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Majors & Focus Areas

Please note: This page is under review for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Focus areas are clusters of majors that share a lot of characteristics including some coursework. Even if you’re not ready to declare a specific major, identifying a focus area is a great first step that puts you on the path toward graduating on time. There are nine different focus areas at Georgia Southern.

Major Focus Area
Accounting Business
Anthropology Behavioral and Social Sciences
Art Arts
Art Education Arts
Art History Arts
Biochemistry Science and Mathematics
Biology Science and Mathematics
Chemistry Science and Mathematics
Child and Family Development Behavioral and Social Sciences
Civil Engineering Engineering
Communication Sciences and Disorders Health Professions
Communication Studies Humanities
Computer Engineering Engineering
Computer Science Computing
Construction Engineering Engineering
Construction Management Engineering
Criminal Justice and Criminology Behavioral and Social Sciences
Economics Business
Electrical Engineering Engineering
Elementary Education Education
English Humanities
Exercise Science Health Professions
Fashion Merchandising / Apparel Design Behavioral and Social Sciences
Finance Business
Geography Science and Mathematics
Geology Science and Mathematics
Graphic Design Arts
Health and Physical Education Education
Health Education & Promotion Health Professions
Health Sciences Health Professions
History Humanities
Information Systems Business
Information Technology Computing
Interdisciplinary Studies Humanities
Interior Design Behavioral and Social Sciences
International Studies Behavioral and Social Sciences
International Trade Behavioral and Social Sciences
Law and Society Behavioral and Social Sciences
Management Business
Manufacturing Engineering Engineering
Marketing Business
Mathematics Science and Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering Engineering
Medical Laboratory Sciences Health Professions
Middle Grades Education Education
Modern Languages Humanities
Multimedia Film & Production Humanities
Multimedia Journalism Humanities
Music Arts
Nursing Health Professions
Nutrition and Food Science Health Professions
Philosophy Humanities
Physics Science and Mathematics
Physics and Astronomy Science and Mathematics
Political Science Behavioral and Social Sciences
Psychology Behavioral and Social Sciences
Public Health Health Professions
Public Relations Behavioral and Social Sciences
Radiologic Sciences Health Professions
Recreation Behavioral and Social Sciences
Rehabilitation Sciences Health Professions
Religious Studies Humanities
Respiratory Therapy Health Professions
Secondary Education Education
Sociology Behavioral and Social Sciences
Special Education Education
Sport Management Behavioral and Social Sciences
Supply Chain Management Business
Theatre Arts
Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Humanities
Writing Humanities

Business Focus Area

The Business Focus Area prepares young professionals for exciting and rewarding careers in the fields of accounting, economics, finance, information systems, logistics, management, and marketing. The coursework for a degree in business is designed to ensure students can build the foundation necessary for today’s highly competitive global business environment. Business majors have the opportunity to gain out-of-classroom experience through internships and specialized study abroad programs which help them to grow both professionally and personally while gaining leadership skills.

Exploratory Program Map

Majors
Accounting

Accounting is the language of business. Using their analytical and problem-solving skills, accountants provide big-picture thinking and an understanding of how financial data impacts every aspect of the organization. The accounting program prepares students for a wide range of professional careers in public accounting, industry and finance, and in specialty areas such as forensic accounting and fraud examination and government and non-profit accounting.

College: Parker College of Business
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement:Student Services Center, COB

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Economics

Provides students with a broad knowledge of economic tools to provide a foundation for careers in business, economics, finance or law.

College: Parker College of Business
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, COB

Learn More: Catalog Pages: B.A. • B.B.A. • Program Maps: B.B.A. Economics, B.B.A. Economics/International BusinessDepartment Website • Career Opportunities

Finance

Finance is concerned with the valuation and exchange of assets over time. It combines elements of accounting, economics and statistics to analyze financial problems and decisions. Finance questions addressed include asset pricing, financing and choice of alternative investment opportunities, domestic and international financial institutions and markets, corporate governance, and risk management.

