Degrees & Majors
Choose from dozens of nationally ranked and recognized programs and more than 250 majors, minors and pathways at the university offering the widest variety of fields of study in Georgia.
What Is Sociology? Sociology, one of the youngest of the social sciences, is the study of social interaction, social change and the social causes and consequences of group behavior. The range of topics explored by sociologists is broad, including social stratification and inequality, race relations, gender and sexuality, marriage and family, crime and violence, economics and politics, and religion. Why Study Sociology? Students studying sociology explore fascinating and controversial topics such as crime, deviance, social inequity, gender roles, family life, racism and prejudice, globalization, work and occupations. Understanding what drives human interactions gives students a new perspective on their place in society. By studying social relationships and exploring controversial topics, students will have a greater understanding of the forces that drive social behaviors and have the opportunity to make a positive impact on society. Sociologists often examine and address issues related to: Domestic Violence Poverty Homelessness Government Assistance Programs Refugees A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor's degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.
Program Information The Department of Sociology offers a Bachelor of Arts degree that introduces students to key processes and methods, in addition to preparing students for graduate work in sociology and related fields. Students majoring in sociology explore the ways in which individual experiences and specific events are linked to larger social processes and social structures. Students can complete a General Program in Sociology or specialize in one of four concentrations: Family, Race and Urban Studies, Gender and Sexuality, and Gerontology. Within the specializations, however, there is a fair amount of flexibility for students to pursue topics of interest. Students wishing to be Sociology majors must first be advised by the Sociology Undergraduate advisor. For more information, visit the advisement website. For the latest information about required courses, view the Undergraduate Catalog.
The B.A. /M.A. Program is appropriate for qualified Georgia State University undergraduate students who have completed two years as a Sociology major with a GPA of 3.5. Students may pursue a dual Bachelor of Arts in sociology and either a Master of Arts in Sociology or Master of Arts in Gerontology. Dual undergraduate/graduate programs enable admitted undergraduate students to begin taking specified graduate courses during their senior year (or earlier in some cases) and count the coursework toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students in dual programs are enrolled in each degree program either concurrently or in close succession. Dual degrees may, therefore, be awarded at the same time, or one degree may be awarded prior to the second.
Eligible for the Dual Undergraduate/Graduate Program
Program Information The mission of the Department is to give students the opportunity to develop appropriate proficiencies in the modern and classical languages, to acquaint students with the literary and cultural productions of other countries, and to provide them the opportunity to acquire critical skills through literary and cultural analysis. For the latest information about required courses, view the Undergraduate Catalog.
Program Information The mission of the World Languages and Cultures Department is to give students the opportunity to develop appropriate proficiencies in the modern and classical languages, to acquaint students with the literary and cultural productions of other countries, and to provide them the opportunity to acquire critical skills through literary and cultural analysis. For the latest information about required courses, view the Undergraduate Catalog.
Our Special Education B.S.Ed. is a program that prepares you to teach children and youth with mild to moderate behavior and learning disabilities. Those disabilities may include: dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities attention disorders emotional behavior disorders) intellectual disabilities autism spectrum disorders hearing impairments We develop highly prepared teachers to be leaders in the field of special education. As a teacher preparation program we are committed to helping teachers ensure all students live up to their fullest potential. The bachelor of science degree program in special education includes rigorous, practical course-work and full-time student teaching. It leads to initial certification at the induction level in one of three concentration areas: adapted curriculum general curriculum deaf education Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require addit ...
What Is Speech Communication? Speech communication explores the construction, diffusion, analysis and impact of messages as they occur among individuals, groups, organizations and cultures in the media age. Communication focuses on how people develop communication skills and examines communication phenomena and events. It studies how various persuasive tactics may influence members of diverse and globalized societies. Why Study Speech Communication? Speech communication offers a balanced educational curriculum of liberal arts and science courses focused on improving speaking and interpersonal skills and providing an introduction to business, intercultural and mass communication. The concepts and skills provided by speech communication are useful in a wide variety of occupations and in the world of communications. A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor's degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.
