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 riverfront campus in Tampa, Florida, may be a big draw for The University of Tampa, but the school boasts more than an appealing location. It is a “great university in general with an exceptional business school,” and students say that the academics “are hands-on and actually fun.” The goal here is “preparing students to function as global citizens in specified career fields.” Leading the way to help students achieve this goal are “very thorough” professors who “make themselves available for office hours so that students are able to do their best.” Students here like the small class sizes, working with “professors that love what they teach,” and the fact that “the student/teacher ratio is very good.” Some complain that the professors “go too fast,” making classes “hard to follow,” but most students praise these educators as “very insightful and understanding when I had trouble in class.” The university’s business, nursing, communication, and education programs have all won acclaim, especially in preparing students for post-college careers. “I learn a lot about the subject and how it applies to the real-world,” one student notes. “I never feel scared to ask questions and to comment about something we are discussing.” All in all, one student summarizes, “The University of Tampa is a school that brings individuals from all around the world together with excellent classes, professors, athletics, clubs, and other extracurriculars.”