SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Dean: Wysochansky

The School of Arts and Sciences provides a general, liberal arts, core education at Georgia Southwestern State University. All students at Southwestern will study in this school in order to receive the broadening educational experience necessary for the academic development of all college students. Many students will choose to major in one of the curriculum which this school administers; others will declare a major in the School of Business Administration, Computer and Information Sciences, Education, or Nursing. However, the classroom educational experience common to all Southwestern students will be received within the School of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to teaching the courses required in the core curricula, the School of Arts and Sciences offers degree programs leading to the Associate of Applied Science, Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Arts, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in several areas. Students who plan to teach at the secondary level will also concentrate in disciplines administered by various departments in the School of Arts and Sciences and will be assigned an advisor within the department administering that discipline. The school is made up of the Departments of Biology; Chemistry; English and Modern Languages; Fine Arts; Geology and Physics; History and Political Science; Mathematics; and Psychology and Sociology. Complete descriptions of the degree programs offered in this school and the requirements for completing each program are listed within the department sections which follow.

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCES

The Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) is designed to provide a technical and vocation trained student with a broad-based higher education in the arts and sciences. The joint degree has been approved by both the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and the Georgia Department of Education.

Through the cooperation of Georgia Southwestern State University and approved area technical colleges, this program serves to improve the student's educational and career aspirations. It meets the challenging education needs of today's students and also the changing needs of modern business and industry.

Students who meet the program requirements at both institutions will receive a diploma from the approved technical college and an Associate of Applied Science degree at Georgia Southwestern State University.

Students who apply for this joint degree program must meet the admissions requirements of the approved technical college. Students must also meet the regular admissions requirements at Georgia Southwestern State University.

The SAT or ACT scores necessary for admission to GSW are required of all students who graduated from high school within the last five years. Students who did not graduate in the last five years or who are 25 years or older must provide these SAT or ACT scores or take the Compass Placement Test for possible placement in the Learning Support Program.

The sixteen-unit distribution of College Preparatory Curriculum in high school is also required of students who graduated from high school within the last two years.

The Associate of Applied Science degree is offered in several areas including the following:

Accounting, Advanced Air Conditioning Technology, Advanced Drafting, Advanced Machine Tool Technology, Advanced Welding, Air Conditioning Technology, Aircraft Assembler, Aircraft Structural Technology, Automated Manufacturing Technology, Automotive Collision Repair, Automotive Fundamentals, Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Avionics Maintenance Technology, Business and Office Technology, Certified Manufacturing Specialist, Commercial Truck Driving, Computer Information Systems, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Dental Assisting, Diesel Mechanics, Drafting, Early Childhood Care and Education, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Electronics Fundamentals, Electronics Technology, Environmental Horticulture, Forestry Technology, Heavy Equipment Mechanics, Hotel/Restaurant/Travel Management, Industrial Electrical Technology, Industrial Maintenance, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Information Office Technology, Law Enforcement, Machine Tool Technology, Management and Supervisory Development, Marketing Management, Medical Assisting, Practical Nursing, Printing and Graphics Technology, Radiologic Technology, Surgical Technology and Welding and Joining Technology.

The Associate of Applied Science degree is not designed for transfer to other institutions. Courses are considered for transfer on a course by course basis. Students must earn, in residence at GSW, a minimum of 11 of the required 21 hours.

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DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY

Chair: Herrington

Faculty: Brown, Harvey, Herrington, Wright

The study of biology at Georgia Southwestern State University is intended to provide the student with a broad base in biological science rather than specialized expertise in one narrow discipline. It is possible to direct one's study toward an interest in some area such as botany, zoology, environment, or physiology. Study of biology not only provides the student with basic knowledge but also teaches scientific methodology that aids the thinking process of any professional activity. The insights developed through this study successfully prepare the student to enter many fields of employment in addition to traditional biology. The appreciation of the life sciences in general and the application of the usefulness of such study are the main objectives of this Department.

The biology major prepares the student for advanced study, as well as for employment in a biology related field, upon graduation. The student wishing to conclude formal education with the bachelor's degree in biology may find a career with State or Federal governments in health, natural resources and environment, agriculture, or education. Opportunities in the private sector exist in the food and beverage industry, health and pharmaceutical industry, environmental firms, nuclear power plants, and agricultural industry.

