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Programs for Enrichment and Specialization

The following programs may be taken in conjunction with a degree program. An exception is the Secondary Education Program available to persons holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

Certificate Programs – Enhance a student’s major program of study by allowing specialization in a certain field or evolving industry. Florida Atlantic University offers numerous certificate programs for undergraduate as well as graduate students. Certificate program information may be found in the Degree Programs section and in the college sections within this catalog.

Intensive English Studies ProgramProvides instruction in all areas of the English language. Available to international students, scholars and professionals.

International Programs (including Study Abroad)Allow students to obtain academic credit for coursework completed at overseas colleges and universities through Study Abroad Programs.

Lifelong Learning ProgramsAssist nontraditional students in expanding their knowledge. Programs include Continuing Education, the Lifelong Learning Society and 60-Plus Audit.

Military Programs Offer students opportunities to receive Air Force and Army ROTC experience while pursuing their bachelor’s degrees.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Consortium Provides a consortium of 91 colleges and universities that works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country.

Pre-Health Professions ProgramProvides a preparatory program for students planning to continue their education beyond FAU in the medical, dental or veterinary fields.

Pre-Law ProgramProvides guidance for undergraduates interested in attending law school.

Secondary Education ProgramsOffers degree and certification programs in various subjects for individuals interested in teaching and meeting Florida certification requirements.

Intensive English Studies Program

International students, scholars and professionals can receive instruction in all areas of the English language at FAU’s Intensive English Institute. Learn English for business or a career or prepare for study at an American university. A special feature of the Intensive English Studies Program is the use of computers in learning English as a second language. Instruction is given in listening and comprehension, grammar, reading, writing, composition, vocabulary development, conversation and multicultural understanding. For more information, visit the Intensive English Institute's website or call 561-297-0179.

International Programs (including Study Abroad)

Florida Atlantic University's Office of International Programs (OIP) offers overseas study opportunities to all FAU students through faculty-led study abroad programs, overseas exchange programs, affiliates, other universities and colleges and approved education program providers. OIP is located in the Student Services Building (SU 80), Suite 106 in Boca Raton and may be reached at 561-297-1208 (or 800-935-5734) or by visiting

Study abroad increases student knowledge of other countries and cultures, helps prepare students to compete in the global economy and is a necessary prerequisite for careers in international organizations, the Foreign Service or the overseas branches of U.S. multinational companies. Study abroad is open to all students in all majors. It enhances student education by providing valuable life experiences and new credentials and skill sets while offering the opportunity to earn credit toward graduation at FAU.

Undergraduate and graduate students may study abroad. Students may enroll for a semester or an entire academic year abroad as well as summer and intersession programs. Undergraduate students undertaking a Study Abroad Program should have completed 12 credits if they will be using financial aid to fund study abroad and have at least a 2.5 grade point average. Some programs may require a higher grade point average to participate. Students must maintain their academic standing throughout their overseas experience.


Registration and Credit
Students studying abroad may or may not be registered at FAU for their study abroad credits. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the type of program in which they enroll. In all situations, all study abroad courses are pre-approved for credit prior to the student’s departure. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor and see how the courses they wish to take abroad fit with their degree plan. OIP assists students with the pre-approval process and FAU registration (where appropriate).

In cases where students will be registered at FAU, they will enroll in a course taught by an FAU faculty member. If on an exchange, students will be registered in one of the approved, variable-titled study abroad courses. These courses can be found in this University Catalog under their respective academic departments. The courses will be used for registration purposes only and require approval through the OIP. Below is the list of available study abroad courses:

Accounting Study Abroad GEB 4956
Anthropology Study Abroad ANT 2952, 4957
Art History Study Abroad ARH 2952, 4957
Art Study Abroad ART 2952, 4957
Chemistry Study Abroad CHM 2952, 4957
Communication Study Abroad COM 2952, 4957
Decision Information and Systems Study Abroad GEB 4956
Economics Study Abroad GEB 4956
English Study Abroad ENL 2952, 4957
European History Study Abroad EUH 2952, 4957
Finance Study Abroad GEB 4956
Foreign Language Study Abroad FOL 2952, 4957
French Literature Study Abroad FRW 4957
French Study Abroad FRE 2952, 4957
Geography Study Abroad GEA 2952, 4957
Geology Study Abroad GLY 2952, 4957
Undergraduate Business Study Abroad GEB 4956
German Literature Study Abroad GEW 4957
German Study Abroad GER 2952, 3952, 4957
History Study Abroad HIS 2952, 4957
Honors College Study Abroad HUM 2952, 4957
IDS 2952, 4957

International Business Study Abroad MAN 4956
Literature Study Abroad LIT 2952, 4957
Management Study Abroad GEB 4956
Marketing Study Abroad GEB 4956
Mathematics Study Abroad MAT 2952, 4957
Music Study Abroad MUS 2952, 4957
Philosophy Study Abroad PHI 2952, 4957
Physics Study Abroad PHY 2952, 4957
Political Science Study Abroad CPO 2952, 4957
Psychology Study Abroad PSY 2952, 4957
Social Psychology Study Abroad SYP 2952, 4957
Sociology Study Abroad SYG 2952, 4957
Spanish Literature Study Abroad SPW 4957
Spanish Study Abroad SPN 2952, 3952 4957
Theatre Study Abroad THE 2952, 4957


Students who
are not registered at FAU will bring back their overseas coursework as transfer work. If students go on an approved FAU program, OIP will assist with the transfer process.

Internships with an academic component are available in some overseas locations. Service learning and other volunteer opportunities may be available as well. Most internships are not paid. Students interested in adding a volunteer, internship or service learning component to their overseas experience should contact the OIP for more information.

Fees, Costs and Financial Aid
The cost of a fall or spring semester abroad typically ranges from $9,500 to $16,000, including tuition, program fee and room and board. The cost of a summer program can range from $3,600 to $6,500. The cost of a student’s study abroad program will vary depending on the program chosen, the destination and the currency exchange rate. OIP will help students construct a budget for their program.

Students registered at FAU for study abroad programs qualify for most financial aid programs and awards. A number of programs especially designed for study abroad are available as well, including the Fulbright Program for graduating seniors and graduate students. Available study abroad scholarships include the National Security Education Program for students studying outside Europe, Gilman and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The FAU Prestige Scholarship Committee also advises on many different types of scholarship opportunities for FAU students. Information on these scholarships is available from the Office of International Programs. This list is not exhaustive and other funding opportunities exist but will be dependent on the program and country selected.

Foreign Language Abroad
Students can meet the foreign language requirement for the B.A. and the B.S. degrees by enrolling in appropriate study abroad programs. The University foreign language proficiency requirement can be met while on an approved study abroad program. Additionally, students who did not meet the foreign language admissions requirement can do so in an approved study abroad program. If a student wishes to meet this requirement during a semester abroad, additional courses covering many disciplines may be taken at the same time. Advanced language courses are also available on most study abroad and exchange programs for majors and advanced speakers.

Student Exchange Programs
FAU has reciprocal student exchange agreements with many different institutions around the world. Students may study at FAU partners for an entire semester or academic year, or in some instances, for intense summer courses. Students participating in an exchange program enroll at FAU and pay FAU tuition while studying at the overseas partner institution, earning credits toward their degree. All courses will be pre-approved by OIP. A full range of disciplinary coursework is available from business and economics to engineering, architecture and many areas in the humanities and social sciences. Leading partner institutions are located in Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Portugal, South Korea, Sweden and Thailand. Some exchange programs are offered only in the local language, while others offer access to courses in English and the local language. Check the OIP website for the most current list.

International students coming to FAU as part of an approved student exchange or incoming tuition paying exchange (also known as co-op) are considered J-1 students and will be provided with a DS-2019 from FAU, coordinated by OIP and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). For information on J-1 student visas, visit the ISSS website.


