The Honors Program is always looking for new, innovative courses that will challenge our students to think, explore, and achieve. Honors courses are designed to challenge our very best students by operating at a higher level of intellectual inquiry. The Honors Committee awards Honors designation to courses based on a combination of the criteria listed below:
- Is there rigorous grading?
- Does the course have an experiential-learning focus?
- Is there an expectation for students to engage in research?
- Is there a requirement for in-field, professional writing assignments?
- Is there a meaningful community service project in conjunction with a scholarly component (such as a paper or presentation)?
- Are there oral presentations in a symposium setting?
- Is there an expectation for creative works (performance, film, scholarly writing, blogs, journals, portfolios)?
- Are there enhanced class discussions, exercises, curricula?
- Is there a challenging reading list?
- Are there guest professionals who will visit the classroom?
- Are there educational excursions or other required attendance at appropriate events outside the classroom (such as Honors Program symposia)?
- Is there a level of inquiry to the course that is unique, challenging and extraordinary?
Your course proposal should address at least some of the above questions in illustrating why the course is worthy of the Honors designation. The Honors Committee also expects that all syllabi submitted as part of new Honors Course proposals will be in compliance with all university-wide requirements (e.g., ADA, academic integrity policy, etc.).
For more information about the expectations of Honors Courses, please see this guide.
In order to present your research at an Honors Conference, you'll need to have a draft of the paper or project ready, along with an outline of the presentation you plan to give at the conference. Participation in these conferences is competitive - we will select only the very best proposals and fully fund those students to attend these conferences.
Honors Program students interested in internships with The Washington Center in Washington, D.C. are required to first complete an application with the Honors Program at UT. The application insures that Honors Program students will meet the qualifications for the internship and allows the Honors Program to decide how many and which students will be allowed to participate in the internships. In order to participate in internships with The Washington Center, students must be in the second semester of their sophomore year (by credits) or later with at least one year of UT residency or its equivalent at another college or university. Students must also be in good standing in the Honors Program in order to be eligible for participation with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars.
There is a guide on the Honors blog about how credits work at The Washington Center. Students considering applying are strongly encouraged to read that guide before applying.
In order to qualify for travel funds, students and their mentors must have previously requested student travel funds from (1) their respective colleges (e.g., College of Arts and Letters, College of Business, etc.) and (2) their respective departments. Evidence of having requested travel funds from colleges and departments is required in the application.
In addition to completing the application for student travel, students must provide evidence of their participation at the conference. Specifically, they must provide documentation of their inclusion in the conference program and/or a photograph of them presenting at the conference when they return (or both).
As an Honors student, you can consider the possibility of undertaking an Honors Enrichment Tutorial, particularly if you are actively involved in a major that requires a large number of courses or you have completed the Baccalaureate Experience requirements.
Honors Enrichment tutorials are meant to personalize your classes. They have the potential to lead to scholarly articles in journals or to presentations at professional conferences. They are an agreement between you and the professor of one of your classes to meet at least once every other week to discuss a special project on which you are working. The project may be extra problems that you discuss in a seminar, a written paper, or it may be a laboratory experiment, a review of some pertinent literature, a research project, or a creative work. Honors enrichment tutorials offer you a special opportunity to interact with your professor to advance your education.
These tutorials are intended to improve the quality of the class and elevate it to an Honors experience for you. You and the professor make the arrangements and submit them to the Director of the Honors Program. You receive Honors designation for the course once the professor indicates successful completion of the tutorial project to the Honors Director. A successfully completed tutorial counts as one Honors course to fulfill the Honors Program requirements.
To arrange an Honors Enrichment Tutorial, simply do the following:
a) Select one of the classes you will be taking or are already taking. This must be a class taught by a full-time member of the UT faculty, not an adjunct professor. This class must be taken for a letter grade (A – F), not pass/fail.
b) Approach the professor about doing it as a tutorial as well as a classroom experience. If one professor is unable to do it, another from one of your other classes usually will.
c) Complete this application with your professor by the deadline (the deadline is the third Friday of classes each semester). This application requires a description of the project and dates for the meeting times.
d) At the conclusion of the term, remind the professor to write the narrative assessment so that it becomes part of your file and the professor may receive the stipend.