The student who wishes to continue study beyond the undergraduate degree may do so in graduate schools or in health professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, or related areas. The biology major is an ideal path for the pre-veterinary medicine student. Many opportunities exist for qualified graduates to undertake graduate level study in the biological sciences.

To earn a minor in biology, the student should complete 18 hours of upper division biology. Biology 2108 is prerequisite to upper division biology courses; however, in the case of a minor, Biology 2030 and 2040 (Anatomy and Physiology I & II) may be used as prerequisites. Biochemistry (CHEM 4410 plus CHEM 4410L) may be substituted for one of the biology courses.

It is important that students wishing to be admitted to professional programs know that these programs may include courses in addition to those required for graduation with BS degree. It is most important that these students confer with their advisor.

Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Biology

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Biology Minor requirements

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Professional and Allied Health Care Programs

Students wishing to enter one of the various health care professions, other than nursing or pharmacy, may meet the entrance requirements through the Department of Biology. Pre-Medical, Pre-Dentistry, and Pre-Veterinary Medicine students often follow the B.S. in biology program selecting courses to meet entrance requirements. Students interested in allied health programs may choose to meet entrance requirements by proper course selection under guidance from a departmental advisor. Students must meet the competitive requirements determined by the professional institutions for admission to the programs.

Allied health programs include, but are not limited to, the following: physical therapy, medical technology, physician assistant, and occupational therapy. Students desiring to enter one of these professions should become aware of necessary program admissions requirements through discussions with the allied health advisor on campus and by contacting the professional schools offering the programs. The student must gain admission to the professional program. Therefore, the student needs to work to be competitive and meet admissions requirements. University System of Georgia units offering programs in the allied health sciences include the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Columbus State University, and North Georgia College and State University.

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY

Chair: Thomas

Faculty: Gurnack, Smith, Thomas, Wysochansky

The study of chemistry forms the basis for employment in a variety of industrial, governmental and other business positions. It is a challenging but rewarding discipline that prepares the student to continue in a life-long learning experience while working in positions that are interesting and productive. B. S. Chemistry majors may find employment in chemical manufacturing, process control, chemical analysis, in management, sales and in regulatory positions. Majors in chemistry may pursue further degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and other health-related professions. Advanced degrees in the various specialized areas of chemistry may be pursued by those with superior ability and interests. The chemistry major at Georgia Southwestern State University is flexible. Through the choice of a minor and elective courses, the student may prepare for almost any professional goal and find that the logical and analytical skills developed will be strong assets in any chosen career.

Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Chemistry

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Chemistry Minor requirements

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DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND MODERN LANGUAGES

Chair: Davis

Faculty: Davis, Ellington, L. Jones, Kuipers, K. Lawson, Odio, Stauf, Waldrop, Willis

Good communication skills are essential for success in the modern world. It has been stated, ôThe limits of my language mean the limits of my world.ö All programs in the English and Modern Languages Department engender critical thinking, analytic writing, and advanced communication skills.

The study of literature and languages can serve as a gateway to other worlds, both literally and figuratively. By reading and discussing literature, students engage in an examination of society and the status quo: how ideas came to be; whether or not they are acceptable; and how to alter them if necessary. Studying foreign languages and world literatures is essential in the current climate of globalization. Programs in the Department offer students study in modern language as well as opportunities for Study Abroad.

The programs offered by English and Modern Languages foster the students' critical engagement with the world. Students can tailor their individual programs to enrich their academic experience and advance their career goals by choosing a minor and classes to fulfill elective requirements. Exciting opportunities include the certificate programs, professional internships, Study Abroad programs, and classes grounded in service learning. The Department's new Women's Studies Certificate will offer a multi-disciplinary study of the relationship between gender and culture.

Most professional settings require good writing and speaking skills. Graduates of programs in English and Modern Languages are in demand in such professions as teaching, law, business, social work, public relations, and international public policy programs; and are well prepared to continue matriculation in a variety of graduate programs.

Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in English

The Bachelor of Arts in English is a literature intensive program that allows considerable flexibility for students to choose their major classes. Additionally, students have free elective hours and a minor built into the degree requirements, a benefit for those who want the freedom to tailor their education to varied interests or professional goals. The curriculum easily allows for a student to complete a certificate program to complement their major interests. This degree, as do all English programs, requires two classes of a modern language at an intermediate level.

