College of Arts and Science

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Dean: Dr. J. Kelly McCoy
Academic Center for Excellence, Room 101
(229) 931-2322
kelly.mccoy@gsw.edu

The College of Arts and Sciences provides a general, liberal arts, core education at Georgia Southwestern State University. All students at Southwestern study in this college in order to receive the broadening educational experience necessary for the academic development of all college students. Many students choose to major in one of the degree programs which this school administers; others 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 occurs within the College of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to teaching the courses required in the core curriculum, the College of Arts and Sciences offers degree programs leading to the 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 College of Arts and Sciences and will be assigned an advisor within the department administering that discipline. The college is made up of the Departments of Biology; Chemistry; English and Modern Languages; Geology and Physics; History and Political Science; Music; Psychology and Sociology; Theater, Communication, and Media Arts; and Visual Arts. 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.

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY

Chair: Dr. Robert Herrington
Professors: Dr. Ian M. Brown, Dr. Robert E. Herrington, Dr. J. Kelly McCoy, Dr. Jones T. Wright
Associate Professors: Dr. Stephanie G. Harvey, Dr. Anh-Hue Tu Assistant Professor: Dr. O. Tom Lorenz

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 an 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.

All graduating biology majors should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to read, interpret and evaluate scientific information
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate scientific knowledge in a professional manner
  • Demonstrate an understanding of experimental design and research methodology
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the major biological concepts and an awareness of how these are connected to various areas of the biological sciences and are applicable to everyday life

Assessment of these outcomes will be determined from students' participation in the Biology Seminar Series that is a capstone course for the Biology Major. Specifically, a grading rubric will be used to evaluate outcomes 1-3 based on a student's senior seminar project. To assess the 4th outcome, students will take an exit exam as part of their senior seminar class.

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 the B.S. degree. It is most important that these students confer with their advisor.

Click HERE for Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Biology Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

Click HERE for Biology Minor Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

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 admission 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 admission requirements. University System of Georgia units offering programs in the allied health sciences includes Georgia Health Sciences University, Georgia State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Columbus State University, and North Georgia College and State University.

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY

Interim Chair: Dr. Samuel T. Peavy
Associate Professors: Dr. M. Elizabeth Gurnack, Dr. Nedialka I. Iordanova, Dr. Tzvetelin Iordanov, Dr. Michele L. Smith

The study of chemistry forms the basis for employment in a variety of industrial, governmental and other business positions. It is a challenging and rewarding discipline that prepares the student to continue in a life-long learning experience while working in positions that are interesting and productive. 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.

Selected Educational Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate conceptual understanding of inorganic, organic, analytical, biological, and physical chemistry.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Students will be able to explain real problems and advances in chemistry.

The Department of Chemistry assesses the extent to which their program requirements create the desired outcomes by using a variety of techniques. Examples of these assessments include but are not limited to the following:

  • Students will be required to take discipline specific American Chemical Society examinations.
  • Students will be required to perform at least one project in an upper-division course with minimal direction from faculty.
  • Students will be required to utilize special computer programs and on-line research strategies in the preparation of laboratory reports. Laboratory reports in upper-division courses will be required in publication format.
  • Students will be required to perform both written and oral presentations in senior seminar courses.

Click HERE for Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Chemistry Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

Click HERE for Chemistry Minor Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH AND MODERN LANGUAGES

Department Chair: Dr. Eugenia Bryan
Professors: Dr. Bryan P. Davis, Dr. Elizabeth Kuipers, Dr. Milton J. Waldrop
Associate Professors: Dr. Eugenia P. Bryan, Dr. Margaret A. Ellington
Assistant Professors: Dr. Paul G. Dahlgren, Dr. Anish Dave, Dr. Lauren DiPaula, Dr. Michael Moir, Dr. Olga Godoy
Lecturers: Dr. Jason Marley, Dr. Matthew Ross, Lydia G. Rogers, Alwen Yeung

Good communication skills are essential for success in the modern world. It has been stated, "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." 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 Women's Studies Certificate offers 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 allows considerable flexibility for students to choose their major classes. Students may choose the Literature option or the Professional Writing Option, both of which require a major core of literature and writing classes. The Literature Option adds a broad spectrum of literature classes. The Professional Writing Option focuses on writing effectively in a variety of contexts and for a wide range of audiences. With either option, 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 students 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.

