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College of Arts & Sciences
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Florida is the glue that ties this program together, but it is not the only ingredient. We strive for intellectual breadth and interdisciplinary scholarship. In addition to the two required classes (Introduction to Florida and Regional Studies and Modern Florida History), other recent courses include:
Research Methods in Florida Studies, AMS 6934, CRN: 58029
Dr. Chris Meindl, Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m. (Summer C)
Fishing Capital of the World, AMS 6934 CRN: 57443
Professor Terry Tomalin, Mondays 6-10 p.m. (Summer C)
Rivers of Florida, AMS 6934, CRN: 22465
Professor Terry Tomalin, Tuesdays 6-9 p.m.
Limnology, PCB 5307, CRN: 21891
Professor Thomas Whitmore, Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5 p.m.
Advanced Water Resources, GEO 6286, CRN: 21941
Professor Chris Meindl, Thursdays 6-9 p.m.
Feature Writing, MMC 6936, CRN: 18794
Professor Mark Walters, Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30-2 p.m.
African American Literature, AML 6608, CRN: 22517
Professor Julie Armstrong, Mondays 6-9 p.m.
Florida Media, AMS 6934, CRN:21887
Professor Rob Hooker, Wednesdays 6-9 p.m.
Advanced Spanish Paleography, HIS 6908, CRN: 18479
Professor Michael Francis, Thursdays 6-9 p.m.
Modern Florida, HIS 9639, CRN: 20038
Professor Ray Arsenault, Tuesdays 6-10 p.m.
Southern Politics, POS 6933, CRN: 21918
Professor Seth McKee, Mondays 6-9 p.m.
History of Florida Politics since 1940, HIS 6939, CRN: 82003
Will satisfy the Politics Requirement. Professor David McMullen, Tuesdays 6-9:50 p.m.
U.S. History 1877-1914, HIS 9625, CRN: 92601
Professor Ray Arsenault, Mondays 6-10 p.m.
Water Quality Policy and Management, EVR 6216, CRN: 92634
Professor Chris Meindl, Tuesdays 6-9 p.m
Seminar in History: Early Florida, HIS 6939, CRN: 90740
Professor Michael Francis, Thursdays 6-10 p.m.
Spanish Paleography, HIS 6908, CRN: 93281
Professor Michael Francis, Tuesdays 6-9 p.m. Three to four semesters of Spanish is recommended.
Caribbean History, HIS 6925, CRN: 84412
Professor Susan Fernandez, Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5:50 p.m.
Conservation Biology, PCB 6933, CRN: 92509
Professor Riedinger-Whitm , Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-5:30 p.m.
Perspectives on Enviromental Thought, GEO 6116, CRN: 89129
Professor Johns, Thursdays 6-9 p.m.
Qualitative (Research) Methods, EVR 6934, CRN: 88256
Professor Johns, Tuesdays 6-9 p.m.
Modern Florida, HIS 6939: CRN 26296
Core requirement. Professor Gary Mormino, Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00-4:50 p.m.
U.S. 1945 to 1975, HIS 6939: CRN 24707
Authorized substitute for Florida Politics requirement. Professor Ray Arsenault, Tuesdays, 6:00-8:50 p.m.
Environmental Writing, LIT 6934: CRN 24291
Fulfills Florida Literature/Writing requirement. Professor Thomas Hallock, Thursdays, 2:00-4:50 p.m.
Seminar in Advanced Human Geography, GEO 6428: CRN 26687
Professor Chris Meindl, Mondays, 6:00-8:50 p.m. The primary purpose of this seminar is to introduce students to the myriad ways geographers examine Florida, with an emphasis on issues of sustainability.
Feature Writing, MMC 6936:
Professor Mark Walters, Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-1:55pm. Note this class is presently full, but Dr. Walters suggests interested students show up on the first day to see if there are any no-shows.
Introduction to Florida and Regional Studies. AMS 6934: 691 CRN 91688
Professor Raymond Arsenault is teaching this class, a required classes for Florida Studies students. The class introduces students to various regional cultures in the United States and inquires what is distinctive, or not so distinctive, about New England, the Midwest, the South, and Florida. A three-hour course, the class meets Thursdays, 6:00-9:00.
Studies in American Literature to 1800: Imagining Early Florida. AML 6017: 691. CRN 91128.
Professor Thomas Hallock is teaching this class that surveys the literature of Florida from Ponce de Leon to the Seminole Wars. Students will participate in the construction of an online anthology, “Early Florida in the Literary Imagination,” partly funded by the Florida Humanities Council. A three-hour class, the course meets Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00.
Colloquium in History: Caribbean History HIS 6925: 601. CRN 84469.
Professor Susan Fernandez is teaching this Latin American Studies class that will count toward your Florida Studies degree. A four-hour class, the course meets Tuesday from 2:00-5:00.
Wetlands, People and Public Policy. EVR 6934: 691. CRN 86811.
