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College of Arts and Sciences

  • African American Studies

    Minor

    African American Studies, an academic discipline, offers an intellectual approach to the study of African people both nationally and globally. Thus, it seeks to provide historically accurate assessments of the roles and contributions of people of African descent to America and to human history. As as interdisciplinary program, this minor offers students the opportunity to communicate more effectively across cultural lines as well as to explore the social, political, and economic reality of the black experience in the United States. In addition, the minor encourages creative research, the acquisition of practical experiences, and the development of intellectual expertise in African American Studies. 

  • Anthropology

    Minor

    Sociology is a social science that involves the study of human society. Sociologists examine aspects of society and social behavior, including cultures, social institutions, groups and more. Anthropology also involves the study of people but focuses on humans and their immediate ancestors. Anthropologists examine patterns of culture and behavior in order to understand human diversity in the present and past. Students in the sociology and anthropology undergraduate program have the unique opportunity to take core classes in both disciplines, then select a concentration in either applied and clinical sociology or anthropology. The graduate program focuses on applied sociology, a field in which sociological knowledge is used to analyze real-world situations.

    Careers

    • Admissions Counselor
    • Affirmative Action Specialist
    • Anthropologist
    • Archeologist
    • Career Counselor
    • See more careers
  • Applied Mathematics

    B.S.

    Mathematicians study quantity, distance and space with the goal of problem solving, reasoning, making connections and communicating. They advance knowledge by developing new principles and recognizing previously unknown relationships between existing principles of mathematics. Applied mathematicians use mathematical theories and techniques, including mathematical modeling and computational methods, to formulate and solve real-world problems in business, government and engineering, and in the areas of physical, life and social sciences.

    Careers

    • Actuary
    • Budget Analyst
    • Claims Adjustor
    • Computer System Analyst
    • Controller
    • See more careers
  • Astronomy

    B.S.

    Astronomy, one of the oldest sciences, is the study of celestial bodies including planets, stars, galaxies and other entities in space. Astronomers utilize principles in physics to learn about the universe and create theories based on their research. Astronomy majors at Valdosta State University gain knowledge of the fundamental branches of astronomy, including solar system astronomy, astrophysics and observational astronomy.

    Careers

    • Aerospace Professional
    • Data Analyst
    • Lab Technician
    • Observatory Scheduler
    • Planetarium Director
    • See more careers
  • Astronomy

    Minor

    Astronomy, one of the oldest sciences, is the study of celestial bodies including planets, stars, galaxies and other entities in space. Astronomers utilize principles in physics to learn about the universe and create theories based on their research. Astronomy majors at Valdosta State University gain knowledge of the fundamental branches of astronomy, including solar system astronomy, astrophysics and observational astronomy. 

    Careers

    • Aerospace Professional
    • Data Analyst
    • Lab Technician
    • Observatory Scheduler
    • Planetarium Director
    • See more careers
  • Biology

    B.A.

    Biology is the study of life and living organisms. Biologists study the five principles of biology including cell theory, gene theory, homeostasis, evolution, and energy and thermodynamics. Biology students at Valdosta State University learn the basic principles of biology, along with the latest developments in the biological sciences, and develop the ability to understand and critically analyze biological issues. Students are prepared for advanced study in a variety of graduate programs and for careers in biology-related fields.

    Careers

    • Agricultural Scientist
    • Biologist
    • Botanist
    • Dentist
    • Doctor of Medicine
    • See more careers
  • Biology

    B.S.

    Biology is the study of life and living organisms. Biologists study the five principles of biology including cell theory, gene theory, homeostasis, evolution, and energy and thermodynamics. Biology students at Valdosta State University learn the basic principles of biology, along with the latest developments in the biological sciences, and develop the ability to understand and critically analyze biological issues. Students are prepared for advanced study in a variety of graduate programs and for careers in biology-related fields.

    Careers

    • Agricultural Scientist
    • Biologist
    • Botanist
    • Dentist
    • Doctor of Medicine
    • See more careers
  • Biology

    M.S.

