The objective of USFSM’s degree program in accountancy is to provide students with accounting and business knowledge that will serve as a basis for careers in industry, government, nonprofit organizations and public accountancy. COB

Applied Science

This Applied Science program at USF Sarasota-Manatee is designed to grow the professional management skills of students to meet the demand for leadership of highly technical professionals in the workplace. At USFSM, concentrations for the BSAS are available in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership. For CAS, students can pursue concentrations in either Gerontology or Leadership Studies where as in CHTL, the BSAS degree students can pursue concentrations in Hospitality Management or Information Technology. CAS, CHTL


A degree in Biology from USF Sarasota-Manatee offers students the hands-on experience needed to pursue a career in many fields of biology, as well as the knowledge required to move on to graduate level studies. Graduates demonstrate knowledge in the three principal sub-disciplines of biology: cellular and molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology and evolution, and are engaged in the scientific process through the planning, execution and interpretation of laboratory or field studies. With a degree in hand, our students are able to analyze ethical challenges and practices in the biological sciences, perform qualitative and quantitative analyses to evaluate scientific information, and can demonstrate skills in the assembly and presentation of oral and written communications on biological investigations. CAS

Communication Sciences & Disorders

The B.S. in Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) with a concentration in Speech-Language Sciences (SLS) is a 2nd bachelor’s degree, open only to students who have already earned a bachelor’s... CAS


USFSM’s Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology introduces students to the causes of crime and the current issues in the criminal justice system. The program prepares students for careers in the criminal justice field, including law enforcement, detention, the judiciary, corrections, juvenile justice, probation and parole. USFSM’s Criminology program offers small classes taught by both academic and criminal justice practitioners as well as provides students opportunities to work with faculty on research projects or participate in internships with local criminal justice agencies. Also, the undergraduate program prepares criminology students to pursue a graduate degree in criminology or related disciplines. CAS

Elementary Education

With an Elementary Education degree from USF Sarasota-Manatee, undergraduate students are prepared to meet the needs of diverse student learners through arts integration instructional strategies and English as a Second Language (ESOL) Endorsement. The Elementary Education Program is a nationally and regionally accredited program with a curriculum that is current, based on both research and standards. The smaller class sizes allow teacher candidates to receive a superior education from faculty, providing comprehensive training and expertise through the most relevant research and innovative teaching methods. An Elementary Education degree from USFSM will equip students with unique and applicable skills that are widely recognized within the field. COE


The Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in British and American Literature grounds students in literary and cultural traditions while training them to be critical thinkers and persuasive communicators. Students develop analytical and communication skills in a vibrant, close-knit learning community, and many have the opportunity to assist with faculty research. An English degree also can be a springboard to enrollment in graduate programs such as English, Law, American Studies, Comparative Literature, Education, Humanities, Communications, Journalism, and English Education. CAS


The Finance major at USF Sarasota-Manatee is designed to ensure that graduates are familiar with the tools of financial decision making and that they possess the skills to stay abreast of the developments in the field. Finance graduates will understand the functions and operations of financial markets and computer applications as well as know how to utilize financial information. Relying on an interdisciplinary approach, the Finance field draws on economic theory, accounting, information systems and the quantitative decision frameworks of statistics and mathematics. It offers applied and theoretical courses that enable graduates to solve problems regarding funds by organizations in all sectors. Course content is designed to provide majors with an appreciation of cooperative work skills in addition to enhancing their verbal and written communication skills. In addition, Finance graduates’ starting salaries are higher than most other business degrees. Since this degree is applicable to many fields, Finance majors have growth for career opportunities. COB

General Business Administration

USFSM’s General Business Administration major prepares students for positions in an interdisciplinary business world that values cross-functional abilities. This program covers an overview of several administration at a wide variety of business and organizations. With a focus on technical business understanding, this General Business degree allows for in-depth study of two disciplines. This program gives students flexibility in deciding which best fits their interests and helps them demonstrate skills in the two areas they decide to focus on. The added expertise adds value for small to medium sized businesses where employees often wear many hats within their position. Students are encouraged to work with the community through research projects and real world applications that provide experience before they begin their initial employment. COB


The Bachelor of Arts degree in History encourages students to move beyond traditional memorization of material to a sophisticated level of thinking, analysis and synthesis. Students within USFSM’s History program learn about the larger context of the world, which is vital to the ability to act. History students develop critical thinking, research skills and the ability to communicate in written and oral form. A background in History enables one to fit into varied fields of employment since the skills mined from this program are adaptable to most professional careers. CAS

