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Academics

Experiential Program with Integrated Cooperatives (EPIC)

A Signature Program of the Busse Business School

This selective program connects Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Risk Management and Insurance students to a PAID co-op, giving them two years of direct professional experience and mentorship in the field. You must qualify to participate in EPIC.

Dare to be EPIC!

You’ll grow from:

  • Two academic years of paid work experience
  • Credit toward your degree for the time you spend working in place of classroom- intensive work
  • An executive mentor who assists in the development of your business acumen, leadership skills, social skills, academic performance, and overall success

EPIC’s curriculum focuses on integrated, project-based learning. Courses include:

  • Introduction to EPIC
  • Project Management
  • Lean Enterprise
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Business Research Methods
  • Advanced Topics in Business

Questions?

Contact Professor Liz Unger, EPIC Program Director
sunger@sf.edu
260-399-7700 ext. 8310


The John Dun Scotus Honors Program

Challenge Yourself, Inspire Others

The Honors Program at USF offers an intellectually challenging, yet highly rewarding experience for undergraduates of all disciplines. Appropriately named after John Duns Scotus, the Scottish theologian and philosopher who, along with St. Bonaventure, established the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, the Honors Program:

  • Blends academic rigor with community service
  • Models leadership and civic engagement
  • Forms a vibrant community of student and faculty scholars

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 ultimate level. Honors students work independently and strive for academic excellence.

The Honors program curriculum (link to academic plan) includes 11 credit hours from the
following courses:

  • Great Books Foundations I and II
  • Honors Seminar
  • Honors Capstone
  • Honors Independent Study
  • Plus 2 additional credits from the Independent Study or the Great Books Seminar

Honors students wear the Honors cord at commencement, and the accomplishment is noted on their transcripts. Admission to the Honors program is competitive.

Questions?

Contact: Angie Springer
aspringer@sf.edu
260-399-8066


Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts

Go Beyond Your Major

Media Entrepreneurship Training in the Arts (META) will give you the skills and experience needed to thrive in today’s digital technology environment. This two-year program brings together students from all majors — science, technology, business, visual/digital arts, and more — to collaborate on real projects for real clients.

How it Works

Through META’s curriculum, you’ll take four courses along with the capstone in your major for a total of 15 credits. META course work is project based, meaning you’ll be actively working on a project for a business client in the Fort Wayne community.

  • Year 1 (junior year): Students develop an understanding of the various disciplines and majors and then team up to complete a business-related project for USF.
  • Year 2 (senior year): META students work together on a professional project for an outside agency or business.
    Students from all academic disciplines can participate in META; see our qualifications and
    online application.

META Projects are entirely student-led! Students select projects from submitted proposals, develop schedules, business plans, work assignments, and more.

META students worked with Music Technology majors to launch Marble Lounge Records, USF’s student-run record label (and it’s the real deal!).

You’ll grow from:

  • Mentoring relationships with faculty and industry professionals
  • An applied understanding of core business concepts and entrepreneurial thinking
  • Experience in a multi-faceted work environment

You’ll graduate with the skills and experience employers seek:

  • Communication skills, written and oral
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Creative problem solving
  • Entrepreneurial thinking
  • Leadership
  • Planning and workflow
  • PLUS, the knowledge, skills, and ability to launch your own business

Questions?

Jane Martin
Communication Program Director
jmartin@sf.edu
260-399-7700, ext. 8008