Undergraduate Catalog: 2020-21

Honors Program Minor

Named after John Duns Scotus, the Scottish theologian and philosopher who, along with St. Bonaventure, established the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, the Honors Program at USF offers an intellectually challenging and highly rewarding experience for undergraduates of all disciplines. After a two-semester introduction to the western intellectual tradition, students have the opportunity to develop independent projects guided by faculty within their major.

The Honors Program:

  • Combines a broad foundation in great books and great ideas with one-on-one work with faculty in a student’s major
  • Encourages leadership and service to the community
  • Forms a vibrant community of students

Not to be confused with being on the Dean’s List or graduating “with honors,” the Honors Program is for students who want to take their USF experience to the highest level.

The Honors Program concentration includes 11 credit hours from the following courses:

  • HONR 201: Great Books Foundations I (3 credit hours)
    • fulfills San Damiano General Education Philosophy Requirement
  • HONR 202: Great Books Foundations II (3 credit hours)
    • fulfills San Damiano General Education Literature Requirement
  • HONR 300: Service Project (1 credit hour)
  • HONR 400: Honors Capstone (1 credit hour)
  • IDS 495: Honors Independent Study (1 credit hour)
  • Plus 2 additional credit hours from either IDS 495 or HONR 351: Honors Special Topics.

Honors students wear Honors cords at commencement, and successful completion of the JDSHP is noted on their transcripts. Admission to the Honors Program is competitive.