Florida State University
Florida State University is located in Tallahassee, Florida. There are
branch campuses located in Panama City and Sarasota in Florida, and an
international branch in the Republic of Panama. Florida State University
was founded in 1851 as a small public institution., became a 4-year
school in 1901, and received university status in 1947. The University
has existed in many different forms prior to becoming a university,
including a separate male and female colleges. The University now awards
associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees. It
is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The University is also committed to international education, and offers
study-abroad programs in several countries in Europe and Central
Florida State’s beginnings date as far back as 1823, when the
Territorial Legislature began discussing plans for a system of higher
education. Much of the University’s history took place in various
legislative and government sessions, and it went through many names and
missions before officially becoming Florida State University in 1947.
After World War II, the Tallahassee campus saw much growth and maturity,
with the addition of physical and academic assets to round out the
University’s character. After such a long history, today Florida State
University consists of seventeen different independent colleges.
There are seventeen academic divisions, including the Colleges of Arts
and Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, Engineering, Human
Sciences, Law, Medicine, Music, Information, and Social Science and
Social Work. Schools of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Film, Nursing,
Theatre, and Visual Arts and Dance are also part of the University.
An associate of arts degree is awarded. With seventeen different
colleges, the numbers of baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded is
extensive. Florida State University offers bachelor’s degrees in fields
as diverse as classical civilization, Latin American and Caribbean
Studies, meteorology, finance, education, engineering, exercise science,
music performance, social work, and graphic design. By far the largest
number of majors is offered in the College of Arts and Sciences, which
encompasses fields common in the humanities and liberal arts. There are
a limited number of combined BA/MA programs as well.
Graduate programs are offered in all seventeen colleges and school,
including professional program in law and medicine. Post-master’s
specialist degrees (Ed.S.) are also offered in several fields. There are
also dual degree programs offered in fields such as urban planning, law,
social work, and public administration.
Florida State academics have a strong foundation in the sciences, with
biology, chemistry, and meteorology ranking among their best programs.
The arts are also well represented within programs of music, dance, and
drama. The performance arts “leak” some of their talent to the
University’s School of Motion Picture, TV, and Recording Arts. Eligible
students have access to a highly rated honors program, providing close
interaction with faculty and accelerated study.
Florida State University offers research opportunities for students at
all levels, in multiple fields. There are several graduate and
undergraduate degree programs available through on-line study, though
the number is still small.
The Directed Individual Study course gives undergrads the opportunity to
perform unique research projects.
One of the most dynamic traditions in all of college sports is the
portrayal of the Florida State mascot before each home game. Osceola, a
famed Seminole chief, is portrayed by a student and seen riding upon a
horse, Renegade, as he gallops into the stadium. The chief plants a
flaming spear in the center of the field to kick off every home football
Florida State also has a lesser-known but similarly unique tradition:
The Sod Cemetery. Begun after an amazing road victory over Georgia in
1962, the Sod Cemetery contains pieces of turf taken from memorable road
victories during the course of FSU history.
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