American Culture and Society
The certificate offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of American culture and society. Classes integrate interpretations of the literature, arts and music of the United States with an understanding of the social values and historical issues they engage. The field of American Studies offers students a unique opportunity to study a broad range of cultural phenomena of contemporary social relevance.
The certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.
Applicants for the Certificate should have:
- A bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university or college.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 on all work completed while registered as an upper-division baccalaureate student
Application processTo learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.
In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:
- GRE Scores
- Academic Writing Sample that demonstrates an applicant's ability to critically engage cultural texts. Contact department for additional information.
None are required.
Total of 12 credit hours for the certificate.
- AMS 6254 – Cultural Era (3)
Choose three classes (9 credit hours) from the list below.
- AMS 6002 – American Lives (3)
- AMS 6156 – Theories and Methods of Cultural Studies (3)
- AMS 6805 – Enduring Questions in American Culture (3)
- AMS 6934 – Selected Topics (3)
- HUM 6453 – Studies in American Arts and Letters I (3)
- HUM 6453 – Studies in American Arts and Letters II (3)
- HUM 6585 – Film and New Media Auteurs (3)
Time Limit for Completion of Certificate
Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is three years.
Credit toward graduate degree
Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.
Preferred GRE verbal score of 153, Analytic Writing score of 4.5. International students must also score at least a 50 on the TSE.