Majors

Undergraduate Degrees

ART

Ceramics

Southwestern has a rich tradition of commitment to the fine arts. At GSW, students can work towards either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Students learn through hands-on experiences under the supervision of experienced faculty. A foundation of the arts is the basis for every art degree at Southwestern. Graduates will be well-versed in many of the art concentrations – drawing, sculpting, photography, graphic design, glass blowing, and pottery. Class sizes are small with an average of 8 to 12 students. Students receive as much faculty help as they desire. All full time students within the ceramics program are eligible for a variety of department wide scholarships awarded each year.

Digital Media

The Fine Arts Department at Southwestern offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. The digital media concentration emphasizes student engagement with the theory and practice of time-based art. New media art, to include digital video, web art, digital photography, animation, as well as multimedia installation is also presented. Students learn to use numerous computer software tools that enable them to generate and manipulate digital information that is to be viewed within a fine art context. Hands-on training and in-depth exploration of new concepts complement this degree.

Drawing

Drawing is the fundamental language of the visual arts. It is the way we record observations, plan projects in all other media and graphically "think". Southwestern students taking this concentration will earn a 4-year degree in Fine Arts. The basic courses focus on methods of graphic visualization using a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials and methods. Still life, architecture, landscape and figure drawing are explored along with the development of problem solving skills and personal concept. Advanced courses emphasize further enhancing skills while encouraging individually directed ideas using various drawing methods.

Glassblowing

The Fine Arts Department at Georgia Southwestern State University offers both a Bachelor of Arts (a program based more on liberal arts rather than fine arts) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts.  Glass students are challenged to understand historical and contemporary art issues with emphasis placed on the development of personal expression, conceptual exploration, and craftsmanship. Instruction focuses on glassblowing, casting, fusing, and mixed media assemblage. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged with other media areas. Hands-on training and in-depth exploration of new concepts are complementary to this degree.     

Painting

This program provides an educational context where motivated and creative artists can pursue their own goals, hone technical skills, and advance personal vision through intense, focused individual studio activity. The Fine Arts faculty generate crticial dialogue with students during each semester. Academic courses in art history, critical theory, philosophy, and a range of university offerings support the cultivation of the individual's intellectual and aesthetic maturation. Courses focus on personal concept development and experimentation with a wide variety of paints, formats and mixed mediums.

Photography

Southwestern’s photography concentration immerses students in the technical, conceptual, and historical aspects of the medium. Southwestern has a strong commitment to materials and processes which are core to the conceptual development of art. Assignments range from highly technical to highly conceptual as students discover their own personal expression within photography. Students learn to work with large format and studio lighting, and to print using traditional black and white, color, and alternative processes. The Fine Arts Department offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, preparing students for a range of career options.

Printmaking

The Printmaking program at Southwestern focuses on investigation in both practice and theory. Priority is given to both critical thinking and skill development. The Fine Arts Department at Georgia Southwestern State University offers both a Bachelor of Arts (a program based more on liberal arts rather than fine arts) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Students will see themselves within the ongoing development of art’s history and so choose their direction within that context. Hands-on training and in-depth exploration of new concepts are complementary to this degree.

Sculpture

Sculpture students at Georgia Southwestern are challenged to understand historical and contemporary art issues with emphasis placed on the development of personal expression, conceptual exploration, and craft. Instruction focuses on woodworking, welded steel, casting, and mixed media assemblage. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged with other media areas. The Fine Arts Department at Georgia Southwestern State University offers both a Bachelor of Arts (which has more of a liberal arts focus) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

BUSINESS

Accounting

Southwestern’s School of Business Administration offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. Accounting is the study of recording and summarizing business and financial transactions and analyzing, verifying, and reporting the results. This major is designed to prepare students for the wide variety of positions available in the accounting profession. The program emphasizes the broad-based learning that is required to be successful in this field and offers courses to qualify for the CPA examination. A major in Accounting includes 30 hours of accounting course work in addition to the traditional core curriculum. Southwestern’s School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide.

Online Accounting (must have AA or AS)

Southwestern understands the needs of transfer students. Students who have completed an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree in Business may complete the Bachelor of Business Administration degree entirely online. This program allows students the freedom to continue working, care for family, and to complete their degree in Accounting without traveling everyday to a campus. Accounting is the study of recording and summarizing business and financial transactions and analyzing, verifying, and reporting the results. This major is designed to prepare students for the wide variety of positions available in the accounting profession. The program emphasizes the broad-based learning that is required to be successful in this field and offers courses to qualify for the CPA examination. Southwestern’s School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide.

Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management is the science and practice of employment relationships and all the decisions, actions, and issues that relate to employment. Southwestern’s degree in Human Resource Management is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully enter the human resources field. Students in this program have many opportunities for active learning, including projects outside of the classroom and a strong internship program. Many students enjoy business-related extracurricular activities like the nationally competitive Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team, helping to further round out their academic experience. Southwestern’s School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide.

Online Human Resource Management (must have AA or AS)

Southwestern understands the needs of transfer students. Students who have completed an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree in Business from a properly accredited school may complete the Bachelor of Business Administration degree entirely online. This program allows students the freedom to continue working, care for family, and to complete their degree in Human Resource Management without traveling everyday to a campus. Human Resource Management is the science and practice of employment relationships and all the decisions, actions, and issues that relate to employment. Students in this program have many opportunities for active learning, including projects outside of the classroom and a strong internship program. Southwestern’s School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide.

Management

Management can be described as working through and with other people to accomplish the objectives of both an organization and its members. In practice, every manager plans, organizes, coordinates, staffs, motivates, leads, and controls. Southwestern’s Management Program produces graduates who have greater flexibility in career opportunities, and is an excellent choice for the individual who may want to start his or her own business. In addition to working with the school’s excellent faculty members, many students enjoy being part of the nationally competitive Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team which helps students to further develop the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed. Southwestern’s School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide.

Online Management (must have AA or AS)

Southwestern understands the needs of transfer students. Students who have completed an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree in Business may complete the Bachelor of Business Administration degree entirely online. This program allows students the freedom to continue working, care for family, and to complete their degree in Management without traveling everyday to a campus. Management can be described as working through and with other people to accomplish the objectives of both an organization and its members. In practice, every manager plans, organizes, coordinates, staffs, motivates, leads, and controls. Southwestern’s Management Program produces graduates who have greater flexibility in career opportunities, and is an excellent choice for the individual who may want to start his or her own business. Southwestern’s School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide.

Marketing

The Southwestern School of Business offers a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. Marketing is the portion of production and exchange that is concerned with the flow of goods and services from producer to consumer. The marketing program is designed to stress the importance of creating and maintaining successful relationships with customers. In an effort to connect with other business students and to learn valuable marketing related information, many students join the nationally competitive Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team. Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared to begin careers in sales, advertising, research, or self-employment. Southwestern’s School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide.

Natural Resources (in conjunction with ABAC)

 

COMPUTERS

Information Technology

Southwestern’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is a degree that will instruct students in core competencies in the areas of problem solving and programming, networks and communications systems, databases, Internet and Web technologies, security, and project management, along with a foundation in business concepts. The major in IT requires 33 hours of IT-specific classes in addition to the regular core curriculum. Students majoring in this degree program can look forward to challenging and fulfilling careers in Information Technology upon graduation, as this field is continually growing and changing.

Online Information Technology(must have AA or AS)

Students who have completed an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree may complete the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree entirely online through the WebBSIT program. Southwestern’s IT degree will instruct students in core competencies in the areas of problem solving and programming, networks and communications systems, databases, Internet and Web technologies, security, and project management, along with a foundation in business concepts. Students majoring in this degree program can look forward to challenging and fulfilling careers in Information Technology upon graduation, as this field is continually growing and changing.

Computer Science

Southwestern’s School of Computer and Information Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Computer Science is the study of algorithms, including their formal and mathematical properties, hardware realizations, linguistic realizations, and applications. A Computer Science degree requires 32 hours of Computer Science classes in addition to the regular core curriculum. This department also offers an 11 hour minor. Students majoring in this degree program can look forward to a challenging and fulfilling career in Computer Science upon graduation, as this field is continually growing and changing.

DRAMATIC ARTS

Communication and Media Arts

The Department of Theater, Communication and Media Arts 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 theatre, digital cinema, television and new media, the distinctive characteristic of the program is an integral focus on performance in everyday life, on stage and via the camera. The degree program truly integrates theatre and media arts (cinema and television) within a unified course of study. After a common set of foundation courses, students may then concentrate in advanced courses in communication and media arts.