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Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in English with Teacher Certification

The Bachelor of Arts in English with Teacher Certification is an education centered program that prepares students to complete secondary level teacher certification in English. The education classes in this curriculum essentially function as the minor for the degree. Students take twenty-nine hours of upper level English courses and twenty-three hours of education courses, exclusion of student teaching. This degree, as do all English programs, requires two classes of a modern language at an intermediate level.

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Bachelor of Arts in English/Professional Writing Option

A recent survey indicates that most college graduates, whatever profession they enter, can expect to spend an average of nine hours out of forty writing. Clearly, a strong background in English is appropriate to every career-oriented graduate. The Bachelor of Arts in English with a Professional Writing Option provides a strong background in literature and composition as well as a good foundation in professional writing. Graduates from this program should be particularly well prepared for positions in advertising, technical writing, editing, public information, and other areas which require good writing skills. This degree, as do all English programs, requires two classes of a modern language at an intermediate level.

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General

A grade of C or higher is required of all students for satisfactory completion of ENGL 1101 and 1102. Satisfactory completion of both courses is a prerequisite for enrollment in ENGL 2110, ENGL 2120, OR ENGL 2130 in Core Area C. For English majors a grade of C or higher is required in each course in the major.

Minor Programs

Minors in English and English Minor/Professional Writing

In recent years, there has been an increasing awareness of the importance of communication skills in every area of endeavor. Responding to the growing demand for effective communications, the Department has established minor fields of study in English and professional writing. These minors complement a variety of majors in business, technical, social service, and teaching fields. Moreover, by enhancing a studentÆs communication and analytical skills, these minors give the student an added edge in career choice.

Each Department minor requires a minimum of 18 hours and each course must be completed with a grade of C or better.

English Minor:

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English Minor/Professional Writing Option:

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Minors in French and Spanish

With increasing trade among countries, competency in a second language can be a key factor in the successful attainment of a position in business, public relations, commerce, or government. The Department offers minors in both French and Spanish, two major international languages.

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Certificate Programs associated with English and Modern Language s Department

Women's Studies Certificate

This eighteen-hour course of study combining multi-disciplinary course offerings, seminars, and internships will help students recognize and understand how their lives have been culturally constructed by notions of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and class and is complementary to existing undergraduate programs.

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Latin American Studies Certificate

This certificate recognizes a studentÆs 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.

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DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS

Chair: Megginson

Faculty: Beazley, Green, Lawson, Megginson, Robinson, Wells

One of the age old traditional marks of an educated person has been that person's knowledge and appreciation of the arts. Fine arts provide the ultimate in the expression of human emotion and afford enjoyable and enriching experiences for all human beings. Through the intellectual pursuit of the media of the visual arts, music and theatre, Georgia Southwestern offers the opportunity for all students to develop a better understanding of the Arts and pursue successful careers in the related areas. B.A. degrees in Art, Music, Dramatic Arts; and the B.F.A. degree in Art. Any student at the University may also minor in Art, Music and Theatre by earning 18 hours of credit within the chosen discipline. Minor requirements should be planned in conjunction with the appropriate coordinator of Art, Music or Theatre the student's academic advisor.

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN ART

The BFA degree provides an intensive background in the practice, theory, and history of Visual Arts. Professional level training and concentration in art are offered to the student within the content of the baccalaureate degree. The program is designed in the belief that it is sound critical thinking as well as talent or skill that form the basis of the production of art. Problem solving, frequent critiques, and student responsibility for reasoned explication of his or her work will form an important part of the educational process. After a demonstration of competence in the foundation areas of drawing and design, the student will begin to become familiar with a wide range of materials and media to eventually concentrate in a particular area (drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography, sculpture, glassblowing, and graphic/computer design) at the upper division level. Competence at this level is demonstrated by successful participation in a required senior exhibition and a written thesis.

Requirements for the BFA degree:

BFA students are to participate in a Sophomore Review and a Senior Exhibition as part of department requirements . All transfer students must submit a portfolio upon entering the program. The student will present at least one acceptable example of work for a permanent gallery collection.

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BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN ART

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Art in Studio and Art History is for students interested in studio, gallery, or museum work and in continuing their education in graduate school with the objectives of college teaching. Examples are a major in Art/Photo Journalism with a minor in Journalism, a major in Art/Computer Graphics with minor in Business Management or Advertising. The student may elect to concentrate in Graphic Design, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Glassblowing, Sculpture, Photography, and Printmaking while at the same time minor in an area of the student's choice.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

The BA students are to participate in a Sophomore Review and a Senior Exhibition as part of department requirements. All transfer students must submit a portfolio upon entering the program. The student will present at least one acceptable example of work for a permanent gallery collection.

