Programs of Study



Georgia Southwestern State University encourages the development of character through intellectual inquiry and examination of personal and professional values. Central to Georgia Southwestern's curricula is a general education experience which aims toward acquainting students with the intellectual heritage of mankind.

Georgia Southwestern State University faculty have affirmed that every student of this institution shall participate in learning experiences which will enable the graduate to

-think abstractly, analytically, and creatively;
-understand the nature of the scientific world and the impact of science and technology on the world:
-demonstrate competencies in reading, writing, speaking, and listening;
-understand people as social beings from both an historical and international perspective;
-demonstrate the ability to clarify his or her own values and understand those of other individuals and societies;
-appreciate the fine arts;
-demonstrate competencies in the use of information technology;
-understand the importance of sound physical and mental health habits;
-demonstrate an understanding that learning is a life-long process.

A major portion of this common body of knowledge is addressed in the core curriculum, an array of courses intended for completion during the first two years of college studies. Academic work in the junior and senior years is directed toward the mastery of a particular field of study.

Selection of a major field obviously depends upon the student's interests and vocational plans. The purpose of a college education, however, is not solely to provide vocational instruction, even though it lays the best foundation for the student's future vocation, but to assist the student in fulfilling responsibilities as a citizen and to develop into a cultivated and versatile individual. Regardless of vocational plans or preferred curriculum, the collegiate experience at Georgia Southwestern State University includes general education which provides each graduate with the breadth of knowledge necessary to become a productive citizen.


To assess and improve academic programs, Georgia Southwestern State University conducts periodic studies of student achievement and satisfaction. Participation in assessment activities is expected of all students, although every student may not be selected for participation in every activity. The information obtained from these activities is used by the University to improve the quality of programs in order to better serve students.


The University offers programs leading toward the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Education, and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees. Majors are available in the areas as follows:

Bachelor of Arts: Art, Dramatic Arts, English, History, Music, Political Science, Psychology.

Bachelor of Business Administration: Accounting, Management, Management with a Concentration in Human Resources Management, and Marketing.

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Art.

Bachelor of Science: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Geology, History,  Mathematics, Mathematics with Industrial Mathematics concentration, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Education: Early Childhood Education, Exercise Science/Wellness,  Health and Physical Education, Middle Grades Education, Recreation, Special Education.

Bachelor's Degree with Teaching Certification: Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, and Music.

Bachelor of Applied Science: Technology Management.

Most bachelor's degree programs consist of a major and additional study in at least one other field of special interest. Students should determine their major fields of study prior to the fourth semester of university enrollment. Transfer students with advanced standing should determine their majors before scheduling classes.

The selection of a major should be made in consultation with the faculty advisor and the dean of the academic school which offers the major. A change of the student's major field of study must be registered with the Office of the Registrar.


Georgia Southwestern State University and Georgia Institute of Technology offer a dual degree program in all disciplines of engineering offered at Georgia Tech. The dual degree student enrolls at Georgia Southwestern State University for approximately three years. Upon acceptance to Georgia Tech, the student then enrolls there for approximately two years. When all degree requirements have been met, the student earns a bachelor's degree in science or mathematics from Georgia Southwestern and a bachelor's degree from Georgia Tech.


Students who plan to seek admission to professional schools may elect to follow appropriate pre-professional curricula. Pre-professional programs frequently chosen by students include dentistry, law, pharmacy, medicine, veterinary medicine, and many of the allied health sciences.

It is desirable that the student follow the prescribed curriculum of the professional school in which he or she intends to enroll. Students electing the professional goals of medicine, dentistry, veterinary, or pharmacy will probably enroll in a baccalaureate program with a major in either biology or chemistry. Students who plan to follow a legal career should consult with the pre-law advisor in the Department of History and Political Science (see pre-law listing in index). Students in the above listed programs should consult with the appropriate advisor early in the freshman year.

Students electing to enter professional schools in various programs of the allied health sciences will generally complete two to four years on this campus and then transfer to a program offered at such schools as the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia State University, North Georgia College and State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, or Columbus State University. Such allied health programs include medical technology, physical therapy, physician assistants, and occupational therapy. Students must make application to the professional program and be accepted by the school offering the program. It is important that the student be competitive and meet the admissions requirements. The student should contact the institution offering the professional program for information on admission requirements early in the freshman year.


Georgia Southwestern State University is a participant in several intern programs including the Georgia Intern Program and the Legislative Intern Program. Students may receive a maximum of twelve semester hours toward their degree for work as interns in public and non-profit agencies. Students from all academic areas are eligible for the program. Courses for which academic credit is to be awarded must be approved in advance by the dean of the school or chair of the department offering the courses and the Campus Coordinator of the program. Course numbers 4920-4930 in each discipline are reserved for Intern Program credit. Interested students should contact the Campus Coordinator of the GSW Intern Program in the Department of History and Political Science for additional information.


