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Graduate Catalog 2018/2019


Liberal Arts (MLA)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 24.0101
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 33

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Humanities and Cultural Studies Department (HCS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CPR107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Maria Cizmic
Phone: 813-974-9380
Email: mcizmic@usf.edu

Website: http://www.cas.usf.edu/humanities/grad.html


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

The Master of Arts (M.A.) offers students an opportunity to study from an interdisciplinary perspective the ideas and works that have shaped world culture. Five program concentrations are available: Africana Studies (AFT), American Studies (TBA), Film Studies (FLM), Humanities (HTS), Social and Political Thought (SPT).

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • GRE Recommended. Contact department for advising
  • Writing Sample
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation are recommended
  • Students must select a concentration at the time of application.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours- 33
Core requirements 6 hours
Concentration 9 hours
Electives 12 hours
Thesis / Non-Thesis Project 6 hours

Core Requirements - 6 hours
HUM 6814 3 Introduction to Graduate Study
HUM 68153Research Seminar

Concentration Requirements
Students select from the following concentrations:

Africana Studies Concentration 9 hours
AFA 6120 3Social Theory and Social Thought
AFA 61083Social Construction of Race and Racism
AFA 69323Topics in Africana Studies

American Studies Concentration 9 hours
AMS 61563 Theories and Methods
AMS 6254 3Cultural Era
AMS 6805 3Enduring Questions in American Culture

Film Studies Concentration- 9 hours*
HUM 6586 3Film Theory
HUM 6583 3Global Cinema and New Media to 1960
HUM 6584 3Global Cinema and New Media since 1960*Students entering the MA program from the USF BA in Humanities, Film Studies Concentration, who have already taken these courses at the undergraduate level may have these requirements waived and will instead complete graduate electives in place of HUM 6586, HUM 6583, and HUM 6584.

Humanities Concentration 9 hours
HUM 68013Theories and Methods
Students select 6 hours from the following:
HUM 6939 3Selected Topics in Humanities
HUM 6588 3 Themes and Genres in Film and New Media
HUM 64753Studies in Contemporary Arts & Letters
Or other courses approved by the Graduate Director

Social and Political Thought Concentration 9 hours
ANG 67013Seminar in History
INR 66903Research Seminar in Globalization
WST 65603Advanced Feminist Theory
SPW 51353Colonial Spanish American Literature
PHH 62663Continental Philosophy II: Political Theory and Continental Social Theory
PHH 62673Continental Philosophy III: From Structuralism to Deconstructionism
PHI 64253Seminar in the Philosophy of Social Science
PHM 61053Seminar in Social Philosophy
PHM 63053Seminar in Political Philosophy
PHM 64063Seminar in the Philosophy of Law
PHM 65063Seminar in the Philosophy of History
PHP 6624 4Adorno
PHP 6640 4Foucault
POT 60073Seminar in Political Theory
Or other courses approved by the Graduate Director

Electives 12 hours
Graduate coursework in the Concentration area and/or related departments, selected in consultation with the Graduate Director. No more than six hours from any one related department may be credited toward the Major without written consent from the Graduate Director.

Note for Africana Studies electives may include
AFA 63873Seminar on Genocide and Human Rights
AFA 62073African American Historiography
AFA 68053African Historiography
AFA 63553African American Community Research
AFA 69453 Internship
Or other courses approved by the Graduate Director

Thesis/Non-Thesis 6 hours minimum

Thesis
Upon nearing the completion of coursework, each student will select a thesis topic and constitute a thesis committee. The thesis committee must approve proposals before students embark on their thesis. The student will then write and orally defend a thesis. During the proposal and thesis writing stage, students are required to enroll for at least 6 hours of Thesis credit.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —
http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies.php

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

AFA6805, AFA6207, AFA6120, AFA6355, HUM6801, HUM6821, HUM6815, AMS6815,