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Message from the Dean

Welcome to the Division of Undergraduate Studies at the University of South Florida. Undergraduate Studies offers a wide array of programs and services that are designed to facilitate the academic success of all undergraduate students at the university. We work closely with the academic colleges and departments to enhance the quality of the learning experiences in undergraduate programs. We work hand-in-hand with Student Affairs to ensure that your academic development is integrated with your intellectual growth and development and your personal growth as a member of our community of scholars.

We are committed to doing everything possible to make your experiences at USF enjoyable and successful. You must join us by participating fully and actively in this process. It is a joint venture as you devote your time and energies to gaining all that you can from every experience. This is a time for you to develop your own identity, intellectual competency and autonomy that is characterized by self-motivation, self-direction, and self-regulation. It is a time for you to become empowered by the development of your capacity to reason; your analytical, critical and creative thinking skills; your ability to discern and choose between competing concepts and ideas; your interpersonal skills and cross cultural fluency; your sense of moral and civic responsibility; your skills of collaboration as well as competition; your understanding of all aspects of modern globalization related to your personal lives and your professions; and your understanding of the importance of integrity throughout your academic work and your commitment to the highest levels of integrity in every aspect of your lives while at the university and throughout your lives beyond graduation.

We are pleased that you have chosen to join this exciting and challenging community of scholars, working with internationally known teachers, researchers, and artists who have created a community that is characterized by discovery, application and sharing of knowledge. Please make certain that you learn and grow in this environment as your work to achieve your dreams. And please let us know, throughout your time at USF, if there is anything we can do to make your experiences more enjoyable and successful.

The faculty and staff of USF have designed academic programs and a wide array of other opportunities to support your development at this very special time of your life. We hope that you will take full advantage of all the university has to offer, from the rich curriculum of out Foundations of Knowledge and Learning, through the more than 100 academic majors offered in the colleges, and the hundreds of programs services offered through Student Affairs to support your intellectual growth and development.

W. Robert Sullins
Dean for Undergraduate Studies

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