The University of Tampa Honors Program has recently created a new team-taught interdisciplinary curriculum for its students that will replace the current Baccalaureate Experience, and applications are now open for faculty interested in being Fellows in the new program.

Honors Fellows will teach one class per year in-load for 3 years with the Honors Program and will be paid a one-time stipend of $1000 for course creation, if selected.

Options include teaching in one of the team-taught courses (Where are we going? Where have we been? Or Where are we now?) or leading an Idea Lab on your own. Idea Labs are courses in thought experiments. In these courses, students will use critical inquiry to try and test hypotheses to address and/or solve a problem that presents itself locally (in Tampa Bay) or globally (in society).

Fellows would begin creating their course in Fall 2020 and teaching their course in Fall 2021.

The Honors Program at The University of Tampa strongly encourages Honors Program students to present their research and scholarship at academic conferences.  While our goal is to have every Honors Program student present their research with their faculty mentors at professional conferences, another option is for students to present their research at Honors Conferences, which provide a similar opportunity.

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.
The UT Honors Program annually sponsors a team of students to represent the university at the Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN).  The team serves as a delegation, traveling to Harvard University in February.

In order to participate in this opportunity, you will need to do the following:
1. Meet with Honors faculty for a brief introduction to HNMUN and the process for participating. This meeting will take place in March. Check with the Honors Program Office for time and place.
2. Complete this online application no later than the Friday before Spring Break at 5:00 PM. Delegates selected to HNMUN will be notified prior to the beginning of Fall open registration.
3. Enroll into GWAH212: Decision Making in the UN-Honors. Enrollment into this course is mandatory for participation in the HNMUN conference.
4. Participate in all preparations for the HNMUN, including any outside the classroom activities. The only excused absences are those granted in advance by the Honors faculty and/or program director.
5. Join the United Nations Association of Tampa Bay (at no cost) and become an active member of the University of Tampa chapter of the United Nations Alliance.
6. Adhere to all deadlines established by the Honors faculty for completion of UN Committee position papers. Due diligence must be followed when researching and crafting the position papers. The policies outlined in the papers must be an accurate representation of the country’s actual position. 

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.
As of 2016/2017, enrollment in the Honors Program beyond the Freshman year is on a competitive basis.  A limited number of students will be accepted for the Honors Program.  A continuing UT student who wishes to enroll in Honors who was not admitted as a freshman or transfer student must have a cumulative UT GPA of 3.5 and must make formal application that includes a recommendation from a UT faculty member.  As of Spring 2017, students may only apply to the Honors Program if they have fewer than 60 credit hours.  Juniors are no longer allowed to join the Honors Program.

To apply for continuing enrollment in the Honors Program you will need to complete the following application.

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.

All seniors planning to graduate with Honors from the Honors Program need to complete an exit survey.  This exit survey will be used to help the Honors Program improve its structure and offerings.  It will also help us have a better understanding of how well the Honors Program has served you.  We're also interested in what your plans are for the future.

To help encourage Honors Program students to engage in original scholarship, the Honors Program will consider requests for funding to help students travel to academic and scholarly conferences WITH their academic mentors or advisors.  The Honors Program typically provides around $250.00 per student per conference but can, pending the specifics of the situation, provide additional funds. 

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).

The Honors Abroad Scholarship is an award given to deserving Honors students in good standing whose field of study will directly and significantly benefit from an Honors Study Abroad experience. The award can be applied toward any UT faculty-led study abroad opportunity.  Applications are due online at least two months before the onset of the study abroad experience. 

Selection of the students to receive scholarships will be made by the Honors Program Director and Associate Director. Scholarship funds will be awarded at the time the student makes the final deposit for travel abroad with the International Program Office.

Please read the Honors Thesis Guidelines before beginning your application.

Please fill out the form in its entirety. Failure to give the proper information about your project may result in the application's rejection. Some theses require research/travel funding, but not all; if the cost questions do not apply to your project, write N/A where required. 

Due Dates: 

Fall -- First Monday of November 

Spring -- Second Monday of April

This form is for faculty who supervise Honors Theses to submit their evaluation of the final project.   

For Faculty:

You'll need the name and ID of the student to complete the form.  You'll also need to upload a scanned copy of this document signed by yourself and the other members of the Thesis Committee.

For Students:

This form is for your faculty advisor to complete.  Please send them a link to this form so they can complete it.

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.

This form is for faculty who supervise Honors Enrichment Tutorials to submit their evaluation of how the Tutorial went.   

For Faculty:
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.

For Students:
This form is for your faculty advisor to complete.  Please send them a link to this form so they can complete it.

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.

Honors Executive Council is interested in short videos about why you are in Honors or what you like about the Honors Program to share on Instagram. 

Please make sure that your video is professional and appropriate. A high-quality video can earn you 10 Engagement points (only 1 per semester is allowed).

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