Early American Studies

The Graduate Program in Early American Studies offers students a Master of Arts degree focusing on early American history and culture, covering North America and the Atlantic World to 1850. Since Pensacola was always a bitterly contested epicenter of international rivalry and a prominent juncture of American, European, Indian, and African peoples, the program focuses most heavily on all aspects of the American Southeast and the Caribbean.

Program Description

Although directed by the Department of History, this multidisciplinary program provides students the opportunity to develop their knowledge of early American life and society in more comprehensive ways through coursework and research in various other disciplines - from anthropology and archaeology, to literature and the fine arts, and from government and political science, to philosophy and religion.

The program emphasizes both "depth" and "breadth," as it requires students to take core coursework in American history from European contact to the eve of civil war, while allowing them the opportunity to expand their knowledge of and appreciation for various other areas and subjects in history and culture. In both their coursework and research, graduate students will gain a broad knowledge of early American history, while being able to delve more deeply into specific areas and subjects that pique their interest and develop their academic credentials.

The program provides graduate students with the necessary skills and education to enter a doctoral program in several fields or to secure employment in a variety of professions in the private or public sectors, including education, government, communications, and nonprofit organizations. Along with a broad-based and in-depth education, the Graduate Program in Early American Studies provides graduate students with enhanced skills at reading comprehension, critical and analytical thinking, and communication and writing.

Students can expand and strengthen their education and skills by serving as teaching assistants or lecturers, or by assisting faculty as research assistants on various research projects or funded research grants, both applied and traditional. The University of West Florida regularly entertains visiting scholars and presents public forums, scholarly lecture series, and community seminars - all activities which further enrich the academic experience, broaden educational opportunity, and enhance students' academic achievements, making them better prepared to take the next step in higher education or to embark on a productive professional career.

Related Pages

Early American Course Requirements

Early American Library Research Guide

History-ALP (Academic Learning Plan)

Sample Syllabi

Securing the American South: The Creek War and the War of 1812


Program Partners

Department of English and World Languages

Department of Government

Department of Philosophy

Division of Anthropology and Archaeology

Program Contact

For more information, please contact the program director Dr. William S. Belko at wbelko@uwf.edu.