University of South Florida St. Petersburg - College of Arts & Sciences

Introduction

The College of Arts & Sciences is USF St. Petersburg’s largest college, offering a wide range of academic programs. The College has a legacy of providing programs of excellence in a student-centered atmosphere. World-class research and creative activities are carried out in one of the most beautiful metropolitan campuses in the U.S. Take some time to explore our offerings, where “the world will recognize your degree and your professors will know your name.”

College of Arts and Sciences Mission

To embody the principles and activities of a research intensive liberal arts college, where our graduates will be well trained within their disciplines, and thus prepared for graduate of professional schools. Our students will have the critical skills, broad outlook, and civic awareness that will make them engaged and productive citizens. In short, our students will be recognized as citizen scholars.

Unit Goals/Strategies

  1. Make significant and meaningful contributions to ongoing dialogues in our academic fields;
  2. Expect our undergraduates and graduate students to engage in research – where feasible, in collaboration with faculty;
  3. Cultivate a vigorous liberal arts culture by recruiting talented and diverse faculty and students, maintaining small class sizes, and mentoring those students we have;
  4. Encourage free discussions, foster critical thinking, demand that our students write, and when possible, to work across disciplines;
  5. Initiate and expand graduate programs and develop formal academic ties to other graduate programs within the University of South Florida system;
  6. Introduce, as part of the mosaic of learning experiences at USFSP, civic engagement, service learning, and experiential learning into classes, when appropriate.

Dean Biafora's Welcome

Welcome and thank you for your interest in our graduate offerings at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP).

As a dynamic research-active institution, USFSP College of Arts & Sciences offers world-class academics and personalized real-world experience in a culturally vibrant, urban, waterfront community. Our student body is diverse; reflecting the demographics of the region, the state, and the nation.

Our distinguished faculty is recognized locally, nationally and around the world for their excellence in research and scholarship. Our flexible programs are designed to meet the needs of the students–from the fully on-line degree in Digital Journalism and Media Studies to the hands-on research focused Psychology graduate program.

I encourage you to reach out to the Graduate Program Director of the program of your interest to learn more.

Our story at USFSP continues to be written and we are excited to invite you to be a part of our future. Join us in the exploration that is graduate education and research at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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Master in Digital Journalism and Design

Online Full time Part time 1 year February 2018 USA Saint Petersburg + 1 more

This master’s degree is designed to be completed in one year, or over a fall, a spring and a summer semester. (Working professionals may want to take longer to complete it.) It will prepare recent graduates or practicing professionals to excel in the exciting field of digital journalism and in other media- or communication-related fields. [+]

Learn essential skills for the Internet age: web publishing and design, social media, multimedia production, information graphics and much more. This master’s degree is designed to be completed in one year, or over a fall, a spring and a summer semester. (Working professionals may want to take longer to complete it.) It will prepare recent graduates or practicing professionals to excel in the exciting field of digital journalism and in other media- or communication-related fields. As an applicant to the master’s degree in Digital Journalism and Design, you stand to gain an immediate professional benefit: a USFSP-Poynter Certificate of Proficiency in Digital Technology for Journalists. A Banner Day for DJD: Full Accreditation On May 6, 2016, the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications unanimously voted to approve full accreditation for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg’s online M.A. program in Digital Journalism and Design. Face-to-face undergraduate and graduate programs within USFSP’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies have been accredited since 2004, earning re-accreditation every five years since. This marks the first program review for DJD, and its initial accreditation. ACEJMC found each degree-seeking program offered by the Department of Journalism and Media Studies in compliance with each its nine standards for excellence. While programs with multiple ACEJMC-accredited programs are rare, rarer still are accredited programs with online degrees. Today’s achievement validates the hard work our students and faculty have put forth since the first cohort of DJD students in fall, 2012. Ready to jump into... [-]

Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies

Campus Full time 2 years February 2018 USA Saint Petersburg

The hybrid program in JMS prepares students for careers in print, electronic and digital media or for college-level teaching, and provides a foundation for those students who elect to continue their studies at the Ph.D. level or teach at the post-secondary level. The program includes a mix of on-campus, online, and hybrid courses, requires a thesis or culminating professional project, and takes at least two years to complete. [+]

The hybrid program in JMS prepares students for careers in print, electronic and digital media or for college-level teaching, and provides a foundation for those students who elect to continue their studies at the Ph.D. level or teach at the post-secondary level. The program includes a mix of on-campus, online, and hybrid courses, requires a thesis or culminating professional project, and takes at least two years to complete. To conform with academic expectations, this degree requires 36 semester hours. Students enrolled in the on-campus M.A. program may also take classes part time or full time. They may sample the program by taking courses as a non-degree seeking student. Up to 12 hours of graduate credit earned as a non-degree seeking student can count toward the degree. However, students are encouraged to apply soon after completing their first course as a non-degree seeking student, as success in a course taken as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee admission to the graduate program. Students may choose electives, with their adviser’s approval, in any department at any USF campus. Students enrolled in the traditional program may also take up to two classes from the DJD course offerings. Characteristics of Graduate Study Graduate study differs from undergraduate work in substantial ways. Students are accepted into specific graduate programs based on disciplinary focus and relevant background for study in that particular field. Students often leave their graduate studies with educational or career goals different from when they began, but the focus will usually remain... [-]

Master of Arts in Psychology

Campus Full time February 2018 USA Saint Petersburg

The USFSP Master of Arts in Psychology provides study of biological, social, developmental and cognitive bases of health and human behavior, with concentrated emphasis on how adjustment in these realms serves as the platform for later health and chronic disease outcomes. The program also cultivates advanced competence in research methodology required to interpret and evaluate applied research data. [+]

The USFSP Master of Arts in Psychology provides study of biological, social, developmental and cognitive bases of health and human behavior, with concentrated emphasis on how adjustment in these realms serves as the platform for later health and chronic disease outcomes. The program also cultivates advanced competence in research methodology required to interpret and evaluate applied research data. For students in both thesis and non-thesis options, elective courses in the domains of experimental and applied psychology, health psychology, infant-family mental health, cultural competence, and other basic and applied areas round out coursework requirements for the degree. Students on the thesis track also complete an empirical master’s thesis. Our program is designed to advance your study of Psychology, whether or not your undergraduate major was in a field other than psychology and you seek re-specialization coursework or you were a strong undergraduate major in Psychology or a related field. Our graduates will demonstrate a conceptual understanding of advanced psychology and contribute intellectually to the field. As a program graduate of the M.A. in Psychology from USF St. Petersburg (USFSP), you will be: positioned to assume human service and health research positions demanding advanced competencies in research methodology; data tracking, collection, and analysis; and grant writing associated with graduate training; eligible for teaching positions at high schools and at 2- and 4-year colleges or universities at (1000/2000 level coursework) with the required 18 hours of graduate coursework in psychology; and/or competitive for admission to top doctoral programs through the receipt of the... [-]

Master of Liberal Arts: Focused or Interdisciplinary Studies

Campus Full time February 2018 USA Saint Petersburg

The MLA in Liberal Studies offers two “build-your own” tracks. In the Focused Studies track, students explore a particular subject from within the larger perspective of the liberal arts, earning 18 of the 33 required hours in a specific discipline. As part of their core requirements, students may take courses in pedagogy and education, theory, or research methods, which would enable them to teach at... [+]