Design and Technology

The Department of Theater, Communication and Media Arts 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 theatre, digital cinema, television and new media, the distinctive characteristic of the program is an integral focus on performance in everyday life, on stage and via the camera. The degree program truly integrates theatre and media arts (cinema and television) within a unified course of study. After a common set of foundation courses, students may then concentrate in advanced courses in theatre design and technology.

Performance

The Department of Theater, Communication and Media Arts 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 theatre, digital cinema, television and new media, the distinctive characteristic of the program is an integral focus on performance in everyday life, on stage and via the camera. The degree program truly integrates theatre and media arts (cinema and television) within a unified course of study. After a common set of foundation courses, students may then concentrate in advanced courses in performance.

EDUCATION

Early Childhood

Southwestern’s Early Childhood Education degree prepares candidates to teach Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade. Field experience is an integral part of the course requirements, with students completing the equivalent of one year of field experience hours (900 hours, required for teacher certification in Georgia) including student teaching and observation. Prior to acceptance into the program, students must meet numerous requirements such as completing at least 50 semester hours of core courses, passing the GACE I, and maintaining a 2.50 gpa. In addition, the program offers students the opportunity to work with Southwestern's 4-K program which is managed by the GSW School of Education.

Middle Grades

Southwestern’s Middle Grades Education professional sequence enables students to develop the understanding and competencies essential for teaching pupils in the 4th through 8th grades. Students in the Middle Grades program must complete two academic concentration areas, each requiring a total of 12 semester hours of course work in their respective fields. The concentrations available are: Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics. In addition students must complete 900 hours of field experience – half of which will be accrued during observation and the other half during student teaching.

Physical Education & Health

The purpose of the Southwestern’s Health and Physical Education curriculum is to prepare students for careers in teaching pupils from the preschool level to the secondary level in addition to preparing them for coaching positions at the middle and secondary levels. Health and Physical Education majors must meet the same requirements as other Education majors in addition to requirements that are specific to the Department of Health and Human Performance at Georgia Southwestern, such as the physical fitness test. Upon completion of this degree and passing of the GACE, students will be certified to teach in the state of Georgia.

Secondary Education English, History, Math, Music

Southwestern offers programs leading to teaching certification in Secondary Education in English, History, Music, and Mathematics. Students who plan to teach grades 9-12 must enroll in the appropriate discipline. Requirements for each program are established jointly by the School of Education, the School of Arts and Sciences, and respective departments. Students are assigned academic advisors from within the respective academic department as well as the School of Education. The university plans and schedules courses in the professional sequence. All programs are designed to lead to eligibility for initial teacher certification in Georgia.

Special Education

The Special Education program at Southwestern prepares candidates to teach individuals with disabilities from Kindergarten through 12th grade. All students seeking initial certification in Special Education are required to complete the Special Education Block prior to Student Teaching. Students spend approximately 180 hours as interns serving special education pupils in public schools under the supervision of master teachers. Additionally, they are enrolled in university coursework on campus. Students must also meet the regular 900 hour field experience requirement (state of Georgia requirement) – half of which is satisfied during student teaching.

ENGLISH

Literature

The English department at Southwestern helps students to develop their critical thinking skills and their ability to articulate their thoughts. The department offers majors in English with a Literature concentration, English with a Professional Writing concentration, and English with Teaching Certification. The Literature program foster students' critical engagement with the world by exposing them to various literary perspectives. Small, seminar-style classes offer majors unique opportunities for significant engagement of material and one-on-one interaction with professors and other students. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in numerous extracurricular activities and to work on and be featured in the school'sClay and Pine and Sirocco publications.

Professional Writing

The English department at Southwestern helps students to develop their critical thinking skills and their ability to articulate thoughts. The department offers majors in English with a Literature concentration, English with a Professional Writing concentration, and English with Teaching Certification. The Professional Writing option is for those interested in pursuing various careers which focus on writing. This program places great emphasis on design, technique, and grammar in an effort to prepare students for writing in a professional capacity. Small, seminar-style classes offer majors unique opportunities for significant engagement of material and one-on-one interaction with professors and other students.

