Degrees & Majors
The undergraduate certificate in Gerontology prepares students for advanced study in gerontology and for entry into aging-related career fields.
The 18-semester-hour curriculum provides foundational knowledge of the biological, psychological and sociological dimensions of aging, health care organization and delivery, social service programs available to older persons and contemporary aging policy issues.
The Global Studies Program prepares students to be globally aware and competent in their chosen careers. In addition to focusing on global opportunities and pressing challenges, students develop deep regional concentration in a particular area of focus including Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East or Latin America. The degree is designed so that students can create their own tailored curriculum while gaining broad competencies in global issues and world languages. Internship experiences may be undertaken only after completing at least 21 hours of credit in the concentration area.
Historians study various aspects of humanity’s recorded past. Some historians explore the rise and fall of empires, while others describe the everyday lives of men and women. They are interested in every period of the past and all parts of the world. They seek to understand the forces that have structured human life and the ideas that have shaped the way people perceive and experience their worlds. Historians pay particular attention to the effect of perspectives and values because their discipline involves the interpretation of findings, not just the collection of facts. The Department of History offers a wide range of courses in African, Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and United States history. Students may also consider concentrations in pre-law, pre-education, or World History. As soon as students decide to major in history, visit the department advisor to discuss these options.
For the latest information about required courses, view the Undergraduate Catalog.
For more information about the Minor in History, visit the Department of History website.
An undergraduate degree in economics prepares students with the quantitative and qualitative skills to think critically and learn how to make optimal decisions. Students will learn by doing with a curriculum taught by nationally acclaimed economists and faculty. The BA IEML has a qualitative focus with a language component in Spanish, French, German or Chinese Culture and Society.
This program emphasizes the social sciences and humanities perspectives of the law. Drawing on the disciplines of political science, sociology, history, English, philosophy, psychology, criminal justice, and business law, the Law and Society area of concentration offers the student a broad liberal but non-professional background in law. It is a viable option for pre-law students. For students interested in the program, please contact the program coordinator or the Department of Political Science (404-413-6159).
Mathematics is one of the great unifying themes in our modern culture. It is a language, a science, an art form and a tool of tremendous power. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics seeks to introduce students to this vast area of knowledge and to show them how mathematics can be used to solve problems.
A major in mathematics can lead to many satisfying careers, including teaching and research. Mathematics ranks in the top 10 of the highest starting salaries for someone with a bachelor’s degree.
The B.S. degree in mathematics program offers several concentrations:
- Actuarial Science, which prepares students to work as actuaries
- Applied Mathematics, which provides a background in mathematical computation, mathematical modeling and statistics.
- Computer Information Systems, which prepares students for work in the field of management information systems
- Computer Science, which explores the scientific aspects of computing
- Managerial Sciences, which offers training in management modeling and problem-solving
- Statistics, which prepares students for work as applied statisticians
This dual-degree program enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward the bachelor’s and master’s programs. This allows students to earn a B.S. and M.S. in five years, typically saving a year of time and tuition dollars.
This B.S./M.S. program offers students the ability to get an M.S. in mathematics with a concentration in statistics or an M.S. in mathematics with no concentration.
Students of mathematics and statistics enjoy high-paying job opportunities in a wide range of fields and are also well prepared for further study at the graduate level in mathematics, statistics and other fields.
The interdisciplinary major concentration in Media Entrepreneurship prepares students for entry into a changing media environment with an understanding of current business dynamics and opportunities. Students will gain grounding in the skills they need to start their own businesses and to bring innovative and entrepreneurial thinking to traditional media organizations. Throughout the program, students will examine organizational culture, emerging and traditional business models, opportunities and challenges presented by the start-up climate, and will discuss how to leverage digital media tools in an entrepreneurial context.
The Middle East Institute offers an interdisciplinary major in Middle East Studies, a minor in Middle East Studies and a minor in Arabic. The major is ideal for students who want a well-rounded understanding of the Middle East along with the opportunity to study languages of the region. Students take courses on the Middle East in a variety of disciplines, including history, political science, religious studies, communication and women’s studies. Each student selects the specific courses included in his or her program of study in consultation with an MEI adviser. The MES major prepares students for graduate school or for careers in government, business, the non-profit sector or the military.
For information on the degree requirements, refer to the Academic Guide.
For more information about the Minor in Middle Eastern Studies, visit the Department of World Languages & Cultures website.
Neuroscience is a dynamic and fast-growing field in science and medicine, exploring how the nervous system produces perceptions, thoughts, emotions and behavior. Neuroscientists address fundamental questions of nervous system function as well as health-related questions that affect society and every aspect of our lives. To answer these questions, neuroscience bridges many disciplines for a full understanding of how the nervous system works.
Our students learn about nervous system function from genes and molecules to behavior and cognition. Our program provides breadth in the fundamentals of nervous system function, along with flexibility to explore individual interests.
Our students engage in original research inside the classroom, and many of our students gain significant research experience outside of the classroom in the Neuroscience Institute or associate faculty labs. Our program emphasizes professional development instruction and practice to ensure our students are ready for neuroscience-related careers, graduate school or medical school.
The B.S. Program in Neuroscience is housed in the Neuroscience Institute, a rare example of an entire academic department devoted to neuroscience education and research.
As part of Georgia State’s racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse community, we work to create a welcoming and equitable environment where diverse voices are heard and recognized. We are proud to be a part of the journey of students from underrepresented communities in neuroscience. A diverse science community brings diverse questions and answers to science.