Honors Program in the Humanities

Administrative Office
Kalmanovitz Hall, Room 487
Phone: (415) 422-6457
Alan Heineman, Professor of English, Director

The Honors Program in the Humanities is designed for high-achieving students seeking an integrated program of intellectual challenge.

Appreciation of the classical expressions of Western civilization and skill in analysis and critical thinking are developed through the examination and discussion of major figures, works and ideas from antiquity to the present. Students who complete the program with at least a 3.30 USF grade point average and a 3.00 average in Honors seminars will be graduated from the University "In Honors."

Students normally enroll during their freshman year, or at the beginning of their sophomore year. Admission to the Honors Program is selective, and occurs only with the permission of the Director. Students not enrolled in the Honors Program may not enroll in Honors seminars without permission of both the Director and the seminar instructor. Information is available at the Honors Program office.

Honors Seminars

Students are required to take two seminars from any two of these groups and one seminar from the remaining group for a total of five seminars.

Group 1
  • HON - 312 Ancient Greece and Rome
  • HON - 314 The Origins of Judaism and Christianity
  • HON - 316 Late Antiquity and the Dawn of the Middle Ages
  • HON - 318 The Middle Ages: The Age of Chivalry
Group 2
  • HON - 322 Renaissance Culture
  • HON - 324 Renaissance in England and Its Roots
  • HON - 326 From Baroque to the Enlightenment
  • HON - 328 The Social Implications of Scientific Rationality
Group 3
  • HON - 332 The American Experience
  • HON - 334 Romanticism and Revolution: 19th Century Europe
  • HON - 336 The Socialist Tradition
  • HON - 338 The Modern Period
  • HON - 339 Late Modern Intellectual History; Existentialism and Humanism
Independent Research Project
  • HON - 498 Directed Research

Must be arranged by the student with an Honors faculty member. May be used to satisfy a Group I, Group II or Group III requirement, depending on the topic.