EXERCISE SCIENCE & WELLNESS

Exercise Science and Wellness

Southwestern’s Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a concentration in Exercise Science/Wellness is designed to prepare future graduates for careers in physical therapy, corporate fitness, and wellness. Completion of the program will provide students with the entry level skills and the knowledge base to function competently in a wide range of fitness/wellness employment opportunities. All candidates must pass a comprehensive physical fitness test in order to graduate from GSW. In addition, Exercise Science/Wellness degree candidates must attempt one of the approved professional certifications in order to satisfy graduation requirements.

HISTORY

History

The History program at Southwestern offers flexibility in that students can obtain a Bachelor of Arts in History or a Bachelor of Science in History with Teacher Certification. With a variety of programs, open minors, and electives, students can tailor their individual programs to fit their personal career goals. The department has an active Third World Studies program that includes enrichment seminars and allows students the opportunity to obtain valuable work experience in addition to college credit. For those students interested in Law School, there is a Pre-Law advisor on campus to help students prepare for their graduate studies.

MATHEMATICS

Mathematics

Employers value the ability to solve problems, the capacity to think critically, and the willingness to apply knowledge and understanding to new situations. The mathematics program at Southwestern is designed with these goals in mind. This program offers three degree options; a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a BS in Mathematics with Teacher Certification, and a BS in Mathematics with an Option in Industrial Mathematics. In addition to getting a broad liberal arts education through their core courses, mathematics majors complete a wide range of courses in their academic field preparing them for a variety of career choices after graduation.

MUSIC

Choral

The Music program at Southwestern offers flexibility in that students can obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Music or a Bachelor of Arts in Music with Teacher Certification. It also stresses individual attention in presenting the discipline of music. Private instruction is available for all music students in brass, woodwinds, percussion, piano, and voice. In addition, the campus boasts several instrumental and vocal groups. Undergraduates give numerous performances during their tenure as students in programs ranging from musical theater productions to madrigal dinners to concerts. The Department of Fine Arts encourages its students to participate in choral, band, and university activities as much as possible and the music program is also part of The Music Educators National Conference.

Instrumental

The Music program at Southwestern offers flexibility in that students can obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Music or a Bachelor of Arts in Music with Teacher Certification. It also stresses individual attention in presenting the discipline of music. Private instruction is available for all music students in brass, woodwinds, percussion, piano, and voice. In addition, the campus boasts numerous instrumental and vocal groups. Undergraduates give numerous performances during their tenure as students in programs ranging from musical theater productions to madrigal dinners to concerts. The Department of Fine Arts encourages its students to participate in choral, band, and university activities as much as possible and the music program is also part of The Music Educators National Conference.

Piano

The Music program at Southwestern offers flexibility in that students can obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Music or a Bachelor of Arts in Music with Teacher Certification. It also stresses individual attention in presenting the discipline of music. Private instruction is available for all music students in brass, woodwinds, percussion, piano, and voice. In addition, the campus boasts numerous instrumental and vocal groups. Undergraduates give numerous performances during their tenure as students in programs ranging from musical theater productions to madrigal dinners and concerts. The Department of Fine Arts encourages its students to participate in choral, band, and university activities as much as possible and the music program is also part of The Music Educators National Conference.

Music Education

 

NURSING

BSN

Southwestern’s School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. With one of the highest NCLEX pass rates in the state, graduates are prepared for a variety of positions in hospitals, community healthcare agencies, private offices, and similar facilities. As part of the Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex, Southwestern boasts the top training facility for nurses in the state with numerous simulation labs mimicking all major areas of a working hospital. Southwestern also offers a Guaranteed Acceptance Program, allowing high achieving high school seniors the opportunity to apply to the School of Nursing before graduating from high school. This program gives students the guarantee of placement in the nursing program, providing they continue to meet pre-established criteria.

LPN to BSN

Students who have completed an LPN degree may enroll in Southwestern's LPN to BSN program. Completion of the bachelor’s degree will mean higher pay and a greater chance for advancement. Graduates are prepared for a variety of positions in hospitals, community healthcare agencies, private offices and similar facilities. As part of the Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex, Southwestern boasts the top training facility for nurses in the state with numerous simulation labs mimicking all major areas of a working hospital. The School of Nursing is committed to preparing students for professional nursing roles and for collaboration with other professionals and consumers in the delivery of health care.

