Degree Programs

Florida College offers a rigorous education in an encouraging environment. With a variety of programs to choose from, the college provides a higher education with a biblical perspective to help you realize your full academic potential. No matter which of our 17 programs you’re interested in, our highly qualified, caring faculty take an interest in your personal, academic and spiritual development. Students have the opportunity to build relationships with their professors that will last a lifetime.

In addition to the Associate in Arts degree, Florida College offers a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in each of the following fields of study. Select the program you are interested in below to learn more. View a complete listing of Florida College’s degree programs with CIP codes here.

The biblical studies department provides academic training through and intensive examination of the biblical text, its original languages, and its historical and social background.

In the biblical studies program, the academic study of the Bible is blended with an emphasis on seeing and understanding the whole biblical message to benefit students who wish to take full advantage of the opportunity to study the Bible at Florida College. The program offers students intensive examination biblical texts, languages and history, as well as systems of religious thought and the history of religious movements.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the biblical studies program, contact:

Dr. David McClister
Department Chair
mcclisterd@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x329

The biblical studies department provides academic training through and intensive examination of the biblical text, its original languages, and its historical and social background. In addition, the department offers a study of systems of religious thought and the history of religious movements related to the Bible.

The New Testament program offers an academic study of the Bible coupled with a more intensive study of the New Testament and its literary, historical and cultural background. In addition to the relevant coursework, this program requires a two-year minimum of New Testament Greek.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the New Testament program, contact:

Dr. David McClister
Department Chair
mcclisterd@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x329

The biblical studies department provides academic training through and intensive examination of the biblical text, its original languages, and its historical and social background. In addition, the department offers a study of systems of religious thought and the history of religious movements related to the Bible.

Designed to provide a practical emphasis in the study of the Bible by combining it with components in education and communication, the biblical education program is intended for those who are interested in developing their skills in teaching the Bible to children or for men who are interested in teaching the Bible, preaching or doing other evangelistic work.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the biblical education program, contact:

Dr. David McClister
Department Chair
mcclisterd@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x329

The business department offers a range of business courses to prepare students for a career in business or further graduate study. Students are required to take at least one course in multiple disciplines to learn a wide range of skills.

This program provides a fundamental understanding of the substance and context of business in a world that is highly competitive and dynamic. Courses are designed to cover a broad range of knowledge and skills in business administration. They include courses such as Principles of Marketing, Human Resource Management, Principles of Finance and Organizational Leadership.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the business administration program, contact:

Paul Greiving
Department Chair
greivingp@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x358

The business department offers a range of business courses to prepare students for a career in business or further graduate study. Students are required to take at least one course in multiple disciplines to learn a wide range of skills.

Now more than ever before, today’s business market is becoming increasingly technology-driven. This specialization will prepare graduates for further work in website design and support, network configuration and more. The MIS specialization requires a minimum of 121 semester hours of academic work, including 48 hours of upper-division credit. The program requires five MIS-specialized courses in addition to the existing business administration core.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the management information systems program, contact:

Paul Greiving
Department Chair
greivingp@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x358

The business department offers a range of business courses to prepare students for a career in business or further graduate study. Students are required to take at least one course in multiple disciplines to learn a wide range of skills.

The interest in sport management and administration is growing rapidly, and this specialization provides extensive classroom skills and experience to prepare students for a career in the sports and recreation industry. Sport management courses include Facility and Event Management, Sports in American Society, and Sports Psychology. These upper-division courses are integrated with the core business administration required courses.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the sport management program, contact:

Paul Greiving
Department Chair
greivingp@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x358

The communication program allows students to pursue either a career in communication or graduate study. Communication stresses the value of human relationships and teaches skills such as persuasion, argumentation and presentation. The program emphasizes both applied theory and practical skills, and prepares students to be leaders in their chosen career paths.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the communication program, contact:

Dr. Matt Johnson
Department Chair
johnsonm@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x324

The Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication offers a flexible choice for students interested in communication-oriented jobs in the business discipline. The program combines the study of communication with select courses in business.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the organizational communication program, contact:

Dr. Matt Johnson
Department Chair
johnsonm@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x324

The elementary education program prepares future teachers for classroom teaching in both public and private schools in Kindergarten through sixth grade. Graduates receive Florida State K-6 Educator certification with ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) endorsement.

This degree program emphasizes research-based, best teaching practices with a spiritual focus on graduates behaving ethically, providing service to others and being Godly influences. Students learn theory in the classroom, see it in practice in internship experiences, and have access to faculty, staff and cooperating schools for support. Elementary education students will work with Christian faculty who have classroom teaching experience. Students will learn effective, research-based strategies and will complete four levels of field experience in area schools, including a final full-time internship during their final semester. The program is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges (SACS) and the Florida Department of Education. Graduates will be fully qualified and certified to teach in public or private schools in the state of Florida or to seek certification in other states, as the state of Florida has reciprocity with many other states.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the elementary education program, contact:

Mike Benson
Department Co-Chair
bensonm@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x346

Suzanne Roberts
Department Co-Chair
robertss@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x340

The newly revised bachelor’s degree program in English allows students the flexibility of pursuing individual interests while still maintaining the integrity and expectations of a degree in English.