FAU Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs
FAU faculty work with OIP to design and lead short term (1 week - 6 week) study abroad programs (SAPs) in the summers and intersessions. These popular academic programs offer flexibility for those students who find it difficult to study overseas for an entire semester or academic year. Students on SAPs enroll at FAU and can earn credits toward their degree. Recent short-term programs included study locations in Ecuador, the Netherlands, Peru, Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, England, Belgium, France, Greece, Ghana and China. OIP is constantly developing new SAPs. Click on the OIP website for a current list of approved programs. As new programs are developed and approved, they are posted on the OIP website. All participants in a SAP must be registered at FAU for academic credit, complete and sign the OIP application packet, and purchase the mandatory medical and evacuation insurance.

How To Get Started
Students interested in studying abroad should contact the Office of International Programs to explore potential programs. Students can learn of their options by completing a Student Inquiry form either online or in the OIP office. The inquiry form will allow the study abroad coordinators to find programs that fit specific student needs. Student study abroad research requests are completed within two weeks and information packets are picked up in the OIP office (SU 106).

Once students have received their information packets and reviewed the materials, they will meet with a coordinator for assistance with selecting a program, identifying courses they can take abroad, getting the courses pre-approved for FAU credit and getting advice on housing, transportation, insurance, etc. At this time students’ specific questions will be answered. Once admitted to a program, students also receive pre-departure orientation materials to prepare for their overseas experience.

Lastly, students on FAU-approved study abroad programs must complete and sign the OIP application packet, which includes acknowledgment and agreement to the FAU code of conduct while abroad, the rules governing program costs and cancellation and refund policies, the FAU Travel Program Assumption of Risk Agreement and the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) form, which is required to receive the mandatory health insurance and evacuation protection.


Lifelong Learning Programs

Florida Atlantic University recognizes that learning is a lifetime process and sponsors several programs specifically to facilitate lifelong learning.

The Lifelong Learning Society
The FAU Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) is one of the largest lifelong learning programs in the nation. Members of the society may choose from a schedule of courses and lectures given by Eminent Scholars and national and international figures. For information and a schedule of courses, visit the LLS website or call 561-297-3171.

For Lifelong Learning Society at FAU Jupiter, click here or call 561-799-8547. For Lifelong Learning Society at FAU Treasure Coast, click here or call 772-873-3338.

Continuing Education
As part of the academic mission of FAU, Continuing Education provides both credit and noncredit opportunities to individuals who seek to expand their educational horizons. Through Continuing Education, in excess of 24,000 students take classes, seminars and workshops in professional training, test preparation, personal growth, languages, investment management and many other pursuits.

Credit courses within Continuing Education are provided by accredited faculty members in a variety of nontraditional settings: weekend; distance education, including telecourses, Internet and video; corporate courses both sponsored and paid for by employees for reimbursement; extension and international.

Noncredit courses, education and training for government employees and nonprofit organizations, certifications and individual career needs are also within this division’s mission. For more information, visit the Continuing Education website or call 800-228-5845 or 561-297-0178.

The 60-Plus Audit Program
Permanent residents of Florida who are at least 60 years of age may audit credit courses for free. Registration is on a space-available basis after degree-seeking students have registered. For registration dates and instructions, and for a list of courses, visit the Registrar's Office website.


Military Programs

Aerospace Studies
Florida Atlantic University, in cooperation with the Department of Aerospace Studies, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) at the University of Miami, provides academic instruction and training experiences leading to commissioned service in the United States Air Force.

AFROTC is an educational program designed to give men and women the opportunity to become Air Force Officers while completing a bachelor’s degree. The AFROTC program is designed to prepare students to assume positions of increasing responsibility and importance in the modern Air Force.