    Biology is the study of life and living organisms. Biologists study the five principles of biology including cell theory, gene theory, homeostasis, evolution, and energy and thermodynamics. Biology students at Valdosta State University learn the basic principles of biology, along with the latest developments in the biological sciences, and develop the ability to understand and critically analyze biological issues. Students are prepared for advanced study in a variety of graduate programs and for careers in biology-related fields.

    Careers

    • Agricultural Scientist
    • Biologist
    • Botanist
    • Doctor of Medicine
    • Ecologist
    • See more careers
  • Biology

    Minor

    A new Minor in Biology will be available starting in fall 2017. The minor requires fifteen hours of upper division biology courses including genetics, ecology and evolution and eight hours of upper division biology electives. 

    Careers

    • Medicine
    • Biotechnology
    • Forensics
    • Genetic counseling
  • Chemistry

    B.S.

    Chemists study the property, composition and structure of elements and compounds and the interactions between matter and energy. Chemists problem solve and contribute to the greater good of society through research and discovery. Students in the Valdosta State University chemistry program develop critical thinking skills, learn to identify and outline problems, and become proficient problem solvers. Students are prepared for graduate work in chemistry and for employment in industry or government agencies.

    Careers

    • Agricultural Scientist
    • Biochemical Engineer
    • Chemical Technician
    • Chemist
    • Clinical Chemist
    • See more careers
  • Chemistry

    Minor

    Chemists study the property, composition and structure of elements and compounds and the interactions between matter and energy. Chemists problem solve and contribute to the greater good of society through research and discovery. Students in the Valdosta State University chemistry program develop critical thinking skills, learn to identify and outline problems, and become proficient problem solvers. Students are prepared for graduate work in chemistry and for employment in industry or government agencies.

    Careers

    • Agricultural Scientist
    • Biochemical Engineer
    • Chemical Technician
    • Chemist
    • Clinical Chemist
    • See more careers
  • Computer Information Systems

    B.S.

    Computer scientists and computer information systems professionals use computers to solve problems by programming, analyzing, designing and implementing software systems. They deal with theoretical components related to computers and to issues with hardware. Jobs in the field of computer science and computer information systems are in high demand and graduates in these disciplines are prepared for a variety of positions in the field of science, technology, engineering, education, business and more. The computer science and computer information systems majors at Valdosta State University prepare students to enter the workforce and many students in the program find part-time jobs in the field while they continue their studies.

    Careers

    • Applications Developer
    • Computer Programmer
    • Computer Science Teacher
    • Computer Scientist
    • Computer Support Specialist
    • See more careers
  • Computer Science

    B.S.

    Computer scientists and computer information systems professionals use computers to solve problems by programming, analyzing, designing and implementing software systems. They deal with theoretical components related to computers and to issues with hardware. Jobs in the field of computer science and computer information systems are in high demand and graduates in these disciplines are prepared for a variety of positions in the field of science, technology, engineering, education, business and more. The computer science and computer information systems majors at Valdosta State University prepare students to enter the workforce and many students in the program find part-time jobs in the field while they continue their studies.

    Careers

    • Applications Developer
    • Computer Programmer
    • Computer Science Teacher
    • Computer Scientist
    • Computer Support Specialist
    • See more careers
  • Computer Science

    Minor

    Computer scientists and computer information systems professionals use computers to solve problems by programming, analyzing, designing and implementing software systems. They deal with theoretical components related to computers and to issues with hardware. Jobs in the field of computer science and computer information systems are in high demand and graduates in these disciplines are prepared for a variety of positions in the field of science, technology, engineering, education, business and more. The computer science and computer information systems majors at Valdosta State University prepare students to enter the workforce and many students in the program find part-time jobs in the field while they continue their studies.

