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Directions to the Psychology/Sociology Department

The Psychology/Sociology Department is located in Health and Human Sciences 2 (HHS-2), which is in the northwest corner of campus. The building is on the left as you enter campus from Glessner Street. The HHS-2 parking lot is only for faculty and commuting students. You may need to park behind the Education Building if you are a residential student or the HHS-2 parking lot is full.

Our Building

This is what the HHS-2 building looks like from Glessner Street.


Navigating the Building

Enter the right door at the front of the building. The Psychology/Sociology Department is on the second floor.


The second floor of our building is divided into offices (west side) and classrooms (east side), with a lobby area in the middle. 


You can also use the mapping feature on the GSW web site to give you directions:

Psychology/Sociology Faculty

Charles Huffman

Charles Huffman, Ph.D.- Department Chair
Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. - University of Southern Mississippi
Interest: Memory
HHS-2 Room 206, Phone: 931-2316

Joseph Comeau

Joseph Comeau, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. - University of North Texas
Interests: Sociology of Education, Latina/os, and familism
HHS-2 Room 215, Phone: 931-4646

Ellen Cotter

Ellen Cotter, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Interest: Caregiving
HHS-2 Room 213, Phone: 931-2267

Gary Fisk

Gary Fisk, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Ph.D . - University of Alabama at Birmingham
Interest: Perception
Web site:
HHS-2 Room 218, Phone: 931-2296

Jamie MacLennan

Jamie MacLennan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. - Rutgers University
Interest: Environmental sociology
HHS-2 Room 216, Phone: 931-2314

Courtney McDonald

Courtney McDonald, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D - University of Colorado
Interest: Domestic violence
HHS-2 Room 210, Phone: 931-2038

Judy Orton

Judy Orton Grissett, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D. - Georgia State University
Interest: Educational Psychology
HHS-2 Room 228, Phone: 931-4647

LaVerne Worthy

LaVerne Worthy, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Ph.D - Auburn University
Interest: Learning theory, behaviorism
HHS-2 Room 229, Phone: 931-5138

Retired Faculty and Staff

Bill Dragoin

Bill Dragoin, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology

Lamon Moates

Lamon Moates, Ed.D.
Professor of Psychology

Linda Singleton

Linda Singleton
Senior Administrative Assistant
HHS-2 Room 201, Phone: 931-2311

  • Comeau: 11:00 to 12:15 Monday through Thursday
  • Cotter: 1:00 to 2:30 Monday and Wednesday; 2:00 to 3:30 Tuesday and Thursday
  • Fisk: 1:00 to 2:00 Monday through Friday
  • Grissett: 11:00 to 12:00 and 2:00 to 4:00 Monday and Wednesday; 10:00 to 1:00 Friday
  • Huffman: 11:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 on Monday and Wednesday
  • MacLennan: 1:00 to 2:00 Monday and Wednesday; 12:15 to 2:00 Tuesday and Thursday
  • McDonald: 9:30 to 11:00 and 2:00 to 3:00 Monday and Wednesday; 1:00 to 2:00 Tuesday and Thursday
  • Worthy: 9:00 to 9:30, 10:45 to 11:15, 1:30 to 2:00, and after 3:15 Monday through Thursday

All faculty members are also available by appointment. 

What is an Internship?

An internship is an opportunity to work for a semester in a setting that is similar to one where you would like to work after you graduate. In addition to gaining valuable experience, students participating in an internship course also earn academic credit. Internships are designed for juniors and seniors and are only available to students with good academic standing.

Internship Information and Forms

The following documents describe the internship course in great detail. Please read these documents before asking your advisor about internship courses.

Internship Deadlines

Registration deadlines, you must have all paper signed and completed by the deadline listed for each semester below.

  • Summer:The last day of Spring classes
  • Fall: The last day of Spring classes
  • Spring: The last day of Fall classes

Students are not allowed to register for internships during late registration or the drop/add period.

Students are encouraged to stop by at least once a year to check in with their advisor to make sure they are on track for graduation and to ask questions about courses, their major, and career planning.

We recommend that Freshmen and Sophomores should take mostly core classes. This conservative approach will help ease the transition if you decide to switch majors or transfer to another university.

Freshmen and Sophomores should take the introductory courses offered in the major, such as Introductory Psychology (PSYC 1101) or Introductory Sociology (SOCI 1101). During the sophomore year, 2000-level courses from Area F should be taken. For Psychology, this would include Human Growth and Development (PSYC 2103). For Sociology, this would include Social Problems (SOCI 1160) and Marriage and Family (SOCI 2293).

Juniors and Seniors should focus on completing the major requirements with an eye toward long-term career development. Psychology majors should note that the statistics course (either PSYC 3301 or SOCI 3331) is required before taking Experimental Psychology (PSYC 4431). Sociology majors should note that the Methods of Social Research course (SOCI 4440) is only offered in the spring semester and the Development of Social Theory (SOCI 4420) is only offered in the fall. The Seminar courses should be taken during the final semester of your coursework.

Good minor or certificate programs for Psychology and Sociology majors include Psychology (for Sociology majors), Sociology (for Psychology majors), the Criminal Justice Certificate, the Caregiving Certificate, and the Women's Studies Certificate.

Junior and Seniors should also consider gaining valuable career-enhancing experiences. These might include participation in the Psychology/Sociology Club and internship experiences.

Important Deadlines and Policies

  • Early registration is highly recommended. Registering early will increase the likelihood that you will get the courses that you want and the times that you prefer.
  • The minimum credits for full time status is 12 hours/semester. We recommend 14 or 15 hours/semester to graduate in four years. Taking more than 18 credits in a semester is an overload. This will only be given to students with good academic records (e.g., GPA of 3.0 or better).
  • The first few days of each semester are the Drop/Add period. Courses and course sections may be changed during this time without being recorded on your grade transcript.
  • Once the Drop/Add Period is finished, students can withdraw from courses up to midterm. This will result in a grade of "W" on your transcript for the course.
  • After midterm, courses can only be dropped if there is a legitimate medical excuse or family emergency.
  • Internships must be arranged during the early registration period. Internships cannot be arranged during late registration or the Drop/Add Period.
  • Graduating Seniors must submit the Application for Graduation approximately one year before the anticipated graduation date.

Advisement Resources

Graduate Programs in Central and Southern Georgia

The following universities in our area offer graduate programs in counseling, social work, or clinical psychology.

Albany State University

Columbus State University

Fort Valley State University

Mercer University (Macon and Atlanta)

Valdosta State University

Last update: August, 2014

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