Undergraduate Programs


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 Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, the College of Hospitality and Tourism Leadership and the College of Business. For CLASS, students can pursue concentrations in either Gerontology or Leadership Studies, CHTL offers the concentration in Hospitality Management and College of Business offers concentrations in Information Technology. CHTL, CLASS, COB


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. CLASS

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. CLASS, SOE


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. CLASS


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. CLASS

Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

The ISS major at USFSM educates students in research methodology and statistics, critical observation, analysis of society, awareness of diversity, and the creative synthesis of disciplinary knowledge to address current social issues. It encourages students to integrate diverse perspectives and develop the type of comprehensive understanding necessary to deal with the complexity of real-world problems. In doing so, the ISS program 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. ISS students design a program of study according to their interests by selecting one of the following multidisciplinary concentrations: Environmental Science & Policy; Government & Global Affairs; Crime, Law, & Justice; Applied Aging & Wellbeing; or Social Relations & Policy. CLASS

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. CLASS