    Careers

    • Applications Developer
    • Computer Programmer
    • Computer Science Teacher
    • Computer Scientist
    • Computer Support Specialist
    • See more careers
  • Creative Writing

    Minor

    English majors are good writers and effective communicators and possess the ability to process complex ideas and understand and successfully communicate with others. The English program at Valdosta State University builds upon the basic knowledge, skills and values provided by the core curriculum while preparing students for a wide range of careers and for graduate study in numerous fields

  • Criminal Justice

    B.S.

    Criminal justice majors study the structure and function of the criminal justice system as it applies to adults and juveniles, focusing on criminal laws on the federal, state and local level and how they relate to the Constitution of the United States. Criminal justice students at Valdosta State University study various theories of criminology, learn how to apply scientific research techniques and related statistical techniques to the study of crime, and examine the criminal justice systems of countries around the world.

    Careers

    • Arson Investigator
    • ATF Special Agent
    • Border Patrol Agent
    • Caseworker
    • CIA Agent
    • See more careers
  • Criminal Justice

    M.S.

    Criminal justice majors study the structure and function of the criminal justice system as it applies to adults and juveniles, focusing on criminal laws on the federal, state and local level and how they relate to the Constitution of the United States. Criminal justice students at Valdosta State University study various theories of criminology, learn how to apply scientific research techniques and related statistical techniques to the study of crime, and examine the criminal justice systems of countries around the world. 

    Careers

    • Arson Investigator
    • ATF Special Agent
    • Border Patrol Agent
    • Caseworker
    • CIA Agent
    • See more careers
  • English

    B.A.

    English majors are good writers and effective communicators and possess the ability to process complex ideas and understand and successfully communicate with others. The English program at Valdosta State University builds upon the basic knowledge, skills and values provided by the core curriculum while preparing students for a wide range of careers and for graduate study in numerous fields.

    Careers

    • Advertising Professional
    • Book Publisher
    • Communications Specialist
    • Copy Editor
    • Copywriter
    • See more careers
  • English

    M.A.

    English majors are good writers and effective communicators and possess the ability to process complex ideas and understand and successfully communicate with others. The English program at Valdosta State University builds upon the basic knowledge, skills and values provided by the core curriculum while preparing students for a wide range of careers and for graduate study in numerous fields.

    Careers

    • Advertising Professional
    • Book Publisher
    • Communications Specialist
    • Copy Editor
    • Copywriter
    • See more careers
  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

    Certificate

    The VSU ESOL Endorsement is a fully online, three-course sequence, endorsement for certified teachers in Georgia. The endorsement curriculum prepares students to respond to the growing number of English language learners in regular content classrooms. The ESOL endorsement is an asset to professionals in all teaching fields. The Endorsement may be completed independently and can be integrated into a graduate program of study for degree-seeking students.

  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

    Endorsement

    The VSU ESOL Endorsement is a fully online, three-course sequence, endorsement for certified teachers in Georgia. The endorsement curriculum prepares students to respond to the growing number of English language learners in regular content classrooms. The ESOL endorsement is an asset to professionals in all teaching fields. The Endorsement may be completed independently and can be integrated into a graduate program of study for degree-seeking students.

  • Environmental Geosciences (Geology Track)

    B.S.

    Environmental geosciences is the study of earth and its four spheres: the lithosphere (the solid earth), hydrosphere (the realm of water), atmosphere (the gaseous envelope surrounding earth) and biosphere (the realm of living things). Environmental geoscientists study and care for the earth’s resources and the environment, in addition to studying other planets and the solar system. They solve problems and play a crucial role in shaping policies that affect public health and welfare.

    Careers

    • Atmospheric Scientist
    • Economic Geologist
    • Environmental Analyst
    • Environmental Geologist
    • Geophysicist
    • See more careers
  • European Union Studies

    Certificate

    The certificate in European Union Studies is operated under the supervision of the European Council of the University System of Georgia. The program is open to all institutions and students of the University System as well as to professionals with an undergraduate degree. The program’s purpose is to promote knowledge of the European Union (EU) and certify individuals as competent in the subject area of EU studies. Since the EU is the most important economic and political partner of the United States, this certification demonstrates valuable professional expertise to potential employers. For students in the academic track, the interdisciplinary certificate can be earned as a supplement to any conventional undergraduate degree.

