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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


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


Program 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

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

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

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 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 requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

  • Upper division undergraduate GPA of 3.00.
  • Applicants are required to take the GRE as part of the application process and matter of record.
  • Contact individual concentration advisors for possible additional requirements (e.g., transcripts, recommendations, preferred GRE scores, writing samples, etc.).
  • Students must select a concentration at the time of application.
 

Admissions Status: Apply

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Program Degree Requirements

REQUIRED COURSES

Program Minimum Hours 33
Core Requirements3
HUM 6815 - Research Seminar
 

 

Credits

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

 
Students select from the following concentrations:
Africana Studies Concentration30 hours
Required Concentration Courses 12 hours
AFA 6120 Social Theory and Social Thought 3
AFA 6207 African American Historiography 3
AFA 6355 African American Community Research 3
AFA 6805 African Historiography 3
*Students must earn a "B" or higher (3.00) in all core courses or they will be required to retake the course.
 
Electives 15 hours
Students must complete 15 additional hours in approved graduate electives. These may include additional courses within Africana Studies or outside the department. Students may also choose to complete a graduate certificate as the basis of their elective work.
Approved Electives
     AFA 6108 – Social Construction of Race and Racism
     AFA 6387 – Seminar on Genocide and Human Rights
     AFA 6905 – Independent Study
     AFA 6910 – Directed Research
     AFA 6932 – Special Topics

*Additional external electives may be chosen in consultation with the Graduate Director
 
Thesis or Internship 3 hours
AFA 6971- Thesis or AFA 6945 - Internship
Students must complete a thesis or internship as part of their graduate program. Students will make this choice at the end of their first year of study. Thesis students must register for no less than three thesis hours (AFA 6971). Internship students must register for no less than three hours of internship (AFA 6945).
 
Comprehensive Exam
Internship students must successfully pass a comprehensive exam. The successful oral defense of the thesis equates to the comprehensive exam for thesis students. *Any student who initially chooses the thesis, but later changes to an Internship (which will only be approved with extenuating circumstances) must complete comprehensive exams.
 
American Studies Concentration30 hours
Required Concentration Courses 12 hours
HUM 6814  Introduction to Graduate Study 3
AMS 6156 Theories and Methods of Cultural Studies 3
AMS 6254 Cultural Era 3
AMS 6805 Enduring Questions in American Culture 3
*Students must earn a "B" or higher (3.00) in all core courses or they will be required to retake the course.
 
Electives 12 hours
To be selected from 5000 or 6000 level courses in American Studies and/or related departments, such as: English, History, Humanities, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies. No more than 6 hours from any one department may be credited toward the degree without written consent from the Graduate Director. Work in the following may be included:
Approved Electives
     AMS 6002 American Lives (3)
     AMS 6901 Directed Readings in American Studies (1-3)
     AMS 6915 Directed Research (1-12)
     AMS 6934 Selected Topics (1-3)
     AMS 6940 Internship in American Studies (1-3)
 
Thesis 6 hours
AMS 6971 - Thesis
Upon nearing the completion of coursework, each student will select a thesis topic, constitute a thesis committee, and write and orally defend a thesis proposal. The student will then write and orally defend a 40 to 80-page thesis. During the proposal and thesis writing stage, students are required to enroll for at least 6 hours of Thesis credit.
 
Comprehensive Exam

The submission and oral defense of the thesis proposal equates to the comprehensive exam.

 
Film Studies Concentration 30 hours
Concentration Courses 24 hours
HUM 6814 Introduction to Graduate Study 3
HUM 6583 Global Cinema and New Media to 1960 3
HUM 6584 Global Cinema and New Media since 1960 3
HUM 6586 Film Theory 3
Additional coursework selected in consultation with the Graduate Director. 12
 
Thesis 6 hours
HUM 6971 - Thesis
After the completion of coursework, each student will select a thesis topic; constitute a thesis committee; and write and orally defend a thesis proposal. Each student will then write and orally defend a 40-80 page thesis. During the proposal and thesis writing stage, students are required to enroll for 6 thesis hours.
 
Comprehensive Exam
The submission and oral defense of the thesis proposal equates to the comprehensive exam.
 
Humanities Concentration 30 hours
Concentration Courses 24 hours
HUM 6814 Introduction to Graduate Study 3
HUM 6801 Theories and Methods of Cultural Studies 3
Additional HUM courses selected in consultation with the Graduate Director 9
HUM or Outside electives selected in consultation with the Graduate Director 9
At least 15 hours must be at the 6000 level; 6 hours may be at the 4000 level.
 
Comprehensive Exam
The submission and oral defense of the thesis proposal equates to the comprehensive exam.
 
Thesis 6 hours
HUM 6971 Thesis
After the completion of coursework, each student will select a thesis topic; constitute a thesis committee; and write and orally defend a thesis proposal. Each student will then write and orally defend a 40 to 80 page thesis. During the proposal and thesis writing stage, students are required to enroll for 6 thesis credits.
 
Social and Political Thought Concentration 30 hours
Concentration Courses 24 hours
Courses approved by a committee selected by the student from the program faculty.
 
Comprehensive Exam
The oral defense of the thesis equates to the comprehensive exam.
 
Thesis 6 hours
After the completion of coursework, each student will select a thesis topic; constitute a thesis committee; and write and orally defend a thesis proposal. Each student will then write and orally defend a 40 to 80 page thesis. During the proposal and thesis writing stage, students are required to enroll for 6 thesis hours.


College Degree Requirements

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

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program 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,