The B.I.S. in Sport Administration prepares you to work in a vast, diverse and complex sport business industry. The sport business industry is among the largest industries in the United States, often listed in the top 10 industries. Size estimates of this industry show it to be somewhere between $422 billion to more than $2 trillion. Careers range in a myriad of segments, including but not limited to, sport management, sport marketing, sport finance, sport communication, sport hospitality and management, sport facility and event management, sport journalism, public relations, sport coaching, social media marketing, and/or sport or marketing agencies. The interdisciplinary nature of the program, with hospitality administration, journalism and public relations, and sport coaching, provides a wide scope of opportunities for students to focus their efforts.
What Is Sport Management? The study of Sport Management examines the impact of economic, social and legal influences on the administration and management of sport organizations. Why Study Sport Management? The study of Sport Management provides students an opportunity to learn the multiple dimensions involved in managing a sports organization. Students will explore the practical and effective characteristics of a professional sport manager and be exposed to the major settings in which sport managers work. Information about sport marketing, communications, finances and economics will be shared. Business principles and the relationship between the industry of sport and business will be introduced and established. Students also will be exposed to current challenges and future trends to illustrate how consumer behavior, sociological patterns, globalization and laws affect sport management and the sport industry. A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor's degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.
The Bachelor of Arts – Art, Concentration In Studio is the initial degree that undergraduate studio art students are accepted into at Georgia State. A student can elect to apply to the B.F.A. program or remain a student in the B.A. In Studio program. A student in Studio Art must first complete the 18 credit Foundation Area (Area F) required courses in order to enroll in the 3000 level Studio Art courses that serve as the student’s audition to the B.F.A. program. Should a student choose not to apply to a B.F.A. concentration, these initial courses also complete the Studio Art course requirements (9 courses in Studio art) for the B.A. The intent of the bachelor of arts in Studio is to have four different types of art-making courses represented in the studio coursework (a B.F.A. has focused study in one area). Students benefit from the initiatives of the Edgewood Sculpture Forum, the chartered student sculpture group. The Edgewood Sculpture Forum brings visiting artists to the school for lectures and workshops, conducts the annual Holiday Iron Pour and silent art auction, organizes exhibitions of student work in the Atlanta community, procures funding for travel to conferences and participates in the management of the student-run art space, CAGE SPACE. The activities of the Edgewood Sculpture Forum are supported by the Art Student Union, the umbrella organization for chartered student groups in the school.
The certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) provides students with appropriate skills and a credential that will enable them to teach EFL abroad. The TEFL certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete a series of five undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Applied Linguistics & ESL. The TEFL certificate is an entry-level credential for those who plan short-term stays overseas. Students who are interested in a career in teaching EFL/ESL will need to have more extensive education and certification at the master’s degree level. For information on the certificate requirements, visit the Applied Linguistics & ESL website.
The Textiles concentration in the B.F.A. program fosters textile art as an academic, artistic and professional endeavors. The program’s mission is the life-enhancing education of the professional artist and designer in the field of contemporary textiles. Textiles program student interests are multi-faceted, impelled by the love for material, pattern, design and sculptural processes. These interests range from creative work as an artist producing woven and embellished fabrics and textile products, garments and costumes, to creating three-dimensional installations to be viewed as human environment. The Textile program graduates develop skills and qualifications as textile designers, artists and crafts people, as well as a portfolio suitable for graduate school to continue with the study in the field. Once accepted into the program, students in the Textiles program begin with basic textile design courses providing a foundation in surface design and basic structures. At the intermediate and advanced levels, students broaden their technical experience by learning hand and digital processes in quilting, embroidery, pattern design, pattern printing, hand and machine tufting, sublimation printing, and hand and loom weaving. Students are then encouraged to direct their study into individual areas of interest, fine art, 2D design and 3D fiber and mixed-media, culminating in Portfolio I & II capstone courses in which they execute a developed body of work suitable for senior exhibition, and professional portfolio presentation. The program is enhanced with professional studio visits, a variety of internship opportunities in the Atlanta-area textile industries and museums, and the Visiting Artist/Designer lecture series sponsored by the School of Art and Design and Art Student Union. Areas of study include textile design, mix-media three-dimensional fiber, textile history, textile conservation, industrial and digital technology-interfaced output. Students are encouraged to develop multi-media and inter-disciplinary approaches, and take electives in other disciplines.