Professor Christopher Meindl is teaching this class, which will examine the physical characteristics of wetlands, with an emphasis on the suite of ecological functions and values to people provided by different wetlands systems. The emphasis, however, focuses upon human relationships with wetlands—both in the past and present. The course will also focus upon the debate between wetland protection advocates and those interested in preserving maximum flexibility in the use of private property. Two weekend field trips are planned: the Everglades and Green Swamp. The class meets on Monday evenings, 6:00-9:00.
Food & Florida History. HIS 6939: 601 CRN: 91198.
Professor Gary Mormino. “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are.” The course explores how we can understand Floridians through their foodways. The course and readings will explore not only the changing diets of Floridians, but also how forces and factors such as immigration, climate, war, technology, and politics shaped the way we ate. The four-hour class meets on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, 4:00-5:45.
Here is the course list for Summer. Enjoy!
AML 3031 -53626 - American Literature from the Beginning to 1860 - Dr. Thomas Hallock
This course undertakes a recovery project in "early Florida literature." Inspired by recent calls for transatlantic and hemispheric studies, the class uses peninsular Florida as a test case for redefining the shape of colonial America letters. Students will participate in a web project, "Florida in the Early Literary Imagination," funded by the Florida Humanities Council, and complete original research projects. Reading knowledge of French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, and Timucuan is not required for this course. A taste for intellectual adventure is.
Civil Rights and the Law (please see OASIS for the course number and CRN that applies to you, ie., grad vs. undergrad, HIS vs AMS or HON) - Dr. Raymond Arsenault
Could you get on the bus? This seminar meets 6/1-6/2 for classroom instruction then follows the trail the Freedom Riders took in 1961 that began the Civil Rights Movement from 6/3-6/10. Costs in addition to tuition are TBA.
HIS 6908 - 53879 - Independent Study - Dr. Gary Mormino
Contact Dr. Mormino to discuss about a topic and choose your materials.
I am forwarding the latest information concerning the graduate-level class offerings for spring 2011. The offerings are slim because Professor Meindl is on a well-deserved sabbatical and Professor Arsenault is fulfilling an obligation upon his return to the states following a semester in England.
Nature Writing is a popular class and fulfills the Florida literature requirement. Professor Hallock, the author of a sensational new book on the 18th-century naturalist William Bartram and the subject of a Jeff Klinkenberg profile, is returning to teaching duties following a fall 2010 sabbatical. The four-hour class meets on Thursday afternoons from 2:00-4:50.
Students raved about this class a year ago. Professor Seth McKee is regarded as an emerging national star in the field of southern politics. The three-hour class fulfills the Florida Politics requirement and meets on Monday evenings, 6:00-8:50.
Many students know Jim Schnur, the extraordinary director of the Poynter Library’s special collections. James knows more about Pinellas County history and the archives of Florida than any Floridian. For students thinking about a career in museums or libraries, this might be a course that interests you. The 3-credit class blends the techniques of archival management with five meetings: all classes held on Thursday, 6:00-9:00, Poynter Library.
Professor Raymond Arsenault is returning from his semester in Great Britain. He is offering his popular sports history class. Florida Studies graduate students will meet with undergraduates and be assigned graduate-level assignments. The class will meet Tuesday evening, 6:00-9:50. Four credits.
This class is Modern Florida, but interested students will register for the class under Colloquium (full credit if you can spell colloquium and define it by the end of the semester). The class will be listed as Colloquium Modern Florida HIS 6925: 691. Students who complete the class will receive credit for Modern Florida. The class explores the wild and wacky history of Florida in the late 19th and 20th centuries. The schedule says we will meet Monday and Wednesday afternoons, but we’ll meet as a group and find a late afternoon that fits everyone’s needs. We will meet Tuesday from 4:00-7:50, or find another acceptable meeting time for our band of brothers and sisters.
Students who are contemplating a thesis are allowed to take up to four hours thesis credit, but generally most students take only two credits per semester. If you choose a thesis option, you must take two credits of thesis your last semester.
In addition, students may, with professors’ permission, take classes in directed readings, research, and thesis. Please understand that the aforementioned classes should take priority directed readings.
Please contact me or Ms. Daun Fletcher if you have questions. If additional offerings become available, you will be notified.
Since Professor Arsenault will be teaching in London and Professor Hallock is on paternity leave, our offerings are a little slender.
We have tried to make course registration less burdensome by eliminating permitting requirements. You should be able to register for these classes without having to secure a permit. Let’s see how this works!
Students wishing to pursue independent study and directed readings should contact the individual professor.
Students may also enroll in classes for directed research and directed readings, although we prefer that you enroll in the scheduled classes so as to get to know more professors and support the pre-arranged classes. However, if you wish to take a directed readings/research class, you must first get the permission of a professor. Upon selection of a research topic or the identification of books to be read, you must obtain a Directed Readings Contract at the Dean of Arts & Sciences office in Davis Hall.
Please let us know if you encounter any problems. This is the first semester when most of our classes are offered during the day, rather than evening. Several students have urged more day classes because of family commitments in the evening.