Students who have not decided on a particular program of study will be assigned to a General Education advisor. It is recommended that students follow the General Core Curriculum outlined in this bulletin. Unless the student has determined the major field of study prior to the fourth semester of enrollment, it is likely that financial aid will be discontinued.


Georgia Southwestern State University offers certificate programs in the following areas: European Union Studies, Latin American Studies, Religious Studies and Web Design.


The certificate in European Union Studies is a collaborative effort of University System of Georgia institutions. The program is open to all institutions and students of the University System, including students of Georgia Southwestern State University, as well as to professionals with an undergraduate degree. The program's purpose is to promote knowledge of the European Union (EU) and certify individuals as competent in the subject area of EU studies. Since the EU is one of the most important economic and political partners of the United States, this certification demonstrates valuable professional expertise to potential employers. For students in the academic track, the interdisciplinary certificate can be earned as a supplement to any conventional undergraduate degree.

Admission requirements

A certificate in European Union Studies can be earned in two ways. Under the academic track, a certificate is taken as part of an undergraduate degree program. Students from all academic majors are eligible to participate so long as they possess a minimum 2.75 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). Under the professional track, non-degree students - such as business executives - are eligible to enroll in the program upon proof of a valid undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. The minimum GPA requirement is waived.

Under either track, an application to the program cannot be made until successful completion of the following:

(1) the introductory course on the European Union (POLS 3200) with a grade of C or better
(2) 30 semester hours of earned academic credit
(3) completion of HIST 1111 or 1112 (World or Western Civilization)

To earn the EU Studies certificate, students must complete the certificate curriculum (18 hours) and fulfill the practicum experience requirement. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA in curriculum courses upon completion of the program. An official certificate is awarded upon graduation, and the certificate is noted on the student's permanent transcripts. Students should refer to the European Union Studies curriculum sheet for individual course requirements.

Practicum experience

Since it is deemed crucial that students demonstrate more than an academic knowledge of the European Union to be certified as adequately prepared in the subject, a "real-life" practicum experience pertaining to the EU must be performed either in the form of an overseas visit or an internship. The overseas option is broadly defined and can be accommodated by a wide range of activities, including study or research abroad. The same flexibility applies to the internship, which can be served domestically or internationally. A student's specific practicum experience must be approved by the program's campus representative.

On-line courses and Transatlantic Joint Certificate

The EU Studies program has developed a curriculum of online courses in conjunction with European university partners. These are courses in different discipline areas that deal with various aspects of the EU and are taught jointly by University System institutions and European universities at specified times throughout the academic year. The program's campus representative maintains an updated list of these courses and a teaching schedule, as well as information about course registration.

The EU Studies program offers the option of acquiring a certificate that is jointly conferred with a European institution. This option requires students to complete - with a grade of B or better - a minimum of two online courses that are co-taught with European partner universities. Students completing this option have the EU Studies certificate awarded by both their home institution and one in Europe, thus giving them an academic credential from a respected European university.

Areas of Distinction

In addition to acknowledging competence in the EU generally, the certificate also highlights special achievements by providing a notation of "distinction" in two areas:

· Foreign language proficiency (6 semester hours at or above the 2000 level)
· Composition of a thesis

The foreign language distinction must be earned in a European language approved by the program's campus representative as appropriate to the certificate's objectives. A student with prior language skills can earn a distinction by successful completion of an examination demonstrating competence equivalent to the 2000 level. The exam is administered at the student's home institution.

The thesis can be written anytime during the final year of study. It is supervised by a committee composed of three faculty members representing at least two different academic disciplines. The program's campus representative maintains a more detailed description of thesis requirements.

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The undergraduate Certificate in Latin American Studies (CLAS) recognizes a student's knowledge and understanding of a region of growing importance, both economically and culturally. The course of study is designed to be interdisciplinary and complementary to existing undergraduate programs. Those who satisfy the certificate requirements of their B.A./B.S., will be awarded a Certificate in Latin American Studies. This will be noted in the student's placement materials.

The Certificate in Latin American Studies is designed to provide an interdisciplinary, coherent unit of study which "certifies" competency in a subject area outside the traditional major. The CLAS is not designed to compete with existing programs. It offers an opportunity for University System of Georgia students to pursue an area of specialization which may not be offered by departmental curricula or may be unmet in conventional majors.

