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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Judy Genshaft Honors College


About the College

Tampa Campus
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ALN 241
Tampa, FL 33620
(813) 974-3087

Physical Location: The John & Grace Allen Building (ALN) is located in the center of the Tampa campus. From the main entrance on Fowler Avenue, follow Leroy Collins Blvd.

St. Petersburg Campus
140 7th Ave South, SNL 100
St. Petersburg, FL 33701Some individuals doing some garden work
(727) 873-4583

Physical Location: Snell House (SNL) is located at 501 Second St. South, St. Petersburg, FL.

Sarasota-Manatee Campus
8350 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-4200

The Judy Genshaft Honors College offers an enriched learning experience that combines the resources of one of the country’s top research universities with the personal attention and close-knit community you would expect from a top-tier small liberal arts institution. The College enrolls high-ability students from virtually every major at USF in an interdisciplinary program designed to provide future leaders with integrative ideas and skills that enhance the training they receive in their major area of study. The primary goals of the Judy Genshaft Honors College are to (1) cultivate Practical Wisdom through critical, creative, and collaborative interdisciplinary learning, (2) foster a nuanced global perspective on contemporary issues through an internationalized curriculum and study abroad experiences, and (3) encourage a rich and integrated understanding of personal, social, and environmental concerns through active and reflective community engagement.  

Mission, Vision, Values

The mission of the Judy Genshaft Honors College is to cultivate intellectual creativity and critical thinking, ethical discernment, and the desire for a life of learning through both engaged action and skillful reflection. Through interdisciplinary inquiry and experiential learning, both locally and globally, we seek to foster Practical Wisdom. Our curriculum equips students to put ideas and values into practice in order to grow personally and contribute to the broader communities in which each plays a role. Because we value self-cultivation, we encourage creativity and purposeful play. Because we value community, we practice locally engaged collaborative learning. Because we value our environment, we practice careful cultivation and design. Because we value global thinking, we practice responsible citizenship and engaged learning in locations around the world.

Admission Requirements

Admission for FTIC Students

The Genshaft Honors College actively recruits students who have demonstrated academic excellence through high test scores and high school GPA. Students admitted to USF who have at least a 31 ACT or 1400 SAT and at least a 4.0 will be automatically accepted into the Judy Genshaft Honors College. Acceptance emails and letters are sent a week after USF acceptance materials, or after we receive eligible scores. This process begins in October and ends May 1st.

We also know that excellence takes a variety of forms, and therefore we encourage applications from any student who wants to be considered on the basis of his/her achievements. The Judy Genshaft Honors College application requires an essay and resume. Applications are reviewed by a team of current Honors students, faculty, and staff. The application link can be found on our Admissions website at

Admission for Transfer or Continuing USF Students

The Judy Genshaft Honors College offers admission for students who are already enrolled as USF students, or who are transferring to USF from a state or community college. Students who have a 3.5 college GPA and have completed at least two semesters as college students may apply for admission; the link can be found on our ​Transfer/Continuing USF Students webpage at

Program-Specific Requirements

General Requirements for Judy Genshaft Honors College Distinction

Completion of the Judy Genshaft Honors College curriculum with a USF GPA of 3.25 or above shall be noted on a student’s diploma and transcript, and recognized at the Judy Genshaft Honors College graduation ceremony.

Academic Curriculum for FTIC Admits (15-18 credits)

First time in college students admitted to the Judy Genshaft Honors College will select and complete the academic curriculum with four core honors courses (two of which are required) and then select a research option.

Core Honors Courses:

  • IDH 2010  - Acquisition of Knowledge [Required]
  • IDH 3100  - Arts and Humanities 
  • IDH 3350  - Honors Natural Sciences
  • IDH 3400  - Honors Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • IDH 3600  - Seminar in Applied Ethics
  • IDH 4200  - Geographical Perspectives Honors [Required]
  • IDH 4930  - Selected Topics  
  • IDH 4950  - Honors Project  

Research Options:

  • Honors Thesis - IDH 4970  - Honors Thesis, taken twice (6 credits).
  • Honors College Capstone - IDH 4950  - Honors Project, plus one core honors course (6 credits total). FTIC Engineering majors will have the additional core honors course waived.
  • Departmental Honors - Complete the requirements for a university departmental honors program.

Academic Curriculum for Continuing USF or Transfer Student Admits (12 credits)

Students admitted to the Judy Genshaft Honors College after having been enrolled as a USF student, or as transfer students, will complete the academic curriculum with two core honors courses and then select a research option. 

Core Honors Courses:

  • 2 IDH core courses of your choice (6 credits).