  • French Language and Literature

    B.A.

    French is a Romance language and an official language of France, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada, among other countries. Fluency in a foreign language is an invaluable skill and an important element in our increasingly global society. College graduate who are proficient in French and who have a deep understanding of French culture have many advantages in the workforce and can pursue careers in healthcare, social services, law and law enforcement, humanities-related fields, teaching and more.

    Careers

    • Bilingual Educator
    • Bilingual Tax Assessor
    • Business Manager
    • Customs/Immigration Officer
    • Foreign News Correspondent
    • See more careers
  • French Language and Literature

    Minor

    French is a Romance language and an official language of France, Switzerland, Belgium and Canada, among other countries. Fluency in a foreign language is an invaluable skill and an important element in our increasingly global society. College graduate who are proficient in French and who have a deep understanding of French culture have many advantages in the workforce and can pursue careers in healthcare, social services, law and law enforcement, humanities-related fields, teaching and more.

    Careers

    • Bilingual Educator
    • Bilingual Tax Assessor
    • Business Manager
    • Customs/Immigration Officer
    • Foreign News Correspondent
    • See more careers
  • Geography

    Minor

    A Minor in Geology or Geography is available to students of all majors. It consists of core courses the subject and at least nine hours of upper-division elective courses. Majors in Environmental Geography who take Historical Geology as an elective, as well as the required Geology courses in the major, fulfill the requirements of the Geology Minor. All students who complete the Minor hone analytical skills needed for careers in government, industry, or for furthering their own education in graduate school. Enthusiastic faculty, advanced instrumentation, and practical experience applying techniques to environmental problems contribute employment potential.

  • Geology

    Minor

    A Minor in Geology or Geography is available to students of all majors. It consists of core courses the subject and at least nine hours of upper-division elective courses. Majors in Environmental Geography who take Historical Geology as an elective, as well as the required Geology courses in the major, fulfill the requirements of the Geology Minor. All students who complete the Minor hone analytical skills needed for careers in government, industry, or for furthering their own education in graduate school. Enthusiastic faculty, advanced instrumentation, and practical experience applying techniques to environmental problems contribute employment potential.

  • German

    Minor

    A minor in a foreign language is an excellent compliment to an degree program, and gives the student that extra edge when seeking employment. Second language skills can greatly enhance the student's ability to communicate with clients and customers in any field, and increases the potential for employment and promotional opportunities in the workplace.

  • History

    B.A.

    History is the study of past events, people and eras. The discipline involves research, reading and writing, with an emphasis on interpreting and analyzing information. The history program at Valdosta State University is a good choice for students interested in the discipline who want to broaden their educational horizons and prepare for a number of careers or graduate school.

    Careers

    • Archivist
    • Community Relations Professional
    • Congressional Aide
    • Historian
    • Historic Site Professional
    • See more careers
  • History

    M.A.

    History is the study of past events, people and eras. The discipline involves research, reading and writing, with an emphasis on interpreting and analyzing information. The history program at Valdosta State University is a good choice for students interested in the discipline who want to broaden their educational horizons and prepare for a number of careers or graduate school.

    Careers

    • Archivist
    • Community Relations Professional
    • Congressional Aide
    • Historian
    • Historic Site Professional
    • See more careers
  • History

    Minor

    History is the study of past events, people and eras. The discipline involves research, reading and writing, with an emphasis on interpreting and analyzing information. The history program at Valdosta State University is a good choice for students interested in the discipline who want to broaden their educational horizons and prepare for a number of careers or graduate school.

    Careers

    • Archivist
    • Community Relations Professional
    • Congressional Aide
    • Historian
    • Historic Site Professional
    • See more careers
  • Interdisciplinary Studies

    B.A.

