Honors Program in the Humanities

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Honors Program in the Humanities

The Honors Program in the Humanities is designated 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 at least five seminars for a total of 20 units within the program with at least a 3.30 USF grade point average and a 3.30 average in Honors seminars will be graduated from the University "In Honors." Through a comprehensive study of progressive historical periods and primary sources, the seminars explore the interrelation of achievements in the areas of science, culture, social history, and intellectual thought. Seminars encourage active participation and exchange of views. Readings, discussions, experiments, slide presentations, and performances are included within the seminar format. In the junior and senior years, there is also an alternative option for an independent, faculty-supervised research project. Each seminar fulfills a General Education course requirement.

Core Equivalencies

Regardless of which Honors Humanities seminar you take, and in which order:

  • The first seminar fulfills your Core Literature requirement
  • The second fulfills your Core History requirement
  • The third fulfills your Core Philosophy requirement
  • The fourth fulfills your Core Theology/Religious Studies requirement

If you take HON-324, our Renaissance in England seminar, it can count towards fulfilling your Visual and Performing Arts requirement. In addition, we hope that some of the seminars will be designated as meeting the Core requirements for Social Sciences, but this has not yet occurred.

If you are currently registered for a Core class in History, Literature, Philosophy or Theology/Religious Studies, and are in the Honors Program, we recommend that you drop this course if you enter an Honors seminar. Of course, any class may be valuable, interesting and worth your time, and you may well wish to take such a course for its own sake. We are referring here strictly to the question of fulfilling Core requirements.

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