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2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts, M.A.

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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines:

Minimum Total Hours: 33
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 24.0101
Dept. Code: HCS
Major/College Codes: MLA AS
Approved: 1984


Africana Studies (AFT)
American Studies (AME)
Film Studies (FLM)
Humanities (HTS)
Social and Political Thought (SPT)

Also offered as an Accelerated Major

Contact Information

College: Arts and Sciences
Humanities and Cultural Studies
School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies (SIGS)

Contact 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).

Admission Information

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

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours- 33

Core requirements – 6 hours
Concentration – 9 hours
Electives – 12 hours
Thesis / Non-Thesis Project – 6 hours

Core Requirements (6 Credit Hours)

Concentration Requirements

Students select from the following concentrations:

Africana Studies Concentration (9 Credit Hours)

American Studies Concentration (9 Credit Hours)

Film Studies Concentration (9 Credit Hours)*

*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 Credit Hours)

Students select 6 hours from the following:

Social and Political Thought Concentration (9 Credit Hours)

Electives (12 Credit 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

Thesis/Non-Thesis (6 Credit Hours Minimum)


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.
  • Credit Hours: 2-19 (6 credits for this program) (Africana Studies Concentration)
  • Credit Hours: 2-19 (6 credits for this program) (American Studies Concentration)
  • Credit Hours: 2-19 (6 credits for this program) (Film Studies and Humanities Concentrations)
  • Or other thesis course approved by the Social and Political Thought Graduate Director


Students in the Africana Studies concentration may request a non-thesis option. Non-thesis students will be required to complete an additional six hours of graduate course work at the 6000 level, selected in consultation with the Graduate Director. The non-thesis student is required to demonstrate competency by successfully completing a substantial literature review of approximately 50 pages in the Concentration Area.

Comprehensive Exam

For students in the thesis option, successful submission and defense of the thesis proposal or final thesis serves in lieu of the Comprehensive Exam. For students in the non-thesis option, the extensive literature review determines competency and serves as the equivalent of a comprehensive examination.

Accelerated Major

Also available as an Accelerated Majors  

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