University of South Florida
Honors courses introduce and develop critical thinking, communication, and research skills, in an
intimate setting conducive to building relationships and promoting collaboration.
IDH 2010 Acquisition of Knowledge
IDH 4200 Geographical Perspective
2 additional Honors courses
2-semester Thesis Research Track
3 additional Honors courses
1-semester Capstone Research Track
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 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.