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The Program

The purpose of the Social and Political Thought concentration is to enable students to pursue interests in social and political theory that arise in a variety of disciplines, including both traditional humanities and social science fields (such as philosophy and politics), but also such areas as management theory, communications, and education.  For a history of the program click here. Relevant courses are available in several of the colleges of USF. Courses are applied to the degree entirely on the basis of the approval of the student's committee.

Initial advising of students admitted to the concentration and assistance in forming a committee will be provided by Dr. Stephen Turner. The committee will be responsible for approving the student's program of studies and will write and evaluate a comprehensive exam as well as supervise and examine the thesis. The committee will consist of faculty associated with the Center, a group drawn from five colleges at USF.

In practice, students explore their interests through selecting courses from the very substantial offerings of the University, and this is encouraged, unless they come with a clear and specific topic and goal. They take courses from affiliated faculty, some special Social and Political Thought offerings, Directed Readings, and courses that seem to be appropriate as foundations or background for the topics they are beginning to focus on. The purpose of the degree is to master the literature of social and political theory. Working on a specific topic that enables the student to employ the resources of various traditions is a means of making that mastery tangible.

 

ADMISSION INFORMATION

 

Must meet University requirements as well as Program requirements listed below.

 

University Admission Requirements

Each applicant to a graduate program at the University of South Florida is required to meet the following minimum

requirements:

 

1. An applicant must have one of the following:

a. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and satisfying at least one of the following criteria:

i. “B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student working for a degree, or

ii. “B” or better average in all work attempted while registered as an upper division undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree.

b. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and a previous graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

c. The equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution.

2. Submission of a GRE/GMAT score is required unless specifically waived by the University.

3. All specific and additional requirements of the graduate program to which admission is sought (including requirements to submit standardized test scores) consistent with the University’s Statement of Principles.

 

Program Admission Requirements

• Upper division undergraduate GPA of 3.00

• a GRE required with least 550 V and 4.5 AW

 

Admission to the Social and Political Thought Concentration is ordinarily based on grades and scores on the GRE.  If the applicant meets minimum requirements on these criteria for the program, no additional documentation beyond the ordinary requirements for admission to the graduate school is required.  If these requirements are not met, additional supporting documents may be provided by the applicant and admission may be granted on the basis of these documents.  These might include writing samples, letters of recommendation, a statement of interests, or other evidence that the student will succeed in the program.

Initial advising of students admitted to the concentration and assistance in forming a committee will be provided by Dr. Stephen Turner. The committee will be responsible for approving the student's program of studies and will write and evaluate a comprehensive exam as well as supervise and examine the thesis. The committee will consist of faculty associated with the Center, a group drawn from five colleges at USF.

In practice, students explore their interests through selecting courses from the very substantial offerings of the University, and this is encouraged, unless they come with a clear and specific topic and goal. They take courses from affiliated faculty, some special Social and Political Thought offerings, Directed Readings, and courses that seem to be appropriate as foundations or background for the topics they are beginning to focus on. The purpose of the degree is to master the literature of social and political theory. Working on a specific topic that enables the student to employ the resources of various traditions is a means of making that mastery tangible.

 

Social and Political Thought Concentration—Total minimum required hours: (33)

Course 27 hours of courses approved by a committee selected by the student from the program faculty.

After the completion of coursework, each student will select a thesis topic; constitute a thesis committee; and write and orally defend a thesis proposal. Each student will then write and orally defend a 40 to 80 page thesis. During the proposal and thesis writing stage, students are required to enroll for 6 thesis hours.

 

Thesis Enrollment

Upon successful completion of all M.A./M.S. degree requirements except for thesis, Arts and Sciences graduate students must enroll in a minimum of two (2) credit hours of Thesis each semester (except Summers) until the completion of the master’s degree.


 
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