Programs of Study

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

UNDERGRADUATE 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 humankind.

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.

ASSESSMENT OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

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.

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

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, and Bachelor of Science in Education degrees. Majors are available in the areas as follows:

Bachelor of Arts: Art, Dramatic Arts, English, History, Music, Psychology

Bachelor of Business Administration: Accounting, Management, Human Resources Management, Natural Resources Management, Professional Golf Management, Marketing

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Art.

Bachelor of Science: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Information Technology, 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, Special Education, Middle Grades Education, Recreation

Bachelor's Degree with Teaching Certification: English, History, Mathematics, Music, English

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.

DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM IN ENGINEERING

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.

PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

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 follows 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 meets the admissions requirements. The student should contact the institution offering the professional program for information on admission requirements early in the freshman year.

GSW INTERN PROGRAMS

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.

GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM

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.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Georgia Southwestern State University offers certificate programs in the following areas: Caregiving Specialist, Criminal Justice, English as a Second Language, European Union Studies, Latin American Studies, Web Design, and Women's Studies.

CAREGIVING SPECIALIST CERTIFICATE

The Caregiving Specialist Certificate is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for continued study, specialized work or a career in the caregiving field. This certificate is the only one of its kind in the state and represents a unique commitment of GSW to prepare leaders in the field of caregiving. The program includes 18 credits taken while working on a bachelor's degree.

Click HERE for Caregiving Specialist Certificate Curriculum Sheet.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE CERTIFICATE

The purpose of the Criminal Justice Certificate Program (CJCP) is to provide students with knowledge about America's criminal justice system. The program is interdisciplinary and complementary to existing programs; specifically, students take courses from the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, and Communication. Completing of the Criminal Justice Program certifies that individuals are familiar with the purpose, function, and operation of the criminal justice system.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CERTIFICATE

International students may earn a Certificate of Completion, depending on their levels of comprehension and fluency, in as little as one semester or as long as two years. The program at GSW's English Language Institute (ELI) is based on approximately twenty hours of class a week for four levels of language instructions: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and Bridge. There is no minimum TOEFL requirement for admission. Students who place in higher levels can receive credit for lower level classes.

The Certificate of Completion can be expanded for special groups of students who are studying English for specific purposes by adding more classes in the special interest area e.g. nursing. These expansions can be custom designed for the group.

Requirements and Standards
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Completed and signed application.
  • $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
  • Official English translations of high school and college/university transcripts.
  • TOEFL score, if it has been taken.
  • Bank statement from financial sponsor.
  • Completed financial forms
  • Completed health form signed by a medical doctor.

For more information, please refer to the following link:  http://gsw.edu/Academics/International-Student-Programs/index

CURRICULUM SHEET (Standard Level) (Advanced Level)

EUROPEAN UNION STUDIES CERTIFICATE

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 transcript. 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.

Click HERE for European Union Studies Certificate Curriculum Sheet.

LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES CERTIFICATE

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. or 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.

Click HERE for Latin American Studies Certificate Curriculum Sheet.

WEB DESIGN CERTIFICATE

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.

Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. An ability to analyze a problem, and identify and define the Web design requirements appropriate to its solution.
  2. An ability to demonstrate creative skills and artistic ability for Web application development.
  3. An ability to use current techniques, skills, and tools necessary to design and build Web applications.
  4. An understanding of best practices and standards of Web design and their application.

Outcome Assessment:

Submission of a final/capstone website project as a required component of the last advanced course work, demonstrating technical and artistic skills appropriate for Web design professions. Faculty members in both departments will evaluate this project.

Click HERE for Web Design Certificate Curriculum Sheet.

WOMEN'S STUDIES CERTIFICATE

Women's Studies is a multi-disciplinary approach to the understanding and analysis of women's history and culture. The program seeks to help students recognize and understand how their lives have been culturally constructed by notions of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and class. An added benefit of having the Women's Studies Certificate is that prospective employers and graduate schools will appreciate the added dimension of inter-disciplinary work that goes beyond the basic degree requirements. This certificate is complementary to existing undergraduate programs.