The MLA in Liberal Studies offers two “build-your own” tracks. In the Focused Studies track, students explore a particular subject from within the larger perspective of the liberal arts, earning 18 of the 33 required hours in a specific discipline. As part of their core requirements, students may take courses in pedagogy and education, theory, or research methods, which would enable them to teach at the community college level (with the 18hrs), continue on for the Ph.D., or work in areas related to their chosen field of study. In the Interdisciplinary Studies track, students build their own unique degree from various disciplines (e.g., culture and the environment, ethics and the workplace, social justice and engagement, etc.) and related core requirements, preparing them for future study or professional careers in related areas, including work for non-profits and other businesses. Admission Requirements Baccalaureate degree with at least 3.0 cumulative GPA or a GPA of 3.0 on their upper two years of baccalaureate work (Students who do not meet this requirement must submit a standardized test score as outline below).* Written Statement (2-3 pages addressing the applicant’s reasons for enrolling in this MLA program, major scholarly interests, educational and career goals). Writing Sample (substantial term paper, e-portfolio, or other evidence of academic or professional writing ability). Three Letters of Recommendation (letters should be from people who have supervised the applicant’s academic or professional work). *Students who do not meet this requirement must submit a GRE test score with at least a 153 or... [-]

Master of Liberal Arts in Florida Studies

Campus Full time February 2018 USA Saint Petersburg

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. [+]

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 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... [-]

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Master of Science in Conservation Biology

Campus Full time February 2018 USA Saint Petersburg

USF St. Petersburg has announced the new Master of Science in Conservation Biology degree program, which will launch in Fall 2017. The addition of the new graduate program—the only M.S. thesis-based degree of its kind in the State University System—will complement the institution’s thriving undergraduate degree program in biology, which has grown to include more than 760 enrolled students since its Fall 2012 inception. [+]

USF St. Petersburg has announced the new Master of Science in Conservation Biology degree program, which will launch in Fall 2017. The addition of the new graduate program—the only M.S. thesis-based degree of its kind in the State University System—will complement the institution’s thriving undergraduate degree program in biology, which has grown to include more than 760 enrolled students since its Fall 2012 inception. The increase in biology majors aligns with the state’s goals to prepare more graduates for fields in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. “This new program, and others like it at USF St. Petersburg, are preparing students to become leaders in creating and leading community, state, national and international efforts in conservation and sustainability,” said Martin Tadlock, regional vice chancellor of Academic Affairs at USFSP. “We have tremendous faculty members engaged in this work, and highly supportive community partnerships to help us in that preparation.” The program aims to address regional needs for biologists with training in conservation, ecology, organismal biology, and taxonomy. Students who successfully complete the degree will be eligible for jobs in conservation biology at government agencies, at non-profit agencies that protect natural resources, at environmental consulting firms, and at aquaria, and zoological and botanical gardens. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and O*Net OnLine, the median salary for careers in conservation biology range from $59,000 to $75,000 with an anticipated job growth rate of 2-13 percent between 2014 to 2024. “This hands-on program fits our priorities... [-]

Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy

Campus Full time February 2018 USA Saint Petersburg

Our Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy brings interdisciplinary expertise in the social and natural sciences together with advanced technologies, such as remote sensing and geographic information systems, to prepare students to effectively address complex environmental problems. [+]

Our Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy brings interdisciplinary expertise in the social and natural sciences together with advanced technologies, such as remote sensing and geographic information systems, to prepare students to effectively address complex environmental problems. Our program graduates will be able to: develop solutions to the increasingly urgent problems resulting from human impacts on the environment; contribute to efforts to better understand and respond to those impacts; and protect and manage environmental resources in the face of population growth and economic change. Two focus tracks – Applied Environmental Science and Society-Environment Interactions are available for students pursing an M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Policy. Graduates of the Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy program at USF St. Petersburg will be highly skilled and imaginative individuals, prepared for leadership roles in local, state, and federal agencies; non-profit organizations working to ameliorate environmental concerns; and private scientific, research, environmental and engineering firms. Our graduates will have the analytical skills to understand and impact the socio-cultural and political context in which environmental problems are created and ameliorated, and the scientific expertise to fully explore and analyze the consequences of ongoing environmental change and interaction. Application Deadlines The Graduate Applications Committee for the Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) Programs will continue to review applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Those applicants interested in being considered for financial assistance from the MS Program should ensure their complete applications are received by the USFSP Office of... [-]

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33701 Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA
Website http://www.usfsp.edu/
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