Honors Admissions

Honors Requirements

Students graduating from the Judy Genshaft Honors College will be poised for success in their futures, having challenged themselves through academic exploration, grown as a global citizen, invested in their communities, and conducted research in a collaborative team environment. They will be competitive applicants for national scholarships, top-tier graduate schools and employment.

Graduation requirements for first-time-in-college students include academics, community engagement, global citizenship, and research. If you are entering the Judy Genshaft Honors College as a continuing or transfer student, your requirements are slightly different, as outlined here.


Honors courses introduce and develop critical thinking, communication, and research skills, in an intimate setting conducive to building relationships and promoting collaboration. Students will complete:

  • IDH 2010 Acquisition of Knowledge
  • IDH 4200 Geographical Perspectives
  • 2 IDH Honors Core Courses
  • Research Track: Innovation or Discovery (see below)


Thesis is an individual research project on a topic of the students’ choice, under the direction of a faculty member selected by the student, that may be completed through departmental honors programs. The Honors Capstone course brings honors students together to take an interdisciplinary approach at solving real-world problems through undergraduate research and practical application.


Students choose one research track option:

  • Discovery Track I: Honors College Thesis » Students will enroll in two semesters of Honors Thesis coursework while working on an independent research project on a topic of their choice under the guidance of a faculty member they select.
  • Discovery Track II: Thesis through Departmental Honors Program » Some academic departments offer their own honors programs, which include a thesis. Honors College students have the option of completing thesis through their departments in order to meet Honors College requirements.
  • Innovation: Capstone » Students will enroll in an Honors Capstone class, plus one additional core Honors course of their choice.
  • Other Options » Engineering majors will enroll in a one-semester course called Honors Thesis for Engineers. This class, in addition to their major Capstone/Senior Design project, meets the Honors College requirements.


We believe learning extends beyond the four walls of the classroom. The people and places in our local community offer lessons that complement and reinforce classroom-based learning.
Students will accumulate 50 hours of community service, to be logged on the Co-Curricular Transcript through BullSync. Service hours may overlap with those required for the Global Citizen Award, or other pre-professional goals. Use BullSync to find service and log your hours.


Global awareness is a critical element in the education of twenty-first century leaders. Students
have the opportunity to choose two activities from among a variety of meaningful options to build global knowledge and to develop competency in cultural interactions. Honors students will develop these qualities through activities outlined in our Global Experience program. 


In order to complete the Global Experience requirement for the Honors College, students must choose two of the following activities to complete, and have each approved by their advisor:

Options that count towards one completed activity:

  • Levels 1 and 2 of a foreign language through coursework or demonstrated proficiency.
  • Any Honors or Ed Abroad international trip.
  • Completion of the three-part Judy Genshaft Honors College Re-entry Series —Workshops hosted for students to deeply and critically reflect on the personal and professional impact of their study abroad experience(s).\
  • Participation in Honors International Day as a presenter — This is an annual event where international students share their experiences living/studying in the United States while domestic students can report back about their study abroad experience(s).
  • Serve as a GloBull Ambassador via Ed Abroad for two semesters.
  • 75 hours in a globally focused internship (e.g. State Department, UN, EU, etc.)
  • 75 hours of globally focused research tracked via the Office of Undergraduate Research (e.g. looking at women’s education worldwide).
  • Complete one of the following cultural minor or certificate programs: Africana Literatures, Asian Studies, India Studies, International Studies, Italian Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Religious Studies, Russian Studies, or Linguistics.

Options that count towards two completed activities:

  • Levels 3 and 4 of a foreign language through coursework or demonstrated proficiency.
  • A passing TOEFL/IELTS score for international students whose native language is not English.
  • Completion of USF’s Global Citizens Project.