All degree programs require the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 124 semester hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Grading is traditional, with a pass/fail option available. The College operates on the semester system with two 15-week semesters and three four-week summer sessions. The average course load is 15 hours per semester. Students are required to complete a core curriculum of liberal arts and science courses in addition to their major course work. Credit by examination is awarded on the basis of successful scores on Advanced Placement tests, the International Baccalaureate (I.B.), and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests.
Florida Southern has a Career Center that assists students in clarifying their career and life goals and that provides opportunities for them to explore these goals. Approximately 20 percent of Florida Southern graduates go immediately on to graduate work. Internship experiences help to place the vast majority of other graduates in field-related jobs within a few months of graduation.
Majors and Degrees Offered
Florida Southern College offers a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Science degree in the following majors: accounting, art (art education, art history, graphic design, and studio art), athletic training, biology, business administration (concentrations in computer information systems, finance, human resource management, international business, and marketing), chemistry, citrus, communication (advertising, public relations, print and broadcast journalism), computer science/mathematics, criminology, economics, education (educational studies; elementary education, including specific learning disabilities; prekindergarten/primary/elementary education; and special education), English (dramatic arts, literature, and writing), history, horticultural science, mathematics, music (music education, music composition, and performance), nursing, philosophy, physical education, political science, psychology, religion, secondary teacher certification (biology, English, mathematics, social science, and Spanish), sociology, Spanish, and theater arts (performance and technical). Divisional majors are available in humanities and social science.
Preprofessional programs are offered in dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, physical therapy, theology, and veterinary medicine. Interdisciplinary professional programs include music management, sports management, Programs in environmental horticulture include recreational turfgrass management as well as two tracks in production and landscape design. Students who wish to teach at the secondary level choose a major in a subject area and complete the requirements for certification by the State of Florida.
An honors program provides special opportunities for a select group of entering freshmen to explore topics of common interest in an integrated and interdisciplinary fashion. Selection to the honors program is highly competitive; the program is limited to approximately 10 percent of the entering class.
Though it might sound like a cliché, Florida Southern takes great pains to assure that students here “are not just a number.” As one astonished freshman excitedly reveals, “The faculty knew my name before I even committed to going here!” And with the college’s “absolutely gorgeous campus” and “friendly atmosphere” it’s no wonder that Florida Southern undergrads are so content. Armed with an “excellent reputation,” FSC offers students a very “personalized education.” Indeed, the “small class sizes… really [allow you to] get to know everyone, even in your gen ed. and freshman [courses].” And, importantly, “the school provides so many opportunities to get involved and find things that you are truly interested in.” Students speak glowingly about their professors who manage to “really bring the subjects [they teach] to life.” Many also stress that their professors are truly “dedicated to helping you succeed and make time in their busy schedules to help you with whatever you need.” A religion major gushes, “I have had professors sit down and work with me to get papers and assignments accomplished as well as checking on me when they know that I have been going through a tough time.” Finally, one pleased senior sums up, “When I came to Florida Southern, I felt like I had found the place I could truly call home.”