College: Parker College of Business
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, COB

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Information Systems

Blends experience using leading edge information technologies with business knowledge to address business problems and illustrate the value of business/IT alignment. Emphasis areas include: accounting information systems, business intelligence, electronic commerce, enterprise resources planning, enterprise security, and logistics information systems.

College: Parker College of Business
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, COB

Learn More:  Catalog Pages: Information SystemsBusiness Intelligence EmphasisEnterprise Resource Systems EmphasisEnterprise Security Emphasis • Program Maps: Information Systems • Business Intelligence Program • Enterprise Resource Systems Emphasis • Enterprise Security Program • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Management

Emphasizes the integrative nature of the management discipline in planning, leading, organizing, and controlling contemporary profit and non-profit organizations. Emphases include entrepreneurship/small business, hospitality, human resources, and operations.

College: Parker College of Business
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, COB

Learn More:

Catalog Pages: Management Program • Hospitality Management Emphasis • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Emphasis • Human Resource Management Program • Operations Management Emphasis • Program Maps: Management Program • Hospitality Management Program • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program • Human Resource Management Program • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Marketing

Provides students with an awareness of the marketing problems confronting today’s business firms, some knowledge and experience in application of the tools and techniques of marketing problem solving, and a more detailed knowledge of one or more specific areas of the marketing discipline. Emphases include fashion merchandising, retailing and sales management.

College: Parker College of Business
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, COB

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Emphasis in Fashion Merchandising • Emphasis in Retailing Management • Emphasis in Sales and Sales Management • Without Area of EmphasisProgram MapDepartment Website • Career Opportunities

Supply Chain Management

A degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management prepares students for the many jobs available in this challenging and rapidly expanding field. Basic LIT courses focus on logistics and transportation concepts and principles. Advanced courses focus on logistics operations, international logistics, and intermodal distribution issues.

College: Parker College of Business
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, COB

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Maps: Logistics Program, Operations Management Program • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Education Focus Area

The Education Focus Area is for students who are interested in working in the teaching field and making a difference in the lives of others. Students can then choose to focus on teaching pre-k, elementary grades, middle grades, high school, special education, or health and physical education. Students gain hands-on experience in a variety of public school settings, helping them to develop excellent practical teaching skills.

Exploratory Program Map

Majors
Elementary Education

Prepares students to teach grades P- 5th grade with a variety of coursework and field experience prior to certification.

College: College of Education
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: Student Success Center, COE

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Health and Physical Education

Prepares students in becoming health and physical educators by learning how to plan and implement a developmentally appropriate P- 12 health education curriculum in tradition school settings.

College: College of Education
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: Student Success Center, COE

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program MapDepartment Website • Career Opportunities

Middle Grades Education

Prepares students to teach 4th through 8th grade with specialization areas in language arts, mathematics, science or social studies. Formal curriculum requirements and field experience lead to certification.

College: College of Education
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: Student Success Center, COE

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program MapDepartment Website • Career Opportunities

Secondary Education

Prepares students to teach 6th – 12th grade. Concentration areas include biology, chemistry, english, historymathematics, or physics.

College: College of Education
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro (depends on concentration)
Advisement: Student Success Center, COE

Learn More: Catalog Pages for Certification Tracks: Biology • Chemistry • English • History • Mathematics  • Physics  • Catalog Pages for Non-CertificationBiology • Chemistry English • History • MathematicsPhysics • Click Concentration Area Above for Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Special Education

Prepares students to teach special education at any level P-12. Concentration areas include language arts, reading, or mathematics.

College: College of Education
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: Student Success Center, COE

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Health Professions Focus Area

The Health Professions prepare students to impact the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities. Health professionals are passionate about making a difference in their community, are invested in health-related prevention and treatment, and work in a wide range of disciplines. Students can learn how to identify and assess health trends, evaluate educational programs for at-risk populations, or develop the knowledge and skills needed to work in a variety of healthcare settings and jobs such as nursing, exercise physiology, radiology, medical lab science, healthcare administration, and physical, respiratory, or speech therapy.