AFROTC offers several routes to an Air Force commission. Optimally, the program lasts four years, but it can be completed in three if the student meets all entry requirements. Cadets chosen for a selective AFROTC educational allocation will be required to attend a four-week summer field training course. AFROTC Cadets will receive junior officer training and career orientation and learn how the Air Force operates. Travel to and from the base and the field-training location is paid for by the Air Force. The end product of the AFROTC program is to produce 2nd Lieutenants in the Air Force upon graduation. Additional information may be found at or by contacting the Unit Admissions Officer at 305-284-2870

There is no military obligation to sign up for AFROTC. To take classes, students must be U.S. citizens or resident aliens and must be U.S. citizens to receive a commission. It is possible to begin AFROTC as a resident alien and earn a commission once citizenship is obtained. AFROTC Cadets must also pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, a physical fitness test including a 1.5-mile timed run, push-ups and sit-ups, and pass a Department of Defense physical exam in order to be eligible for scholarships and ultimately commissioning. Courses are taught at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. A list of available courses appears below.

A variety of AFROTC scholarships for one to four years are available on a competitive basis and include a $900 textbook allowance per semester plus a nontaxable $300 to $500 stipend each month during the school year. Some scholarships provide full college tuition while others begin at $18,000 per year. In selected academic areas, scholarships may be extended to meet a five-year degree program recognized by the university. The one-year program is for students preparing for occupations for which the Air Force has special needs. The majority of two- to four-year scholarships are for students pursuing degrees in certain fields of engineering, science and math, with a limited number going to other academic degrees. A number of scholarships are also available to students enrolled in certain nontechnical degree programs such as business administration, accounting, economics and management. Scholarships for careers in the medical field are also offered.


All Air Force ROTC Cadets receive uniforms, books and equipment for ROTC classes at no cost. Upon being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, a student will receive a starting salary and allowances worth more than $40,000 per year. Free medical and dental care, 30 days paid annual vacation and added educational benefits are also included in the compensation package.

Aerospace Studies Course Descriptions
Classes and labs are held at the University of Miami in Coral Gables.

Foundations of the United States Air Force I* (AFR 1101) 1 credit
Foundations of the United States Air Force II* (AFR 1121) 1 credit

These survey courses introduce students to the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. Featured topics include Air Force heritage, military customs and courtesies, Air Force Officer career opportunities, Air Force core values, interpersonal communications, team building and an introduction to communication skills.

The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power I* (AFR 2130) 1 credit
The Evolution of USAF Air and Space Power II* (AFR 2131) 1 credit

These courses examine general aspects of air and space power through an historical perspective. Utilizing this perspective, the courses cover a time period from the first balloons and dirigibles to the space age. Historical examples are provided to extrapolate the development of Air Force capabilities and missions to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today’s USAF air and space power. In addition, students continue to discuss the importance of the Air Force core values with the use of operational examples and historical Air Force leaders and continue to develop their communication skills.

Air Force Leadership Studies I* (AFR 3220) 3 credits
Air Force Leadership Studies II* (AFR 3230) 3 credits

Courses examine several key aspects of leadership, beginning with a basic overview of leadership and moving into basic skills in leadership. The curriculum then explores military relationships, taking an in-depth look at professional and unprofessional relationships. The courses also direct Cadets’ attention to advanced skills in leadership, concluding with ethics in leadership and a capstone lesson that engulfs a majority of the subjects covered throughout the two courses.

National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty I* (AFR 4201) 3 credits
National Security Affairs/Preparation for Active Duty II* (AFR 4211) 3 credits

These courses focus on the examination of the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics and Air Force doctrine. Other topics covered include the military as a profession, officership, the sister services, joint operations, law of armed conflict, the Uniformed Code of Military Justice and character development preparation for entrance into active duty. Continuing emphasis is placed on refining communication skills.

* Accompanying the lecture session of this course is a required Leadership Lab that Cadets attend once per week. The Leadership Lab consists of hands-on leadership and management training necessary to prepare Cadets for their careers as future Air Force Officers.

