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Summer 2024 Sarasota-Manatee Honors Courses

The Judy Genshaft Honors College offers courses on all three USF campuses, as well as off-site locations. Honors courses are open to students from any home campus, but may require a permit. Unless noted specifically in the course description, Honors courses require in-person attendance. 

Click here for information on how to register through OASIS. For information and advice on courses, meet with your Honors advisor.

IDH 3350: Natural Sciences

Fossil Hunters - Maymester
IDH 3350-501
Instructor: Dr. Lydia Wassink
MW | 9 AM - 12 PM
Format: Hybrid

Become a Fossil Hunter in this fast-paced, exciting Maymester Honors course. During the first week of online instruction, you’ll learn about deep time, how fossils form, and biological evolution. During the second week, you’ll hit the road for a field trip to Cincinnati to go hunting for fossils. You’ll keep what you collect, and return home to organize, research, label, and present your findings!

NOTE: This course requires an additional $500 in travel costs, which includes your hotel stay and meals while traveling. Contact Dr. Wassink for a permit

IDH 4200: Geographic Perspectives

Culture & Identity in the Dominican Republic
IDH 4200-501
Instructor: Dr. Cayla Lanier
MWF | 9:30 - 11:50 a.m.
Summer A Study Abroad Course
Format: Hybrid

This course is attached to the Dominican Republic study abroad program. You must be committed to this program before registering for the class. Culture and Identity play a huge role in our every day interactions, often in ways we don’t realize until we encounter something “strange,” “unusual,” or downright “weird.” This course will explore the concepts of culture and identity through the lens of the Dominican Republic and apply the concepts to health care interactions during the study abroad portion of the class, creating an opportunity for action-based research and culture-centered project recommendations.

IDH 4970: Honors Thesis

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. 

Honors Thesis II
IDH 4970-502 

Instructor: Cayla Lanier 
Summer C
Format: Online