an emerging interdisciplinary field of study among artists, educators, and health care professionals.  

In this course, performing artists will be framed as workers whose occupational craft (dancing, playing music, singing, etc.) is their employment. Students will be introduced to the values and culture of performing artists and learn health concerns among this population. For the culminating project, students will tailor health and wellness recommendations from peer-reviewed research and governmental organizations specific to performer populations.

The Ethics of Leadership and Decision-Making 
IDH 4950-008
Instructor: Stephanie Williams
M/W | 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Engaged Citizenship

In this course, students will explore fundamental ethical leadership and decision-making components.  The class will be based on the case study model and focused on learning how leaders succeed or fail based on their ability to incorporate ethical processes as they address organizational crises and public controversies. The student will address the following issues as they build their case studies:

  • The practice of transparency,
  • The ability to recognize ethical failures,
  • The responsibility to protect the public’s interest,
  • The ability to admit mistakes and to be accountable,
  • The ability to address and correct mistakes,
  • The ability to determine if a leader needs to remove or replace individuals or teams to correct the problem, and
  • The responsibility to promote reform.

Each student will select a crisis or ethical failure related to their field of interest early in the semester. Participants will complete assignments throughout the semester that will culminate into a final case study. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate and present on the challenges and opportunities of the key components of ethical leadership and decision-making. In addition to case study discussions, students will have in-class conversations with executive leaders. 

Visual Narratives 
IDH 4950-009
Instructor: Tamara Nemirovsky
W | 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Engaged Citizenship

This course is an exploration of how to produce a short documentary to re-tell the stories of our community in a meaningful and reflective way. Emphasis is on documentary/film language, concept development, narrative structures, how to interview participants, as well as all the production stages (pre-production, production, post-production) and technical aspects required to produce a documentary. Students will make a short documentary.   

This course does not require previous film knowledge or experience. You will use your smartphone to shoot. 

Connections: Mental Health Care, Community Engagement, and Art* 
IDH 4950-010
Instructor: Ulluminair Salim
R | 12:30 PM – 3:45 PM 
Medical Humanities

“Develop your senses — especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” – Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance artist

In collaboration with the Tampa Museum of Art's Connections program, Judy Genshaft Honors College students will garner skills to facilitate therapeutic interactions with artwork for patient groups dealing with medical conditions such as dementia, Parkinson's disease, depression, substance use disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

During the semester, students will practice proven methods to support diverse museum attendees as they access and express memories, improve communication skills, externalize emotions, relieve stress and anxiety, and promote positive feelings, sharing their personal artistic interpretations without fear of judgment or failure. Students also will practice observation, deep listening, and critical thinking to aid in the facilitation process. 

At the end of the term, students will facilitate therapeutic interactions with art during student-led museum tours, drawing upon Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and other forms of artistic engagement such as tactile and musical experiences. The course will culminate in the development of a community-engaged research project at the intersection of mental health care, museology, and art. 

*We will conduct class onsite at the Tampa Museum of Art, so please allow time to travel back and forth when you are planning your schedule. The class meets on a block schedule every Thursday from 1 - 3:45 p.m.

Civic Literacy & Current Events
IDH 4950-011
Instructor: Daniel Ruth
M | 8:00 AM – 10:45 AM

This class is designed to give students an enhanced understanding of world events and civic institutions that influence our lives. Students will read daily newspapers as well as follow news events across a variety of information platforms. 
The goals of this course are two-fold. First students will become better informed and thus more aware of stories that shape their world view. Second, students will gain a keener appreciation of the journalistic challenges associated with keeping them informed. This class will also require a Capstone writing project of about 3,000 words.