    Interdisicplinary Studies is a program which allows you, the student, to be in control of designing your educational program. The degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, is comprised of three academic areas of emphasis (18 hours, 15 hours and 12 hours, respectively). You may choose from any discipline offered as a major or minor at VSU, with the exception of Education, Nursing and Interior Design.

    There are two Tracks for Interdisciplinary Studies:
    Track 1 is open to students who are active-duty military or who have been out of school for at least two years.
    Track 2 is open to all students with a minimum gpa of 2.5.

  • Journalism

    Minor

    The programs in the English Department build upon the basic knowledge, skills, and values provided by the University Core Curriculum while preparing students for a wide range of careers as well as for graduate study in numerous fields. The Journalism minor prepares students for careers in print journalism, editing, and in-house news writing. The minor in Journalism at Valdosta State offers courses in writing for newspapers, magazines, sports and features, with opportunities for publication through a close curriculum relationship with the student newspaper, The Spectator.

  • Journalism/Media Cross Training Certificate

    Certificate

    This institutional certificate allows Journalism and Mass Media students to develop skills and cross-training in the areas, providing opportunities for greater employability and professional development. To complete, Mass Media majors or minors are required to take 3 Journalism courses; English majors with a Journalism emphasis must take 3 Mass Media courses.

  • Latin American Studies

    Certificate

    The development of the understanding of at least one culture other than their own and communicative proficiency in the language of that culture is an essential element in the educational preparation for citizens who will live in the global society of the 21st century. Courses in Latin American studies are offered in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and focus on the acquisition of language skills and cultural knowledge that enable individuals to live or travel in a society where the language is spoken. Additionally, second language skills and cultural knowledge are advantageous to individuals who plan to pursue careers in business, health-related fields, social service and education agencies, law and law enforcement, science- or humanities-related fields in the other culture or their own

  • Legal Assistant Studies

    B.A.

    Legal assistants play a crucial role in the United States legal system, assisting attorneys with research, document preparation and other important matters and working in a number of other capacities in courts, law offices and other legal-related fields. Legal assistant studies majors at Valdosta State University become well versed in the fundamental constitutional context of the American legal system and are prepared to enter the workforce or continue on to law school.

    Careers

    • Clerk of Court
    • Court Administrator
    • Law Office Manager
    • Lawyer
    • Legal Assistant
    • See more careers
  • Legal Assistant Studies

    Minor

    Legal assistants play a crucial role in the United States legal system, assisting attorneys with research, document preparation and other important matters and working in a number of other capacities in courts, law offices and other legal-related fields. Legal assistant studies majors at Valdosta State University become well versed in the fundamental constitutional context of the American legal system and are prepared to enter the workforce or continue on to law school. 

    Careers

    • Clerk of Court
    • Court Administrator
    • Law Office Manager
    • Lawyer
    • Legal Assistant
    • See more careers
  • Literature & Language

    Minor

    The programs in the English Department build upon the basic knowledge, skills, and values provided by the University Core Curriculum while preparing students for a wide range of careers as well as for graduate study in numerous fields. The Literature and Language minor provides a pre-law and pre-theology education as well as prepares students for graduate study in English.

  • Mathematics

    B.A.

    Mathematicians study quantity, distance and space with the goal of problem solving, reasoning, making connections and communicating. They advance knowledge by developing new principles and recognizing previously unknown relationships between existing principles of mathematics. Applied mathematicians use mathematical theories and techniques, including mathematical modeling and computational methods, to formulate and solve real-world problems in business, government and engineering, and in the areas of physical, life and social sciences.

    Careers

    • Actuary
    • Budget Analyst
    • Claims Adjustor
    • Computer System Analyst
    • Controller
    • See more careers
  • Mathematics

    Minor

    Mathematicians study quantity, distance and space with the goal of problem solving, reasoning, making connections and communicating. They advance knowledge by developing new principles and recognizing previously unknown relationships between existing principles of mathematics. Applied mathematicians use mathematical theories and techniques, including mathematical modeling and computational methods, to formulate and solve real-world problems in business, government and engineering, and in the areas of physical, life and social sciences.

