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The College of Arts and Sciences is a community of scholars dedicated to the idea that educated people are the basis of a just and free society. The essences of education are a capacity for and an appreciation of social change within a context of prior human achievement. The faculty of the Arts and Sciences strive to instill in their students a history of human ideas, a sense of love for learning, and an understanding of the means that scholars have used in their search for beauty and order in the natural world.

The education provided by the disciplines of the Arts and Sciences is the foundation upon which the lives and professions of our students are built, and the basis from which personal growth occurs. The College of Arts and Sciences takes as its goal a melding of the natural, humanistic and social philosophies into a comprehensive whole that encourages the development of new ideas and new approaches to the understanding of our universe.

Great universities provide direction for their communities and service for their needs. The faculty of the Arts and Sciences as well as the staff, who support and encourage their work, explore their scholarly interests within the home and community created by the academic society. It is the responsibility of scholars to share their discoveries for the betterment of society. Thus, the Arts and Sciences embrace disciplines that strive to make immediate use of knowledge in the service of social goals as well as disciplines whose discoveries contribute to the fund of basic information that is the stepping stone of applied knowledge.

General Information

The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office is located in Davis Hall (DAV) Room 100. For additional information about the College, visit our web site at http://www.stpt.usf.edu/coas/index.htm Information regarding advising, admission to the College, graduation requirements, special programs, and departments follows. The College of Arts and Sciences Office is open Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Undergraduate Advising Information

The Academic Advising Center, located in Davis Hall (DAV), Room 134, handles all student-related academic matters. Students contemplating a major in Arts and Sciences or who have specific questions about a department/major should make an appointment with an advisor in their area of interest. Office hours are 8-6 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8-5 p.m. on Fridays. To make an appointment, call (727) 553-4511. For general questions related to Arts & Sciences majors call (727) 553-4507 or (727) 553-4152.

Undergraduate Admission to the College of Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College of Arts and Sciences is open to students who have been accepted to the University of South Florida and who declare a major in a particular field. Mass Communications/Journalism is a limited access degree program and has additional requirements listed under “Departments and Programs.” Undergraduate students must submit a formal application for admission into the College. This usually occurs during orientation and advising for new students. This application is also available in the Arts and Sciences Advising Office (DAV 134) for continuing students. Students preparing for a science or mathematics career must plan their courses carefully because of the sequential nature of the science curricula, and students seeking entrance into a professional school or the medical technology internship program require specialized counseling. Therefore, immediate application for admission into the College is strongly recommended.

Information on admission criteria, departments, majors, programs, counseling and other services of the College may be obtained from the Advising Office (DAV 134), College of Arts and Sciences, USF St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 or visit our web site at http://www.stpt.usf.edu/coas/index.htm.

General Requirements for B.A./B.S. Degree Within the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences offers three undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Social Work.


  1. Complete at least 120 accepted semester hours, 124 for Mass Communications/Journalism, with a USF cumulative gpa and an overall gpa of 2.000.

  2. Maintain major gpa of 2.000. Note: In English and Mass Communications students must have a 2.500 major gpa.

  3. Complete the Foreign Language Entrance Requirement if entering USF fall semester, 1987 or later. Students pursuing a B.A. degree must complete the Foreign Language Exit Requirement.

  4. Students enrolling in a college in January, 1983 or after must satisfy State Rule 6A-10.30 (Gordon Rule) concerning computation and communications. Transfer students who enter the University of South Florida with 60 or more semester hours from a regionally accredited institution are considered to have met the communications portion of the Gordon Rule.

  5. Complete Liberal Arts Requirements (for more information, see section titled “Liberal Arts Requirements.”)

    General Education Requirements (36) hours credit:
    Six (6) hours credit in English Composition
    Six (6) hours credit in Quantitative Methods
    Six (6) hours credit in Natural Sciences
    Six (6) hours credit in Social Sciences
    Six (6) hours credit in Historical Perspectives
    Three (3) hours credit in Fine Arts
    Three (3) hours credit in African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, or Asian Perspectives

    Exit Requirements (9) hours credit
    Six (6) hours credit in Major Works and Major Issues
    Three (3) hours credit in Literature and Writing

  6. Elective Physical Education is limited to 2 semester hours.

  7. ROTC is limited to 9 semester hours.

  8. When double majoring a maximum of 2 courses or 8 hours may be used to satisfy requirements between majors.

  9. Maximum of 20 hours of S/U option. S/U contracts must be negotiated in writing within the first three (3) weeks of the term. None of the 20 credits may be taken in the student’s major unless S/U is the only grading option. English 1101 or 1102 may not be taken S/U.

