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Graduate Advising

Important Contacts:

Graduate Director:  Julie Langford, SOC 213, (813) 974-3249, langford@usf.edu

Graduate Program Assistant: Connie Bryan, SOC 268, (813) 974-2784, cebyran@usf.edu

Office Manager: Theresa Lewis, SOC 260, (13) 974-2809, lewist@usf.edu

 

M.A. Evaluation and Advising

M.A. Annual Evaluation

M.A. students will be evaluated at the end of each academic year to determine the student’s progress towards degree and teaching and/or research assignment if applicable. These evaluations will be completed by the Graduate Committee in consultation with the Major Professor and teaching supervisors and will be available every semester to the student on the History Graduate Program Canvas page.

Deciding upon Course of Study soon after admittance

After beginning course work and within the first year in the program, M.A. students select an advisor in their major field of study. Students arrange their programs of study and select appropriate courses with the guidance of their advisor, referred to as their Major Professor.

Major Professor and Formation of Committee

Additionally, during the second semester if not earlier, the student in consultation with the Major Professor asks one or two other members (normally one from the major and one from the minor fields) to serve on a supervisory committee. The student is required to have completed successfully at least 3 credits of course work with each member of his/her committee.

The committee, under the direction of the Major Professor, will supervise coursework in order to prepare for the comprehensive examination. The Major Professor and one committee member must be members of the USF Tampa Faculty. A student may choose to add additional members, either from within or outside the Department or University with the approval of their Major Professor; however, there must always be two History department faculty members on the committee.

Usually, the student makes the first contact with faculty who may be appropriate to serve on the committee, but it is usually helpful to discuss possible members with the Major Professor before approaching other faculty.

When inviting faculty members to serve on their committee, the student should apprise them in general terms about the nature of their research and disciplinary interests, so that the faculty member can make an informed decision. 

 

Ph.D. Evaluation and Advising

Annual Evaluation

Ph.D. students will be evaluated at the end of each academic year to determine the student’s progress towards degree and teaching and/or research assignment if applicable. These evaluations will be completed by the Graduate Committee in consultation with the Major Professor and teaching supervisors and will be available every semester to the student on the History Graduate Program Canvas page.

Deciding upon Course of Study soon after admittance

Within the first semester, students ought to have a general idea of their interests and be ready to start research on their dissertation topic. Though the student may change this topic at anytime within the first two years of their program, they are strongly encouraged to begin researching their topics as soon as possible so as to move through the program quickly.

Major Professor and Supervisory Committee

Upon admittance to the program, either a Major Professor or a Provisional Advisor in their field of study will meet with the student so as to develop a plan for the student’s coursework. Usually, the student makes the first contact with faculty who may be appropriate to serve on the committee, but it is helpful to discuss possible members with the Major Professor before approaching other faculty.

Additionally, the student in consultation with the Major Professor, asks two or three other members from the USF History Department to serve on a supervisory committee. A fourth committee member from another department within USF or from another institution may be selected. In the latter case, both must have Ph.D.s and provide the department a CV. The Ph.D. committee must have a total of four members in order for a student to be admitted to candidacy.

The student is required to have completed successfully at least 3 credits of course work with each member of his/her committee who is from the USF History Department. There is no minimum course requirement regarding the outside member.

This four-person committee, under the direction of the Major Professor, must approve the plan for research, supervise the research, read and approve the dissertation.

When inviting faculty members to serve on their committee, the student should apprise them in general terms about the nature of their research and disciplinary interests, so that the faculty member can make an informed decision.

Once a committee has been determined, the Graduate Supervisory Committee Form needs to be completed by the student and submitted to the Committee Members for original signature.  A PDF of the Supervisory Committee Form is available on the History Department website. Changes to a Supervisory Committee must be submitted on a Change of Committee Form. An approved and current Supervisory Committee Form must be on file in the College before admission to candidacy.