Florida Studies

College of Arts & Sciences
Florida Studies Program
USF St. Petersburg SNL 200
140 Seventh Avenue South,
St. Petersburg Florida 33701
Phone: 727-873-4872

Maintained by A. Fairbanks
Last updated 12/12/13


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Master of Liberal Arts Degree in Florida Studies


Program Description:

The Florida Studies track of the Master of Liberal Arts Program allows students to sample a broad array of interdisciplinary classes.  Students take Florida-based classes in the fields of History, English, Marine Science, Geology, Geography, Political Science, Journalism and Media Studies, Fine Arts, and Anthropology.

Students will work closely with the program faculty who will approve courses and give advice on theses and publications.


Program Requirements:

Total required hours:  33

  • Required courses in the Florida Studies Program include Introduction to Florida and Regional Studies (AMS 6934) and History of Modern Florida (HIS 6939), plus one each within the realms of Florida Literature/Writing and Florida Politics. 
  • The remainder of each student’s program of study will be worked out with his or her advisor.  Each semester, the program circulates a list of approved courses.  If students identify courses they wish to include that are not on this list (including a limited number of graduate courses at other campuses), they may seek approval from the Program Director.
  • Each student must pass a comprehensive oral examination and written examination covering three fields or concentrations. 
  • Students may choose a thesis or non-thesis option. Candidates will select topics with the approval of a faculty advisor. 

Detailed program requirements are discussed in the Florida Studies Graduate Student Handbook.


Admission Requirements:

Candidates must have a baccalaureate degree and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.  Please submit a writing sample (an undergraduate term paper, book review, or essay) or evidence of artistic work.  We also ask that you submit two letters of recommendation.

Further details about graduate admissions may be found at the Graduate Studies website. 

Direct Inquiries To:


Florida Studies Program

140 Seventh Avenue South, SNL100

St. Petersburg, FL  33701

(727) 873-4872 – office

(727) 873-4878 – fax



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