Military Science
The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a program (normally college electives) that incorporates extensive leadership, management, problem solving, fitness and level 1 military skills into any college student’s curriculum regardless of the student’s selected major. This program has proven its unparalleled value to students long after graduation and well into their desired career, whether civilian or military. ROTC is an elective course that is taken each semester of college, and upon completion of the program requirements and awarding of a bachelor’s degree (or graduate degree), the student is commissioned as an Officer in the active army, Reserves or National Guard.

Students interested in ROTC, but not ready to make a commitment, may take classes as freshmen and/or sophomores and incur no military obligation. Students entering their junior year or about to begin a two-year graduate program in the fall of an academic year may spend five weeks in summer training at the Leaders Training Course in Fort Knox, Kentucky. In that program, students learn skills normally taught in the first two years of ROTC, earn pay, and then without obligation, make a decision about ROTC and the Army. Contact the Military Science program at 561-297-6572.

The program is open to all full-time students attending Florida Atlantic University (or other cross-enrolled universities). Courses are taught at FAU’s Boca Raton campus in building T-11. A list of available courses appears after this Military Science description.


Instruction and Training
There is no military service obligation associated with the first two years of the program unless a student is an ROTC scholarship recipient. These courses introduce students to skills taught at U.S. Army Basic Training. They include military customs and courtesies, organization and rank structure leadership assessment, patrolling, map reading, first aid and many others. Courses consist of outdoor/indoor instruction and are, by design, 80 percent practical “hands-on” training conducted both on campus and throughout South Florida. Juniors and seniors continue to use these hands-on techniques while the emphasis is on developing and refining leadership skills. As juniors and seniors and advanced course Cadets, they are also charged with teaching and mentoring basic course students. Closely monitored and supervised by experienced Military Officers and senior enlisted soldiers, these juniors and seniors plan and organize events and other training far beyond their personal expectations.

Army ROTC has national and campus-based scholarships. These scholarships pay full tuition or up to $10,000 per school year for room and board. The scholarship also pays $1,200 annually for books and up to $500 per month for spending money. Applications for scholarships are accepted during the academic year with priority given to enrolled ROTC students. Scholarship winners are usually committed to four years of active duty, earning salaries comparable to civilian sector incomes, but with the adventure and experiences that few civilian careers can offer. Nonscholarship and selected scholarship Cadets can request either full-time active service or part-time service in the Reserves or National Guard.

All ROTC Army Cadets receive uniforms, books and equipment for ROTC classes at no cost. Upon being commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, a student will receive a staring salary and allowances worth more than $46,000 per year. Free medical and dental care, 30 days paid annual vacation and added educational benefits are also included in the compensation package.

Ranger Challenge – A physically demanding course designed to prepare Cadets for area and regional competition against other ROTC units. Cadets train weekly to perfect skills in weapons handling and assembly, marksmanship, orienteering, hand grenade throwing, physical fitness, combat patrolling and combat load road-marching.

Scabbard and Blade – An honor society for outstanding Cadets selected for membership by their peers for academic and military excellence.

Color Guard – An elite organization of Cadets skilled in marching, drill and ceremony. Members post the colors at FAU games, civic/veteran and campus functions.

Association of the U.S. Army – A fraternal organization chartered by the national association to perpetuate the ideals of the U.S. Army.

Drill Team – An organization of Cadets skilled in rifle spinning, trick drill and ceremony, and always ready to perform a variety of flashy routines.

Pershing Rifles – A social organization chartered by the national association to perpetuate the ideals of the U.S. Army. Its members can be active reservists or retired soldiers. Cadets in the advanced course are officially in the reserves.

Special Programs
Students unable to participate in ROTC during the freshman and sophomore years may qualify for admission to advanced ROTC (junior and senior years) by attending a five-week course (basic camp) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during the summer between their sophomore and junior year. Attendees incur no military obligation.

An alternative entry program is also available for students who meet certain criteria and are unable to attend basic camp.

