Florida Studies

Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate in Florida Studies is designed for anyone with an interest in Florida’s history, culture or environments. This certificate program consists of a minimum of three courses: one required and two electives. The required course, HUM 6814 (Intro to Graduate Study), introduces students to significant Florida places; demands that they confront scholarship from a range of disciplines (including many works about Florida); and challenges students to pose thoughtful questions, and to write and speak clearly, effectively, and analytically. Students may take any two elective courses listed below.

Should a non-degree seeking student decide to pursue a Master of Liberal Arts degree with concentration in Florida Studies after completing Florida Studies Certificate coursework, up to 12 credit hours may be applied to a master’s degree.

Note: Participation in the certificate program does not guarantee admission into a graduate degree program.

Admission Information

Must meet University requirements for Graduate Admissions as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s level degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA in their overall program or in the last 60 hours of study attempted while completing a bachelor’s degree.
    Candidates who have less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA will be considered for the certificate on a case by case basis.

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on all work while working toward completion of a baccalaureate degree or a 3.0 on all course work completed while as an upper-division student (upper 60 hours) toward completion of a baccalaureate degree.

Certificate Program Requirements (9 credit hours)

Required Course (3 credit hours)

  • HUM 6814 Introduction to Graduate Study 3

Elective Course Options (select any 2 courses for 6 credit hours)

  • AML 6017 Studies in American Lit to 1860 3
  • EVR 6072 Florida Springs 3
  • GEA 6195 Seminar in Adv. Regional Geography: Fla. 3
  • GEO 6605 Contemporary Urban Issues 3
  • HIS 5114: Spanish Paleography I 3
  • HIS 5116: Spanish Paleography II 3
  • HIS 6939 Seminar in History: Early Florida History 3
  • HIS 6939 Seminar in History: Modern Florida History 3
  • LIT 6934 Special Topics: Florida and the Global South 3
  • OCE 6934: Selected Topics: Geologic History of Florida 3
  • POS 6933: Special Topics: Florida Politics and Government 3

Graduate Recruiter Contact Info:

Marketa L. Teal, M.A.
Office of Graduate Studies
Email: mteal@usf.edu
Office Phone: (727) 873-4770
Main Line: (727) 873-4567 

Graduate Program Coordinator Contact Info:

Christopher Meindl, PhD
College of Arts & Sciences
Email: cmeindl@usf.edu
Phone: (727) 873-4961