For everyone who lives, works, or studies in Florida, the best way to understand our state and the issues we face is to put them in the context of our history and distinctive regional culture.

The Florida Studies Program brings together faculty from history, economics, geography, political science, anthropology, and other disciplines to create an integrated, in-depth exploration of our state’s changing identity as a part of the American South as well as a bridge to the Caribbean Basin.

From environmental policy and resource management to political challenges and immigration reform, Florida presents distinctive issues that merit close attention. Students from any discipline can benefit from Florida Studies courses as they prepare for careers ranging from urban planning to social work, from historic preservation to international business. For anyone who is interested in how our state fits into matters of regional and global significance, this program presents the ideal opportunity to use the State of Florida as a teaching and research laboratory.

Students admitted to the program take graduate classes toward the pursuit of a Master of Liberal Arts in Florida Studies. Limited graduate assistantships are available to both new and continuing students.


Program Description

The Florida Studies track of the Master of Liberal Arts Program allows students to sample a broad array of interdisciplinary classes. Students take Florida-based classes in the fields of History, English, Geography, Political Science, Journalism and Media Studies, and Anthropology.

Students will work closely with the program faculty who will approve courses and give advice on theses and publications.

Program Requirements

Total required hours: 33

Required courses in the Florida Studies Program include 1.) Intro to Florida and Regional Studies, 2.) Early Florida History, 3.) Modern Florida History, 4.)Geography of Florida (or approved environmental course that has Florida content), and 5.) Any approved Literature, Writing or Media course with Florida content.

The remainder of each student’s program of study will be worked out with his or her advisor. Each semester, the program circulates a list of approved courses. If students identify courses they wish to include that are not on this list (including a limited number of graduate courses at other campuses), they may seek approval from the Program Director.

Each student must pass a comprehensive oral examination and written examination covering three fields or concentrations.

Students may choose a thesis or non-thesis option. Candidates will select topics with the approval of a faculty advisor.


Admission Requirements

Candidates must have a baccalaureate degree and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Please submit a writing sample (an undergraduate term paper, book review, or essay) or evidence of artistic work. We also ask that you submit two letters of recommendation.

Program taught in:
  • English

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