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The information shared here is intended to provide an overview of Georgia State's offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more please refer to the university catalogs.
Media Entrepreneurship, B.I.S.
Creative Media Industries
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.
Middle East Studies, B.I.S.
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in Middle East Studies is ideal for students who want a well-rounded understanding of the Middle East along with an in-depth knowledge of a language of the region.
The major prepares students for careers in government, business, the nonprofit sector or the military, as well as for graduate school.
Middle East Studies, B.I.S.
World Languages & Culture
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.
The Neuroscience Institute offers a combined bachelor of science and master of science degree in neuroscience, allowing students to save a year of time and tuition as compared to pursuing the degrees separately.
This five-year program is for neuroscience undergraduates who are deeply interested in the field and seeking to gain research experience as they prepare for graduate or professional school, or for students looking for additional education in neuroscience to leverage for biomedical-based careers.
The first three years match our B.S. in Neuroscience program, with the fourth and fifth years including additional M.S.-level course requirements and research experiences. Students must also produce a thesis or non-thesis project, which is developed in collaboration with a faculty research mentor.
Philosophy teaches a person how to think critically and creatively, how to write clearly and persuasively, and other skills valuable to a wide range of careers, including law, business, the sciences and education.
The Department of Philosophy has three areas of strength:
- Social, Legal, and Political Philosophy
- Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, and Neurophilosophy
- The History of Philosophy
The department also offers a series of courses in applied ethics, which provides students useful skills for their careers and their lives. Courses in this area include Introduction to Ethics, Sex and Love, Race and Racism, Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Business Ethics, and our signature experience course in which students prepare to compete in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.
Philosophy, B.A., Pre-Law Concentration
The study of philosophy is excellent preparation for law school and a career in law. The critical thinking skills, clarity in writing and argumentative rigor required in philosophy provide students with the tools they need to be successful in law school and as lawyers. Philosophy majors have among the highest average scores on the LSAT and the highest admission rates to law school of any major.
The Department of Philosophy at Georgia State includes seven nationally recognized scholars in legal and political philosophy.
Students in the philosophy/pre-law track can also learn about pre-law opportunities at the university by joining the Pre-Law Society and other student groups on campus. Students can also join the pre-law GroupMe for the Center for the Advancement of Students and Alumni, which provides access to the university's centralized pre-law advising program.
Philosophy, Politics and Economics, B.I.S., Pre-Law Concentration
The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) program helps students become familiar with and capable of contributing to ongoing debates about the nature of good political and economic institutions, as well as the policies and practices that are best suited for creating and sustaining them. Students will develop the intellectual skills of the social scientist, who seeks to understand how the social world operates, and the moral philosopher, who seeks to critically evaluate the social world in relation to how it ought to be.
This interdisciplinary program makes use of the analytically rigorous tools of its three disciplines to promote serious thought about practical issues, allowing students to delve deep into moral, social, political and economic issues.
PPE graduates contribute intelligently to public dialogue, many in positions of power in government and corporate life. The PPE program supports the Civil Discourse Forum, a student group that encourages discussion of controversial issues and is often led by PPE students.
To learn more about our program's faculty, events and related resources, go to the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics homepage.
Eligible for the Dual Undergraduate/Graduate Program
Physics & Astronomy
The Department of Physics and Astronomy carries out research activities in a broad area, covering the range from constituents of matter at the subatomic and nuclear levels to the formation and evolution of active galaxies. Our CHARA Array Telescope on Mt Wilson is now operational and can be remotely controlled from Atlanta. Students may pursue the general program as outlined here or pursue a concentration for more specialized knowledge. If a student elects to take a concentration, it is necessary to consult with the undergraduate advisor.
For the latest information about required courses, view the Undergraduate Catalog.
Political Science, B.A.
Political science is the study of “who gets what, when and how” in the distribution of goods and values in society and in groups. Political scientists study the forces that determine such distributions, including political parties and voters, public opinion, interest groups, bureaucracies and administrative behavior, public law, international relations, international law and organizations, national security, intergovernmental relations, political behavior, political philosophy, comparative politics, public policy and conflict.
Students may specialize in any of the five fields of the discipline:
- American politics and government
- Comparative politics
- International politics
- Political theory, or
- Public policy and administration
The department also provides specific concentrations for majors and minors in pre-law and in international affairs.
The department sponsors intercollegiate academic teams for Mock Trial, Model United Nations and Model Arab League. The department sponsors student honor societies and clubs in pre-law, international relations, and political science. The department also provides advisement for pre-law students.
Students also have the option to earn an undergraduate certificate in European Union Studies in cooperation with the University System of Georgia. Courses that count towards the certificate can also be applied to their political science major and towards the International Affairs concentration. For more information, visit European Union Studies Program. The Georgia State faculty representative for the certificate program is Dr. Jeannie Grussendorf.