Online RN to BSN

Students who have completed an RN degree may enroll in Southwestern's on-line RN to BSN program. Completion of the bachelor’s degree will mean higher pay and a greater chance for advancement. Recognizing the barriers that RNs face in terms of employment demands, travel time, and family responsibilities, Southwestern’s RN to BSN program has been designed to allow full-time or part-time study, flexibility in the sequencing of courses, and options to complete the nursing courses online. Students who enroll in courses with clinical components will work with a preceptor who holds the qualifications required by the Georgia Board of Nursing. Students in this program have five (5) years from the start of their nursing courses to complete the degree requirements.

2nd Degree BSN (must have 4-year degree)

Students who have completed a 4-year degree from an appropriately accredited institution may enroll in Southwestern's 2nd Degree BSN program. Core requirements are met by the student's first degree and nursing courses are taken at Southwestern. Graduates are prepared for a variety of positions in hospitals, community healthcare agencies, private offices, and similar facilities. As part of the Rosalynn Carter Health and Human Sciences Complex, Southwestern boasts the top training facility for nurses in the state with numerous simulation labs mimicking all major areas of a working hospital. Students must apply and become accepted by GSW, then apply to the School of Nursing. Contact the School of Nursing for nursing application instructions and deadlines. University System of Georgia requirements must be met by all nursing degree students.

POLITICAL SCIENCE

Political Science

The Political Science program at Southwestern offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree. With a variety of programs, open minors, and electives, students can tailor their individual programs to fit their personal career goals. The department has an active Third World Studies program that includes enrichment seminars that allow students the opportunity to obtain valuable work experience in addition to college credit. For those students interested in Law School, there is a Pre-Law advisor on campus to help students prepare for their graduate studies. Political Science graduates are employed in a variety of positions in both the public and private sectors.

PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology

Psychologists seek to understand the actions of individuals and what affects their behavior. The goal of the Psychology Department at Southwestern is to provide a strong background in the study of human behavior that will prepare students for graduate studies or human service careers. The program offers a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. The faculty of the Department of Psychology believe that students must “learn by doing” and therefore many students have the opportunity to take part in hands-on training through internships and research projects undertaken with faculty members.

SCIENCE

Biology

Biology – the scientific study of life – has never been more exciting than it is today. The primary goal of Southwestern’s Biology Department is to expose students to a broad body of knowledge through extensive field work and hands-on research experiences. Students also have the opportunity to take part in collaborative research opportunities with individual faculty members that often lead to their findings being published in scientific journals and presented at conferences. The Biology Department offers a B.S. Degree in Biology, a minor in Biology for other majors, and preparation for medical, dental, veterinary, optometry, and other graduate programs.

Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. With its flexibility, the Chemistry Program at Southwestern helps students to develop the logical and analytical skills that prove to be strong assets in any chosen career. The study of Chemistry forms the basis for a successful career in industry, government, the health profession, and education. Challenging but rewarding, the Chemistry program at Georgia Southwestern prepares students to continue in a life-long learning experience while working in positions that are interesting and productive in today’s world.

Geology

The scientific study of the Earth has never been as important as it is today. Geoscientists focus on the protection of the environment, groundwater resources, natural hazards and the declining supply of natural resources. The primary goal of Southwestern’s Geology Department is to prepare students for graduate school or industry/government careers through traditional course work and extensive field and research experiences. The Geology and Physics Department offers a B.S. degree and a minor in Geology in addition to a dual-degree engineering program with Georgia Tech. Adding to the uniqueness and excellence of the program is the school’s seismograph which is located near our campus lake.

SOCIOLOGY

Sociology

Sociologists seek to understand the actions of groups and the forces that affect social behavior. The goal of Southwestern’s Sociology Department is to provide a background in the study of human behavior that will prepare students for graduate studies or human service careers. The program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology requiring 27 hours of upper-division Sociology courses which reflect the student’s eventual career goals. The faculty of the Department of Sociology believe that students must “learn by doing” and therefore students have the opportunity to take part in hands-on training through internships and research projects undertaken with faculty members.

