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.
After completion of the lower-level Honors curriculum in good standing, four-year track students that maintain a USFSM GPA of 3.7 or higher will gain automatic admission to the upper-division Honors sequence.

Four-year Track Program Application

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 a 9-credit sequence that culminates in an undergraduate thesis.

Two-year Track Program Application

Honors Program Recommendation Form

For specific program policies and course titles, check out the Academic Catalog. To apply or learn more about the program, contact the Honors Program Coordinator, Dr. Melissa Sloan, at melissasloan@sar.usf.edu.

Honors Program FAQ

Who is eligible to apply to the the Honors Program?

Undergraduate students in every major, who have a strong academic inclination, are invited to incorporate the USFSM Honors Program into their course of study.

Why would a student apply to the Honors Program?

Students who seek extra challenge in their undergraduate study, instruction in the ways of scholarship, and the opportunity to pursue independent research will find these desires met by the USFSM Honors Program.

Is there official recognition for completing the Honors Program?

Having completed the Honors Program with an approved thesis will be recorded on the diploma and the academic transcript, to be noted by graduate schools and employers.