  10. The Audit option is available only during the first 5 days of classes; none permitted later.

  11. Complete at least 9 semester hours during summer terms if entering USF with fewer than 60 semester hours.

  12. “D” grades are not acceptable in the major and supporting sciences for all natural sciences majors. “D” grades are not acceptable for the major area in English, History, Mass Communications, Psychology, and Social Work. Only one “D” is allowed in the major for Criminology. (Important! All grades including “D”s and “F”s are used to calculate gpa’s for students in the College of Arts and Sciences.)

  13. Complete all major course requirements.

  14. Complete a minimum of 48 hours of upper-level courses (numbered 3000 or above). Lower-level course work from 2-year or 4-year schools, though, equivalent to a 3000-level course at USF, does not meet this requirement.

  15. Thirty (30) of the last 60 semester hours must be completed at USF to fulfill the residency requirement.

  16. Criminology, Economics, English, Mass Communications, and Political Science have established minimum major course hours to be taken in residency at USF. See the department section of the catalog for these credit-hour requirements. In addition, all students who have majors in arts and letters and in the social sciences must take a minimum of 80 hours outside of the major department.

  17. Students must satisfy CLAST (College Level Academic Skills Test).

  18. Transfer credit for MAT 1033 will only be acceptable towards a bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences if it was earned as part of an Associate of Arts degree awarded by a public community college in the State of Florida or is part of a Florida public community college transcript which explicitly indicates that general education or general distribution requirements have been met.

Turn in your graduation application to DAV 134 during the 1st to the 4th week of the semester in which you plan to graduate. Applications are not accepted late.


Minors generally require half as many hours as required for the major. In order to help students develop some concentration in elective work taken in conjunction with their chosen major, the College of Arts and Sciences offers minors in the following: Anthropology, Criminology, English, Environmental Science and Policy, Geography, History, Mass Communications, Political Science, and Psychology.

Certain restrictions apply to students earning a minor: (a) students may not use courses in the major for the minor; and (b) ISS majors may not earn a minor in any of the cognate areas incorporated in their contracts. In some departments, S/U grades within the minor curriculum are not countable. Specific requirements for the different minors appear under the departmental summaries listed under “Departments and Programs.”

Baccalaureate-Level Degree Programs

The departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences include Anthropology, Criminology, English, Environmental Science and Policy, Geography, History, Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Mass Communications, Political Science, and Psychology. The College of Arts and Sciences offers major fields of study as described in the following pages.




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Anthropology Club - To promote and encourage an interest in Anthropology among individuals within the USF community, to provide a forum for the exchange of anthropological ideas between faculty and students, and foster an informal and creative atmosphere for interaction. For further information please see our website http://web.tampabay.rr.com/rllewel/index.htm

Arts and Sciences Honor Society - To recognize high academic achievement by students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Membership is by invitation. One induction is held each year during the fall semester. For further information, contact Academic Advising (DAV 134)

Psi Chi - Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.

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Professor: J. Sokolovsky, Assistant Professor: J. Arthur.


Assistant Professors: S. Bundrick, J. Spadaro; Visiting Assistant Professor: Lucy Karl


Assistant Professors: D. Cecil, L. Holland-Davis, W. Ruefle; Visiting Instructor: J. Davis


Professor: D. Wells; Assistant Professors: J. Armstrong, L. Culp,P. Kalliney, J. Walker, L. Starks; Instructors: K. Minor, K. White.

Environmental Science and Policy

Assistant Professors: D. Cassill, J. Krest, A. Price-Smith, M. Riedinger-Whitmore, D. Smoak, K Carvalho-Knighton

Florida Studies

Professors: R. Arsenault, G. Mormino


Assistant Professors: B. Dixon, D. Mustafa, T. Smucker.


Associate Professor: D. R. Carr, Assistant Professors: S.J. Fernandez, J. Kessenides.

Government and International Affairs

Professors: A. Njoh, D. Paulson; Assistant Professors: M. Mathews, N. Johnson, J. Scourfield McLauchlan, T. Smith

Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Assistant Professors: C. Meindl, E. Schmidt; Visiting Instructor: V. Hilliard

Mass Communications

Professors: D. Elliott, G. M. Killenberg; Associate Professor: R. Dardenne; Assistant Professors: E. Huang, C. Koski, M. Walters, P. Stark-Adams.


Assistant Professors: M. Gaulter, B. McKay, G. Yanev; Visiting Instructor: L. Zhornitskaya


Professor: R. Fowler; Associate Professor: J. McHale; Assistant Professors: T. Joseph, S. Partan, M. Pezzo.

World Language Education

Assistant Professors: Y. Angulo-Cano, M. Fernandes.

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