The USFSM Honors Program offers students an extra challenge in their undergraduate study, instruction in the ways of scholarship, and the opportunity to pursue independent research.  Through the mentored experience of writing an undergraduate thesis and discussing it in an academic presentation, honors students have the opportunity to present original arguments with scholarly authority and integrity. Satisfactory completion of the Honors Program is noted on the diploma and the transcript, as well as on a certificate.

Undergraduate students in any major, who have a strong academic inclination, are invited to apply to the USFSM Honors Program. The Program may be completed as a Four-year Track or a Two-year Track, as described below.

Four-year Track

The Four-year Track is designed for students who enter USFSM with less than 30 credits. Students may apply for admission to the Honors Program as they apply to USFSM.

Students in the Four-year Honors Track will complete an Honors orientation program in their first semester at USFSM. Following the Honors orientation, students begin their Honors work in their second semester at USFSM by combining a one-credit Honors course (IDH 2930) with a selected course from the USFSM general education curriculum to create an Honors-enriched course. Four-year Honors students must complete at least 3 Honors-enriched courses during their first two years at USFSM to remain in the Honors Program. General education courses eligible for Honors-enrichment are listed below:

  • BSC 1005: Biological Principles for Non Majors
  • BSC 2010: Cellular Processes
  • BSC 2011: Biodiversity
  • CHM 2020/CHM 2045: Chemistry for Liberal Studies I
  • CHM 2045: General Chemistry I
  • CHM 2046: General Chemistry II
  • CHM 2414: Science of Cooking
  • ECO 2013: Economic Principles (Macroeconomics)
  • ECO 2023: Economic Principles (Microeconomics)
  • ENC 1101: Composition I
  • ENC 1102: Composition II
  • HUM 1020: Introduction to Humanities
  • MAC 2311: Calculus I
  • PHY 2053: General Physics I
  • PHY 2054: General Physics II
  • POS 2041: American National Government
  • PSY 2012: Introduction to Psychological Science
  • SPC 2608: Public Speaking
  • STA 2023: Introductory Statistics I
  • SYG 2000: Introduction to Sociology
  • THE 2000: Theater and Culture

Note that all courses may not be available each semester. Courses eligible for Honors enrichment will be designated as such in Oasis during the registration period. Students must work with their advisor and the Honors Coordinator to plan their Honors schedule.

After completion of the General Education curriculum, with at least 3 courses enriched by IDH 2930, Four-year Honors students may advance to the upper level Honors sequence (IDH 4000, IDH 4950, IDH 4970), which culminates in an undergraduate thesis.

Policies

  • Students who have earned a cumulative high school GPA of 3.7 or above and have a SAT math/verbal score of 1300 or ACT score of 27 or above are eligible for consideration for the Four-year Honors Track.
  • Students should apply to the USFSM Four-year Honors Track at the time they apply for admission to USFSM. The Four-year Honors Track application includes academic transcripts, a personal statement or essay written while a high school student, and an academic letter of recommendation.
  • Students must meet with their Academic Advisor and Honors Program Coordinator during the registration period to plan their Honors coursework.
  • Students may take 1 Honors-enriched course per semester.
  • Up to 3 credits earned through IDH 2930 may be applied towards General Education elective credit.
  • Upon completion of 2 credits of IDH 2930, Honors Program progression will be reviewed by the Honors Program Coordinator.
  • Students must earn at least 3 credits of IDH 2930 Honors coursework to be eligible to enroll in the upper-level Honors sequence.
  • IDH 4000, IDH 4950, and IDH 4970 must be taken consecutively.
  • To progress in the Honors Program, students must meet the performance expectations and deadlines specified in each course syllabus.
  • To remain in the Four-year Honors Track, students must achieve and maintain an overall USFSM GPA of 3.7 or higher.
  • Students must earn a B (not B-) in each IDH course to maintain good standing in the Honors Program.
  • Four-year Honors students who do not earn at least 3 credits of IDH 2930 coursework with a grade for each course of B or higher or do not maintain a minimum USFSM GPA of at least 3.7 may reapply to the Honors Program in their junior year.

Certificate Program of Study

Six (6) credit-bearing courses (12 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
IDH 2930 Selected Topics 1 PR: IDH 2010 or CI SMEL; Repeatable for credit with CI
IDH 2930 Selected Topics 1 PR: IDH 2010 or CI SMEL; Repeatable for credit with CI
IDH 2930 Selected Topics 1 PR: IDH 2010 or CI SMEL; Repeatable for credit with CI
IDH 4000 Honors Program Seminar: Major Works/Majors Issues 3 PR: IDH 2010 Spring semesters
IDH 4950 Honors Project 3 None Summer C semesters
IDH 4970 Honors Thesis 3 Senior Honors College Majors only Fall semesters

Two-year Track

The Two-year Honors Track is designed for students who transfer to USFSM with more than 30 credits or those who wish to enter the Honors Program in their junior year of study at USFSM. The Two-year Honors Track is limited to the 3-course upper-level sequence that culminates in an undergraduate thesis.

Policies

  • Applications are accepted every fall for cohorts that begin each spring.
  • IDH 4000, IDH 4950, and IDH 4970 must be taken consecutively, spring, summer (online), and fall.
  • Students must earn a B (not B-) in each IDH course to progress through the sequence.
  • To progress in the Honors Program, students must meet the performance expectations and deadlines specified in the syllabus.

Three (3) credit-bearing courses (9 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
IDH 4000 Honors Program Seminar: Major Works/Majors Issues 3 PR: IDH 2010 Spring semesters
IDH 4950 Honors Project 3 None Summer C semesters
IDH 4970 Honors Thesis 3 Senior Honors College Majors only Fall semesters