Exploratory Program Map

Majors

Communication Sciences and Disorders

The communication sciences and disorders major provides preparation in the normal processes of communication and its development, as well as in the identification and treatment of communication disorders for students whose career interests include audiology and speech-language pathology.  In addition, the major provides a broad foundation in normal and disordered aspects of speech, language, and hearing for students who are interested in pursuing careers in disciplines such as deaf education, speech science, hearing science, special education, and child development.

College: Waters College of Health Professions
Campus: Armstrong
Advisement: Student Services Center, WCHP

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Exercise Science

Focuses upon the study of how and why exercise affects the human body. Students interested in a career in physical therapy often major in exercise science. Careers include fitness/wellness centers, research labs, and cardiac and physical rehabilitation centers.

College: Waters College of Health Professions
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, WCHP

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Health Sciences

The Bachelor of Health Sciences is designed to teach students and practicing health professionals the view that health is separate from illness. Students will develop expertise in the health sciences, while focusing on applied health-related areas.

College: Waters College of Health Professions
Campus: Armstrong
Advisement: Student Services Center, WCHP

Learn More: Catalog Pages: General Health ScienceHealth InformaticsHealth Services AdministrationHuman Performance/Fitness Management • Program Maps: Health Sciences (General) • Health Informatics • Health Services Administration • Human Performance/Fitness Management • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Health Education and Promotion

Gives students the knowledge to plan, implement, and evaluate disease prevention as well as promote healthy activities.

College: Waters College of Health Professions
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, WCHP

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Health Education and Promotion ; Global Health Emphasis • Program Maps: Health Education and Promotion ; Global Health Emphasis • Department WebsiteCareer Opportunities

Medical Laboratory Sciences

Medical laboratory scientists (also known as medical technologists) provide essential clinical information to healthcare providers and are responsible for assuring reliable results that contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of physiological and pathological conditions. Laboratory tests are extremely valuable and contribute up to 70% of all medical decisions made by healthcare providers. Medical Laboratory Scientists perform and/or supervise the testing of blood, urine, spinal fluid and other body specimens. Applying knowledge of chemistry, mathematics and biology, the medical laboratory scientist uses both manual and automated techniques to provide diagnostic data to physicians.

College: Waters College of Health Professions
Campus: Armstrong
Advisement: Student Services Center, WCHP

Learn More: Catalog Pages: On Campus, OnlineProgram Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Nursing

Provides students a comprehensive and innovative bachelor of science in nursing program that promotes health and quality of life using a global perspective. Students in the nursing program learn through classroom and diverse clinical experiences.

College: Waters College of Health Professions
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, WCHP

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Accelerated B.S.N.B.S.N. RN-BSNProgram Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Nutrition and Food Science

Provides students classroom and hands-on learning in the fascinating careers of food and nutrition. Students may select an emphasis in one of three areas: dietetics, community nutrition or food systems administration.

College: Waters College of Health Professions
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, WCHP

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Community Nutrition DieteticsFood Science/Food Systems Administration • Program Maps: Community Nutrition • Dietetics • Food Science/Food Systems Administration • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Public Health

Gives students the knowledge to plan, implement, and evaluate disease prevention as well as promote healthy activities.

College: Waters College of Health Professions
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, WCHP

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Health Education and Promotion ; Global Health Emphasis • Program Maps: Health Education and Promotion ; Global Health Emphasis • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Radiologic Sciences

Radiologic Sciences is a comprehensive term applied to the science of administering radiation, ultrasound, or magnetism to provide information for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries. Georgia Southern University offers Bachelor of Science degrees and post-baccalaureate certificates leading to certification in several career specialties in the radiologic sciences.