The Women's Studies program seeks to redress the neglect in many disciplines of the significant contributions of women. In doing so, we hope to challenge the status quo, giving students new ways to perceive themselves, thereby empowering them to be confident, political beings.

An eighteen-hour course of study, the Women's Studies Certificate combines course offerings, seminars, and internships.

Click HERE for Women's Studies Certificate Curriculum Sheet.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

The primary goal of the Division of Continuing Education 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.

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

THE CENTER FOR ASIAN STUDIES

John Fox, 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS, PLEASE CALL (229) 931- 2346 OR FAX (229) 931-2335.

UNIVERSITY HONORS PROGRAM

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.

LEARNING SUPPORT PROGRAM

Placement in Learning Support

Students are required to take courses in Learning Support based on the following criteria:

  1. The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American Collegiate Test (ACT) Scores:
    Students whose SAT Verbal score is below 430 (ACT English 17) or SAT Math score is below 400 (ACT Math 17) are required to undergo further testing. Before registration for the first semester of enrollment, these students must take the Compass Placement Examination (CPE) in the appropriate area(s) of English composition, mathematics, and reading, as determined by their SAT or ACT scores. This examination is specifically designated to determine any deficiencies in these three content areas.

    The Compass Placement Examination (CPE) Scores:
    Traditional and non-traditional students who are admitted to GSW as beginning freshmen with at least one SAT or ACT score below the acceptable minimum will take the COMPASS Placement Test before enrollment in the deficient area or areas only. That is, students who present SAT-Math scores of less than 400 or ACT-Math scores of less than 17 will take the COMPASS Test for initial placement into Learning Support mathematics. Students with SAT-Verbal scores below 430 or ACT-English scores below 17 will test for initial placement in Learning Support English and reading.

    Non-traditional students who do not present SAT or ACT scores will test in all three areas for possible placement.

    Admitted transfer students who do not present minimum SAT or ACT scores in at least one area and have less than 30 semester hours of transferable credit will be required to test according to the above policy. However, students in this category who transfer credit for core-level mathematics or English will not have to take the corresponding section of the COMPASS Placement Test even if the SAT or ACT scores in that area are deficient.

    Students who test but do not enroll within a year of testing must retest in all areas on the COMPASS Test.

    New students may be retested with COMPASS for initial placement in Learning Support Courses prior to the first day of class. A $30.00 testing fee is required.

    Returning students may be retested under the following conditions:
    1. Students have been out of school five years or more (retest in all areas for placement, not exit).
    2. Students have BSE or CPE scores.
    3. Students who have not taken any college-level work in three years may be retested with COMPASS in any unsatisfied area and readmitted without a Learning Support requirement if they meet the institutional criteria for exemption. Students who do not exempt on the retest may be considered for readmission.
  2. Students with Non-Traditional Status:
    Students who are admitted with the "Non-Traditional" status are required to take the CPE for the possible placement in Learning Support courses unless they provide adequate SAT or ACT scores upon admission. If they score below the cut-off in any one of the three areas (English composition, mathematics, and reading), they are required to enroll in Learning Support courses for instruction in that particular area(s).
  3. International students:
    Students whose native language is not English are required to take the CPE in mathematics.
  4. Students who are determined by the institution to need academic assistance even though they are eligible to be admitted without Learning Support requirements under System Policy:
    Such students may be required to participate in Learning Support courses or other program components to enhance their chances for success in Core Curriculum courses. A student who is eligible to enroll in a Core Curriculum course but fails the course may also be required to take a Learning Support course before or while retaking the Core Curriculum course.