Admission Requirements

(1) The certificate in Latin American Studies must be taken with a formal degree program. Course work may be undertaken at two-year institutions but must be completed at a four-year university.
(2) Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.8 on a scale of 4.0.
(3) Students must have earned 30 semesters hours of academic credit at a four-year institution OR
(4) 15 semester hours of academic credit at a two-year institution.
One three-hour interdisciplinary course which focuses on contemporary Latin America OR
A three-hour course on Latin American Culture and Civilization OR
A CD-Module based course on Latin America OR
A web-based or GSAMS course on Latin America with a grade of "C" or better.

Honors Option

A student may receive an Honors Certificate in Latin American Studies if he or she maintains an overall gpa of 2.8 and a gpa of 3.5 in his/her CLAS courses. The student must also submit a Senior Honors paper on a Latin American topic to a faculty member in that field. The paper must receive a minimum grade of B+.

Minor Option

Each institution of the University System of Georgia will determine if the CLAS may serve as a minor, with or without additional requirements.

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The certificate in Religious Studies Program is an interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary effort that seeks to broaden the student's understanding of and appreciation for religion both as historical and cultural phenomenon.

Admission to the Religious Studies Program must be approved by the Religious Studies Program Coordinator. Students must complete at least 12 semester hours in courses numbered 3000 or above. A minimum grade of "C" is required in all course work counted towards the certificate.

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The certificate in Web Design is an interdisciplinary program that provides the student with expertise in a high demand area. The student will be competent at designing Web sites and will have both artistic and technical skills.

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The Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) is designed to provide students with technical and vocational training and a broader-based higher education in the arts and sciences.

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The primary goal of the Division of Continuing Education and Economic Outreach is to serve the educational and training needs of adults, children, and organizations through credit and non-credit programming and to meet the personal and professional needs of Southwest Georgia by extending college resources throughout our service area. Continuing Education provides the bridge between the academic environment and the community through outreach efforts and public service. Various types of non-credit courses are offered and designed to appeal to the professional, cultural, and recreational interests of residents in the community. In addition, conferences, workshops, institutes, short courses, teleconferences, media/computer-assisted learning, and independent study courses are tailored to specific clientele.

A person may achieve their career goals and education with information technology focused e-learning. On-line certification training is available.

The Center for Adventure Education, another division of Continuing Education, provides high-quality, affordable educational opportunities for older adults and promotes the University nationwide as a preeminent provider in lifelong learning. Elderhostel, a non-profit educational organization, offers inexpensive, short-term academic programs.

Participants completing programs may receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Staff Development Units for Teachers (SDUs) which are a nationally recognized method for measuring the non-credit work which an individual has completed.


Dr. Don Chang Lee, Director

Our Purpose
The Center for Asian Studies (CAS) was begun in 1988 to promote Asian language and culture programs for Georgia schools and businesses. In 1989, CAS expanded its purpose to promote cross-cultural understanding in the community, on campus, and in business environments through outreach programs and exchanges with Asian Institutions. Also in 1989, CAS established the English Language Institute (ELI) to focus on Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).

Our Programs
In The Japanese Language Teacher Training Program (JLTTP), sponsored in cooperation with a Japanese intercultural exchange organization, the participants come to GSW to learn how to teach their native language as a foreign language in American schools. The participants are graduate students who teach Japanese at American colleges and universities or they are Japanese language instructors at elementary and secondary schools in America.

The English Language Institute (ELI) brings many students from foreign countries, mainly Asia, to GSW to study English prior to becoming regular students at GSW, other institutions in Georgia, or in other states. In addition GSW receives students who study English for other specific purposes: Nurses, English teachers, Japanese and Korean businessmen, government officials, and professors study English to learn American culture, society, and business practices and for professional enrichment.

Cross-Cultural Outreach
The Center for Asian Studies assists students who want to study abroad in an Asian country and international students at GSW who need counsel or advice. CAS conducts seminars and conferences for the business community to have a better insight into Asian culture and its importance in doing business with Asian people. The Center also provides services to schoolteachers to provide a better understanding of Asian culture and the behavior patterns of Asian children and to share the Asian culture with American children. The Center makes arrangements to establish exchange relationships with Asian educational institutions.



The University Honors Program (UHP) at GSW offers exceptionally talented and motivated students an enriched environment for learning. Among its objectives, the UHP aims to promote life-long learning, to assist and guide students interested in graduate studies, and to encourage a studies abroad experience. The UHP also attempts to enhance and challenge the education of regularly enrolled students-by contact with honors students-as well as by the experience of participating faculty.

Admission: First-year students are admitted to the UHP by invitation. The Honors Program Committee will extend invitations to students based upon their SAT scores, high school GPA and rank in class, and recommendations where available. Transfer students, international students and students already at GSW may seek admission with a 3.4 GPA and referral by a faculty member. Rolling admissions apply.

