Academic Areas

Miami Semester students must be enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours) for the duration of the semester.

Students enroll in two to three core courses from their chosen area of study. Remaining credits (one or two courses) are selected from other departments and schools based on individual program requirements, academic interests, and course availability. 

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Academic Areas

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  • American Studies

    American Studies

    The program allows students to select two courses from among the American Studies (AMS) Program's core courses, and classes from other departments based on availability and interests. It is an interdisciplinary approach for students to reflect on the interrelated nature of subjects like, but not limited to, Sociology, Geography, History, and Anthropology, and topics that are relevant to today's society such as cultural diversity, the global economy, regional and geographical norms, and popular culture. The goal of this program is to assist in students' understanding of the world around them by analyzing events, policies, societal norms and cultures, and historical events. Students may take any combination of courses that equal at least 12 credit hours.
    Core Courses - Students enroll in at least one of the following:
    • AMS101 Introduction to American Studies
    • AMS310 The U.S., Transnationalism, and Globalism
    • AMS350 History and Culture of South Florida

    Additional courses:

    • AMS401 Race and Healthcare in America

  • Architecture: New Urbanism

    Architecture: New Urbanism

    The program allows for students currently majoring in Architecture at other colleges and universities to gain perspective of the field in South Florida. Students enroll in six credits of Architectural Design and six to nine credits of related electives or courses in Urban Studies. Students will also have opportunities to participate in study abroad programs in London, Venice, and/or Spain during intersession and spring breaks as an additional enrollment option (additional tuition and program fees apply). Students are required to maintain a standard full-load of credits for the spring semester of 12-15 UM credits. Interested students must submit a design portfolio with their application.

    Core Courses - Students enroll in one (1) of the following:

    • ARC407 Architectural Design VII
    • ARC408 Architectural Design VIII
    • ARC509 Architectural Design IX
    • ARC510 Architectural Design X

    Additional Courses:

    • ARC323 Site Study of Selected Architecture and Urbanism (Intersession/Study Abroad)
    • ARC452 Management of Professional Practice
    • ARC512 Advanced Visual Analysis
    • PHY103 General Physics for Architectural Majors
    • URB301 Cities in Time and Space
    • Other Architecture elective course offerings (Interior Design, Landscape, and Historic Preservation) 

  • Audio Engineering

    Audio Engineering

    Audio Engineering allows for students currently majoring in Electrical Engineering to study areas such as circuit theory, electronics, signal processing and multimedia with audio studies in acoustics, digital audio, recording and postproduction. Students must enroll in a minimum of two Electrical Engineering courses from the core courses. Students may also opt to add courses in other areas based on availability and interests.

    Core Courses:

    • EEN436 Introduction to Digital Signal Processing
    • EEN437 Real-time Digital Signal Processing Laboratory
    • EEN502 Engineering Acoustics
    • EEN540 Digital Speech and Audio

    Additional Courses:

    • EEN595 Advanced Digital Compositing for Film and Video
    • EEN596 Advanced Computer Modeling and 3D Animation
    • EEN597 Advanced Audio Editing for Film and Video
    • Courses available through the Frost School of Music:
    • MMI141 Audio Workshop
    • MMI501 Transducer Theory

  • Ecosystem Science and Policy

    Ecosystem Science and Policy

    The Ecosystem Science and Policy program provides an opportunity for students from other universities to explore the South Florida environment, ecology and culture via interdisciplinary courses and experiential learning. Students must take at least two core courses in Ecosystem Science and Policy. Students will complete their schedules with courses chosen from among the interdisciplinary ECS courses and from other departments based on availability and interests.

    Core Courses:

    • ECS112 Problems in Ecosystem Science and Policy
    • ECS202 Contemporary Environmental Issues
    • ECS302 Perspectives on Environmental Decision Making
    • ECS403 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Complex Human-Environmental Problems 

  • International Finance and Marketing

    International Finance and Marketing

    The program in International Finance and Marketing is designed for business students from other universities who want to add an international dimension to their studies. This program allows students to select from a limited set of courses offered by the Miami Business School. The program focuses on the international aspects of business. The program is open to students with at least a junior standing who have met the course prerequisites. Students must take at least two courses below, but may take all four.

    Core Courses:

    • FIN330 International Finance
    • MKT360 International Marketing
    • ECO442 International Monetary Economics
    • BSL412 International Business Law

  • Marine Science

    The Marine Science program is a hands-on study opportunity for those interested in marine science, oceanography, geology and marine physics. Students must enroll in a minimum of three Marine Science courses. In addition, highly qualified students may be eligible for an independent study research project. Students may also opt to add courses in other areas based on availability and interests. 

  • Sport Administration

    Sport Administration

    Sport Administration provides an opportunity for students who are interested in the ethics, leadership, and business of managing athletic organizations. Students will have the opportunity to participate in an internship that fits their interest area as well taking hands-on courses in the Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences. Internships may take place within the UM Athletic Department or local professional sport franchises. Students make take any combination of courses that equal at least 12 credit hours.

    Core Courses:

    • KIN206 Sport Facilities and Event Management
    • KIN302 Sport Marketing
    • KIN306 Essential Leadership in Sports and the Professions
    • KIN308 Ethics Ethical Decision Making in Sport and the Professions
    • KIN401 Legal Aspects of Sport
    • KIN403 Sport Information Management
    • KIN405 Finance and Budget in Sport Administration
    • KIN498 Seminar in Sport Administration (internship)



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