A thesis is strongly recommended for those who think they might ultimately pursue doctoral level study, or who might want to write a book in the future.
An acceptable master’s thesis is a significant study, generally between 75 and 120 pages, in which students work closely with a committee comprised of three faculty members. One of these committee members may be a professor from off-campus or even a working professional with an intimate knowledge of your research area. Your major professor must be a full-time faculty member at USF St. Petersburg.
Typically, a thesis should identify some gap in our knowledge; elucidate one or more research questions that you hope to answer or shed some light upon; survey the published literature related to the subject of your research; establish relevant theoretical and methodological concerns while explaining how you intend to investigate your research questions; review the evidence you assemble and explain what you have discovered; and summarize your conclusions and your contribution to our understanding of the research questions you posed.
Addition information about thesis and non-thesis options can be found in the Florida Studies Graduate Student Handbook.
Whether pursuing a thesis or non-thesis option, Florida Studies Program students should become acquainted with journals relevant to their fields of study. Non-thesis publications should be of the quality for consideration in one of the following journals, and thesis students may also wish to submit articles based on their work:
- American Quarterly
- Southern Cultures
- Florida Geographer
- Florida Historical Quarterly
- Florida Scientist
- Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
- Journal of Florida Studies
- Tampa Bay History
Because of the Florida Studies Program’s broad interdisciplinary nature and its goal to engage in public scholarship, students are encouraged to explore other avenues for sharing their work and discuss options with their advisor.