Click HERE for Curriculum Sheet and Requirements (BA Arts). Recommended four year plan.
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BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN MUSIC

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in music degree offers the student a humanities oriented degree with a concentration in Music. Besides stressing a liberal arts foundation, the degree will allow considerable flexibility in selecting electives, languages, and a minor.

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BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE WITH A MAJOR IN DRAMATIC ARTS

The Dramatic Arts program provides students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of performance as an aesthetic act, a fundamental form of human communicative behavior, and a means to cultural understanding. With related course offerings in fields of theatre and communication arts, the distinctive characteristic of the program is an integral focus on performance as a primary means of interaction and transaction by the individuals in everyday life, and artistic expression on stage and on camera.

A premise of the program is that the study of communication and theatre as liberal arts serves as a viable foundation for entry into a wide range of professions and occupations. On the broadest level, students with this educational background have gone on to successful careers in fields as varied as banking, law, real estate, management and sales, human resources, training and development. More specifically, the entertainment industry is one of the leading exports of this country. This degree program serves as a gateway degree into that industry. In the most specific application the studio work of the program provides rigorous performance training to prepare students for admission to the best graduate programs in the country.

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COMMUNICATION AND THEATRE ARTS

The Communication and Theatre Arts program area provides students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of performance as both an aesthetic act and a fundamental form of human communicative behavior and cultural understanding. With related course offerings in fields of theatre and communication arts, the distinctive characteristic of the program is an integral focus on performance as a primary means of interaction by individuals in everyday life and artistic expression on stage or on camera.

The premise of the program is that the study of communication and theatre as liberal arts serves as a viable foundation for entry into a wide range of professions and occupations. A basic philosophy of the program is that a broad-based education in the liberal arts is best for the development of the whole person and preferable for most students at the undergraduate level.

Dramatic Arts Minor requirements

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Music Minor requirements

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Art Minor requirements

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DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY AND PHYSICS

Chair: Askren

Faculty: Askren, Carter, Peavy, Weiland

The scientific study of the Earth gains greater importance as resources dwindle and human population increases. The geosciences community deals with the problems of energy, mineral resources, and natural hazards, as well as the more purely intellectual subjects of Earth's origin and evolution and the development of life on this planet. To cope with the dynamic Earth, we must first understand it. Thus, the primary goal of the Department is to provide majors with a firm background in all phases of the geosciences which will prepare them for either graduate studies or individual careers.

Physics, the study of natural phenomena, is the most fundamental discipline of all the sciences. The study of this subject prepares students for science and engineering careers or any career whose interests range from classifying quarks to contemplating what lies just beyond the visible edge of the universe. The adventure begins with a thorough foundation in the heart of the physical world which includes mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, and thermodynamics.

B. S. IN GEOLOGY

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GEOLOGY MINOR REQUIREMENTS

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17 hours total with at least 9 hours in upper division courses.
*Denotes upper division courses.

Admission into the Geology Minor program must be approved by the Department Chair.

DUAL-DEGREE PROGRAM

Career Opportunities

Industry, private engineering consulting practice, and governmental agencies are looking for the technologically educated person who has the broad overview that the Dual Degree Program provides. Past participants in the program enthusiastically endorse the concept and are pleased that they took the fifth year to complete requirements for the two degrees (one from Georgia Southwestern State University and one from Georgia Tech).

Success in the many and diversified fields of engineering requires excellence in mathematics, science, computer technology, and verbal skills. Many students may be deficient in one or more of these areas. Students frequently need time to acclimatize to the demands of the university experience. Georgia Southwestern State University offers the advantages of time to become aware of university life, a faculty with the experience necessary to correct deficiencies which a student may encounter in preparing for study in an engineering field, and the environment to develop other important areas of one's life such as awareness of others. The curriculum at Georgia Southwestern State University is worked out individually by the Dual-Degree Program advisor, depending on the desired engineering field and the developmental stage of each student.

Program Description

Georgia Southwestern State University offers a dual-degree program of study jointly with the Engineering School at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The Dual-Degree Program allows a student to study for three years at Georgia Southwestern State University, followed by two years of study in an engineering field of the student's choice at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The successful student in this program is awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics or a science area relevant to the chosen engineering field and a degree from Georgia Tech.