CONCENTRATIONS AND  PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS

Dual Degree Engineering Program (in conjunction with Georgia Tech)

The Dual Degree Engineering Program is designed to ease the student’s transition from the high school experience to the demanding schedule of an engineering school. The Dual Degree Program at Southwestern generally consists of three years of coursework at Southwestern and if appropriate grades are earned, approximately two years of coursework at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A student’s program of study at Georgia Tech may concentrate in any engineering program. Upon completion of the program at Georgia Tech, the student will receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern in Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, or Computer Science (depending on coursework) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Regents' Engineering Transfer Program (in conjunction with Georgia Tech)

The Regents’ Engineering Transfer Program (RETP) is designed to ease the student’s transition from the high school experience to the demanding schedule of an engineering school. Southwestern’s RETP students are able to receive more individual attention and interaction with professors. RETP students complete the required first two years courses of the Georgia Tech engineering curricula at Southwestern. Upon successful completion, students are admitted to Georgia Tech to work toward completion of a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. RETP students enjoy many of the advantages of Tech students: they have equal access to engineering majors at Tech, they can participate in the co-op program, and they are invited to the Tech campus once a year for campus tours, information sessions, and meetings with advisors in their engineering majors.

Pre-Dentistry

Many Southwestern graduates are currently working in the medical field and you will find GSW alumni in medical professions throughout the nation. Students wishing to enter the field of Dentistry may meet entrance requirements to Dental and graduate schools through the Biology department at Southwestern. The Department of Biology’s primary goal is to expose students to the broad body of knowledge involved in the study of life. The program’s dedicated faculty guide students through the course work which includes extensive field work and hands-on research opportunities which prepare students to meet the competitive admissions requirements of professional institutions.

Pre-Law

Students interested in pursuing a degree in Law must complete a baccalaureate degree in the field of their choice. The most popular Pre-Law majors at Southwestern are Political Science, History, English, and Math. While no single major is the ideal preparation for law school, students should try to acquire a well balanced education. Southwestern provides a Pre-Law advising service that can enhance the student’s opportunity of getting accepted into a law school program. The Pre-Law advisor may help students select the appropriate classes, find extracurricular experiences, prepare for the LSAT, and generally understand the law school application process.

Pre-Medicine

Many Southwestern graduates are currently working in the medical field and you will find GSW alumni in medical professions throughout the nation. Students wishing to enter the medical field may meet entrance requirements to medical and graduate schools through Southwestern’s outstanding Biology program. Pre-medical students often follow the B.S. in Biology program, selecting the appropriate courses under the guidance of a departmental advisor. The program’s dedicated faculty guide students through the course work which includes extensive field work and hands-on research opportunities which prepare students to meet the competitive admissions requirements of professional institutions.

Pre-Medical Technology

Students wishing to enter a program of study to work in Medical Technology may meet the entrance requirements to medical and graduate schools through study with the Department of Biology at Southwestern. Such students often follow the BS in Biology program, selecting courses to meet specific entrance requirements under guidance from the appropriate advisor. Students will meet with Southwestern’s Allied Health advisor to become aware of necessary admissions requirements for such programs. Many Southwestern graduates have gone on to work in the medical fields and you will find GSW alumni in medical professions throughout the nation.

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Students wishing to enter an Occupational Therapy program of study may meet the entrance requirements to medical and graduate schools through study with the Department of Biology at Southwestern. Students often follow the Bachelor of Science in Biology program, selecting courses to meet specific entrance requirements under guidance from the appropriate advisor. Students will meet with Southwestern’s Allied Health advisor to become aware of necessary admissions requirements for such programs. Many Southwestern graduates are currently working in the medical field and you will find GSW alumni in medical professions throughout the nation.

Pre-Optometry

Students wishing to begin their careers in Optometry at Southwestern may meet entrance requirements to Optometry and graduate schools following the completion of the B.S. in Biology program. Students will select courses that meet specific entrance requirements under the guidance of a departmental advisor. The Department of Biology’s primary goal is to expose students to the broad body of knowledge involved in the study of life. The program’s dedicated faculty guide students through the coursework which includes extensive field work and hands-on research opportunities which prepare students to meet the competitive admissions requirements of professional institutions.

Pre-Pharmacy

Southwestern has been the starting point for many practicing pharmacists. A pre-pharmacy program is a series of courses – typically taking two years to complete - that satisfy the prerequisites for admission to a pharmacy school. The specific courses required vary from pharmacy school to pharmacy school so you must carefully consider this fact as you plan your course of study. Southwestern’s pre-pharmacy advisor is your greatest source of help in this endeavor. In general the pre-pharmacy curriculum includes a strong background in the sciences and mathematics as well as varied courses in the arts and humanities.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Students wishing to enter a Physical Therapy program of study may meet the entrance requirements for medical and graduate schools through the Exercise Science and Wellness major at Southwestern. This major was designed to meet specific entrance requirements for Physical Therapy school, but also prepares students for fields such as sports trainer and personal trainer. Many Southwestern graduates are currently working in the medical fields and you will find GSW alumni in medical professions, including physical therapy, throughout the nation.