Selected Educational Objectives

  • Write for a variety of audiences while demonstrating writing proficiency and fluency in various contexts;
  • Effectively communicate orally for a variety of audiences and purposes;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of literary, rhetorical and linguistic approaches to the field.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  • Faculty will assess student's portfolios that span work completed while in the program.
  • Faculty will assess senior research projects for both written and oral proficiency.

Click HERE for Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in English Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

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, exclusive of student teaching. This degree, as do all English programs, requires two classes of a modern language at an intermediate level.

Click HERE for Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in English with Teacher Certification Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

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.

Minors in English

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 a minor field of study in English with literature and professional writing tracks. This minor complements a variety of majors in business, as well as technical and social services.

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

Click HERE for English Minor Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

Certificate Program associated with the Department of English and Modern Languages

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.

Click HERE for Women's Studies Certificate Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY AND PHYSICS

Department Chair: Dr. Samuel T. Peavy
Professors: Dr. Samuel T. Peavy, Dr. Burchard D. Carter, Dr. Thomas J. Weiland
Associate Professor: Dr. Svilen Kostov

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.

The Geology and Physics Department at Georgia Southwestern State University is dedicated to providing the finest possible educational experiences for students of Georgia Southwestern in the areas of Earth and Physical Sciences. Towards that end, we shall:

  • Serve the overall Mission of the University by providing quality instruction for all students in the areas of Geology, Physics and Astronomy;
  • Provide required introductory, upper-level and graduate classes for students pursuing teacher certification through the GSW School of Education;
  • Instill in our Majors and Non-majors a fascination with and dedication to lifelong learning about the Earth by providing a thorough background in Earth materials, processes and history;
  • Integrate coursework training with up-to-date analytical techniques, field experiences and research projects throughout the program to provide our Majors with the experiential background needed for successful graduate education and careers in the natural and physical sciences;
  • Provide quality advisement and instruction in the fundamentals of physics for students in the Engineering Dual Degree Program; and
  • Provide additional service to the University, community, local schools and the public through various outreach programs.

Selected Educational Outcomes

  • Students will be able to analyze, synthesize and evaluate geological information from texts, journals, data repositories, etc.
  • Students will be able to collect, analyze and interpret analytical and field data.

The Department of Geology and Physics assesses the extent to which their program requirements create the desired outcomes by using a variety of techniques. Examples of these assessments include but are not limited to the following:

  • Written and oral presentations of Senior Project or capstone course research results.
  • Departmental geologic knowledge exam based upon the required courses for the major and questions similar to those found on the Professional Geologists' Basic Exam.
  • Student performance/grade in the Capstone Course (GEOL 4931 - Field Methods).

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 strength of biological materials such as bone and sinew, to contemplating what lies just beyond the visible edge of the universe. A thorough foundation in physics begins with introductory courses in, mechanics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism.

Click HERE for Bachelor of Science in Geology Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

GEOLOGY MINOR PROGRAM

The geology minor curriculum requires 16 credit hours total with at least 12 hours in upper division

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

Click HERE for Geology Minor Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

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 Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

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. Second, 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 in Computer 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

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

The following courses in the specified areas must be included in the three-year study program taken at Georgia Southwestern State University. For descriptions of courses and 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. 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 or 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 admission 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

Department Chair: Dr. William G. Kline
Professors: Dr. Richard C. Hall, Dr. William G. Kline, Dr. Glenn M. Robins
Associate Professors: Dr. Brian Parkinson, Dr. Brian G. Smith
Assistant Professors: Dr. D. Jason Berggren, Dr. Susan L. Bragg, Dr. Paula J. Martin

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 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 society and the world. 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.