Today, the decisions of the engineer, the scientist, and the industrial manager have an important effect on the lives of all mankind. It is evident more than ever before that these professionals should acquire a full measure of general knowledge and culture. The Dual Degree Program provides its participants with the best of two university experiences. First, they have a choice of study at a liberal arts college with outstanding programs in humanities, natural sciences, philosophy, social sciences, fine arts, economics and business, modern languages, etc. Secondly, the Dual Degree students study at one of the world's leading technological institutes which has a proven record of graduating leading engineers, scientists, managers, and architects.

Dual Degree candidates from Georgia Southwestern State University are eligible to seek any of the following degrees from Georgia Tech:

College of Engineering:

Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering
Bachelor of Ceramic Engineering
Bachelor of Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
Bachelor of Industrial Engineering
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Nuclear Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Textile Sciences & Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Textiles
Bachelor of Textile Engineering

College of Management:

Bachelor of Science in Economics
Bachelor of Science in Management Science

College of Sciences and Liberal Studies:

Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics
Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics
Bachelor of Science in Physics

Courses Which Are to Be Part of the Study Program at Georgia Southwestern State University

As of this date, the following amount of course credits in the specified areas must be included in the three-year study program taken at Georgia Southwestern State University. For descriptions of courses and minimum course content, refer to the current Georgia Tech catalog. If Georgia Southwestern State University cannot offer all of the required courses or if the student is unable to schedule one or two of the courses, Georgia Southwestern State University agrees to allow transfer credit applicable toward the Georgia Southwestern State University degree for such courses taken at Georgia Tech.

  1. The mathematics and science courses included in the freshman and sophomore years of the curriculum for the discipline in which the student plans to major at Georgia Tech.
  2. At least half of the humanities and social science/modern language credit hours required at Georgia Tech. At this time, twelve (12) semester hours of humanities and twelve (12) semester hours of social science/modern language are required for all Georgia Tech degrees.

Requirements for Approval for Degree-seeking Status as a Dual Degree Student at Georgia Institute of Technology

In order for a student to become a Dual Degree candidate at Georgia Tech he/she must have:

  • Completed 90 to 96 semester hours at Georgia Southwestern State University. The student shall not be admitted to Georgia Tech with full third-year standing until this requirement is met.
  • A recommendation from the designated official at Georgia Southwestern State University (dual-degree advisor).
  • University grades and tests results which would indicate that he or she could satisfactorily complete the degree requirements at Georgia Tech.

Hours of Course Credit to Be Required at the Georgia Institute of Technology for the Designated Bachelor's Degree

The Dual-Degree Program student will be required to complete a Georgia Tech program of study which equals the number of credit hours required of normal juniors and seniors enrolled in the standard curriculum for the particular degree being sought.

If the official study program at Georgia Tech for the Dual Degree candidate includes free electives and the candidate has excess hours of credit at Georgia Southwestern State University, he or she may use these excess hours to reduce the hours required at Georgia Tech. Such a reduction shall not cause the total number of hours taken at Georgia Tech to be less than 60 semester hours.

Student Readmission

Students who attend Georgia Institute of Technology but do not complete degree requirements will be readmitted to GSW and given an opportunity to complete the requirements for a degree.

Rejection of Students

Any student who would not otherwise be admitted to Georgia Institute of Technology under their admissions evaluation criteria or who is projected not to complete any program contained in the Dual-Degree Program may, after suitable consideration by Georgia Tech, be declined admission to Georgia Tech. However, any student who meets Georgia Tech freshman admission criteria in effect when the student enters Georgia Southwestern State University, provided that he or she maintains an academic record that indicates a high probability for success at Georgia Tech during the three years of study at Georgia Southwestern State University and completes the courses stipulated in the agreement between Georgia Southwestern State University and Georgia Tech, will be admitted to Georgia Tech.

DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

Chair: Hall

Faculty: Cooper, Galatas, Hall, Kline, Robins, Szmedra

The disciplines in the Department of History and Political Science focus on humanity in action and in thought as well as humanity's relationship to the earth and the allocation of its resources, historically, at present, and in the future. The general study of these fields provides that broad base which is essential for effective functioning in humanistic areas. Specialized study in specific social science areas may lead to careers in teaching, governmental services, public information, business, the legal profession, or simply provide the broad based liberal arts education fundamental to a fuller understanding of life, whatever the specific career choice.

