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USF humanities department hopes to boost student interest through culture, jazz

During last month’s Stampede of Culture jazz festival, only a handful of students visited the humanities table seeking counsel on offered majors and minors, illustrating the overall subdued interest in the Humanities and Cultural Studies Department.

The Humanities and Cultural Studies Department and the Humanities Institute, along with the USF Jazz Ensemble’s, combined cultural, musical and campus humanity organizations to provide students with a centralized event promoting humanities at the Marshall Student Center Amphitheater.

The USF Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Eric Eisenberg, addressed both crowd and jazz musicians during the event.

“The university today is so concerned with employment issues and financial budgets that sometimes we forget there are other things to this school,” said Eisenberg. “The humanities department provides a more cultured perspective for you tonight.”

At the event, the Humanities and Cultural Studies Department’s table offered free pamphlets and fliers for courses and upcoming events aiming to encourage students to enroll in those courses.

Kasandrea Sereno, Undergraduate Adviser for the Humanities and Cultural Studies Department, provided information to students interested in the department during the event.

“The department offers both majors and minors in Humanities and American Studies,” said Sereno. “We even have film studies being offered.”

According to the USF Infomart, 10 students graduated with a humanities Bachelor of Arts degree last spring.

Aristoula Mandelos, the department’s undergraduate director, commented on possible reasons for the declining interest in the department.

“The economy always affects the trend [of student interest],” said Mandelos. “Financial worries can go a long way, where students don’t realize that they can study what they want and still make a living.”


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