Student Learning Outcomes for BA Degree Program in History

  • Students will develop a basic understanding of history as a discipline and of its core fields.
  • Students will develop their knowledge of global historical events and patterns, including U.S., European, and non-Western history.
  • Students will be able to research, interpret, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate historical information drawn from texts, journals, primary, and other sources.
  • Students will be able to effectively communicate knowledge within the discipline in organized written forms.
  • Students will be able to effectively communicate knowledge within the discipline in organized oral form.

Examples of Assessment Measures:

  • Performance on research papers assigned in upper-level courses in the discipline
  • Written and oral presentations of senior research project in the capstone course
  • Performance on a content exam administered in a methods course

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 Science Degree with a Major in Political Science

This degree provides the background for careers which need the informed perspective of a liberal arts degree (journalism, public relations, etc.). It is a 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. It is also an appropriate preparation for graduate school and especially for law school.

Student Learning Outcomes for the BS Degree Program in Political Science

  • Students will be able to demonstrate empirical knowledge relating to political science.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate theoretical knowledge relating to political science
  • Students will be able to demonstrate analytical and evaluative skills.
  • Students will be able to use clear and concise communication in the written form.
  • Students will be able to use clear and concise communication in the oral forms.

Examples of Assessment Measures

  • Performance on research papers assigned in upper-level courses in the discipline
  • Written and oral presentations of senior research project in the capstone course
  • Performance on a content exam administered in introductory level and capstone courses

Click HERE for Bachelor of Science with a Major in Political Science Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes for the BS Degree Program in History with Teacher Certification:

  • Students will develop a basic understanding of history as a discipline and of its core fields
  • Student will develop their knowledge of global historical events and patterns, including U.S., European, and non-Western history.
  • Students will be able to research, interpret, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate historical information drawn from texts, journals, primary, and other sources.
  • Students will be able to design and develop units and lessons using state and national social studies/history standards, curriculum guides and connecting themes.
  • Students will be able to effectively communicate knowledge within the discipline in both written and oral forms.

Examples of Assessment Measures:

  • Performance on research papers assigned in upper-level courses in the discipline
  • Submission and approval of an electronic teaching portfolio
  • Written and oral presentations of senior research project in the capstone course

Click HERE for Teacher Certification Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

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.

Click HERE for History Minor Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

Click HERE for Political Science Minor Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

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.

European Union 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.

Click HERE for European Union Certificate Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

Global Studies Certificate

The Global Studies Certificate (GSC) allows students to develop a more global perspective on issues in their lives and vocations, as well as issues in our increasingly global society. The certificate requirements are met through classes that focus on skills, perspectives and knowledge about global issues and understanding of other cultures. The program is interdisciplinary. Classes that fulfill the certificate requirements are chosen by the director of the certificate program. A current list can be obtained from the director of the program or from the curriculum sheet. Courses with more than 50% content dealing with non-US perspectives, issues, or skills may be substituted for approved classes with the approval of the director. Study abroad courses may also be used to complete the certificate requirements. The certificate program is open to all students who are already enrolled at Georgia Southwestern State University.

Click HERE for Global Studies Certificate Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

Department Chair: Dr. Julie Megginson
Professors: Dr. Julie Megginson
Assistant Professors: Dr. E. Mark Laughlin
Lecturers: Richard L. Swope, Alwen Yeung

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.

Selected Educational Outcomes

  • Students will be able to perform standard repertoire for their instrument or voice at the appropriate skill level.
  • Students will demonstrate piano keyboard skills, including playing scales, chords, transposing, and sight reading.
  • Students will incorporate knowledge of Music History, Music Literature, and Performance skills in a capstone performance.

Example of Outcome Assessments

  • Jury exams at the end of each semester determine whether student has demonstrated adequate progress at the appropriate skill level. All music faculty participate in the jury.
  • Successful completion of MUSC 1401 Group Piano I, MUSC 1402 Group Piano II and Piano Proficiency Exam.
  • Successful completion of MUSC 4800 Senior Recital - Public performance of 40-50 minute Senior Recital, including written program notes.

