About CSSME

The College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education (CSSME) consists of five departments with curricula in seven core undergraduate disciplines – criminology, education (elementary and secondary), government and world affairs, history, mathematics, psychology and sociology. From these seven areas, students may earn one of 24 different majors, minors or certificates. There is a master’s program in education offering a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree.

There are several qualities that represent the cornerstone of the CSSME, including:
  • Faculty who are excellent teachers and scholars
  • Intensive student mentoring
  • Experiential learning/undergraduate research opportunities
  • International education emphases
  • Opportunities for service learning and applied learning
  • Links to the Tampa community
  • 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 all outstanding teachers who employ state-of-the-art teaching methodologies and experiential learning opportunities across all majors. Ninety-two percent of our faculty members have earned terminal degrees, and all are experienced and professionally qualified. Our faculty 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 work with local schools and government agencies, to opportunities with law enforcement and in social agencies. More of our classes include a service-learning component that matches students with community partners in real-world learning environments. CSSME faculty also engage students in collaborative research opportunities including Honors research fellowships, many of which result in conference presentations and publications for students.

The CSSME faculty members are campus leaders in the University’s global education initiatives, teaching in Global Issues and other international-based courses and mentoring students pursuing the Certificate in International Studies (CIS). Our faculty strongly encourages study abroad/travel. CSSME faculty have taken more than 40 trips since 1995 to cities such as Amsterdam, London, Paris, and Rome, and a number of countries in Europe and the far east. Many of the University’s global education requirements are taught through our GWA, HIS, and IST programs.

The College has several dedicated facilities including specialized education classrooms and high-tech classrooms. We are also proud to have psychology teaching labs, including a statistics-based computer access classroom as well as a biopsychology lab for simulations and animal brain dissections.