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.
For more information on admission, please visit Application
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
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.