College: Waters College of Health Professions
Campus: Armstrong
Advisement: Student Services Center, WCHP

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Bridge ProgramCardiovascular/Interventional ScienceDiagnostic Medical SonographyNuclear MedicineRadiation TherapyRadiographySpecial Options Program • Program Maps: Diagnostic Medical Sonography • Radiography • Radiation Therapy • Nuclear Medicine • Cardiovascular/Interventional Science • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Rehabilitation Sciences

This degree provides a broad preparation in science and research, with an emphasis on physiology and rehabilitation. Electives can be selected that will enable the graduate to earn any of several academic minors or credentials, such as neuroscience, psychology, or gerontology. The rehabilitation science major has also been specifically designed by the physical therapy faculty to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue graduate education in the fields of physical therapy, occupational therapy or sports medicine.

College: Waters College of Health Professions
Campus: Armstrong
Advisement: Student Services Center, WCHP

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Respiratory Therapy

The program offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program with a major in respiratory therapy. Graduates are eligible for two credentials after graduation, and would be eligible for three board sub-specialist certifications after significant experience and training under medical direction.

College: Waters College of Health Professions
Campus: Armstrong
Advisement: Student Services Center, WCHP

Learn More:  Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Engineering Focus Area

Focusing studies in an Engineering field will help students to think critically, create, and innovate. Students develop analytical and problem-solving skills that will prepare them for high demand, dynamic careers. Civil engineers and construction engineers plan, design, and manage our infrastructure, so students can learn how a bridge was designed or how drinking water is made safe. Electrical engineers design and develop electrical and electronic systems and devices, from cell phones to robotics to power plants. Computer Engineers contribute to advancements in digital technology, computer networking, and computer systems. Manufacturing engineers design and maintain the processes that produce and improve upon everyday products used in our global economy. Mechanical engineers design and create essential systems such as cars, ships, and aircrafts as well as environmental systems, medical equipment, and almost any system that uses or produces energy or has moving parts.

Exploratory Program Map

Majors
Civil Engineering

Prepares students for careers in the environmental, structural, and transportation design areas of the discipline in the local, state, regional, national, and international markets. This degree is of particular importance as increasing emphasis is placed on improving infrastructure.

College: College of Engineering and Computing
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, CEC

Learn More:  Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Southern prides itself on being applied, attentive, and accomplished. As electrical or computer engineers, we do more than just study theory. You will begin your first semester with hands-on experience in a studio or laboratory environment. Whether it is a fundamental lecture or a one-on-one research experience, upon completion you will feel confident in your abilities to help solve the engineering problems of the world.

College: College of Engineering and Computing
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, CEC

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program MapDepartment Website • Career Opportunities

Construction Engineering

Construction engineers are equipped to design and oversee the construction, maintenance and rebuilding of infrastructural facilities such as roads, bridges, airports, buildings and water treatment facilities in ways that best meet the unique demands of a particular environment.  You will often work with a team including civil engineers and construction managers to solve technical challenges of complex construction projects.

College: College of Engineering and Computing
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, CEC

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Construction EngineeringProgram Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Construction Management

A bachelor’s degree in construction management degree will prepare you to oversee construction projects in all stages. You’ll plan the projects with architects and engineers, budget with cost estimators and manage construction with laborers.

College: College of Engineering and Computing
Campus:
Advisement: Student Services Center, CEC

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Construction ManagementProgram Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Electrical Engineering

Blends classroom instruction with hands on experience to train students in the areas of electronics, digital communication, computer architecture, industrial control, and electrical power systems.

College: College of Engineering and Computing
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, CEC

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program MapDepartment Website • Career Opportunities

Manufacturing Engineering

The Manufacturing Engineering (MfgE) curriculum is hands-on and career- oriented. Students gain broad, practical knowledge in the major areas of Manufacturing Engineering. Manufacturing engineers work closely with mechanical, electrical and other engineers as a member of the design team to ensure manufacturability of the product while considering recycling and other aspects of the product life cycle. They also concentrate on the facilities, equipment, processes and methods necessary for the efficient and safe production of products in a globally competitive environment. Manufacturing engineers direct and coordinate the processes for transforming materials into products and guide the design, and conduct analysis and modification of product design to ensure the viability of the design for manufacturability.

