Historically Black Florida A&M University in Tallahassee has announced that it will be offering six new bachelor’s degree programs this fall. The new degree programs are in physical and teacher education, health, leisure, and fitness studies, two bachelor’s degree programs in interdisciplinary studies, and two programs in environmental studies. The interdisciplinary studies and environmental studies programs will offer bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degree programs.
Florida A&M University will be only the third institution in the state system to offer environmental studies degrees. Florida International University in Miami and Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Meyers are the other two institutions offering environmental studies degrees, but since 2011, only six African Americans have received degrees in the field at these universities.
Rodner Wright, interim provost at Florida A&M, stated that “we are excited to offer these new degree programs, which will not only meet the growing demand for a skilled workforce, but are also designed to meet the state university system’s goals of increasing access to degrees and production of degrees.”
Professor Wright is a graduate of the College of Design, Architecture and Art at the University of Cincinnati and holds a master of architecture degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. He has been on the faculty at Florida A&M since 1996 after teaching 11 years at the Mississippi State University School of Architecture.