Enrollment in Learning Support

  1. Courses and Credit:
    Depending on the scores on the CPE, students may be required to register for one, two or three Learning Support courses. Further, they must enroll in the required courses initially and then each following semester until they meet the requirements of each course and exit. The students must demonstrate proficiency in the skill (course content) before they will be allowed to register for courses giving academic credit in that area. Furthermore, students in one or more Learning Support courses are not eligible to register in courses having a Learning Support prerequisite:

    1. Students with required Learning Support placement must exit or exempt Learning Support Reading as a prerequisite for social, natural, and physical science courses and college-level mathematics.
    2. Students with required Learning Support placement must exit or exempt Learning Support English and Reading as prerequisites for university-level English.
    3. Students with required Learning Support placement must exit or exempt Learning Support mathematics as a prerequisite for physics and chemistry (any science course with a prerequisite of university-level mathematics, physics, chemistry, and any science with a prerequisite of university-level mathematics).

    However, students may enroll for regular university-level courses other than those requiring the Learning Support courses as prerequisites. 

    Learning Support courses in English, reading, and mathematics carry four (4) hours of institutional credit. This credit is not applicable toward a degree; it is not academic credit. However, it is credit that classifies the students as full-time or part-time (depending on the number of courses taken) and makes the students eligible to receive financial aid and to participate in extra-curricular activities, including varsity sports. 

    In addition to courses in English, reading, and mathematics, students with Learning Support requirements must enroll in UNIV 1000, an orientation/introduction to the university, which is a course required of all incoming students. This is a one-semester course and carries one (1) hour of academic credit. The students must pass this course in order to meet the Learning Support exit requirements. The only exceptions include part-time students and transfer students with fifteen or more hours.

  2. Other enrollment requirements

    Once the students are assigned to Learning Support, they must register for the required course(s), and they must spend at least one semester working in the required course(s). The courses are offered in one or two semester sequences. The students progress through these courses at their own pace and may complete course requirements in one semester. However, they have three (3) semesters in which to complete requirements.

Exit from Learning Support

In order to exit a Learning Support course, the students must meet two criteria:

  1. They must first satisfactorily complete all course requirements, that is, all of the assigned work for the entire semester, and receive a passing grade for the course.
  2. They must perform satisfactorily on the exit form of the CPE for the particular area(s).

NOTE: In order to be eligible to write the exit form of the CPE in English, the students must perform satisfactorily on a qualifying essay that is administered by the Coordinator of Testing, after the students have passed all of the required work in the course. To be eligible to write the exit form of the CPE in mathematics, the students must perform satisfactorily on a Comprehensive Mathematics exam after the students have passed all of the required work for the course. In reading, students must take the Nelson-Denny test and acquire a passing score.

The students may attempt the exit CPE only after they have passed the course(s). If they fail the exam form of the CPE, they have not exited the course nor met their Learning Support requirements. But once the students have met the conditions of exit for each course in which they are required to enroll, they have exited Learning Support and will then be classified as regular freshmen students.

When the students exit a Learning Support course in a particular area, they are then eligible to register for university-level courses in that area.

The Exit Test

The testing policy is as follows:

  1. Students may attempt the CPE only after satisfactorily completing the requirements for the course(s) to which they have been assigned. These requirements are clearly defined and outlined at the beginning of each course.
  2. The exit CPE is given only at the end of the semester. The students may attempt the CPE at the end of the first semester of enrollment if they have met and passed course exit requirements.
  3. Revisions of the Retest Policy:
    1. Student may be permitted to retest on the exit Compass test if they have earned a grade of B or above in the area in which exit testing is attempted.
    2. Students who are in their final attempt in any area may be permitted to retest for exit on the CPE provided that they have (1) earned grade of B or above in the area in which exit testing is attempted, or (2) a documented learning disability.
  4. Exit Scores
    1. To exit Learning Support reading, a student must score an 82 or higher on the COMPASS (CPE) Test.
    2. To exit Learning Support English, a student must score a 71 or higher on the COMPASS (CPE) Test.
    3. To exit Learning Support mathematics, a student must score a 40 or higher on the COMPASS (CPE) Test.