College: College of Engineering and Computing
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, CEC

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Mechanical Engineering

Blends classroom instructions with hands on experience. Emphases include mechanical design analysis, material science/manufacturing processing, thermal-fluid-energy sciences, computer aided engineering graphics and analysis/ electro-mechanical devices and controls with an emphasis in technical measurements.

College: College of Engineering and Computing
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, CEC

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program MapDepartment Website • Career Opportunities

Behavioral and Social Sciences Focus Area

The Behavioral and Social Sciences encompass the entire spectrum of the human experience. Students in the Behavioral and Social Science disciplines have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through research, internships, and field work. Students gain skills in critical thinking, ethics, problem-solving, creativity, and communication that prepare them for rewarding careers, lifelong learning, and engaged global citizenship. Students become well-prepared for careers in social services, business, industry, education, law, government, or research.

Exploratory Program Map

Majors
Anthropology

Provides student opportunities to engage with each of the four major areas of anthropology – cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and biological anthropology. These areas encompass study of social processes across the world, from all time periods. Successful majors will develop a broad based understanding of the human condition.

College: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: CBSS Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Maps: Field Experience Track • Four Field Track • Internship Track • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Child and Family Development

Provides students foundation and practicum experiences to work with individuals and families across the life span in three emphasis areas: child development, child life, and family services. The major prepares students for career opportunities in child and family services and includes jobs in family life education, youth development, preschool education, rehabilitation, child care administration, child life, aging and family care, and other human/social service fields. To compliment the major, students may choose minors or concentrations such as recreation, psychology, international studies, Spanish, justice studies, business, and public relations.

College: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: CBSS Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Child Development Concentration Child Life ConcentrationFamily Services Concentration • Program Maps: Child Development Concentration • Child Life Concentration • Family Services Concentration • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Criminal Justice and Criminology

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology provides a comprehensive examination of justice, crime, and the law. Faculty teach and research a variety of topics reflecting their diverse social science backgrounds.

College: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: CBSS Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Criminal Justice & Criminology Track • Cybercrime Track • Program Maps: Criminal Justice & Criminology Track • Cybercrime Track • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Fashion Merchandising / Apparel Design

Provides students two emphasis areas: fashion merchandising or apparel design. The major focuses on the diverse careers in the fashion industry such as merchandising & buying, fashion promotion, apparel design, styling & visual merchandising, computer aided design, and product development. Students may choose various minors or emphasis areas such as business, public relations, sustainability, and art to accommodate their major.

College: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: CBSS Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Apparel Design, Fashion Merchandising • Program Maps: Apparel DesignFashion Merchandising • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Interior Design

Gives students curriculum, studios and field experiences in interior design, including formal course work in design, materials and systems, lighting, CAD and textiles. Careers include corporate design, residential design, space planning, furniture design, lighting design, historic preservation.

College: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: CBSS Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

International Studies

The Bachelor of Arts program in International Studies is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of world affairs and how they affect U.S. foreign and domestic policies. One of the main objectives of this program is to prepare students to cope realistically and intelligently with the changing world, a world which is becoming increasingly interdependent and in which vast new multiplications of cultural forces are emerging.

College: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: CBSS Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

International Trade

Provides an interdisciplinary business background for careers outside the United States or in international businesses and agencies within the United States. The degree will require completion of a prescribed course of study and an internship overseas or with a business or institution having an international component in the United States.

College: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: CBSS Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Law and Society

Our faculty members teach and conduct research in the fields of American politics, international relations, political theory, and comparative politics. The Department’s faculty consists of nationally and internationally recognized scholars who have won various awards for teaching, research, and service to the discipline.

College: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Campus: Armstrong
Advisement: CBSS Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Political Science

Political Science is the study of government and focuses on its structure and function and the necessity for human social order. Political Science study attempts to provide the student with a better understanding of political parties, interest groups, international relationships,justice, and power. Political Science trains students to be observers of political behavior in their home country and around the world.

College: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: CBSS Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program MapDepartment Website • Career Opportunities

Psychology

Provides students options for research in animal learning, sensation and perception, cognition, physiological psychology, developmental psychology, social psychology, psychology of religion and clinical psychology.