Click HERE for Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Music Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

Click HERE for Music Minor Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY and SOCIOLOGY

Department Chair: Dr. Charles M. Huffman
Professors: Dr. Ellen M. Cotter, Dr. Gary Fisk, Dr. Charles M. Huffman, Dr. LaVerne G. Worthy
Associate Professors: Dr. Jamie I. MacLennan
Assistant Professors: Dr. Joseph Comeau, Dr. Courtney D. McDonald, Dr. Judy Orton, Dr. Elizabeth Uhl

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.

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 and mental processes. 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.

Selected Educational Outcomes

  • To design, run, analyze, and write reports using APA approved style.
  • To use appropriately the technical language of the science of Psychology in both oral and written communication.
  • To examine and evaluate career and educational opportunities for those with an undergraduate psychology degree.
  • To acquire a general knowledge of the various areas of specialization provided by an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  • Student research reports will be assessed by individual faculty members using appropriate criteria.
  • Students will be required to take the nationally standardized Field Exam in psychology during their senior year.
  • Student performance/grade in the Capstone Course (PSYC 4450 - Seminar in Psychology).

Click HERE for Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

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 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.

Selected Educational Outcomes

  • To design, run, analyze, and write reports using APA approved style.
  • To use appropriately the technical language of the science of Psychology in both oral and written communication.
  • To examine and evaluate career and educational opportunities for those with an undergraduate psychology degree.
  • To participate in a guided senior research project.
  • To acquire a general knowledge of the various areas of specialization provided by an undergraduate degree in psychology.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  • Student research reports will be assessed by individual faculty members using appropriate criteria.
  • Students will be required to take the nationally standardized Field Exam in psychology during their senior year.
  • Student performance/grade in the senior research project (PSYC 4498 Senior Research II).
  • Student performance/grade in the Capstone Course (PSYC 4450 - Seminar in Psychology).

Click HERE for Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.

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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.

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 Phoebe Sumter Medical Center, Magnolia Manor Retirement Center, and the Rosalynn Carter Institute.

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.

Selected Educational Outcomes

  • To design, run, analyze, and write reports using ASA approved style.
  • To use appropriately the technical language of the science of Sociology in both oral and written communication.
  • To examine and evaluate career and educational opportunities for those with an undergraduate sociology degree.
  • To acquire a general knowledge of the various areas of specialization provided by an undergraduate degree in sociology.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  • Student research reports will be assessed by individual faculty members using appropriate criteria.
  • Students will be required to take the nationally standardized Field Exam in sociology during their senior year.
  • Student performance/grade in the Capstone Course (SOCI 4450 - Seminar in Sociology).

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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 and History and Political Science. Completing of the Criminal Justice Program certifies that individuals are familiar with the purpose, function, and operation of the criminal justice system.

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DEPARTMENT OF THEATER, COMMUNICATION, AND MEDIA ARTS

Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Major in Dramatic Arts – Performance Emphasis, Dramatic Arts – Design and Technology Emphasis, and Dramatic Arts – Communication and Media Arts Emphasis

Chair: Jeffrey Green
Professor: Jeffrey Green
Lecturer: Joseph Watson Theater Technical Coordinator: Raymond P. Mannila

The Theater, Communication and Media Arts program provides students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of performance as both an art and a fundamental form of human communication. With related course offerings in fields of theater, digital cinema, television and new media, the distinctive characteristic of the program is an integral focus on performance in everyday life, stage and on camera. The degree program truly integrates theater and media arts (cinema and television) within a unified course of study. After a common set of foundation courses, students then choose from concentrations of advanced courses in performance, theater design and technology, and media arts.

A premise of the program is that the study of communication and theater as liberal arts serves as a viable foundation for entry into a wide range of professions and occupations. The entertainment industry is one of the leading exports of this country. This degree program serves as a gateway degree into that industry. The focus of the studio training is to provide students with the essential skills and experience to secure admission and assistantships in the best graduate programs in the country. Students who have graduated from the program has secured jobs fields ranging from broadcasting, corporate event planning, film production, teaching, the ministry, as well as theater.

