BC - Programs
University of South Florida
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
4202 E Fowler Ave MHC 1110
Tampa, FL 33620
Web address: http://www.bcs.usf.edu
Email: See departmental listings
College Dean: Julianne Serovich, Ph.D.
Associate Dean: Alicia Mendoza, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Research: Howard Goldstein, Ph.D.
The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences prepares students, scholars, human service providers, policy makers, and other professionals to improve the quality of life, health, and safety of diverse populations and to promote positive change in individuals, groups, communities, organizations and systems. Through multidisciplinary teaching and research, service, and engagement with community partners, the College focuses on the rigorous development, dissemination/implementation, and analysis of innovative solutions to the complex challenges that affect the behavior and well-being of individuals, families, populations, and the communities in which we live.
The College offers eight majors at the master’s level and seven majors at the doctoral level. Master’s majors are available in Applied Behavior Analysis, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, Criminal Justice Administration, Criminology, Cybercrime, Gerontology, Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling, Social Work, and Speech-Language Pathology. Doctoral majors are offered in Aging Studies, Audiology, Behavioral and Community Sciences, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Criminology, and Social Work. Concurrent degrees are offered in Social Work/Public Health at the master’s level and Audiology/Communication Sciences and Disorders at the doctoral level.
The College is also home to the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute whose mission is to improve the lives of individuals with mental, addictive, and developmental disorders. Graduate studies in Behavioral Health are offered in collaboration with the College of Public Health at both the master’s and doctoral levels and in collaboration with the College of Education at the doctoral level. The Institute houses a Research Library, a Behavioral Health Research Data Center, and a Survey Research Unit that can support the research theses and dissertations of graduate students.
The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BCS) works with other colleges in interdisciplinary efforts, such as the jointly offered specialty concentration in Behavioral Health as part of the master’s and doctoral programs in the Department of Community and Family Health (DCFH) in the College of Public Health (COPH). For information about this, and other opportunities, contact either BCS or COPH for information.
Upon successful completion of all M.A./M.S. degree requirements except for thesis, Behavioral & Community Sciences graduate students must enroll in a minimum of two (2) credit hours of Thesis each semester (except Summers) until the completion of the master’s degree.
Doctoral students who have been admitted to candidacy, are required to accumulate a minimum of six (6) credit hours of Dissertation during each previous 12-month period (previous three 3 terms, e.g., Fall, Spring, Summer) until the degree is granted.
Department of Child and Family Studies
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Department of Criminology
Department of Mental Health Law and Policy
Department of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
School of Aging Studies
School of Social Work