    Careers

    • Actuary
    • Budget Analyst
    • Claims Adjustor
    • Computer System Analyst
    • Controller
    • See more careers
  • Native American Studies

    Minor

    The Native American Studies minor is committed to an interdisciplinary approach in the study of Native American cultures and their contributions to the global community. The program serves students of Native American descent as well as members of the larger University community. Course offerings include anthropology, art history, history, philosophy, religion, literature, and languages, providing the basis for a greater understanding of Native American cultures.

  • Organizational Leadership

    B.S.

    Organizational leadership involves the practices, theories, issues and ramifications of leading an organization or business. Students in the organizational leadership program at Valdosta State University learn about management, administration, human resources and technology related to today’s complex organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The online, multidisciplinary program is ideal for working professionals, members of the military, transfer students and those seeking degree completion, along with traditional students who wish to complete a degree online.

    Careers

    • Brand Manager
    • Brand Manager
    • Career Planner
    • Corporate Coach
    • Customer Service Manager
    • See more careers
  • Philosophy

    Minor

    Philosophy is the discipline of learning about different ways of life and gaining an appreciation for the richness of culture. Religious studies focuses on the diversity of religious thought and practice from multicultural perspectives. Students in these two disciplines at Valdosta State University develop critical and objective thinking skills, become clear and effective writers and persuasive speakers, hone their organizational and analytical skills, and expand their political awareness.

    Careers

    • Business Manager
    • Church Administrator
    • Clergy
    • College Professor
    • Corporate Ethics
    • See more careers
  • Philosophy & Religious Studies

    B.A.

    Philosophy is the discipline of learning about different ways of life and gaining an appreciation for the richness of culture. Religious studies focuses on the diversity of religious thought and practice from multicultural perspectives. Students in these two disciplines at Valdosta State University develop critical and objective thinking skills, become clear and effective writers and persuasive speakers, hone their organizational and analytical skills, and expand their political awareness.

    Careers

  • Physics

    B.S.

    Physics is a foundation science concerned with space, time, matter, energy,gravitation, electromagnetism, light, atoms, nuclei and the fundamental forces of the universe. Famous physicists such as Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newtonare responsible for some of the most profound scientific discoveries in history, and the discipline continues to produce great thinkers who uncover the inner-workings of the universe. The physics program at Valdosta StateUniversity helps students achieve their dreams of in the discipline and prepares them for careers in the field and for further graduate studies.

    Careers

    • Astronomer
    • Astrophysicist
    • Atomic Physicist
    • Biophysicist
    • Chemical Physicist
    • See more careers
  • Physics

    Minor

    Physics is a foundation science concerned with space, time, matter, energy,gravitation, electromagnetism, light, atoms, nuclei and the fundamental forces of the universe. Famous physicists such as Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newtonare responsible for some of the most profound scientific discoveries in history, and the discipline continues to produce great thinkers who uncover the inner-workings of the universe. The physics program at Valdosta StateUniversity helps students achieve their dreams of in the discipline and prepares them for careers in the field and for further graduate studies.

    Careers

    • Astronomer
    • Astrophysicist
    • Atomic Physicist
    • Biophysicist
    • Chemical Physicist
    • See more careers
  • Political Science

    B.A.

    Political science is the study of systems of government, politics, political behavior and public policies. Political scientists study the stages of government, the process by which political decisions are made and various matters that affect government behavior. Political science students at Valdosta State University focus on subfields of the discipline, including the American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political theory, public law and public administration.

    Careers

    • Archivist
    • Banking Analyst
    • Archivist
    • Campaign Advisor
    • Campaign Finance Advisor
    • See more careers
  • Political Science

    Minor

    Political science is the study of systems of government, politics, political behavior and public policies. Political scientists study the stages of government, the process by which political decisions are made and various matters that affect government behavior. Political science students at Valdosta State University focus on subfields of the discipline, including the American government and politics, comparative government and politics, international relations, political theory, public law and public administration.

