The College of Arts & Sciences connects one of the most diverse groups of students in the nation with top-notch faculty, exceptional facilities and all the opportunities of a global city. Students with majors in one of our 23 departments and institutes work with expert scholars, researchers and scientists to develop strong research, communication and critical thinking skills. Students learn to apply their skills in the classrooms, laboratories and libraries of a major research institution, and in the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors surrounding our campus in the heart of Atlanta.
About Georgia State
Georgia State, an enterprising public research university in Atlanta, is a national leader in graduating students from diverse backgrounds. The university provides its accomplished faculty and more than 51,000 students with unsurpassed connections to the opportunities available in one of the 21st century’s great global cities.
Welcome to the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgia State University. If you are looking for a fresh, vibrant and uniquely diverse setting in which to learn, work, teach, or conduct research, then you have landed in the right place.
As the largest college on the downtown campus, the College of Arts and Sciences is home to over 12,000 students, 550 faculty, and 300 staff members. Our faculty teach the core curriculum courses that serve as the foundation of nearly every four-year student’s university education. We offer more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences across the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural and computational sciences. At the master’s level, we are launching innovative new programs of study every year to prepare our future graduates to pursue the career of their choice in the evolving 21st-Century economy.
The broad spectrum of programs we offer is matched only by the remarkable diversity of our student body. Our students represent virtually all backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, religion, age, socioeconomic status, and country of origin. By stepping into the classroom and participating in campus activities, our students are exposed to the wealth of diversity that our student body brings. Our location in the heart of downtown Atlanta allows faculty and students to test their theories and gain practical experience by working with the companies, nonprofits, government agencies and diverse communities of the ninth-largest city in the U.S.
Working within our many research centers and collaborative teams, faculty and students in the college are creating new knowledge making new discoveries. Our researchers are working to find solutions to pressing, global-scale problems that affect nearly everyone’s lives, including challenges facing urban populations, immigration, access to clean water, transcultural conflict and violence, network infrastructure and data security, literacy and challenges to language acquisition, aging, obesity, and cancer detection and treatment. Our researchers set their sights far and wide, for example, predicting solar flares and discovering new planets. The world-class research conducted in the college is supported by record annual increases in federal and other external funding. Research and scholarly innovation among our faculty and students is visible nationally and internationally.
As Georgia State continues its historic rise, the College of Arts and Sciences will be at the leading edge. We will build on our past successes to create the next generation of programs and initiatives that will guide our future. We will continue to enrich the educational experience of our students and provide them with the tools they need to succeed at Georgia State and beyond. Our research portfolio will grow to new heights in funding, impact, and recognition, and we will leverage the university’s connections in Atlanta and around the globe to unlock new and exciting opportunities for all.
Sara Rosen, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Georgia State University
Joint M.A./J.D. in collaboration with the College of Law
Doctor of philosophy
Dual Degrees - 21 Programs
These programs provide eligible students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree within five years.
Undergraduate certifications in geographic information systems, gerontology, language ability (in multiple languages), sustainability, Teaching of English As a Foreign Language (TEFL) and water science
Graduate certifications in advanced language and literacy science; Africana studies; applied philosophy; geographic information systems; gerontology; heritage preservation; interpretation; Latin American studies; Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL); translation; and women’s, gender and sexuality studies
POINTS OF PRIDE
U.S. News & World Report ranks Georgia State first among public universities in undergraduate teaching.
The Ph.D. in computer science program is ranked among the top 10 in the Southeast by the National Research Council.
The M.A. in philosophy degree program is consistently ranked among the top 10 in the nation by Philosophical Gourmet, whose rankings are published annually out of the University of Chicago.
The Ph.D. in creative writing program is ranked No. 14 in the nation by Poets & Writers.
RESEARCH AND DISCOVERY
Faculty and students in the College of Arts & Sciences work together within and across disciplines on the crucial scientific, social and cultural challenges of our time.
The college supports innovative research hubs that focus on topics such as brain function and human behavior, infectious disease, drug design, urbanization, language acquisition and development, aging, transcultural conflict and violence, and astroinformatics.
Our faculty was awarded $37.6 million last year by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Education and other federal sources.
» Experience other cultures through the college’s 25 international student exchanges and 26 faculty-led study abroad programs. These programs give students the option of going abroad for periods ranging from one week to a year.
» Get global experience close to home through the international events and organizations on campus and the immigrant communities of metro Atlanta. » Intern with companies, nonprofits and medical centers, including the Carter Center, CNN, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, the Georgia Aquarium, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and WellStar Health System.
» Work and learn in a wide variety of government branches and offices, including the state legislature, federal courts and local municipal governments.
» Attend the college’s lectures, performances and demonstrations that are often free and open to the public, and play a major role in the cultural life of downtown neighborhoods. Speakers have included former presidents, Nobel laureates, U.S. poet laureates and other renowned figures.
The College of Arts and Sciences is in the second year of its current five-year strategic plan. This ambitious plan supports the university’s strategic goals while laying out college-specific strategies to (1) maximize academic and career success for undergraduates, (2) strengthen and grow distinctive graduate and professional programs in the college, (3) expand the profile and impact of our research, (4) address the complex challenges of cities, and (5) increase global research and learning experiences.