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The Humanities and Cultural Studies department offers three graduate degree programs:

American Studies M.A.

The Master of Arts in American Studies offers students the opportunity to study the social relations and cultural patterns that have both unified and divided Americans over time. Topics include popular and elite cultures; the material and technological foundations of American society; cultural heroines and heroes; and the values, ideals, and lifestyles of ordinary people as well as those of recognized historical figures. Students learn how to analyze a broad range of texts, including literature, art, film, and material culture, for evidence of these patterns in American life and culture.

Liberal Arts M.A.

The Master of Arts in Liberal Arts is an interdisciplinary, interdepartmental program that offers students an opportunity to study the ideas and works that have shaped world culture. There are five tracks or concentrations within the Liberal Arts M.A.: Humanities (HTS), Film Studies (FLM), Africana Studies (AFA), Social and Political Thought (SPT), and Florida Studies (FST). Of these, the first two (Humanities and Film Studies) are the primary responsibility of the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies.

  • M.A. in Liberal Arts, Humanities

    The Humanities track offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of European, American, and Latin American cultures. Classes integrate interpretations of the literature, arts, and music of each cultural period with an understanding of their social and historical contexts.

  • M.A. in Liberal Arts, Film Studies

    The Film Studies track helps students to develop the knowledge and critical skills needed to address film as a unique artistic medium and form of cultural expression. Coursework includes both classes devoted exclusively to film and classes examining film in a broader interdisciplinary context.

Other Information

For more information on admission, please visit Application Information.

These three remaining tracks are run independently by separate departments that the Humanities and Cultural Studies Department works closely with to promote interdisciplinary degree options. They can be found below, along with who to contact to receive more information.

If you have any questions about the M.A. in American Studies, or M.A. in Liberal Arts tracks, please e-mail the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Brook J. Sadler, or contact by phone at 813-974-8841.