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College Descriptions

Colleges listed in alphabetical order:

Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing

The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing is one of the nine colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University. The College is committed to training tomorrow’s innovators and entrepreneurs for high demand, highly skilled careers in engineering, computer sciences, construction and information technology. Named in honor of Allen E. Paulson, the founder of Gulfstream Aerospace, the College builds upon a rich history of educating students in engineering technology and computing.

The College has six academic departments: Civil Engineering and Construction, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Manufacturing Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. The College has nine bachelor’s degree programs – Civil, Construction, Computer, Electrical, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering; Computer Science; Construction Management; and Information Technology. In addition, the College offers the WebBSIT (the online B.S. in IT) and six master’s degree programs – Applied Engineering (Engineering Management), Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, and Mechanical Engineering, as well as graduate certificates in Engineering and Manufacturing Management, and in Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance.

Student and faculty research is important to the College. There are active, state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories in each of our facilities. Funds are awarded in a competitive process each year for undergraduate research projects and faculty research seed grants. In the spring, the College hosts a Student Research Symposium.

The College also boasts at least 22 student organizations, including chapters of professional societies and honors societies. Many of these organizations participate in state, regional and national competitions and conferences.

Programs are located in three buildings on the Georgia Southern campus. The flagship building is the Information Technology (IT) Building on the Pedestrium, which houses the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Manufacturing Engineering and Information Technology, the administrative suite for the dean and associate deans, conference rooms, an auditorium and the College’s Student Services Center.

The Engineering Building is home to the Departments of Civil Engineering and Construction, and Mechanical Engineering. The Carruth Building now serves as Georgia Southern’s Engineering Research Center. It is comprised of labs, classrooms, and teaching and research labs, including Georgia’s first Asphalt Research Lab, the Nanomaterials Research Lab, the Robotics Lab, and state-of-the-art manufacturing engineering labs.

For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/cec.

 

College of Arts and Humanities

The College of Arts and Humanities is one of nine colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University. One of our newer college, it was formed from the former College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences on the Statesboro Campus and the former College of Liberal Arts on the Armstrong Campus during the 2017 consolidation of Georgia Southern and Armstrong State University. As the College of the Creative Mind, the College of Arts and Humanities seeks to develop students who have a passion for learning and a desire to understand their world both past and present.

The College consists of the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, Department of Communication Arts, Department of Music, Department of Foreign Languages, Department of History, Department of Philosophy, Department of Writing and Linguistics, Department of Literature and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. The College offers 22 undergraduate degrees and six graduate degrees. Georgia Southern University is a multi-campus institution, and the College of Arts and Humanities offers degrees on both the Armstrong and Statesboro Campuses.

For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/cah.

 

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is one of nine colleges that comprise Georgia
Southern University. One of our newer colleges, it was formed from programs in the former College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences on the Statesboro Campus, the School of Human Ecology in the former College of Health and Human Sciences on the Statesboro Campus and the former College of Liberal Arts, and Department of Psychology from the College of Science and Technology on the Armstrong Campus.

The College consists of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Public and Non-Profit Studies, Department of Psychology, Department of Human Ecology, and the Department of Political Science and International Studies. The College offers 13 undergraduate degrees and five graduate degrees including the Doctor of Psychology. Georgia Southern University is a multi-campus institution, and the College of Arts and Humanities and the majority of degree options are offered on both the Armstrong and Statesboro Campuses.

For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/cbss.

 

College of Education

The College of Education is one of the nine colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University. From 1924 to 1955, the institution’s main focus centered on educating or preparing future teachers and the bachelor’s degree in education is the University’s oldest professional degree. In 1992, COE established the University’s first doctoral program. Today, the College prepares future teachers, school psychologists, counselors, school library media specialists, instructional technologists, researchers, and leaders through intensive field experiences, cutting-edge technology, and research-based instruction. COE offers five Bachelor of Science in Education majors that prepare students for teacher certification, and it offers the Master of Arts in Teaching degree with six available concentrations, 12 Master of Education degrees, eight education specialist degrees, and two doctoral degrees. There are three academic departments in the College of Education: Curriculum, Foundations and Reading; Leadership, Technology, and Human Development; and Teaching and Learning.

The Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading provides a service function to all other programs in the College at the undergraduate and graduate course levels in the areas of educational foundations, educational psychology, curriculum theory, reading education, and educational research. The Department offers a doctoral program in curriculum and instruction as well as graduate-level degrees in the specialization of reading education. A master’s is also offered in evaluation, assessment, research and learning. In addition to degree programs, the department offers the reading endorsement and graduate certificates in applied research and evaluation and in curriculum and pedagogy for social justice.

The Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development offers programs that prepare students to provide support services for traditional school settings as well as non-academic environments including care facilities, clinics, centers, and hospitals. These educators work in the fields of educational leadership, instructional technology, school psychology, and counselor education. A doctoral degree program in educational leadership is also offered and has both P-12 and a higher education administration tracks. A new undergraduate minor in instructional technology is also being offered.

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers undergraduate teacher preparation programs in early childhood education, middle grades education, secondary education, special education, and the P-12 teaching field in health and physical education. Graduate programs are offered for initial teacher preparation through the Master of Arts in Teaching program and for advanced teacher education at the master’s and education specialist levels. Additionally, the Department offers an endorsement program in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

The Goizueta Distinguished Chair of Education, Alejandro Gallard, Ph.D., helps reinforce COE’s commitment to fulfilling its mission to facilitate learning opportunities that are authentic, student-centered and meet individual student’s intellectual and career goals.

The College also houses the Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education (i2STEMe).The mission of the i2STEMe is to provide professional development, engage in community outreach and seek external funding to promote STEM teaching and learning in both formal and informal educational settings. The Institute hosts many events including summer camps, STEMFest and the Interdisciplinary STEM Teaching and Learning Conference.

In fall 2017, the College welcomed its first cohort of students into the EAGLE Academy, an inclusive post-secondary education program. The program allows students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to make a successful transition from high school to adult life by providing them with a college experience in disciplines they are interested in as well as living and career skills.

For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/coe.

 

College of Science and Mathematics

The College of Science and Mathematics (COSM) is one of the nine colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University. Recognized for excellence and innovation in teaching, as well as undergraduate and graduate research, its faculty are highly respected in their chosen fields. With an emphasis on learning beyond the classroom, the College prepares students to work both locally and globally, seeking to transform scientific knowledge and discovery into opportunities to enhance our health, education, security and communities. The College focuses on sustainability, economic development, and the protection of natural resources, makes it a regional leader in producing graduates to meet today’s challenges.

The College offers undergraduate degree programs on the Armstrong and Statesboro Campuses, and master’s degree programs on the Statesboro Campus through the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology and Geography, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy. In addition, the College offers general education course at the Liberty Campus in Hinesville. The College also provides additional guidance for students planning for careers as physician assistants, or in dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.

The Statesboro Campus houses the Georgia Southern University Planetarium, a state-of-the-art digital system, and the James H. Oliver, Jr., Institute for Coastal Plain Science, which hosts the U.S. National Tick Collection, and operates a field laboratory, the Applied Coastal Research Laboratory, on Skidaway Island. The Armstrong Campus houses the Foram Sustainable Aquaponics Research Center (SARC), an innovative facility where faculty and students work to improve the sustainability and profitability of soilless farming. The College actively promotes undergraduate research, collaborative research between faculty and undergraduates, and encourages participation in grant competitions and research symposia.

Across the three campuses, the College boasts state-of-the-art teaching and research labs, including those in support of geospatial technology, an aquatics lab, two microscopy suites, a mass spectrometry suite, and additional instrumentation necessary to support our faculty members’ diverse research interests and facilitate their numerous collaborations. The Biological Sciences Building (Statesboro) was recognized as a Georgia Peach Green Building and houses animal care spaces, greenhouses and an insectary. The College is home to three large research collections (Entomology, Herpetology, and Herbarium). The Army ROTC Eagle Battalion is one of the largest non-military college Army ROTC programs in the Southeast. The military science program covers both Armstrong and Statesboro Campuses, and has been nationally recognized with multiple MacArthur awards. The Army ROTC Nursing program is among the largest in the nation. Our Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society to offer the ACS-certified degree in chemistry.

For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/cosm.

 

Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies

The Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies is one of the nine colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University. It was established in 1969 under the leadership of Dr. Jack N. Averitt and in 1998, it was named the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies to honor his many contributions to graduate studies program. The history professor and dean emeritus served Georgia Southern University for 35 years.

