University of South Florida
The Judy Genshaft Honors College offers courses located on all three USF campuses,
as well as off-site locations. Judy Genshaft Honors College courses are open to students
from any home campus.
Courses listed as online (AD) will meet synchronously at the time and days listed
and will have no face-to-face component. Courses listed as hybrid (HB) will offer
a minimum of 9 hours of in-person class time as well as online class meetings at the
designated time/days. Students who enroll in a hybrid course may select to attend
any/all sessions as a remote student unless otherwise noted.
Narrative, Storytelling, and the Circus ArtsIDH 3100-501 (Hybrid)Instructor: D. Davis-CottonSummer AMTWR | 9:30am – 11:50am
Circus Talk! This course provides an archival exploration of narratives central to
circus artists. Using a variety of media, students will be asked to examine the sociocultural
survey of the circus performance experience that is unique to Sarasota, Florida .
A primary focus will be on readings, research, writing, speech delivery, communication,
and performance. Students will develop storytelling techniques to share information
that connects perspectives, personalities, and pride.
We will discuss the lives of the people who lived and worked on the grounds of the
Ringling Circus and Circus Arts Conservatory. Students will review and discuss featured
narratives by the circus artists, analyze written and film documentaries, and they
will create and present storytelling posts on how the past contributes to the understanding
of sociocultural dynamics of the circus. Using primary and secondary sources, each
student will create a short original storytelling video (5-10 minutes) on the legacy
of a circus artists.
Politics & Literature IDH 3100-601 Instructor: Thomas Smith Summber A | On-line with some synchronous sessions TR | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
This class examines political violence through literature and film. We explore British
imperialism and current-day violence in India, the weight of the Holocaust on a survivor’s
family, Stalin’s GULAG, the culture of the cold war, the brutality of the Cultural
Revolution in China, dystopian sexual totalitarianism, and the personal and political
fallout from the Iraq War. Questions to be considered include: What is the relationship
between politics and art? How is power wielded responsibly? When is the use of violence
justified? Is violence legitimate if done for “reasons of state”? What, if any, personal
responsibility do citizens bear for violence committed by their governments? What
are the hopes for peaceful conflict resolution?
Politics & Literature IDH 4000-601 Instructor: Thomas Smith Summer A | On-line with some synchronous sessions TR | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Honors ThesisIDH 4970-601Instructor: Thomas SmithSummer C | On-line with some synchronous sessions F | 1:00-2:00
St. Petersburg Students in the Judy Genshaft Honors College should register for this
section of thesis.
Food and History IDH 3400-001 (Hybrid) Instructor: Gary Mormino Summer B: June 28 – August 6 T/R | 9:30am – 1:00pm "Tell me what you eat," wrote a French gourmand 200 years ago, "and I will tell you
who you are." This class examines history through the lens of food. The way we eat/ate
is always changing. We will discuss how invaders, wars, immigrants, ethnic groups,
technology, the media and politics change our food habits. Students will maintain
food journals and write a mini-term paper.
Political Grievances, Populism, Nationalism: Understanding the fight for freedom and
liberation through the examination of political speeches and documentsIDH 3600-001 (Hybrid)Instructor: Stephanie WilliamsSummer B: June 28 – August 6T/R | 9:30am - 1:00pm This course is designed to cultivate an understanding of how rhetoric, political opinions,
and political documents both articulate political grievances inform nations values.
Further, students will read and discuss speeches from historical figures whose grievances
challenges the ideals of freedom and who is entitled expand or restrict the expansion
of political, social, and economic rights through government institutions and policies.
Physicians of the Soul: Medicine, Philosophy, and the Good LifeIDH 3600-002 (Hybrid) Instructor: Benjamin Scott YoungSummer A: May 17 – June 25T/R | 11:00am – 2:30pmThis course is certified as part of the Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC)
pathway; it is open to all Honors students.
The origins of medicine and philosophy are deeply connected. This is true not only
in the Western traditions, but in many cultural and intellectual settings throughout
the world. Moreover, not only is the historical development of philosophy and medicine
inseparably interwoven, but they share a common motivation—and so also a common intellectual
and emotional pattern. This motivation might best be expressed simply as “care for
well-being.” Medicine cares for the well-being of the body and philosophy cares for
the well-being of thoughts, beliefs, and experience. Both traditions struggle to articulate
what “well-being” means for human beings—body and mind—and both develop methods and
procedures by which to remedy and avoid identifiable pathologies and errors.