Contemporary Art Museum Co-Lab
IDH 4950-012
Instructor: Leslie Elsasser
R | 5:00 PM – 7:45 PM

The artistic lens can provide ways of knowing and a means of understanding everyday realities. CAM Co-Lab offers an innovative curriculum through an active course of study that is grounded in USF Contemporary Art Museum’s exhibition and artwork in the Judy Genshaft Honors College on the Tampa campus. In this trans-disciplinary arts-based course, Honors students will learn the latest skills and practicum to facilitate a 21st-century tour of the USF CAM’s artwork, through object-based learning and practice on the Tampa campus. The course addresses pertinent socio-political issues, diverse perspectives, and blurs the boundaries between artmaking, education, and anthropological, sociological, economic, historical, and medical issues facing us today. The arts are powerful tools. They highlight our social contexts and have a role as a catalyst that can trigger ideas, stories, and conversations that give each person a voice. They offer the potential to improve tangible, transferable skills necessary within emerging interdisciplinary and interprofessional professions, including enhanced perspective, mindful reflection, research, visual literacy, sharpened analytic and diagnostic capabilities, increased tolerance for ambiguity, and improved teamwork and communication. Students will conduct research to collaboratively develop campus art tours that engage diverse audiences. The semester will culminate with students leading these tours.

Student Consulting: International Teams and Social Entrepreneurship
IDH 4950-501
Instructor: Gregory Smogard 

In this collaboration between the USF Judy Genshaft Honors College and Marista University in Merida, Mexico, Honors students will work together virtually on a team with Marista students to develop an idea and a business plan to address a social issue agreed upon by the team and faculty advisors from both universities. By the end of the semester, students will have learned how utilizing critical and creative design thinking, multi-cultural teamwork, collaborative communication, project management and research skills can create a robust social entrepreneurship concept and detailed business plan. Through highly interactive, faculty advisor- led and independent team virtual class sessions and student research, the student team will develop its’ methodology and framework to create a comprehensive written business plan and oral presentation. The capstone course will culminate in the student team pitching the business plan to a team of faculty and entrepreneurs from both universities. This course provides the students with a unique opportunity to not only develop an idea and design a business plan, but do so as a member of an international team of students and faculty advisors. This course will be taught in English and is limited to three students. 

Course meeting days/times will be determined based on student availability after the start of the semester.

Global Student Consulting Course
IDH 4950-502
Instructor: Gregory Smogard 

In this high-impact, experiential learning course, student teams will be paired with a real company to learn about, research, and address a real-world business problem. The consulting projects are based on specific client needs and will address a wide range of business, industry and/or organizational issues. Each client will have a unique focus and will:

  1. Provide students with an existing, business challenge;
  2. Require applying multi-disciplinary concepts, data collection and analysis, critical thinking, dynamic collaboration, fact-based decisions, and high-performance teamwork, and;
  3. Conclude with the consultants presenting actionable recommendations to the client and the faculty advisor.

Student teams will meet with the faculty advisor weekly for coaching and problem-solving sessions, while working on their own to research issues and develop recommendations. The culminating project will be presented to the client’s management team. Teams will determine their weekly meeting time after the first week of class. Email Dr. Greg Smogard at for a permit.

Honors Thesis I & II

The Honors Thesis is a two-semester program where students will conduct an independent study under the guidance of their own thesis chair selected by each student. The thesis process mirrors a mentorship system common in graduate schools (e.g., dissertation for a Ph.D. program). By closely working with your own chair, you will come up with a research topic, develop research methods, and produce your own creative work such as a research paper, artwork, a business proposal, etc. It is a great opportunity to create your own unique research project, learn from faculty about the research process, and gain research skills. We recommend that students who are interested in the Honors Thesis prepare early.

Thesis I
IDH 4970-001
Instructor: Atsuko Sakai

Students should enroll in Thesis I when they are in the final 2-4 semesters of completing their degree. Please go to Honors Thesis for more information and compare different Research Track options. No permit required. Only juniors and seniors may enroll in thesis.

Thesis II
IDH 4970-002
Instructor: Atsuko Sakai 

Permit required. Only students who have completed Thesis I may enroll in Thesis II.