With more than 40 academic departments and interdisciplinary centers, the College of Arts and Sciences provides an environment where students may both explore a wide range of interests and find their areas of specialization.
The College’s academic offerings include the fine arts, the humanities, the natural and computational sciences and the social and behavioral sciences. Our programs teach students to discover knowledge independently, and to think critically, creatively and analytically.
The College prepares students for professional careers and provides them with the foundation for lifelong learning. The college also has primary responsibility for the two-year general education curriculum required of all Georgia State students.
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences can work with faculty experts, respected artists and top scientists while taking advantage of the facilities of a major research institution. The reach of the college’s faculty and students extends beyond campus, enriching and learning from local communities and people around the world through service opportunities, cultural events, study abroad, and joint research programs.
Number of degrees: 32 bachelor’s degrees, 30 masters, 14 doctoral.
Number of students (Fall 2009): 10,466 undergraduate majors, 1,210 masters, 777 doctoral.
Largest Majors: Biology, Psychology, Journalism, Art & Design, Political Science, English, Film and Video Studies.
Notable faculty/alumni: Lee Armstrong Lumpkin, first woman promoted to a general manager position at a Cox television station; Peggy Duke, Chief of Service, Anesthesiology, Crawford Long Hospital; William C. Pate, President, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Arts and Sciences majors receive educations that prepare them to succeed in an astonishing array of fields. Our graduates go on to work as doctors, lawyers, executives, film-makers, musicians and producers, politicians, journalists, research scientists, computer engineers, teachers, artists and curators, professors, psychologists and much, much more.
The College of Arts and Sciences emphasizes research and internship opportunities for all of its majors, including opportunities to work with faculty on cutting-edge research, and to gain professional experience with local corporations and nonprofits. Programs of note include: internships with the Georgia State Legislature; internships for pre-medical students at the Atlanta Medical Center; and internships at the Atlanta Zoo and Georgia Aquarium.
Students in the College of Arts and Sciences are encouraged to go overseas for some part of their college experience, whether through a student exchange, a summer study-abroad program or a summer or Maymester experience. The university and college have scholarships to help students afford such an experience, and can help interested students identify and apply for external grants as well. Arts and Sciences currently has opportunities available for students in: Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Tanzania, Trinidad and Turkey.