College: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro (depends on track)
Advisement: CBSS Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Pages: B.A. • B.S. • Program Maps: Comprehensive (Statesboro), Experimental, Neuroscience, Psychology (Armstrong)Department Website • Career Opportunities

Recreation

The Recreation and Tourism Management program at Georgia Southern University is the only accredited four-year bachelor’s degree for this field in the state of Georgia. Choose from one of three emphasis areas that lead to rewarding professions that provide life-changing programs and services. Learn the skills you need to become a young professional who can provide enriching recreation experiences for youth and adults, bring families and communities together, care for natural and cultural resources, and provide the basis for the economic growth of local communities.

College: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: CBSS Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Outdoor Recreation EmphasisRecreational Therapy Emphasis Tourism and Community Services Emphasis • Program Maps: Outdoor Recreation EmphasisRecreational Therapy EmphasisTourism and Community Leisure Services Emphasis • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Sociology

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations, and societies, and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. Sociology provides many distinctive perspectives on the world, generating new ideas and critiquing the old. The field also offers a range of research techniques that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life: street crime and delinquency, corporate downsizing, how people express emotions, welfare or education reform, how families differ and flourish, or problems of peace and war. Because sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time, it is a rapidly expanding field whose potential is increasingly tapped by those who craft policies and create programs.

College: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: CBSS Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Maps: Sociology, Social Service Emphasis • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Sport Management

Prepares students by examining a variety of issues related to the operations of sport organizations, sport facilities, and sporting events. A business minor is incorporated into this program.

College: Waters College of Health Professions
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, Health Professions

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program MapDepartment Website • Career Opportunities

Humanities Focus Area

Students focusing in the Humanities gain strong intellectual and interpersonal skills that position them for success in numerous fields. They often advance in their careers rapidly because they are trained to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems—skills employers cite as some of the most important qualities in the people they hire. They are well-prepared for careers in education, communication, human relations, research, legal fields, and writing. Students focusing in the Humanities also gain a strong sense of personal and social responsibility which prepares them to deal with the complexities of today’s workplace and world.

Exploratory Program Map

Majors

Communication Studies

Helps students develop skills in oral communication, interpersonal communication, teamwork, analysis, flexibility and written communication.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program MapDepartment Website • Career Opportunities

English

Trains students to think critically and communicate effectively. English majors analyze texts— poems, stories, novels, essays, and other literary works— and find new ways to understand them. This analytic skill can be applied practically on the job, as well as the superior writing skills that English majors are famous for. Many English majors also possess creative, flexible minds that can offer fresh approaches to situations in several workplaces.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

History

Provides students the opportunity to analyze and interpret information, write and share ideas about why events happened and develop the knowledge and transferable skills.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program MapDepartment Website • Career Opportunities

Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) programs at Georgia Southern University provide opportunities for students who are interested in combining a liberal arts background with some degree of specialization. The degree – offered on-campus or online – offers a solid core curriculum program along with the freedom to choose from a variety of concentrations.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro (depends on concentration)
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Pages: On Campus, Online •  Program Maps: On Campus, Online • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Modern Languages

Also known as foreign language, emphases include French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Latin.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Armstrong (Spanish), Statesboro (all other concentrations)
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Arabic • Chinese • French • German • Japanese • Latin • Spanish • Program Map: Modern Languages • Department Websites: Arabic • Chinese • French • German • Japanese • LatinSpanish • Career Opportunities

Multimedia Film & Production

Formerly known as Broadcasting, it prepares students to enter the field of professional Convergence Media. Emphases include film-making, information or production.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Multimedia Journalism

Formerly known as Broadcasting, it prepares students to enter the field of professional Convergence Media. Emphases include film-making, information or production.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Philosophy

Requires students to learn views held by various philosophers and by doing so, excel in understanding principal points from complex material, evaluate the soundness of the arguments involved and, most important of all, justify his or her own position on any given topic. These skills are extremely valuable to employers from a variety of fields and professions.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Philosophy B.A.Philosophy/Religious Studies Track • Program Maps: Philosophy • Philosophy/Religious Studies TrackDepartment Website • Career Opportunities