    Careers

    • Archivist
    • Banking Analyst
    • Campaign Advisor
    • Campaign Finance Advisor
    • CIA Agent
    • See more careers
  • Professional and Applied Ethics

    Minor

    A minor in Professional and Applied Ethics provides students with skills for critical and objective thinking, clear and effective writing skills, the ability to present a convincing case, organizational & analytical skills, and political awareness.

     

  • Professional Writing

    Minor

    The programs in the English Department build upon the basic knowledge, skills, and values provided by the University Core Curriculum while preparing students for a wide range of careers as well as for graduate study in numerous fields. The Professional Writing minor prepares students for graduate study as well as careers in law, business, advertising, and publishing. The Professional Writing minor emphasizes the importance of critical thinking skills, encourages an appreciation of diverse cultural perspectives, and develops a greater understanding of the cognitive, emotive, and aesthetic dimensions of language as an avenue of self-knowledge, cultural understanding, and social responsibility while providing the necessary skills to write for professional publication.

  • Public Administration

    D.P.A.

    The DPA a practitioner-based terminal degree designed for those wanting to advance their careers in government, non-profits, or non-government organizations (NGOs). Coursework further enhances the essential leadership, management, communication, and problem-solving skills required in today’s professional environment.

    Careers

    • Budget Analyst
    • Chief Information Officer
    • City Manager
    • Court Administrator
    • Human Resources Director
    • See more careers
  • Public Administration

    M.P.A.

    The Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree is a non-thesis program. Applicants for admission to the MPA program are considered for acceptance regardless of their undergraduate degree area. This program is designed to allow in-service professionals the opportunity to meet the degree requirements in a swift, convenient manner. The MPA is offered in three concentrations: Public Sector Management, Public Sector Human Resource Management, and Public Policy. The Public Sector Management and Public Policy concentrations are offered fully online, while the Public Sector Human Resource Management is offered in a traditional setting at the Moody Air Force Base Campus.

    Careers

    • Assistant City Manager
    • Budget Analyst
    • Budget Director
    • City Administrator
    • City Manager
    • See more careers
  • Public Administration

    Minor

    In a fundamental sense, public administration involves the implementation of government policies. As an academic discipline, public administration trains students to become effective leaders responsible for implementing policies in any type of public or private organization. Students in the public administration program at Valdosta State University learn administrative skills that may be used in a variety of administrative careers and settings in both the public and private sectors.

    Careers

    • Archivist
    • Banking Analyst
    • Campaign Advisor
    • Campaign Finance Advisor
    • CIA Agent
    • See more careers
  • Public Management

    Certificate

    The Public Administration Graduate Certificate Program is ideal for those interested in reinvigorating careers in government, non-profits, or non-government organizations (NGOs). Coursework provides the skills and qualifications that focus on essential leadership, management, finance, communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills and designed for those unsure about a long-term commitment to a full graduate program. Students take a two core courses and two elective courses depending on the certificate desired.

  • Public Sector Human Resources Management

    Certificate

    The Public Administration Graduate Certificate Program is ideal for those interested in reinvigorating careers in government, non-profits, or non-government organizations (NGOs). Coursework provides the skills and qualifications that focus on essential leadership, management, finance, communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills and designed for those unsure about a long-term commitment to a full graduate program. Students take a two core courses and two elective courses depending on the certificate desired.

  • Religious Studies

    Minor

    Philosophy is the discipline of learning about different ways of life and gaining an appreciation for the richness of culture. Religious studies focuses on the diversity of religious thought and practice from multicultural perspectives. Students in these two disciplines at Valdosta State University develop critical and objective thinking skills, become clear and effective writers and persuasive speakers, hone their organizational and analytical skills, and expand their political awareness.

  • Sociology

    M.S.

