University of South Florida
Tampa | St. Petersburg | Sarasota-Manatee
Honors courses introduce and develop critical thinking, communication, and research skills, in an
intimate setting conducive to building relationships and promoting collaboration.
All Judy Genshaft Honors College students must complete a Research Track, consisting
of either Thesis or Capstone.
Thesis provides students a 1-to-1 mentoring experience, similar to a graduate program,
with faculty selected by each student based on their area of inquiry. The goal of
the Thesis is to experience building knowledge through integrative and applied learning
following a specific research idea, social issue to be investigated, or creative project
unique to each student. The key feature is the process of establishing a meaningful
working relationship with the thesis chair(s) in order to effectively support the
student’s curiosity and scholarly work, encourage interdisciplinary approaches to
solving problems, and share the ongoing academic journey together.
Capstone courses bring honors students together to take an interdisciplinary approach
at solving real-world problems through undergraduate research and practical application.
Instructors select engaging topics of interest and use an experiential learning model
to guide students through structured, collaborative group research projects. Capstone
course topics vary from semester to semester - please check the honors courses webpage for Capstone descriptions and any special application instructions.
Capstone → Students will enroll in an Honors Capstone class, plus one additional core Honors
course of their choice.