The B.I.S. in Theatre focuses on the history, theory and practice of creating live theatrical performance. Theatre courses promote the artistic development of students whose interests and talents will lead them to careers in theatre or allied arts, and to help students with other vocational interests to understand and appreciate the cultural heritage represented in drama and to improve their oral communication skills. The University Theatre and the Georgia State University Players afford majors practical experience through participation in productions. Credit for special projects and internships is available so students can take advantage of the expertise in the professional sector of the metropolitan area and to tailor programs to their specific career goals. For the latest information about required courses, visit the School of Film, Media, and Theatre website.
What Is Theatre? Study in theatre offers exposure to creative dramatic expression, primarily in front of live audiences. It involves study of all types of artistic performance–in theaters, educational institutions, on TV, in movies and outdoors. Areas of specialization include acting, directing, theatre history and criticism, playwriting, design, theatre technology, theatre studies (education) and creative drama. Why Study Theatre? Perimeter College’s guided pathway in Theatre offers small class size, professional theatre faculty and “on the job” training as well as work on high-quality theatrical productions. Students are well-prepared for further college study or entry into the job market. Studying theatre allows students to develop the artistic depth and professional knowledge needed for pursuing careers in theatrical professions, non-profits, higher education and commercial enterprises. Employers find theatre-trained applicants are valuable employees because they’re often energetic, enthusiastic and able to work under pressure. They generally have polished communications and human relations skills, and they’re experienced at working as members of a team toward a common goal. Most important, theatre graduates have developed self-confidence based on their experience of meeting difficult challenges. A note on pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor's degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.
Through this certificate, students explore career options in the trade show and meetings management sector. Students will touch on a variety of types of events including small, upscale corporate meetings as well as large-scale trade shows attended by thousands. This industry segment has a significant economic impact and includes multiple business disciplines such as marketing, financial management, and site management. Paired with an existing major, the Certificate in Trade Show & Meetings Management can create new career opportunities in this industry specialization.
Georgia State’s Urban Education Endorsement provides specialized preparation for teaching in urban settings. Teachers pursuing it may be enrolled as non-degree students or may be enrolled in specific programs. This endorsement is offered through the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education and the Department of Middle and Secondary Education. The undergraduate-level endorsement can be added by undergraduates who have been admitted to a teacher education program, have a 2.5 undergraduate GPA and hold a pre-service teacher certificate. View the Admissions Requirements tab below and listing in the undergraduate catalog for the requirements. The graduate-level endorsement is offered to certified teachers or those admitted to a Georgia State initial teacher preparation program and hold a pre-service certificate. For more information, view the Admissions Requirements tab below and the listing in the graduate catalog for the requirements.
Do you love cities and communities? Want to learn more about urban issues? Choose an Urban Studies Minor- open to all Georgia State University majors. This minor provides a good foundation for students contemplating graduate work in urban planning, environmental policy, economics, public administration, public policy, law, or social work. It also is an exciting interdisciplinary focus because understanding urban phenomena requires synthesizing knowledge from a broad range of subjects. Students must take a total of 15 Credit Hours, which includes two required courses offered within the Urban Studies Institute and three courses chosen from an extensive list of possible electives.
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is an interdisciplinary field of study focusing on gender, sex, sexuality, feminism and womanism. WGSS offers a cutting-edge academic program focusing on three areas: • Globalization • Sexuality Studies • Social Change The Institute is a collective of core and affiliate faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alumni and community partners that collaborate to create meaningful research and practice. Through our multifaceted work, we examine social constructions and intersections of race, class and gender. We evaluate political and social equality, posit the creative power of art and artists, and reinforce commitment to advance human rights.