The Department accepts the particular challenge of promoting awareness of our cultural heritage and the responsibilities of citizenship within a democratic society and the world community. The Department encourages self-realization, intellectual inquiry, and the examination of personal and professional values. The activities of the Department also encourage the discovery and study of those societal needs, which may be effectively addressed in an academic setting.

History and political science graduates are employed in a variety of positions in public service and the private sector. History majors find positions with research services, in editing, legislative analysis, trend analysis for media, public relations, government agencies or non-profit groups, site interpretation and management, historic preservation, oral histories, and the development of documentaries. Political science majors find careers as legislative aides, legal assistants, lobbyists, or in government service, law, interest groups, public relations, law enforcement, teaching, community service, state department, and foreign service.

With a variety of programs, open minors, and electives, students can tailor their individual programs to fit personal career goals. The Department has an active Third World Studies program which includes enrichment seminars. It also administers the Intern Program which includes a variety of internships. These programs enable qualified students to obtain valuable work experience in addition to college credit and a possible stipend. A Pre-Law advisor helps students prepare for the law school of their choice. (See "Pre-Law Advisor" below.)

Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in History

This program offers a strong major, opportunity for complementary work in a minor, and a foreign language requirement. It is a good background for graduate/law/divinity school or preparation for careers which require breadth of knowledge and informed perspective (as journalism, public relations, etc.), as well as those which draw more directly on the major field (as research/analysis services, historic site management, etc.). It enables students to develop writing and analytical skills useful in business and professional careers.

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Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in History

Similar to the B.A. above, this degree also has a strong major and opportunity for a minor, but it offers wider elective choices by reduction of the foreign language requirement. Again, similarly to the B.A., the B.S. in History is an appropriate background for graduate/law/divinity school, careers that require a knowledgeable perspective (as journalism, public relations, etc.), and careers more directly related to history (as research/analysis services, historic site management, etc.). Students develop writing and analytical skills useful in business and professional careers.

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Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Political Science

This degree offers a strong major, opportunity for a complementary minor, and a foreign language requirement. It is appropriate as preparation for graduate/law school or as a foundation for careers which require the breadth and perspective of a liberal arts degree (as journalism, public relations, etc.). Some careers (as legislative aide or in political action, community service, etc.) relate more directly to the major field. Students develop writing and analytical skills useful in business and professional careers.

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Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Political Science

Similar to the B.A., this B.S. program has a strong major, and opportunity for a minor, but it offers a wider elective option through the elimination of the foreign language requirement. It is also an appropriate preparation for graduate school and especially for law school. It provides the background for careers which need the informed perspective of a liberal arts degree (as journalism, public relations, etc.). It is a more direct preparation for career fields which draw more directly on the major field (as legislative aide, political action, community service, etc.). Students develop writing and analytical skills useful in business and professional careers.

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Teacher Certification Programs

For information on degree programs leading to secondary level teacher certification in history, see the following curriculum described also under the School of Education: B.S. in History with Teacher Certification.

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Minor Programs

The Department of History and Political Science provides excellent minor programs in history and political science. In preparation for a career in business, governmental agencies, or education, minors in the social sciences are considered an especially attractive balance to the career major. Minor courses are selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor.

Each minor course must be completed with a grade of C or better. Exceptions and substitutions for the required courses or types of course may be made (for example, for prior credit) with the recommendation of the advisor and the approval of the Department Chair.

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Pre-Law Advisor

Since law schools prescribe no set curriculum as a prerequisite for admission, students may major in almost any degree program in preparation for law school. Some curricula are particularly recommended, such as political science, history, English, etc. Each of these curricula will have a separate advisor. However, the student interested in law school should also consult with the "Pre-law Advisor" within the Department of History and Political Science. The Pre-law Advisor will have information on law school admission policies, Law School Aptitude Test applications and administration dates, scholarships, law school catalogs, etc.

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS

Chair: Stroyls

Faculty: Anderson, Cliett, Hodges, Mueller, Sapko, Stroyls

Georgia Southwestern offers its students three degree options in Mathematics at the undergraduate level-the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Certification, and the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with option in Industrial Mathematics.