The College provides guidance for students in more than 50 graduate degree programs in seven colleges. Through the College, students experience hands-on training and engage in leading-edge research with world-class faculty. The College of Graduate Studies also provides the foundation for the University’s graduate program growth and development, and supports excellence in graduate education, and the research and scholarly activities associated with it.

For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/cogs.

 

Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

The Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health is one of the nine colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University and is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. The mission of the JPHCOPH is to improve health, eliminate health disparities and health inequities of rural communities and underserved populations globally through excellence in teaching, public health workforce development, research, scholarship, professional service and community engagement.

The College offers a Certificate in Public Health, Bachelor of Science in Public Health in health education and promotion, and in global health, and the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degrees with emphasis areas in Biostatistics, Community Health, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management. The College also offers a Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) with areas of concentration in Biostatistics, Community Health Behavior and Education, Epidemiology and Public Health Leadership. The JPHCOPH oversees three centers as part of its mission: the Center for Public Health Practice and Research, the Karl E. Peace Center for Biostatistics and Survey Research and the Center for Addiction Recovery.
The College is endowed by Dr. Karl E. Peace as a tribute to his wife and an enduring celebration of her life characterized by “a zeal for excellence, consideration of others, intelligence and scholarship, honesty, kindness and humility.”

Georgia Southern University is a multi-campus institution and the College of Public Health offers classes on the Armstrong and Statesboro Campuses.

For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/jphcoph.
 

Parker College of Business

The Parker College of Business is one of nine colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University. It distinguishes itself from colleges of business at other large, nationally recognized research universities by emphasizing close interactions and engagement among faculty, students and the business community. The College’s bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs of study are designed to prepare students to meet the challenges of a constantly changing business environment. Students may choose from eight majors. The College’s undergraduate and graduate degrees include the Bachelor of Business Administration degree, the MBA, the Master of Accountancy degree, the Master of Science in Applied Economics and the Ph.D. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

The Parker College of Business houses the School of Accountancy and the Departments of Finance and Economics, Information Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Management, and Marketing. In addition, it oversees the Business Innovation Group, Bureau of Business Research and Economic Development, the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership, Small Business Development Center, Veterans Business Outreach Center, the Center for Forensic Studies in Accounting, the Southern Center for Logistics and Intermodal Transportation, the Center for Sales Excellence and the Center for Retail Studies.

Georgia Southern University is a multi-campus institution and the Parker College of Business offers classes on both the Armstrong and Statesboro Campuses, and MBA classes are offered at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah.

For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/business.

 

Waters College of Health Professions

The Waters College of Health Professions (WCHP) is one of the nine colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University. The College was established to provide comprehensive and innovative programs that enhance the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities within a global society. The College’s nationally accredited programs train outstanding leaders through engaged teaching and learning opportunities, scholarly and creative research and socially responsive service activities. With a commitment to interdisciplinary learning and professional excellence, WCHP prepares the next generation for success. WCPH’s academic units prepare students for careers that range from nursing, physical therapy, sport management, physical education, nutrition and food science, respiratory therapy and communication sciences and disorders.

WCHP is comprised of three departments and one school: the Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences, the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology, the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and the School of Nursing.

The School of Nursing is committed to a tradition of excellence in undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees. The School provides students with the training that is needed for the highest quality of nursing care. Degrees include the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

The Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences offers bachelor degrees in high tech fields of medical laboratory science, radiologic sciences and respiratory therapy. Degrees include Bachelor of Science with a major in respiratory therapy, Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science and a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences.

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences offers bachelor and graduate programs in rehabilitation sciences communication sciences. Degrees include Bachelor of Science with a major in communication sciences and disorders, Bachelor of Science with a major in rehabilitation sciences, Master of Science with a major in communication sciences and disorders and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. The Department is home to the Rite Care Center for Communication Disorders.

The Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology is dedicated to high academic standards through high quality teaching, scholarship and service. Undergraduates have the opportunity to pursue majors in health sciences, athletics training, exercise science, nutrition and food science and sport management. Graduate programs are offered in athletics training, exercise science, coaching education (online), physical education, sport management (online), sport and exercise psychology, health administration, sports medicine and the dietetic internship.

For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/chp.

Last updated: 8/14/2015