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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 and a certificate in Criminal Justice.
The department offers a wide range of Psychology and Sociology courses, which are described in detail in the undergraduate bulletin. The courses being offered this semester and in the near future can be seen on the RAIN system.
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Psychology explores issues like the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, why people behave the way they do, and how thinking, memory, and language work.
The B.S. degree in Psychology is designed to introduce the students to the scientific evaluation of psychological theory and to familiarize them with the application of fundamental principles of behavior. It will provide a broad background for those who desire to pursue an advanced degree in the behavioral sciences or those who aspire to a career in social service.
The major professional opportunities for a person in the B.S. degree program in Psychology are to be found in social service areas of the public sector. Many students with this degree find employment with the State Department of Family & Children Services, the Department of Offender Rehabilitation, Juvenile Courts, and various mental health/mental retardation agencies operated by the State Department of Human Resources. Other opportunities exist with federal agencies such as the Department of Labor and Social Security. Particular job titles with these agencies include Social Work Technician, Social Worker, Pension Counselor, Behavioral Specialist, Mental Health Technician, Counselor, and Probation Officer.
This curriculum is designed to provide a research oriented background in Psychology for individuals who wish to pursue graduate study in behavioral science. Students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree (Masters or Doctorate in Psychology, Criminology, Counseling, or Child Development) are encouraged to enroll in this degree program. A wide variety of career opportunities in social service delivery agencies is 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.
Sociology is the study of social life, such as 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.
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 a popular major for students planning futures in such professions as law, business, education, architecture, medicine, social work, and public administration. Various occupations and professions are available at the local, state and national levels to the person who majors in sociology. While many sociologists hold positions in social service and educational fields, an increasing number hold a wide variety of jobs in such sectors as business, the health professions, the criminal justice system, and in government. Sociologists also teach at the community college, college, and university levels, as well as increasingly at high school levels across the nation.
The Bachelor of Science with a major in criminal justice is an eMajor collaborative degree program with Dalton State College, and all classes are online. Beginning in Fall 2015, this program is specifically designed to meet the needs of adult learners, military students, working adults and returning students seeking degree completion. The B.S. with a major in Criminal Justice prepares individuals for career success in the field of criminal justice by providing students with a foundation of the knowledge, principles, theories, and functions common to the American Criminal Justice system.
The purpose of the Criminal Justice Certificate Program is to provide students with knowledge about America's criminal justice system. The program is interdisciplinary and complementary to existing programs; specifically, students take courses from the Departments of Sociology, Political Science, and Communication. Completion of the Criminal Justice Program certifies that individuals are familiar with the purpose, function, and operation of the criminal justice system.
For further information, please see the curriculum sheets for the above programs. Select the sheet from the academic year that you started at GSW or the year that you switched your major to either Psychology or Sociology.