Public Relations

Merges the theoretical and practical by incorporating business, journalism, speech, and multimedia communication courses to prepare students for careers in public relations.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Page • Program MapDepartment Website • Career Opportunities

Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is an interdisciplinary liberal arts program offering an undergraduate minor and a concentration and a major in Fall 2018. In your WGST courses, you will learn about the complexities of gender and sexuality, as well as the intersectionality of identities. WGST courses give you knowledge and skills that make you more competitive professionally and more informed personally.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

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Writing

Prepares students in formal coursework designed to hone communication and formal writing skills. Concentration areas include create writing, linguistics, professional/technical writing, writing studies.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

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Science and Mathematics Focus Area

Science and Mathematics encompasses the fields of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, geography, geology, mathematics, and physics. This area is appropriate for students interested in exploring the physical and natural world through research, field analysis, and laboratory experimentation. These majors are also appropriate for students who later consider applying to medical professions schools such as pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, and optometry.

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Biology

Prepares students for careers as professional biologists and emphasizes study in cellular/molecular biology, conservation biology, genetics, ecology, evolution, medical entomology, and physiology.

College: College of Science and Mathematics
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: COSM Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Pages: B.A. • B.S. • Program Maps: B.A. • B.S. • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Biochemistry

The Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree still provides students with a sound background education in chemistry and will prepare students for advanced studies, entrance into professional schools, and specialized work in biochemistry. The biochemistry degree is particularly suitable for students considering careers in the Biomedical or pre-Health industries.

College: College of Science and Mathematics
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: COSM Advisement Center

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Chemistry

Combines student-centered classes, broad based laboratory instruction and opportunities for research in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, carbohydrate chemistry, chemical education, food chemistry, organic synthesis and physical chemistry.

College: College of Science and Mathematics
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: COSM Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Pages: B.A. • B.S. • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Geography

Provides students the opportunity to study the rich variety of events, peoples, landscape, climate, and biology that characterize the Earth’s surface. Geographers use geospatial tools to understand relationships between place and every aspect of life on the planet.

College: College of Science and Mathematics
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: COSM Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Pages: B.A.• B.S. • Program Maps: • B.A.B.S. • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Geology

Provides students a curriculum to understand how the Earth works and to apply this knowledge to unraveling the planet’s history and anticipating its future. Geologists work to find solutions to many of humanity’s most important issues including water and mineral resources, hazards mitigation, and understanding the Earth’s climatic system.

College: College of Science and Mathematics
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: COSM Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Pages: B.A. • B.S. • Program Maps: • B.A.B.S. • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Mathematical Sciences

Provides opportunity to learn analytical and computational skills that prepare students for careers in actuarial science, engineering, computer programming, operations research, mathematics education and many other areas. In addition, mathematics majors are typically some of the top performers on exams for medical, dental, business and law school.

College: College of Science and Mathematics
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: COSM Advisement Center

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Physics

Provides basic undergraduate physics/astronomy education that will prepare students for a variety of careers in industry or science education, and also includes excellent preparation for pursuing an advanced degree in physics. Physics majors have a unique opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research in close collaboration with world-class faculty.

College: College of Science and Mathematics
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: COSM Advisement Center

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Physics and Astronomy

The department offers a variety of studies in the fields of Physics and Astronomy leading to a Bachelor of Science in Physics or a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Physics degree. Majors have a unique opportunity to participate in curring-edge research in close collaboration with world-class faculty and graduate well-prepared for a variety of careers whether it be in industry, a professional degree such as medicine or dentistry, teaching physics in the high school, or to pursue an advanced degree.

