Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14


Humanities (HUM)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 24.0103

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

The Humanities Program offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that investigates the visual arts, music, and literature, and the cultures from which they emerge.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program.

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Major Core Courses - 36 Hours

  1. HUM 2230 European Humanities: Renaissance – 20th Century
  2. One additional Interdisciplinary Historical Survey:
    • HUM 2210 Studies in Culture: The Classical Through Medieval Periods
    • HUM 2250 Studies in Culture: The 20th Century or AMS 2270 20th-Century
    • HUM 2466 Latin American Civilization II: Modern Latin America
    • HUM 2273 Eastern and Western Cultures Since 1400
  3. One Introductory Genre or Medium course:
    • FIL 1002 Introduction to Film Studies
    • HUM 2522 Introduction to the Cultural Study of Popular Music
    • A similar course approved by the department
  4. HUM 3804 Introduction to Cultural Studies
  5. Students must pass this course with a B- or better in order to register for HUM 4331 Humanities Pro-Seminar.

Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies Courses - 9 hours:

Students must take three courses from among the following. All are variable topics courses and may be repeated up to 6 hours with a change of topic.

Pro-Seminar/Senior Seminar - 6 hours (A two-semester senior-year sequence):

  1. HUM 4331 Humanities Pro-Seminar
  2. Students must have at least 6 credits of upper-level major coursework in addition to a B- in HUM 3804 in order to enroll in HUM 4331.
  3. HUM 4931 Seminar in Humanities
  4. Students must pass HUM 4331 with at least a C- to register for HUM 4931.
Students must choose one of two specialization tracks and take 9 credit hours of coursework within that specialization.

Coursework chosen in consultation with the undergraduate advisor to form a coherent focus of study. Students will follow one of two specialization areas: Modern Humanities or Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern. Up to six (6) of these hours can be taken in approved courses outside the department.

Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern SpecializationModern Specialization

Students should consult the undergraduate advisor for information on approved specialization course clusters.

Major Internship Opportunities

The Department of Humanities & Cultural Studies (HCS) offers an internship for Tampa-based, degree-seeking students declared as HUM or AMS majors and who have earned at least 12 credit hours of approved courses in the major prior to starting the internship. This internship consists of supervised work-and-learning experience in humanities and cultural issues under the direction of a University faculty member/administrator and an employee of a participating sponsor organization. The internship counts as a major elective. Specifically, it counts as a "concentration" course for HUM majors, an upper-level elective for AMS majors, and an "interdisciplinary cultural studies" course for HUM majors who are pursuing a track in film & new media studies.

Students participating in the internship must enroll in the HUM 4940 Internship in Humanities & Cultural Studies class (and, in some instances, AMS 4940 to make sure the credits equal 3). This class earns up to 3 semester hours of academic credit. Students report to the HCS Internship Coordinator weekly through formal status reports via webform. A final professional portfolio and final reflection paper are significant parts of this experience. 

For more information please visit the Department's internship page:  

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