Failure to Pass the Exit CPE

If students fail to pass the exit CPE in any course at the end of the semester, they must register for the next course(s) in the sequence the following semester and continue working on the required assignments for the course. They must complete satisfactorily (pass) the required work before they will be eligible to attempt the CPE again.

Suspension from Learning Support

The students have three (3) semesters (not necessarily consecutive) in which to complete all Learning Support requirements. At the end of the third semester of enrollment, students who have not exited all Learning Support courses will be suspended from the university. If a student does not complete requirements for an area in twelve semester hours or three semesters, whichever comes first, 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 a Learning Support area within the twelve semester hours or three-semester limit, Georgia Southwestern State University will allow the student to appeal for two additional courses. For each additional attempt, the student must:

  • Be individually evaluated and determined to have a reasonable chance of success
  • Be in an exit level course
  • Have reached the limit in only one Learning Support area

During the semester of the first attempt, the student may enroll in courses other than Learning Support (subject to the 20-hour limit on the number of credit hours a student may earn before exiting Learning Support). If the student is granted the appeal for the second additional course, the student may enroll in only the Learning Support course.

University and Departmental Policies for Learning Support

  1. Change in Policy:
    Any Learning Support policy, including exit requirements, may be changed at the beginning of any semester. If and when policy changes are made, they will apply to all students enrolled in Learning Support at that time. Further, students will be notified of such changes at the beginning of the semester in which the changes will occur.
  2. Class Attendance:
    Students are expected to attend class and lab as scheduled. Students are allowed up to 6 in a three-day-a-week class and 4 in a two-day-a-week class. Absences may not be made up, but missed work and assignments can be with a documented excuse and approval of the instructor. Missed work and assignments must be completed within one week after the student returns to class.

    Students are expected to arrive for class on time and stay for the entire period. For every four times a student is late for class, the student will be charged with one absence toward the maximum allowed for the class. Students who arrive more than 15 minutes late will be counted absent. Students who leave class prior to the midpoint in the period will be counted absent.

    Students who exceed the number of allowed absences will not be allowed to take the Compass Test for exit at the end of the semester.
  3. Withdrawals:
    Learning Support courses are required and pre-requisites for certain university-level courses. Therefore, students are not allowed to withdraw from course(s) in Learning Support and remain at Georgia Southwestern State University. 

    Further, students who have a total of ten (10) or more absences or who have abandoned class may be administratively withdrawn from that class or those classes. Administrative withdrawal will result in the grade of WF for the Learning Support course(s). Further, administrative withdrawal from a Learning Support course will result in administrative withdrawal from alluniversity-level courses in which the students are enrolled. Students who are administratively withdrawn from two or more Learning Support courses in any one semester may be suspended from Georgia Southwestern State University for the following semester. 

    If students withdraw from Georgia Southwestern State University for any reason after mid-semester in any one semester, that semester will count as one (1) of the three (3) semesters allowed for completion of Learning Support requirements.
  4. Discipline:
    Students who engage in disruptive classroom behavior or who become verbally or physically abusive to an instructor shall be automatically dismissed from that class and shall receive a failing grade for that course. A continuance of similar behavior in another course may lead to an automatic expulsion from the University. (See GSWeathervane.)
  5. Policy Regarding Accumulation of Twenty Academic Hours:
    Students who have accumulated a total of twenty (20) academic hours at the end of any one semester and have not completed all of the requirements for Learning Support will be required to register for only Learning Support courses until exiting.
  6. Students enrolled in twelve (12) or more hours of study are considered full-time students. Therefore, each semester of enrollment will count as one of the three (3) semesters allowed for exit in all required Learning Support classes. The only exception to this policy is a situation in which the required course is not offered a particular semester. In that case, the student needs to see the Dean of Academic Services and Special Programs. Part-time students (fewer than twelve [12] hours per semester) will be allowed three (3) semesters per course.
  7. No one (child or adult) who is not registered for a Learning Support course may attend a class without the expressed consent of the instructor. No child under seven years of age may sit in a Learning Support class at any time for any reason.
  8. Students with documented disabilities who may need academic accommodations should discuss these with their professor during the first two weeks of class.
  9. Policies on Student Work:
    Plagiarism is prohibited. Essays, assigned papers, tests, and other similar requirements must be the work of the student submitting them. The selling, giving, lending, or otherwise sharing of required texts or examination questions and/or answers is prohibited.

