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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 10 colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University, a multi-campus institution with campuses in Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville. The College is committed to preparing students for in-demand and highly skilled careers in engineering, construction management, computer science and information technology.

Named in honor of Allen E. Paulson, the founder of Gulfstream Aerospace, 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 offers 10 bachelor’s degree programs  — B.S. in Civil Engineering, Construction, Computer, Electrical, Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering; B.S. with a major in Computer Science; B.S. in Construction; B.S. in Information Technology; and the online Bachelor’s in IT. In addition, the College offers six M.S. degree programs in Applied Engineering (with concentrations in Engineering Management and Advanced Manufacturing Engineering), Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, and Mechanical Engineering.

Student and faculty research is important to the College. Our facilities house active, state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. The Engineering and Research Building, which opened in January 2021, serves as the epicenter for engineering excellence and innovation in southeast Georgia. The three-story building houses applied research spaces with a strong focus on manufacturing engineering, civil engineering, electrical and computer engineering, and mechanical engineering. It provides collaborative spaces for interdisciplinary research projects. 

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

For more information about the Paulson College of Engineering and Computing, visit cec.georgiasouthern.edu.

College of Arts and Humanities

The College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) is one of 10 colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University, a multi-campus institution with campuses in Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville. One of the University’s newer colleges, CAH was created from programs in 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 is a pillar of the academic foundation of Georgia Southern, playing a central role in every student’s core of knowledge. CAH encourages students to address the analytical, historical, cultural and philosophical foundations of their disciplines. The College prepares students to be vital members of their professional communities.

CAH consists of the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art, Department of Communication Arts, Department of History, Department of Literature, Fred and Dinah Gretsch School of Music, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Department of World Languages and Culture, Department of Writing and Linguistics, and the Interdisciplinary Centers of Africana Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Center for Irish Research and Teaching.CAH offers more than 20 undergraduate degrees, 14 graduate degrees with various concentrations and three graduate certificates.

For more information about the College of Arts and Humanities, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/cah.

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (CBSS) is one of 10 colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University, a multi-campus institution with campuses in Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville. CBSS prepares students to be lifelong learners, productive citizens, and effective leaders in a diverse and global social world and uses its research expertise to improve the lives of others.

One of the University’s newer colleges, CBSS was formed during the 2017 consolidation of Georgia Southern and Armstrong State. It was created 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 former College of Science and Technology on the Armstrong Campus.

The College encompasses many diverse fields of study. They include the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Department of Political Science and International Studies, Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies, Department of Psychology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the School of Human Ecology.

CBSS offers 13 undergraduate degrees and five graduate degrees including the Doctor of Psychology. Georgia Southern University is a multi-campus institution 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 (COE) is one of 10 colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University, a multi-campus institution with campuses in Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville. The College is the premier and primary educator of teachers in southeast Georgia, and Eagle Educators are known throughout the state and nation for their achievements and dedication to the field of education. The College of Education offers students multiple program opportunities spanning all three Georgia Southern locations and online.

COE prepares future teachers and school leaders, school psychologists, counselors, school library media specialists, instructional technologists, researchers and others through intensive field experiences, cutting-edge technology and research-based instruction. Program options include seven undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Education majors preparing students for initial teacher certification. At the graduate level, the College offers the Master of Arts in Teaching degree with six available concentrations, 12 master of education degrees, seven education specialist degrees and two doctoral degrees. The College also offers five certificate opportunities and eight graduate-level programs for educators seeking to add an endorsement to their certification.

COE’s four academic departments include the Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading; the Department of Elementary and Special Education, the Department of Leadership, Technology and Human Development, and the Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education. 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 Center for STEM Education (i2STEMed as an outreach center for the College of Education. The Center supports and engages in STEM teaching and learning through both formal and informal educational settings by collaborations with K-12 schools, the university community, and local and global partners. Focusing on rural, diverse, low socioeconomic status and under-represented populations, the Center is committed to K-12 students, parents and supporters to provide STEM education opportunities. i2STEMed interacts with students and supporters through its mobile STEM education unit, Science To-Go, as well as participation in school STEM nights, science fairs and events. The Center also works with teachers and academic professionals to enhance classroom, camp and/or organizational STEM curriculum and innovative practices.

EAGLE Academy, an inclusive post-secondary education program, was created by College faculty and staff in 2017. 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 on the Statesboro Campus 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 10 colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University, a multi-campus institution with campuses in Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville. COSM strives for excellence and innovation in undergraduate and graduate research, teaching practice and service to our community. With an emphasis on high-impact and inclusive teaching strategies, our highly-respected faculty foster learning in the classroom and beyond by promoting student engagement and offering cutting-edge research opportunities to students. Our degree programs prepare students to apply scientific discoveries that inform education, health, natural resource protection and economic development. By combining state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities with numerous regional, national and global collaborations, the College of Science and Mathematics is a leader in producing graduates to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

The College offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs on the Armstrong and Statesboro campuses through the Departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology and Geography, Mathematical Sciences, Military Science and Physics and Astronomy as well as the Institute for Coastal Plain Science. In addition, the College offers the Associate of Science degree in the core curriculum (with science/math Area F concentration) and courses to meet the University’s general education requirements at the Liberty Campus in Hinesville.