Research Options:

  • Honors Thesis - IDH 4970  - Honors Thesis, taken twice (6 credits).
  • Honors Capstone - IDH 4950  - Honors Project, plus one core honors course (6 credits). FTIC Engineering majors will have the additional core honors course waived.
  • Departmental Honors - Complete the requirements for a university departmental honors program.

Co-curricular Experiential Learning Requirements

All Honors students, both FTIC and Continuing/Transfer students, required to complete two experiential co-curricular components, community service and global engagement.  

Options and guidelines for the community service experience are ​outlined on our website at

Options and guidelines for the global experiences are ​outlined on our website at

Grading Requirements and Policies

Students in good standing have a minimum 3.25 USF GPA and a 3.25 Overall GPA (grade forgiveness is not included), are actively completing the requirements for the Judy Genshaft Honors College, and have completed an IDH core course in the last three semesters. Students in good standing have the privilege of priority status for course registration.

If a student’s USF GPA falls below a 3.25 (but is 2.75 or higher), he or she will be placed on  Honors Probation. Students on probation can continue to enroll in Honors courses and see their Honors Advisor. Students will be removed from the probationary status when the GPA reaches a 3.25 again.

If a student’s GPA falls below 2.75, he or she will be dismissed from the Judy Genshaft Honors College. Additionally, any student who earns a “D” or “F” in an Honors course will be dismissed from the College. The university grade forgiveness policy does not apply to Judy Genshaft Honors College courses.

Judy Genshaft Honors Scholarships

The Judy Genshaft Honors College awards competitive scholarships to its new and continuing students (see:

In addition, thanks to the generosity of many donors, there are more than 30 competitive scholarships available exclusively to Honors College students. Students may apply for these Honors-specific awards, as well as, general USF scholarships (see These applications typically open in November and are due in January for new students and April for continuing students.

Study Aboard Scholarships

Providing students with the opportunity to expand their global awareness and understanding through study aboard programs is central to our mission. Most Honors students will qualify for very generous travel scholarships to fund study abroad opportunities in locations around the world (see

Hosted Scholarship Programs

The Judy Genshaft Honors College hosts several scholarship programs for both Honors and non-Honors students, including the George Jenkins Scholars Program, the Holcombe Scholars Program, and the Robert and Susan Ableidinger Scholarship (see

Office of National Scholarships

Housed within the Judy Genshaft Honors College, the Office of National Scholarships recruits and mentors high achieving students from across USF, both undergraduate and graduate, and supports their applications for prestigious nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships and awards such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright, Goldwater and Truman. Some awards support graduate or professional study in the U.S., while others involve education abroad or independent research. These opportunities are open to all qualified USF students who wish to apply.

Director: Sayan Basu
Location/Phone: John and Grace Allen (ALN) 271; (813) 974-3087
Web Address:

Judy Genshaft Honors College Living Learning Community (LLC) - Honors Housing (Tampa campus and St. Petersburg campus)

The Honors LLC is a residential experience open to all Judy Genshaft Honors College students. We strive to create a respectful and close-knit community while celebrating the diversity of our students. The focus of our community is to simultaneously develop our students’ academic and extracurricular interests. To do so, we host programs and activities related to career exploration, networking, and connecting with Honors faculty.

Special Baccalaureate-Level Programs

Medical Humanities in a Global Context (MHGC) Pathway
With the support of a Humanities Connections Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Judy Genshaft Honors College has introduced a series of thematically integrated interdisciplinary courses that offer students a pathway through the Honors curriculum. These courses aim to cultivate more critical, holistic, and experiential perspectives on health and human experience in a global context.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways
Students can earn their undergraduate, medical, or pharmacy degrees at an accelerated pace in one of the Honors College accelerated programs.

  • B.S. Honors College/M.D. Medicine
  • B.S. Honors College/M.P.H. Public Health

For more information, see the Graduate Catalog.

Early Acceptance Programs The Judy Genshaft Honors College, in affiliation with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), offers eligible Judy Genshaft Honors College students Early Acceptance Admission Programs to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) and the Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

Community Partnership Programs
We partner with many groups and organizations throughout Tampa Bay. These partnership programs allow students to learn and research outside of the classroom.

Dual Enrollment Program
Dual enrollment in USF classes is open to academically qualified students who are currently enrolled in public/private high schools and who are recommended by their guidance counselor or principal.

Early Admission Program
Under the Early Admission program, you may enter the University of South Florida (Tampa) as a regularly enrolled (matriculated), degree-seeking student prior to graduation from high school. Applicants must meet minimum Judy Genshaft Honors College eligibility criteria.