Catalog 2023-2024

College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education

The College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education (CSSME) consists of seven departments with curricula in twelve core undergraduate disciplines — actuarial science, computer science, data science, mathematics, mathematics with computer science, criminology and criminal justice, education (elementary and secondary), history, international studies, political science, psychology and applied sociology. From these areas, students may earn one of 31 different degrees or minors, with our Law, Justice and Advocacy (pre-law) minor being one of the most popular.

Special qualities of CSSME include the following:

  • Faculty who are excellent teachers and scholars.
  • Experiential learning through internships and undergraduate research opportunities.
  • Intensive student mentoring.
  • Links to the Tampa Bay community.
  • Extensive Study Abroad and International education emphases.
  • State-of-the-art equipment; access to technology.

With respect to mentoring, CSSME offers students the opportunity to interact with faculty in small classes. The College faculty members are outstanding teachers-scholars who employ state-of-the-art teaching methodologies and experiential learning opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom. Ninety two percent of CSSME faculty members have earned the highest degrees in their field, and all are experienced and professionally qualified. Faculty members serve as guides and career mentors, acting as professional role models in their relationships with students both in and out of class.

In the area of experiential learning, CSSME offers a variety of internships, from engagement with local schools and government agencies to opportunities with law enforcement, social agencies, and local and regional corporations. An increasing number of our classes feature an out-of-class learning component, which matches students in class with community partners in real-world learning environments. CSSME faculty members also engage students in collaborative research opportunities including Honors research fellowships, many of which result in conference presentations and publications by students.

CSSME strongly encourages education abroad/travel abroad opportunities. Multiple opportunities abound each year. CSSME faculty have embarked with students on trips to Amsterdam, Ghana, London, Paris, Prague, Rome and more recently, Cuba.

Whether a student is seeking a career in a technology-focused discipline, a grounding in the social and behavioral sciences, or a career in teaching and learning, the College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education has a program to meet your interests and aspirations.