Special Training
Outstanding Cadets may be qualified to attend special Army schools such as Mountain Warfare Training, Northern Warfare School, Air Assault School or Airborne School. Selection is competitive and based on the student’s academic and physical performance record. Cadets receive uniforms, boots and other equipment necessary for all ROTC classes and training. Outstanding Cadets are honored at frequent award ceremonies. Scholarship Cadets can fly, space-available, aboard military aircraft.

Military Science Course Descriptions
Classes and labs are held at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus in building T-11.

Foundations of Officership (MSL 1001) 1 credit
Corequisite: MSL 1001L
Students examine the unique duties and responsibilities of Officers, discuss the organization and role of the Army, review basic life skills pertaining to fitness and communication and analyze Army values and expected ethical behavior.

Foundations of Officership Lab (MSL 1001L) 0 credit
Corequisite: MSL 1001
Laboratory component for MSL 1001.


Basic Leadership (MSL 1002) 1 credit
Corequisite: MSL 1002L
Course presents fundamental leadership concepts and doctrine. Students practice basic skills that underlie effective problem solving, apply active listening and feedback skills, examine factors that influence leader and group effectiveness and examine the Officer experience.

Basic Leadership Lab (MSL 1002L) 0 credit
Corequisite: MSL 1002
Laboratory component for MSL 1002.

Individual Leadership Studies (MSL 2101) 2 credits
Corequisite: MSL 2101L
Course develops problem solving and critical thinking skills and helps students apply communication, feedback and conflict resolution skills.

Individual Leadership Studies Lab (MSL 2101L) 0 credit
Corequisite: MSL 2101
Laboratory component for MSL 2101.

Leadership and Teamwork (MSL 2102) 2 credits
Corequisite: MSL 2102L
Focuses on self development guided by knowledge of self and group processes; challenges current beliefs, knowledge and skills; and provides equivalent preparation for the ROTC Advanced Course as the Leader’s Training Course.

Leadership and Teamwork Lab (MSL 2102L) 0 credit
Corequisite: MSL 2102
Laboratory component for MSL 2102.

Leadership and Problem Solving (MSL 3201) 3 credits
Corequisite: MSL 3201L
Course examines the basic skills that underlie effective problem solving, including analyzing the role Officers played in the transition of the Army from Vietnam to the 21st century, reviewing the features and execution of the Leadership Development Program (LDP), analyzing military missions and planning military operations, executing squad battle drills.

Leadership and Problem Solving Lab (MSL 3201L) 0 credit
Corequisite: MSL 3201
Laboratory component for MSL 3201.

Leadership and Ethics (MSL 3202) 3 credits
Corequisite: MSL 3202L
Develops Cadet leadership competencies, prepares Cadets for success at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), recognizes leader responsibility to accommodate subordinate spiritual needs and helps Cadets apply principles and techniques of effective written and oral communication.

Leadership and Ethics Lab (MSL 3202L) 0 credit
Corequisite: MSL 3202
Laboratory component for MSL 3202.

Leadership and Management (MSL 4301) 3 credits
Corequisite: MSL 4301L
Builds on Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) experience to solve organizational and staff problems, including discussing staff organization, functions and processes; analyzing counseling responsibilities and methods; examining principles of subordinate motivation and organizational change and applying leadership and problem solving principles to a complex case study/simulation.

Leadership and Management Lab (MSL 4301L) 0 credit
Corequisite: MSL 4301
Laboratory component for MSL 4301.

Officership (MSL 4302) 3 credits
Corequisite: MSL 4302L
This is a capstone course designed to explore topics relevant to 2nd Lieutenants entering the Army. It describes the legal aspects of decision making and leadership, analyzes Army organization for operations from the tactical to strategic level, assesses administrative and logistics management functions, discusses reporting and permanent change of station (PCS) process, teaches students how to perform platoon leader actions and examines leader responsibilities that foster an ethical command climate.

Officership Lab (MSL 4302L) 0 credit
Corequisite: MSL 4302
Laboratory component for MSL 4302.