The College boasts state-of-the-art teaching and research labs, including geospatial technology labs, an aquatics lab, microscopy suites, mass spectrometry suites and additional instrumentation necessary to support our faculty members’ diverse research interests and facilitate their numerous collaborations. The College recently created the COSM Core Research Laboratory (CCRL) to enhance our research capabilities. Additionally, the College houses animal care spaces, greenhouses, herbaria and an insectary where insects can be raised and studied. The College is also home to three large research collections (Herpetology, Entomology, and Botany).

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 (ACRL), on Skidaway Island. The Armstrong Campus houses the Sustainable Aquaponics Research Center (SARC), an innovative facility where faculty and students work to improve the sustainability and profitability of soilless farming. The College has an active office of Undergraduate Research, which promotes collaborative research between faculty and undergraduate students and encourages participation in grant competitions and research symposia.

The Army ROTC Eagle Battalion is one of the largest non-military college Army ROTC programs in the Southeast. Additionally, the Army ROTC Nursing program is among the largest in the nation.

For more information about the College of Science and Mathematics visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/cosm.

Honors College

The Honors College is one of 10 colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University, a multi-campus institution with campuses in Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville. It is the University’s newest college and was created in 2020 when the University Honors Program was elevated to a college. Honors College students are members of an inclusive community of scholars that fosters intellectual and professional development through undergraduate research and creative scholarship, experiential learning, global engagement and personalized mentorship.

As the university-wide center for excellence in undergraduate education, the Honors College plays a crucial role in undergraduate research at Georgia Southern University. The hallmark of an Honors College student’s experience is the Honors Thesis, in which students develop a unique research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor in their major discipline. This gives students the opportunity to become an expert on a topic in their field, and the completed thesis is a great accomplishment to share with potential employers, graduate schools or professional schools.

Students in the Honors College develop skills outside the classroom as well. The experiential learning requirement gives students the opportunity to engage professionals in their fields, work with community-based organizations, and further their cultural and global awareness. These activities position students to develop their narrative of scholarship and engagement that they will use when they apply for whatever is next. Guiding them through this process—and all the honors requirements—is an additional layer of advising provided by the Honors College staff. 

For more information, please visit: GeorgiaSouthern.edu/honors

Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies

The Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies is one of 10 colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University, a multi-campus institution with campuses in Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville. It is the only academic unit at Georgia Southern University whose sole concern and primary advocacy is graduate education.

The Graduate Studies program was established in 1969 under the leadership of history professor Jack N. Averitt, Ph.D. In 1998, it was named the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies to honor the many contributions of the founding dean who taught history and social science to thousands of student during his 36 years at Georgia Southern.

The Graduate College provides guidance for students in more than 100 graduate and professional programs at Georgia Southern. Through the College, students experience hands-on training and engage in leading-edge research with world-class faculty. The College 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 (JPHCOPH) is one of 10 colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University, a multi-campus institution with campuses in Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville. 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. JPHCOPH is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

The College offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) with emphasis areas in Global Health, Health Education and Promotion and Environmental Health Sciences. The Master of Public Health (MPH) provides expertise in Applied Public Health (online), Biostatistics, Community Health, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management. The College also offers a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) with areas of concentration in Biostatistics, Community Health Behavior and Education, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, and Public Health Leadership (online). The JPHCOPH also offers an online certificate in Public Health. 

The JPHCOPH oversees three centers as part of its mission: the Center for Addiction Recovery, the Karl E. Peace Center for Biostatistics and Survey Research, and the Center for Public Health Practice and Research. 

The College is endowed by Dr. Karl E. Peace as a tribute to his late wife, Dr. Jiann-Ping Hsu, a scholar-scientist whose distinguished service in her life’s work and devotion to quality and caring in all her endeavors represent the touchstones of learning and leadership in the health professions. Dr. Peace is a Georgia Southern alumnus, a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar, the architect of the MPH in Biostatistics, and the founder of the Karl E. Peace Center for Biostatistics at Georgia Southern University.

For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/jphcoph.

Parker College of Business

The Parker College of Business is one of 10 colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University, a multi-campus institution with campuses in Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville. 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 is designed to produce career-ready professionals by offering high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs within a learning environment characterized by inspired teaching, relevant research and meaningful service. 

The College’s undergraduate and graduate degrees include eight different Bachelor of Business Administration degrees, the MBA, the online MBA, the Master of Accounting, the Master of Accounting Online, 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 Economics, Finance, Enterprise Systems and Analytics, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Management, and Marketing. In addition, it oversees the Business Innovation Group, the Southern Center for Logistics and Intermodal Transportation, and the Center for Retail Studies.

For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/business.

Waters College of Health Professions

The Waters College of Health Professions (WCHP) is one of 10 colleges that comprise Georgia Southern University, a multi-campus institution with campuses in Statesboro, Savannah and Hinesville. 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 successful careers ranging from nursing, physical therapy, sport management, physical education, nutrition and food science, respiratory therapy and communication sciences and disorders.

WCHP has 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 Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Sciences offers bachelor’s degrees in high-tech fields of medical laboratory science, radiologic sciences and respiratory therapy. Degrees include a Bachelor of Science with a major in respiratory therapy, a 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 and communication sciences. Degrees include a Bachelor of Science with a major in communication sciences and disorders, a Bachelor of Science with a major in rehabilitation sciences, a Master of Science 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.

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).

For more information, visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu/chp.

Last updated: 3/1/2022