If you have additional questions about Honors Tutorials, please see this guide on the Honors blog.
You'll need the name and ID of the student to complete the form. You'll also need to upload a short document detailing what the student did for the Honors Enrichment Tutorial and whether you think they satisfactorily completed what they had proposed to do.
This form is for your faculty advisor to complete. Please send them a link to this form so they can complete it.
Through the efforts of the family and friends of Timothy M. Smith, the UT Honors Program is pleased to offer the Timothy M. Smith Inspiration Through Exploration Award. This award is made each year to stimulate international study and writing among Honors Program students. The selected student will receive up to $2,500 for summer travel expenses. The award, offered through the Honors Program, has been established to honor the life of Timothy M. Smith. Although a lawyer by trade, Tim’s true passion was traveling the world and writing about his many experiences. The award provides a talented student author with an opportunity to travel and find additional inspiration for pursuing literary aspirations. The Timothy M. Smith Inspiration Through Exploration Award is presented annually to an Honors Program student near the end of the fall semester.
Eligibility: Any continuing full-time University of Tampa undergraduate Honors student in good standing is eligible.
The application deadline is February 1 for travel in the subsequent summer.
Note: Each year’s recipient must submit a photo essay detailing their experiences during their summer journey. Essays will be posted at www.inspirationthroughexploration.com
For more information on the Timothy M. Smith Inspiration Through Exploration Award, visit www.inspirationthroughexploration.com or contact the Director of the Honors Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 257-3545.
The UT Honors Program will cover the costs of registration, travel, and accommodations for the students who are selected for the UT Harvard delegation. These students, in turn, must accept the obligation to participate fully and to the best of their abilities in the Harvard National Model UN.
Partners in the Parks (PITP) is an outdoor experiential learning program coordinated by the National Collegiate Honors Council. PITP projects at national parks across the country offer unique opportunities for collegiate honors students and faculty to visit areas of the American landscape noted for their beauty, significance and lasting value. To learn more about PITP travel destinations, dates, and deadlines, visit: https://www.nchchonors.org/events/partners-in-the-parks.
Submissions are due by 2/1/2019. The Honors Program will pay travel and registration fees affiliated with the trip after the student pays a $200 non-refundable deposit.
Co-directors will select the students who will represent the University of Tampa at Partners in the Park.
Seniors are not allowed to apply for PITP, as these are summer programs that require students to be actively enrolled.
Selection of students to participate in the Oxford Study Abroad Program (OSAP) will be made by the Honors Committee of the faculty following interviews of chosen applicants. Interviews will last about 10 minutes each and must be scheduled through the Honors Program office. The criteria used by the Honors Committee of the faculty in judging worthy candidates are as follows:
- Junior or senior in the Honors Program
- Record of prior involvement in the Honors Program
- Quality and clarity of the written essay
- Effective oral communication skills during the interview
- Professional demeanor of the applicant
- Demonstrated familiarity with the Oxford Study Abroad Program
- Uniqueness of the tutorials to be undertaken; the experience at Oxford should be one that can not be found at UT
- Perceived aptitude for intense tutorial learning
- Perceived commitment to scholarly development
- Cumulative GPA is not a deciding factor in the selection process as all applicants must have a 3.5 or higher
If you are selected by the Faculty Honors Committee to study at Oxford, Oxford will also require that you submit a paper that you have written for one of your classes. That paper should also be submitted as part of this application.
Deadlines: Applications for attending Oxford during the Spring Term are due no later than October 14 of the previous year. Applications for attending Oxford during the Fall Term are due no later than the Friday before Spring Break of the Spring Term proceeding the Fall Term. Applications are due at 5:00 pm.
To apply for continuing enrollment in the Honors Program you will need to complete the following application.