Bethune-Cookman University is a historically black private college affiliated with the United Methodist Church located in Daytona Beach, FL. The school is one of three historically black founded colleges in the state; it was originally founded in 1904 by a woman named Mary McLeod Bethune; it was originally founded as a school for young black girls in Florida. In 1924 the school became affiliated with the United Methodist Church and eventually grew to be an established junior college in 1931. Ten years later the school became a four year college when the Florida Board of Education approved the baccalaureate program in Liberal Arts and Teacher Education. The name of the college was soon named Bethune-Cookman College, the school gained university status when the first graduate program was established in 2007.
Bethune-Cookman University has many different areas of study for students to pursue their education. There are a total of 35 different baccalaureate degrees offered through the university’s seven academic schools; the schools for Arts & Humanities, Business, Education, Nursing, Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Social Sciences and Graduate and Professional Studies. Bethune-Cookman University offers baccalaureate degrees through these schools in many areas of study, some of them include; English Education, History, International Studies/International Affairs, Mass Communications, Accounting, Biology, Hospitality Management and Integrated Environmental Science. They also baccalaureate offer degrees in Chemistry, Computer Engineering, International Business, Mathematics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Criminal Justice and Educational Studies to name a few.
The only web based course is the online graduate degree offered from Bethune-Cookman University is a Master of Science in Transformative Leadership. The degree program is “an applied interdisciplinary study of leadership theories and practices within a value driven curriculum where the values and actions of leaders are critically examined in the light of leadership theory to produce more effective individual and collective decision-making” per Bethune Cookmans website. The focus is to ready leaders and collective organizations to accepting different avenues for resolution and success in today and tomorrow’s dynamic global, information and technological society. The three themes of the program are leadership, Ethics, and Action Research. The course is designed to be flexible for the working student who still desired to pursue their education and improve their opportunities in the working place.
There are a total of 3600 students who attend Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fl. There are a total of 200 people in the academic staff there to cater to the students on the 82 acre urban campus. The school colors are maroon and gold, and Bethune-Cookman University particpates in NCAA Division I AA sports. The university offers basketball, bowling, cross country, baseball, football, track and field and volleyball. There is a very diverse student body and many nearby attractions in central Florida to keep the active student busy. Within close distance to a few hours’ drive are the cities of Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Orlando, and Gainesville. A little further are the cities of Tallahassee, Miami, and West Palm Beach. Needless to say there are many beaches and parks to accompany the quality educational investment found at Bethune-Cookman University.