The University of Tampa's undergraduate curriculum is designed to give students a broad academic and cultural background as well as a concentrated study in a major. Students complete a comprehensive core curriculum known as the Baccalaureate Experience, which is highlighted by the unique and innovative first year program known as Gateways. Gateways is an extensive orientation program which encourages student development via exploration of global issues, career possibilities, and development of critical thinking and communication skills. International experience has always been a major focus at The University of Tampa. Students are essentially educated and prepared to live and work internationally. Academic opportunities in this area are available to students immediately and in 2015 there are over 20 faculty led study abroad opportunities available to students. For qualifying students, the university has a rigorous and rewarding Honors Program of expanded instruction, student research, and University of Oxford semester.
Majors and Degrees Offered
The University of Tampa offers bachelor's degrees in accounting, advertising & public relations, allied health, applied dance, art, athletic training & sports medicine, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, communication, criminology, cybersecurity, digital arts, economics, education (elementary and secondary certification), English, entrepreneurship, environmental science, exercise science & sport studies, film & media arts, finance, financial enterprise systems, forensic science, government and world affairs, graphic design, history, human performance, international business, international & cultural studies, journalism, liberal studies, management, management information systems, marine science (biology and chemistry), marketing, mathematical programming, mathematics, music, music education, music performance, new media production, nursing, painting, performing arts, philosophy, physics, psychology, public health, social sciences, sociology, Spanish, sport management, theatre, and writing. Minors and concentrations are offered in adult fitness, advertising, aerospace studies, art history, arts administration & management, Asian studies, biology/business, biology/molecular, biology/organismal & evolutionary, business administration, French, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, international studies, law & justice, leadership studies, military science, physical education, physics, recreation, speech/theatre, urban studies, women's studies, and world affairs. Pre-professional programs offered include pre-dentistry, pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, allied health, art therapy, and chemistry. Certificate programs include early childhood education, European studies, French, German, gerontology, Italian, Latin American studies, and Spanish. An undergraduate School of Continuing Studies offers 23 degree programs designed for adults who want to study part-time. Four summer sessions also offer excellent learning and professional advancement opportunities. At the graduate level, the business school offers the Master of Business Administration degree, a 4+1 MBA program and Master of Science degrees in accounting, finance, and marketing. A Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Exercise Science & Nutrition, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology degrees are also offered to students.
The University of Tampa is a “comprehensive, independent university” that “delivers challenging and high quality educational experiences to a diverse group of learners.” “It’s in an awesome climate” that offers “a good education” at a “reasonable price” and “the area is absolutely beautiful.” Students enjoy the “small,” “beautiful campus” on the riverfront. “I go to school in paradise!” one student exclaims. This combination of location and academics are a big draw for students who want to be “outdoors more” while also being able to “get a real college experience” and “be a part of a beautiful campus and city.” UT offers nearly 200 academic programs of study. The most popular of which are communication, biology, international business, management, criminology, and nursing. The nursing program in particular is “vigorous,” and “has had a 100 percent NCLEX pass rate for the past six years.” UT is also “one of the only schools in Florida that actually offers” a degree in marine biology, and is a “top program” in that field. Students say it has “one of the BEST education departments!” “Professors are enthusiastic about what they teach” and make sure students “are learning it.” They “care about their students and are willing to help anyone that puts in effort.” Students praise the “small class sizes” which are “often better for class-wide discussion.” “Interactions with professors are great,” says a student majoring in psychology. “Small class sizes allow for help on an individual basis as well as with an entire class.” Professors try to “involve all students present” and are “open to their opinions.” They don’t just “make the class all about them standing up and lecturing,” notes a criminology major. The faculty really cares about the students here and make sure you “are not just a number.” For athletics, UT’s baseball team is “top five in the country for NCAA” and the “soccer and volleyball teams are top ten,” boasts one student. Overall, UT is a “relaxed, but academic focused community” that offers a “fun, friendly, and great education.”