The English program provides students the opportunity to develop critical reading, thinking, analytical and communication skills through the study of American, British and world literatures, as well as English language studies. With a variety of courses from which to choose, students are able to design a program preparing them for careers in journalism, public relations, education, business, publishing, editing, and graduate work in law and other advanced studies. This well-rounded program allows students to study seminal works of literature from a broad range of literary periods, genres and writers, within the historical and cultural contexts which influenced them. Students have opportunities to analyze texts from a variety of critical perspectives with emphasis on biblical perspectives and using sound biblical principles.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the English program, contact:

Loretta Atherton
Program Coordinator
athertonl@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x301

The study of history contains more than merely content information–though factual historical content and context are obvious hallmarks of the discipline–but also includes objectives to guide students in developing as effective writers, researchers, analytical thinkers and critical readers.

The society in which we live and serve is constantly changing. Within a dynamic world, developing context and perspective, along with very practical abilities valuable in a variety of professional pursuits, is essential. From business and industry, to government and military service, a degree in history or American civilization builds a valuable framework of experience and skills as vital for law school, research and teaching, as for the corporate board room. Understanding the past with a biblical perspective is essential for good citizens; honing critical and analytical thinking, along with effective writing and oratorical ability, allow better opportunity for that good citizenship to be put into practice to help make a better world.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the history program, contact:

Dr. Brian Crispell
Academic Dean, Department Chair
crispellb@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x116

The study of history contains more than merely content information–though factual historical content and context are obvious hallmarks of the discipline–but also includes objectives to guide students in developing as effective writers, researchers, analytical thinkers and critical readers.

Studying the past, especially the history of the western civilization and the United States, is foundational to an American liberal arts education. The American civilization concentration is an interdisciplinary program of study that focuses on the growth of the American republic, beginning with studies in Greek and Roman civilization, and aims to ground students in the values and virtues of our American civilization, animating its basic elements and solidifying its foundations.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the American civilization program, contact:

Dr. Brian Crispell
Academic Dean, Department Chair
crispellb@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x116

Students in the liberal studies program choose three or four subject areas (rather than the traditional major and minor) for a truly interdisciplinary program of study. The flexible curriculum can prepare students for graduate school, professional school, business, teaching and more.

The liberal studies program fosters the strengths both prospective employers and graduate and professional schools value in a liberal-arts degree: rigorous academics, critical thinking and effective communication. In addition, it encourages students to explore points of contact between disciplines and allows them to incorporate biblical perspectives into an academically challenging degree program. It preserves the foundational strengths of a liberal arts degree while preparing students for the flexibility demanded in today’s changing work environments, and it offers students an opportunity to distinguish themselves by choosing the honors curriculum. Beyond preparing students for future careers and further study, it equips them for more effective service in the community, the family and the church.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the liberal studies program, contact:

Dr. Mark Bingham
Department Chair
binghamm@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x306

Students in the liberal studies program choose three or four subject areas (rather than the traditional major and minor) for a truly interdisciplinary program of study. The flexible curriculum can prepare students for graduate school, professional school, business, teaching and more.

Students preparing for medical school or professional training in other health fields can customize an interdisciplinary program of study within the liberal studies program, selecting relevant upper-division courses in such disciplines as health sciences and behavioral science, as well as biblical literature. This Bachelor of Arts degree program offers students a unique combination of flexibility as they prepare for the medical school application process and for the appropriate admissions examinations.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the pre-professional health sciences program, contact:

Todd Chandler
Program Coordinator
chandlert@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x311

Students in the liberal studies program choose three or four subject areas (rather than the traditional major and minor) for a truly interdisciplinary program of study. The flexible curriculum can prepare students for graduate school, professional school, business, teaching and more.

Students preparing for law school can customize an interdisciplinary program of study within the liberal studies program, selecting relevant upper-division courses in such disciplines as English, history and communication, as well as biblical literature. This degree offers students rich and diverse liberal arts education that emphasizes reasoning, critical thinking and communication skills.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the pre-law program, contact:

Dr. Mark Bingham
Department Chair
binghamm@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x306

Florida College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music to offer the Bachelor of Arts in music and the Bachelor of Science in music education. The music department also provides learning and performing opportunities for students with majors in other areas.

The Bachelor of Arts in music at Florida College is a liberal arts degree that allows students to study a broad music curriculum while providing extensive opportunities for improving performance skills. In addition to the general education core, students will study music theory, music history, music technology and conducting. They can participate in ensembles, take piano and voice classes, and receive private lessons on their principal instrument or voice, culminating in a senior recital.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the music program, visit this site or contact:

Dr. Douglas Barlar
Department Chair
barlard@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x303

Florida College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music to offer the Bachelor of Arts in music and the Bachelor of Science in music education. The music department also provides learning and performing opportunities for students with majors in other areas.

The Bachelor of Science in music education prepares students to meet state certification requirements for teaching music at all levels in schools. In addition to the general education core and required Bible classes, a music education major requires a music core consisting of music theory, music history, music technology, conducting, ensembles and private lessons on a principal instrument or voice. The professional education and music education courses include pre-internship field experiences in schools and culminate in a semester-long internship. Graduation requirements include passing grades on three Florida teacher certification exams: the General Knowledge Test, the Professional Education Exam and the Subject Area Exam for Music K–12.

View the Florida College Catalog for a complete listing of program requirements, including a sample graduation plan.

For more information about the music education program, visit this site or contact:

Dr. Douglas Barlar
Department Chair
barlard@floridacollege.edu
813.988.5131 x303