College: College of Science and Mathematics
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: COSM Advisement Center

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Arts Focus Area

Students focusing in the Arts are trained to use the creative side of their brain, which enhances their symbiotic thinking capabilities, their oral and written communication skills, their critical thinking capacity, and their ability to kick-start a new idea and bring it to fruition. They are well prepared for careers in the Visual, Musical, and Theatre Arts, as well as other career paths and occupations. Students focusing in the Arts also gain a strong sense of personal and social responsibility preparing them to deal with the complexities of today’s workplace and world.

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Art

Provides students areas of study in animation, art history, ceramics, drawing, illustration, graphic communications management, graphic design, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Degrees include Art History, Studio Art, 2D (Drawing, Painting, Print, Paper & Book Arts), 3D (Ceramics, Sculpture & Jewelry/Small Metals), Graphic Design and Graphic Communications Management.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Armstrong & Statesboro (Studio Art, Art History, 2D Art, 3D Art); Armstrong (Art Education); Statesboro (Graphic Design)
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Pages: B.A. (Art History Concentration)B.A. (Studio Art Concentration) • B.F.A. (2D Art Concentration)B.F.A. (3D Art Concentration) • Program Maps: Art History • Studio • 2D Art • 3D Art • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Art Education

Art Education students are art majors who have a desire to teach others about art. They demonstrate a commitment to understanding the nature of art and the practices involved in its production. They are adaptive, resourceful and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of art, the nature of the learner and the materials and methods from which they work.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Armstrong
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

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Art History

The Bachelor of Arts in Art History degree program provides you with an interdisciplinary understanding of artworks, visual experience, and material objects from diverse periods, cultures and media. The scholarly investigation and analysis of visual styles, cultural movements, and social evidence in the history of art sustains a greater understanding of civilization. Introductory level courses encourage your basic understanding and appreciation of works of art. The advanced curriculum offers a more intensive and specialized knowledge of art history, providing an opportunity for you to pursue a broad range of cultural and historical genres in the field.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Armstrong
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

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Graphic Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design prepares students for careers in today’s creative and innovative society. Students are challenged with visual problem solving process to generate successful solutions to commercial, cultural, global, and social communication problems. Visual communication solutions typically include: complex identity and branding systems, publications and layout, motion sequences, advertising, retail products, architectural signage, information structures, websites and interactive displays. Along with coursework, professional opportunities and practical experience are a cornerstone of the program that provide the students with a portfolio that will enable them to enter the industry.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Statesboro
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

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Music

Prepares students for careers in concert or jazz performance, music education, composition, and arranging, or the general music industry.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

Learn More: Catalog Pages: Music B.A. Music Composition • Music Education (Choral) • Performance (Instrumental) • Performance (Piano) • Performance (Voice)  Program Maps: Music Education Choral • Music Education Instrumental • Performance (Instrumental) • Performance (Piano) • Performance (Voice) • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Theatre

Provides students the opportunity to perform, direct, design sets, be a lighting and sound technician, serve as a stage manager, or work with behind the scenes business elements of theater.

College: College of Arts and Humanities
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: CAH Advisement Center

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Computing Focus Area

The Computing fields help students develop analytical and problem solving skills and apply them to today’s – and tomorrow’s – technology. Computer Science provides a strong emphasis on programming and software development for fields such as computer security, mobile computing, game programming, and broadband networking. Information Technology prepares students to build websites and apps, establish and maintain computer networks, and solve problems using data analytics. Students learn about artificial intelligence, cloud computing, cybersecurity and digital forensics, and data mining.

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Computer Science

Provides students with a solid foundation in the design, implementation, and application of computer software systems, an understanding of the concepts of computer science and functional background in computer hardware and understanding in math.

College: College of Engineering and Computing
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, CEC

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Information Technology

Prepares tomorrow’s IT innovators and digital problem-solvers who will lead America’s fastest growing career field. Specialization areas include Information Management, Web and Multimedia Foundations, and Networking and Datacenter Administration.

College: College of Engineering and Computing
Campus: Armstrong, Statesboro
Advisement: Student Services Center, CEC

Learn More: Catalog Pages: B.S.I.T. • B.S.I.T. (WebBSIT)Program Map • Department Website • Career Opportunities

Last updated: 7/12/2019

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