    Sociology is a social science that involves the study of human society. Sociologists examine aspects of society and social behavior, including cultures, social institutions, groups and more. Anthropology also involves the study of people but focuses on humans and their immediate ancestors. Anthropologists examine patterns of culture and behavior in order to understand human diversity in the present and past. Students in the sociology and anthropology undergraduate program have the unique opportunity to take core classes in both disciplines, then select a concentration in either applied and clinical sociology or anthropology. The graduate program focuses on applied sociology, a field in which sociological knowledge is used to analyze real-world situations.

    Careers

    • Human Resources Manager
    • Policy Analyst
    • Consultant
    • Community Development Specialist
    • Research Analyst
    • See more careers
  • Sociology & Anthropology

    B.A.

    Sociology is a social science that involves the study of human society. Sociologists examine aspects of society and social behavior, including cultures, social institutions, groups and more. Anthropology also involves the study of people but focuses on humans and their immediate ancestors. Anthropologists examine patterns of culture and behavior in order to understand human diversity in the present and past. Students in the sociology and anthropology undergraduate program have the unique opportunity to take core classes in both disciplines, then select a concentration in either applied and clinical sociology or anthropology. The graduate program focuses on applied sociology, a field in which sociological knowledge is used to analyze real-world situations.

    Careers

    • Admissions Counselor
    • Affirmative Action Specialist
    • Anthropologist
    • Archeologist
    • Career Counselor
    • See more careers
  • Spanish for Professionals

    Certificate

    The Spanish for Professionals Certificate offers instruction through task-based communicative projects. Designed for the intermediate-mid to high-level student, courses in the certificate prepare students for successful communication in the Spanish-speaking professional world. This program builds on students’ grammatical and vocabulary knowledge while emphasizing the application of Spanish within a professional setting. 

     

     

  • Spanish Language and Literature

    B.A.

    Spanish, a Romance language, is the primary language of Spain, Mexico and several countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. It is the second most spoken language in the United States, as well as the second most spoken language in the world. Fluency in Spanish is an invaluable tool for those living and working in the United States and abroad. Valdosta State University students who are proficient in Spanish have numerous advantages in the workforce and can pursue a number of careers in areas such as teaching, translation and interpretation, health care, social services, law, law enforcement and more.

    Careers

    • Bilingual Educator
    • Bilingual Tax Assessor
    • Business Manager
    • Customs/Immigration Officer
    • Foreign News Correspondent
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  • Spanish Language and Literature

    Minor

    Spanish, a Romance language, is the primary language of Spain, Mexico and several countries in Central and South America and the Caribbean. It is the second most spoken language in the United States, as well as the second most spoken language in the world. Fluency in Spanish is an invaluable tool for those living and working in the United States and abroad. Valdosta State University students who are proficient in Spanish have numerous advantages in the workforce and can pursue a number of careers in areas such as teaching, translation and interpretation, health care, social services, law, law enforcement and more.

    Careers

    • Bilingual Educator
    • Bilingual Tax Assessor
    • Business Manager
    • Customs/Immigration Officer
    • Foreign News Correspondent
    • See more careers
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

    Certificate

    This online certificate prepares majors from any discipline to pursue teaching opportunities with English Language Learners (ELLs) in corporate settings and in private language schools in the United States and internationally. It combines a theoretical foundation in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) with practical experience. No previous background in linguistics is required for admission. Some background in a second language is recommended. It may be combined with any degree program.

  • Women's and Gender Studies

    Minor

    A Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) minor provides students with "a REAL Education for the REAL World." Sensitivity to and training in women's and gender issues are extremely useful in a practical sense. Our WGST courses provide students with a better understanding of the diversity of human thought, experience, and interaction which is easily transferred to the real world. An understanding of how gender affects both our perceptions and expectations of others makes students distinctive when they enter the job market or apply for graduate school. Employers and graduate schools are actively seeking candidates with an expertise in women and gender issues because they understand the positive value of diversity. There are many practical applications for the Women's and Gender Studies minor.