Pre-Physician’s Assistant

Many Southwestern graduates are working in the medical field and you will find Georgia Southwestern alumni in medical professions throughout the nation. Students wishing to enter a program of study to become a Physicians Assistant may meet the entrance requirements for medical and graduate schools through study with the Department of Biology at GSW. Students will meet with Southwestern’s Allied Health advisor to become aware of necessary admissions requirements for such programs.

Pre-Veterinary Professional

Students wishing to begin their Veterinary careers at Southwestern may meet entrance requirements to Veterinary and graduate schools by following the BS in Biology degree program. Students will select courses that meet specific entrance requirements under the guidance of a departmental advisor. The Department of Biology’s primary goal is to expose students to the broad body of knowledge involved in the study of life. The program’s dedicated faculty guide students through the course work which includes extensive field work and hands-on research opportunities preparing students to meet the competitive admissions requirements of professional institutions.

Teacher Certification

 

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Caregiving Specialist

The Caregiving Specialist Certificate is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for continued study, specialized work, or a career in a caregiving field. The Caregiving Specialist program requires students to take 18 credits worth of specialized courses while working on a bachelor’s degree or after earning a bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s degree program must be completed before the certificate is awarded. This Certificate is the only one of its kind in the state and represents a unique commitment of Georgia Southwestern State University to prepare leaders in the field of Caregiving.

Criminal Justice

Southwestern’s Criminal Justice Certificate Program provides students with knowledge about America’s criminal justice system, stressing that the process of controlling crime is an important function of government. This program complements existing undergraduate programs as students take a series of courses from the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, and Communication. Through these courses students explore the causes of crime, examine fundamental concepts underlying the practice of justice, analyze the impact of crime on our society, learn the inner workings of criminal justice agencies, and explore options for controlling crime. All GSW Certificate programs must be taken in conjunction with a 4-year degree.

European Union Studies

The Certificate in European Union Studies is a collaborative effort of numerous University System of Georgia institutions. This program must be taken in conjunction with a 4-year degree offered at Southwestern. Its purpose is to promote knowledge of the European Union and certify individuals as they become competent in European studies. As the European Union is one of the most important economic and political partners of the United States, this certification demonstrates valuable professional expertise to potential employers and would be a beneficial complement to the bachelor’s degree

Global Studies

The Global Studies Certificate is designed to provide an interdisciplinary unit of study allowing students the opportunity to become more competent in a growing subject area outside of their traditional course of study. This certificate must be taken in conjunction with a 4-year degree offered at Southwestern. The program enhances a student’s knowledge and understanding of the world. Students will study the people, religions, languages, current events, and history that make up the world we live in, offering students the opportunity to pursue an area of specialization which may not be met by conventional majors.

Information Technology

The Information Technology Certificate is designed to provide a student with a general understanding of programming, computer design, and technology project management. Information Technology is a continually growing and changing field. The certificate program allows students the opportunity to become more competent in the area of IT, making them more marketable in whatever career path they have chosen. This certificate may be taken in conjunction with a 4-year degree offered at Southwestern or as a stand alone program, provided the student meets Southwestern's admission requirements.

Professional Golf

Professional Golf Certificate (title) - The Professional Golf Certificate is designed to prepare business majors for a career in Professional Golf. The program allows students the opportunity to complete a certificate in conjunction with a Bachelors of Business Administration concentrating in Management or Marketing. Graduating students are exposed to several occupations including Golf Course Professional, Professional Golf Shop Manager, Club General Manager, Golf Course Design, and a College Golf Coach, as well as many others. Southwestern’s School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide.

Women’s Studies

The Certificate in Women’s Studies program at Georgia Southwestern State University is a multi-disciplinary approach to the understanding of women’s positions and experiences in past and present societies. This certificate must be taken in conjunction with a 4-year degree. The program requires students to take 15 hours of curriculum in classes like Special Topics in Women’s Literature, Sex & Gender in Culture, and Women’s Health Care Issues. The Women’s Studies Certificate seeks to help students recognize and understand how their lives have been culturally constructed by notions of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and class in both a current and historical context.