Selected Educational Outcomes:

  • Students will be conversational in basic history of performance from its classical traditions to contemporary practices and in basic literature of theater, cinema, television and communication.
  • Students will critically assess their work and its relation to the work of others as a part of the collaborative process of making live theater and performance via mediated forms.
  • Through participation in departmental productions, students will demonstrate collaborative, creative, intellectual, and interpersonal skills, which will help promote the arts in the region through quality work.

Examples of Outcomes Assessment

  • External juried review of student work in departmental production.
  • Progressive and comparative imbedded student surveys and self-assessments.
  • A capstone portfolio comprised of archival video of student work, samples of student writing, documentation exhibiting advanced technical, design, or performance skills and assessments of personal strengths and weaknesses.

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DEPARTMENT OF VISUAL ARTS

Department Chair: Laurel J. Robinson
Professors: Laurel J. Robinson
Associate Professors: Charles R. Wells, Keaton Wynn
Lecturer: Tonia I. Hughes

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art

The BFA degree provides an intensive background in the practice, theory, and history of the 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 forms the basis of the production of art. Problem solving, frequent critiques, and student responsibility for reasoned explication of his or her work form an important part of the educational process. After a demonstration of competence in the foundation areas of drawing and design, the student will 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) digital media at the upper division level. Competence at this level is demonstrated by successful participation in a required senior exhibition and a written thesis.

Selected Educational Outcomes:

  • to develop conceptual and formal understanding of techniques, processes and methodology in a wide range of studio disciplines and art history from the foundation/survey to advanced levels.
  • to acquire, practice and integrate creating, interpreting, presenting, analyzing, and evaluating within the studio areas of visual arts, art history, criticism and theory and to concentrate in one major studio discipline
  • to accumulate capabilities for independent work in art professions and/or pursue graduate degree in specific studio art disciplines (this degree does not contain a minor)

Examples of Outcome Assessments:

  • Midpoint Assessment: Sophomore Review: students submit portfolio and paper for critique assessing students' abilities in art/design foundations and ability to address relevant personal concepts with those of contemporary art history/theory.
  • Junior Exhibition: All students who pass Sophomore Review the year before, plus any students who are assessed to need one more exhibition/critique prior to senior exhibition, are assess at this point.
  • Capstone Assessment: Senior Exhibition and Thesis: Final senior gallery exhibition to include submission of final professional packet (digital) to include: containing artist statement, electronic portfolio and resume.

Requirements for the BFA degree:

BFA students are to participate in a Sophomore Review, Junior Exhibition, 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/ Photography with a minor in English, a major in Art/Computer Digital Media with minor in Business Management or Advertising. The student may elect to concentrate in Graphic Digital Media, Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, Glassblowing, Sculpture, Photography, and Printmaking while at the same time minoring in an area of the student's choice.

Selected Educational Outcomes:

  • to develop conceptual and formal understanding of techniques, processes and methodology in a wide range of studio disciplines from the foundation to advanced levels.
  • to acquire, practice and integrate creating, interpreting, presenting, analyzing and evaluating within studio areas and broadly within the history of world art. (Specific studio area concentration and art history requirement are less comprehensive than BFA degree)
  • to accumulate capabilities for independent work in art professions especially as linked to a specific non-art academic minor (this program includes a minor)

Examples of Outcome Assessments:

  • Midpoint Assessment: Sophomore Review: students submit portfolio and paper for critique assessing students' abilities in art/design foundations and ability to address relevant personal concepts with those of contemporary art history/theory.
  • Junior Exhibition: All students who pass Sophomore Review the year before, plus any students who are assessed to need one more exhibition/critique prior to senior exhibition, are assess at this point.
  • Capstone Assessment: Senior Exhibition and Thesis: Final senior gallery exhibition to include submission of final professional packet (digital) containing artist statement, electronic portfolio and resume.

Bachelor of Arts Requirements:

The B.A. 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 students will present at least one acceptable example of work for a permanent gallery collection.

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