U.S. Military History (MSL 4400) 3 credits
This course covers American military history from the Colonial Period (1600s) through present-day wars. The focus is on the evolution of the United States Army’s structure, strategy, tactics and weaponry with an emphasis on the interrelationship of the military establishment with American society. The presentation of material is divided between lectures, video presentations and independent research.

Directed Independent Study (MSL 4900) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of department
Course includes supervised reading and writing assignments of independent study in United States military history.


Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) Consortium

Since 2002, Florida Atlantic University students and faculty have benefited from the University’s membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 91 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates and faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines, including biomedical sciences, business, earth sciences, engineering, epidemiology, geological sciences, mathematics, nuclear chemistry, pharmacology, physics and ocean sciences. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE website.

ORAU’s Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU’s members, private industry and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scientist Program and various services to Chief Research Officers. For information about ORAU and its programs, visit the ORAU website.

Pre-Health Professions Program

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science offers a preparatory program for those students planning to continue their education in the medical, dental or veterinary fields. These preprofessional students must declare a major in one of the scientific fields (biology, chemistry, physics, psychobiology or another major) before they accumulate 60 credits. A certificate in Pre-Health Professions Studies is awarded to students completing those 60 credits with a GPA of 3.0 and with 100 hours of documented, health-related community or volunteer service.

Postbaccalaureate students who wish to develop a strong foundation for the medical, dental, veterinary or other health-related field may also take advantage of the Pre-Health Professions program. To view program details and a list of required courses, refer to the Interdisciplinary Programs heading in this catalog’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Science section or visit the Pre-Health Professions Office website.

Pre-Law Program

The best preparation for law school is a good undergraduate education. There is no single pre-law curriculum, but it is important to complete a course of study that develops reading, writing, speaking and analytical thinking skills. Students should select a major based upon their interests and their abilities. Elective courses should be taken to complement the major and to develop special skills. Law school graduates who have developed an identifiable second area of competence as undergraduates often enhance their professional opportunities. Students interested in public service will find courses in government and law especially useful.

A pre-law curriculum is the particular set of courses each prospective law student selects to earn a baccalaureate degree. By the judicious selection of courses, students learn skills and gain knowledge crucial to success in law school and in the practice of law.

Although many different majors can be a strong basis for application to and success in law school, the following courses may be particularly suited to these goals:

Basic Courses in American Government
United States History to 1877 AMH 2010 3
United States History since 1877 AMH 2020 3
The Government of the U.S. POS 1041 3
Issues in American Politics POS 3033 3
Law-Related Courses
Constitutional History of the U.S. AMH 4550 3
Advanced Legal Study BUL 4331 3
Business Law I BUL 4421 3
The Criminal Justice System CCJ 3024 3
Issues in Criminal Law CCJ 4931 3
Mass Communication Law and Regulation MMC 4200 3
Women and the Law POS 3693 3
Constitutional Law POS 4603 3
The Judicial Process POS 4609 3
Courses to Develop Analytical and
Communication Skills (verbal and written)
Advanced Exposition ENC 3310 3
Logic PHI 3132 3
Public Speaking SPC 2601 3
Argumentation and Debate SPC 4513 3
Persuasion and Propaganda SPC 4540 3

For more information on pre-law studies, click here.


Secondary Education Programs

Secondary Education degree programs are offered by the College of Education in partnership with the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. These programs are approved by the Florida Department of Education (DOE) and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This state and NCATE approval represents the transferability of teaching credentials from state to state.

Secondary programs currently approved include the following subject areas and grade levels:

Art (K-12)*
English Education (6-12)
French (K-12)*
German (K-12)*
Mathematics Education (6-12)
Music Education (K-12)
Science Education (Biology, Chemistry,
Physics: 6-12)
Social Science Education (6-12)
Spanish (K-12)*

* Certification program only

More information pertaining to the Secondary Programs is available in the College of Education section of this catalog under the Department of Teaching and Learning, or on the Department of Teaching and Learning's website. Students may also refer to the College of Education’s Office for Academic and Student Services website.