Furthermore, like the analogy that Plato’s Socrates draws in Protagoras, whereby
he imagines the similarities between those who care for the body—physicians—and those
who care for the soul—philosophers (i.e., “physicians of the soul”)—the one who participates
in the cultivation of culture might be thought of as a “physician of culture.” Both
the body and the mind are experienced through the inherited cultural constellation
of ideas, practices, and concerns that have shaped our lives from birth. To examine,
compare, appreciate, and critique these inherited cultural ideas participates too
in that same care for well-being.
Despite having been “thrown,” as it were, into an always already on-going constellation
of cultural traditions, each of us is also always in the position to evaluate these,
select some, discard others, and create still more. This process of evaluation and
creativity with regards to the question of what sort of life is most worth of our
love and striving might be summed up as: the question and quest for the good life.
Therefore, our aim in this course is, ultimately, to draw on both philosophy and medicine—historical
and contemporary—to enable us cultivate answers to the everyday practical and existential
question about what it means for each of us to live a good and choiceworthy life with
regards to mind, body, and culture.
Civic Literacy and Public Discourse IDH 4200-002 (Hybrid) Instructor: Dan RuthSummer A: May 17 – June 25 T/R | 9:30am – 1:00pm
This class is designed to give students an enhanced understanding of world events
and civic institutions that influence their lives. Having a better grasp of swirling
news events and the confidence to be able to articulate their importance is essential
to becoming a more engaged citizen. To that end, students will be required to read
both the Tampa Bay Times and New York Times, as well as follow other information platforms
such as broadcast and cable news outlets, NPR and social media. This course will also
include a weekly news quiz. Students will also participate in weekly team presentations
exploring in depth some aspect of current news events and/or various civic institutions.
It is said that journalism often represents the first draft of history. The goals
of this class are two-fold. First, students will become better informed and thus more
aware of stories that will help form their world view. Second, students will also
gain a keener understanding of the journalistic challenges associated with bringing
the news to the public’s attention.
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Time, Desire, and Satisfaction: Philosophical and psychological perspectives and phenomenological
researchIDH 4950 - 001 (Hybrid)Instructor: Benjamin YoungSummer A: May 17 – June 25M/W | 11:00am – 2:30pm
In this course we will draw on  philosophical and literary thinkers (e.g., Epicurus,
Seneca, S. Kierkegaard, L. Tolstoy, E. Husserl, M. Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer,
H. Bergson, Dōgen Zenji) and  a selection of contemporary psychological research.
With both perspectives in view, we will investigate the experience of time and its
relationship to perception and anticipation, memory and imagination, sensation and
mood, and ultimately, desire and satisfaction. Oriented with these ideas, and drawing
on the resources of phenomenological hermeneutics, our primary object of investigation
will be the structure and qualities of first-person experience. In addition to becoming
acquainted with [a] some of the most influential ideas about time, desire, and satisfaction,
and [b] research in phenomenological hermeneutics, students should anticipate deploying
these in the conduct of their own phenomenological research project.
Innovation and Sustainability in EngineeringIDH 4950 – 002 (Online)Instructor: Lauren BartsheSummer A: May 17 – June 25Times vary, instructor will communicate with students.This course is limited to students registered in the Germany Innovation in Engineering
As a country leading technical innovation globally, Germany provides an interesting
case study for examining the impact of innovation on the course of environmental and
social change. Innovation and Sustainability in Engineering is an integrative course
starting with a two-week digital immersive with the Osnabrück University of Applied
Sciences International Summer School (Germany). Host institution faculty and international
guests will guide students on an in-depth investigation of recent developments in
various research areas of engineering in Germany, with special focus on renewable
energy technologies, postindustrial site development, e-mobility, and sustainable
agricultural production. Students will engage in digital site visits to engineering
facilities throughout Germany to learn about practices and interview professionals.
The course concludes with a group research project and a presentation at USF.
This course integrates multiple disciplines of engineering and sustainable applications
to contemporary, global challenges and is designed for students from all engineering
fields. There are no pre-requisites; however, students should have a basic understanding
of materials science, energy technologies, and electrical engineering.