For clarification and further information of the above-stated policies, students may discuss them with a Learning Support course instructor or with the Dean of Academic Services and Special Programs.

Explanation of Grades Used:

The grades assigned in Learning Support courses are A, B, C, D, F, S, U, and WF. The meaning of these grades and conditions under which they are assigned are as follows:

  1. Grades of A,B,C,D - These grades indicate passing work and exit from the course. They will be assigned at the end of the students' last semester in the particular course. The grades, therefore, mean exit from the course and also reflect the quality of work done for the entiretime in which the students are enrolled in the course.
  2. Grade of S - The S means satisfactory work in progress. It is used at the end of the first or second semester to indicate that work in the course is satisfactory and needs to continue during the following semester. ALSO, it is used, along with the CPE score, to indicate that the students have passed the course but failed the CPE and, therefore, have not exited the course. They need to continue working during their next semester.
  3. Grade of U - The U means unsatisfactory (failing) progress. It is used at the end of the first or second semester to indicate that course objectives have not been met and/or that the student has accumulated excessive absences.
  4. Grade of F - The F means failure to exit the course in the allotted time. It is used at the end of the third or fourth semester to indicate Learning Support suspension from Georgia Southwestern State University.
  5. Grade of WF - The WF is used to indicate administrative withdrawal from the course.

Courses Offered:

ENGL 0098, ENGL 0099 - Learning Support English I and II: A two-semester sequence of courses required of those Learning Support students whose performance on the placement test in English indicates the need for at least one semester of basic instruction. These courses offer instruction in basic composition and grammar. Instruction and practice in writing personal narrative, descriptive, and expository essays comprise the content of the course. The emphasis is on prewriting and drafting, developing writing fluency, and basic sentence structure. The course may be repeated with an S (Satisfactory) grade. One hour of laboratory work is required. Four hours Institutional credit.

MATH 0098, MATH 0099 - Learning Support Math I and II: A two-semester sequence of courses required of those Learning Support students whose performance on the placement test in mathematics indicates the need for at least one semester of basic instruction. These courses offer a program of study in which a graphing calculator will be used extensively to facilitate the learning of basic algebra skills (operations with signed numbers, simplifying constant and variable expressions, solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities). One hour of laboratory work is required. Four hours Institutional credit. The second semester enrollment is by placement, satisfactory completion of MATH 0098, or by volunteering for the course. Course content includes operation on polynomials (including factoring), solving systems of equations, and solving quadratic equations. The course may be repeated with an S (Satisfactory) grade. One hour of laboratory work is required. Four hours Institutional credit.

READ 0098, READ 0099 - Learning Support Reading I and II: A two-semester sequence of courses required of those Learning Support students whose performance on the placement test in reading indicates the need for at least one semester of basic instruction. This course is an individualized diagnostic-prescriptive course designed to prepare students to read college-level materials successfully. Instruction is competency-based, and students meeting specific course objectives will be allowed to attempt exit testing for Learning Support Reading. Content consists of improving various levels of comprehension, developing vocabulary, developing critical reasoning skills, and becoming more proficient readers. Students may exit after the first course or must continue in the second course. The course may be repeated with an S (Satisfactory) grade. One hour of laboratory work is required. Four hours Institutional credit.

Supplemental Instruction/Peer Tutoring

Supplemental Instruction/Peer Tutoring is available for all students at no cost 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 Director of the Academic Skills Center. Students who would like to be more successful in courses are encouraged to seek tutoring assistance immediately.