Hospitality Management

Are you interested in a career in Florida’s booming tourism and hospitality industry? Do you want to take your passion for cooking, travel, restaurants and hotels and turn it into a rewarding career? USF Sarasota-Manatee’s undergraduate Hospitality Management program will give you the knowledge and hands-on experience to earn your dream job at one of the top hotels, restaurants, resorts or hospitality organizations that Florida has to offer. Students in the Hospitality Management program don’t just sit in a classroom – they actively plan, execute and attend a variety of exciting events including food and wine festivals, catered dinners and lavish banquets. Want that personalized hospitality experience? Then USFSM is the place for you. CHTL

Information Technology

The mission of the Information Technology program is to provide high quality educational opportunities for students interested in pursuing careers in the broad range of fields that support our computer-based society and economy. The Information Technology (IT) program is designed to bridge the gap between computer science and management information systems. The emphasis of the program is on knowledge-based computer and information technology, traditional computer science concepts, as well as more practical topics including programming, applications, networking, systems administration, and the security and management of a variety of computing environments. This program is 100 percent online in a highly interactive environment, providing options for face-to-face interactions, help sessions and student-oriented schedules. All the courses are taught by industry experts with opportunities to specialize in a domain as well as interesting internship and career prospects. CHTL

Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

The B.A. degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (ISS) is designed to provide an interdisciplinary integration of the social sciences for students who are interested in a broad educational experience. ISS offers a wide choice of courses as well as an opportunity to design a quality program geared toward individual needs and interests. Students plan their program in ongoing consultations with academic advisors by selecting two social science concentrations with the option of a third as a minor. USFSM’s ISS program teaches research methodology and statistics, critical observation, analysis of society, awareness of diversity and the creative integration of disciplinary knowledge to address real world problems. It encourages students to integrate diverse perspectives and develop the type of comprehensive understanding necessary to deal with the complexity of real-world problems. It also aims to foster critical thinking skills that can be applied across countless job contexts, which are in demand by employers from a diverse range of occupations. CAS

Management & Organization

Management and Organization is a dynamic field that focuses on planning, organizing and leading in business, non-profit and governmental organizations. It is responsible for the triple bottom-line: financial profits, environmental good and social good. The curriculum in management covers all aspects of management including: human resources development, organizational behavior theory, leadership, organizational development, negotiation, social issues in management, and strategic planning. Graduates will apply the latest ideas and concepts in management to organizational issues. Analytical, communication and leadership skills are developed in both classroom and assignment activities throughout the curriculum. USFSM’s Management & Organization degree provides graduates with a set of skills to help create a work environment where employees can work efficiently and effectively. It trains students to strengthen the connection between business and society. COB


Every business must have customers to succeed and marketing is the art and science of identifying, attracting, and serving the right customers for the brand and organization. USFSM’s Marketing curriculum will expose students to a broad array of important business management and decision areas including market analysis, opportunity identification, market segmentation and targeting, product development, pricing, promotion, distribution, and customer experience management, that will prepare students for the complex nature of the business world they will enter after graduation. The business world is constantly evolving as competition changes, technology changes, consumer needs and desires change and it is the skilled people in the business world who understand these issues who will succeed in the long run. USFSM’s Marketing program provides its students the opportunity to develop and hone their skills through courses, internships, and real world experience working on projects with local organizations. COB

Professional & Technical Communication

The only undergraduate program of its kind in Florida tax-supported higher education, the B.A. in Professional & Technical Communication at USF Sarasota-Manatee offers courses in writing and editing along with electives in business and information technology. Many of the courses are presented completely online to make them convenient for both traditional college students and those who are returning to school as working adults leading busy lives. The program focuses on technical documents as well as corporate communication needs in advertising, crisis management, human resources, marketing communications, and public relations. A vital aspect of the program involves partnering with local businesses and non-profit institutions to offer internships to students. This real-life experience is a degree requirement which gives our graduates a strong competitive edge as they enter their careers. CAS


The Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology involves the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Because of this focus, psychology is relevant to many other areas of study both inside and outside of the social and behavioral sciences. The Psychology program at USF Sarasota-Manatee offers the student a well-rounded liberal arts education in addition to providing excellent training for qualified students who wish to pursue graduate work in such disciplines as Clinical, Cognitive, Industrial Psychology, Neuroscience, Education, Gerontology, Counseling, Management, Medicine, Law and other human service programs. Led by expert faculty in the field of Psychology, the program emphasizes the breadth of psychology while allowing the student some electives to pursue in-depth a particular aspect of the field. CAS