Former Georgia Southwestern students who have completed degree programs offered by the Department of Mathematics are presently pursuing careers in teaching, banking, business, computer science, industrial research, actuarial science, insurance, and civil service. The mathematics programs at Georgia Southwestern prepare students to enter these and other related fields. Graduates in mathematics are also, by program design, well equipped to enter graduate programs in these areas.

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Teacher Certification

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Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with option in Industrial Mathematics

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Mathematics Minor requirements

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DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY and SOCIOLOGY

Chair: Johnson

Faculty: Cotter, Fisk, Johnson, Prewett, Shapiro, Talley, Urda, Vance, Worthy

The Department of Psychology and Sociology offers course work and laboratory experience in the behavioral sciences. Its curricula are designed to prepare students for graduate work in psychology and sociology, and to provide students with skills and training for employment in various kinds of social service occupations. A balanced offering of lecture, laboratory, and field experience provides the student with a basic understanding of those variables affecting individual behavior as well as the behavior of groups.

The Department administers the following degree programs: B.A. in Psychology, B.S. in Psychology, and B.S. in Sociology. The department also offers minors in Psychology and Sociology. See the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology if interested in these minor programs.

Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Psychology

The B.S. degree in Psychology is designed to introduce the students to the scientific evaluation of psychological theory and to familiarize them with the application of fundamental principles of behavior. It will provide a broad background for those who desire to pursue an advanced degree in the behavioral sciences or those who aspire to a career in social service.

The major professional opportunities for a person in the B.S. degree program in Psychology are to be found in social service areas of the public sector. Many students with this degree find employment with the State Department of Family & Children Services, the Department of Offender Rehabilitation, Juvenile Courts, and various mental health/mental retardation agencies operated by the State Department of Human Resources. Other opportunities exist with federal agencies such as the Department of Labor and Social Security. Particular job titles with these agencies include Social Work Technician, Social Worker, Pension Counselor, Behavioral Specialist, Mental Health Technician, Counselor, and Probation Officer.

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Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Psychology

This curriculum is designed to provide a research oriented background in Psychology for individuals who wish to pursue graduate study in Behavioral Science. The Southwestern student interested in pursuing a professional degree (Masters or Doctorate in Psychology, Criminology, Counseling, or Child Development) is encouraged to enroll in this degree program. A wide variety of career opportunities in social service delivery agencies are available to students holding advanced degrees in Behavioral Science. A student wishing to teach Psychology at the post-secondary level would also need an advanced degree, and this curriculum is an appropriate preparation for graduate study.

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Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Sociology

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology is designed to familiarize the student with the structure and functioning of society, to develop greater understanding and appreciation of diverse cultural groups, to stimulate constructive analysis of sociological patterns, to encourage further research on human social behavior, and to prepare students for productive careers in a wide variety of occupations and professions. Sociology is the study of social life and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. It investigates the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, as well as their formation, development, and interactions. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob, from crime to religion, from the divisions of race, gender, and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, from the sociology of work to the sociology of sport. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance.

Various occupations and professions are available at the local, state and national levels to the person who majors in sociology. Many of the agencies affiliated with the Georgia Department of Human Resources, such as the Department of Family and Children Services and the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, employ social service personnel. Other positions exist in state agencies dealing with juvenile and adult offenders. Local agencies and organizations requiring social service personnel include the Council on Aging, the Sumter Regional Hospital, Magnolia Manor Retirement Center, and the Rosalynn Carter Institute. While many sociologists hold positions in social service and educational fields, an increasing number hold a wide variety of jobs in such sectors as business, the health professions, the criminal justice system, and in government.

Nationally, sociologists are commonly employed by governmental agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the Bureau of the Census, the National Institutes of Health, Education, and Welfare, the Departments of Agriculture, Housing and Urban Development, Defense, Commerce, and many others. Sociologists also direct, advise, and review research sponsored by foundations such as Russell Sage, Carnegie, and Ford, and likewise they work with business, technology, and industry.

Sociologists also teach at the community college, college, and university levels, as well as increasingly at high school levels across the nation. Preparation for graduate school is, of course, an integral part of the individual student's program.

And yet, career payoffs are not the only reason for studying sociology. Its subject matter holds considerable interest for its own sake. Certainly sociology offers valuable preparation for other sorts of careers. Sociology is a popular major for students planning futures in such professions as law, business, education, architecture, medicine, social work, and public administration.

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Sociology Minor requirements

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Psychology Minor requirements

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