The types of honors courses include 1) honors enrichment of a regular course with non-honors students enrolled; 2) special honors seminars; and 3) honors assistantships.

Participation Requirements: The UHP requires honors students to take at least two honors courses each year and maintain a minimum 3.2 overall GPA. Honors students who maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA in honors courses and a 3.5 or higher GPA over their last 60 hours and complete an honors senior thesis project will receive the distinction of "University Honors Scholar" at commencement. Other requirements include:

1. ENRICHED CORE COURSES: Students must take at least one enriched core course from each of the following areas:

Humanities (English or Fine Arts)

Social Sciences (History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology)

Math/Science (Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics)

2. ENRICHED MAJOR AREA COURSES: Students must take at least two enriched courses in their major for honors credit. (The same course cannot be counted in the enriched core courses section.)

3. HONORS SEMINARS: Students must take at least four one-hour seminars; two seminars per year will be offered.

4. SENIOR PROJECT/THESIS: The product of a senior honors seminar, this will include a written abstract of the work and an oral presentation.

5. STUDY ABROAD: The UHP will encourage students and assist students in seeking financial aid for summer and regular terms abroad.

6. SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT: Students must participate in a service activity a minimum of six hours per semester for six semesters.


English, Reading and Mathematics; Supplemental Instruction/Peer Tutoring, Academic Assistance; and Regents' Remediation

Coordinator: G. Jones

General Information

I. The Learning Support Program

The Learning Support Program is a Regents' mandated program and is thus part of the University System of Georgia Learning Support Programs. The purpose of the Program is to allow a limited number of students who otherwise would not have the opportunity for university admission to enter GSW State University and to overcome deficiencies in the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics in order to make them eligible for university entrance.

Another way to look at the program is that Learning Support is a prerequisite for all of the programs at Georgia Southwestern. That is, students entering any program that requires English 1101 and Math 1111 must meet the Learning Support requirement. There are two ways in which students meet the requirement:

1. They present SAT scores or ACT scores at or above acceptable admission standards.

2. If students present SAT scores or ACT scores below acceptable admission standards in either area, they are required to go through further testing for possible placement in Learning Support courses or Academic Assistance courses. They must take the Compass Placement Examination (CPE) IN ALL PARTS (reading, English, and mathematics). If they meet the cut-off scores in all areas, they are reclassified as regular students.

II. Placement in the Learning Support Program

Four categories of students MUST take the CPE for possible placement in Learning Support courses:

A. Students who present SAT or ACT scores below acceptable admission standards;

B. Nontraditional students who do not present SAT or ACT scores or whose scores are below acceptable admission standards;

C. Students who are entering 2-year career programs and do not present SAT or ACT scores above acceptable admission standards;

D. International students who must test in the mathematics area only.

If these students do not make the cut-off score in any one of the areas, they are required to register for Learning Support courses in that area or those areas. They spend at least one semester working in the content area(s). Students must complete all requirements in Learning Support in a maximum of three semesters.

III. Exit from the Learning Support Program

In order to exit from a Learning Support skills course, students are required (1) to complete clearly defined course objectives and (2) to demonstrate their proficiency in the particular skill by performing satisfactorily on the Compass Exit Examination. Once they have met these conditions, the students are allowed to register for courses for academic credit in that area. In order to exit from the Learning Support Program and be reclassified, students must have met these two conditions for each required course and satisfactorily passed UNIV 1000.

IV. Suspension from the Learning Support Program

If a student does not complete the requirements for an area and pass the exit test in that area in three semesters, the student will be suspended. The student may not be considered for readmission within three years of suspension.

Prior to suspending a student who has not exited an area of Learning Support, GSW may allow the student to appeal for one additional course. The student must

1. Be individually evaluated and determined to have a reasonable chance of success;

2. Be in an exit-level course;

3. Have reached the limit in only one Developmental Studies area.

If granted the additional course, the student may enroll in only the Developmental Studies course.

V. Supplemental Instruction/Peer Tutoring

Supplemental Instruction/Peer Tutoring is available for all students in core courses, introductory courses, and some upper division

courses. The tutors are approved by faculty teaching the courses and are trained and supervised by the Academic Skills Center coordinator.

VI. Learning Support Programs offer Academic Assistance in a number of courses:

Reading 1000, a co-curricular course in Learning Support to be taken with a core course (see course description under Learning Support)

Mathematics 0999, an intermediate algebra course for students who need a review before College Algebra (see course description under Mathematics)

Academic Skills 1100, a course designed to help students develop and strengthen essential study skills required for college success (see course description under Arts and Sciences)