3010 General Information

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of more than 40 departments, schools, institutes, and interdisciplinary centers within the areas of the fine arts, the humanities, the natural and computational sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences. The college has more than 12,600 undergraduate majors and approximately 2,100 graduate students. The college also has the primary responsibility for the two-year general education curriculum required of all students in the university.

The liberal arts education offered by the College of Arts and Sciences prepares students for professional careers and provides them with the foundation for lifelong learning, enabling them to meet the challenges of career development. Programs in the liberal arts promote the independent discovery of knowledge, an appreciation of the arts, and the ability to think critically and analytically.

At the undergraduate level, the College of Arts and Sciences offers the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. The requirements for these degrees build directly upon the broad educational foundation provided by the core curriculum.

Within the framework of the various degree offerings, specific programs have been designed for students who wish to pursue a career in teaching. These teacher education programs provide for a major concentration within a special field of knowledge suitable for teaching at the various school levels. The programs prepare a student to meet the certification requirements of the Professional Standards Commission of the State of Georgia.

The College of Arts and Sciences, through its Graduate Studies division, offers graduate degrees and programs in numerous fields. The university publishes a graduate catalog that includes complete descriptions of all of the graduate programs offered at Georgia State University (available online through the Office of the Registrar website:www.gsu.edu/enrollment/catalogs.html).

Office of the Dean

730 General Classroom Building

William J. Long, Dean
Charles D. Derby, Associate Dean for the Natural and Computational Sciences
William Downs, Associate Dean for the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Jonathan Gayles, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Learning
Pearl McHaney, Associate Dean for the Fine Arts
Carol Winkler, Associate Dean for the Humanities
MaryAnn Romski, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
John Medlock, Assistant Dean for Academic Services
Fred Mote, Assistant Dean for Administration and Finance


In the College of Arts and Sciences, the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the School of Music by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Department of Chemistry by the American Chemical Society, the Heritage Preservation Program in the Department of History by the National Council for Preservation Education, the programs in secondary education by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the graduate program in psychology by the American Psychological Association.

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate degree and certificate programs are offered through the Departments of African-American Studies, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, English, Geosciences, History, Mathematics and Statistics, Modern and Classical Languages, Neuroscience Institute, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, and Sociology; the Schools of Art and Design and Music; and the Gerontology, Middle East, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality  Studies Institutes.

In addition, undergraduate degree programs in secondary education for teachers of preschool through twelfth grade in art, foreign languages, and music are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences. For application procedures and eligibility requirements, please refer to the “Teacher Preparation Programs” chapter of this catalog.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

African-American Studies, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Art, English, Film and Video, French, Geosciences, German, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Speech, Women’s Studies

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geosciences, Mathematics, Music Management, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

Art Education, Studio

Bachelor of Music (B.Mu.)


Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.)

Arts Administration–Speech/Theatre, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Environmental Science, International Studies, Italian Studies, Law and Society, Middle East Studies, Theatre, Student-Planned. See section 3030.50 below.

3010.10 Academic Resources and Services

Cartography Production Laboratory

340 Kell Hall

The Cartography Production Laboratory, located in the Department of Geosciences, offers mapping and graphic services for the university community. Students have the opportunity to design and produce cartographic materials as an extension of the educational program in cartography offered by the Department of Geosciences. In addition to the Cartography Production Laboratory, the department maintains a Geographic Information Systems facility offering GIS services for the university.

Computer Science Tutoring Center

34 Peachtree Street, Suite 2117

The Computer Science Tutoring Center supports undergraduate instruction programs by providing tutorial assistance to students who are taking 2000/3000-level major courses in the Department of Computer Science.

Creative Media Center

460 Art and Humanities Building

The Welch School of Art and Design’s Creative Media Center offers access to cutting-edge digital technology for students who are currently enrolled in courses within the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design. The CMC offers an array of Macintosh computer workstations and functions as both a digital classroom and computer laboratory, offering Open Lab access during scheduled times. The CMC includes specialized input and output computer hardware for print, sound and video, as well as many industry-standard design and imaging software packages.

Digital Arts  Entertainment Laboratory

First floor, One Park Place South

The Department of Communication’s Digital Arts Entertainment Laboratory (DAEL) provides access to a wide range of multimedia digital and video production and editing equipment, for use by faculty and students in advanced media production courses. Students seeking wider access to equipment and training should also consider contacting the Digital Aquarium, which provides a number of free services given the support it received from the student Technology Fee.

ESL Tutoring

Library North 2


The Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language and the Intensive English Program offer ESL tutoring for GSU students. ESL tutoring provides students an opportunity to receive expert assistance in improving their written and oral English skills. Check the ESL Tutoring Schedule at the Research Support Desk on Library North 2 for walk-in appointment times.

James M. Cox, Jr. New Media Instructional

307 Classroom South Building

The Department of Communication’s James M. Cox, Jr., New Media Instructional Lab provides access to a computer-networked facility with 22 workstations. News writing and desktop publishing courses are enhanced through the use of interactive communication between instructors and students. A satellite downlink transmits CNN NewsSource and other national and international video feeds to students who write, edit, and package their own news stories.

Journalism Writing Lab

832 Twenty Five Park Place

The Department of Communication’s Journalism Writing Laboratory provides tutorial support to students enrolled in journalism classes who wish assistance in improving their professional writing skills (including feedback on draft news reporting, public relations projects, and other related writing skills connected to media distribution.  The lab is open during business hours on an open-access basis.

Language Acquisition and Resource Center

128 General Classroom Building

The Language Acquisition and Resource Center (LARC) promotes the development of the student’s foreign language skills and provides added cultural and literary knowledge. The LARC offers a wide range of multimedia and audiovisual materials, including an international video collection, 50-station digital language computer lab, the most up-to-date instructional computer software available, and many other resources. A tutorial support program for students in elementary and intermediate language courses is also available.

Major Matters Program


The College of Arts and Sciences Major Matters program is designed to help undergraduate students choose the right major and chart a course toward finishing their degree. The program website provides information about upcoming Major Matters workshops, links to major maps, Major in a Minute videos, and other resources for selecting a major. Program representatives are available regularly at the lobby-level General Classroom Building Information and Assistance Booth.

Mathematics Assistance Complex

122 Kell Hall

The Mathematics Assistance Complex supports undergraduate instruction programs by providing tutorial assistance to students who are taking lower-division courses in mathematics and statistics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

The Mathematics Interactive Learning Environment

301 Urban Life Building

Commons MILE
University Commons Complex
141 Piedmont Ave

The Mathematics Interactive Learning Environment (The MILE) is designed to support and promote the development of the undergraduate student’s mathematics skill and knowledge by accommodating diverse student learning styles and building student confidence and success in early mathematics courses. The MILE provides student-centered, computer-assisted, self-paced tutorials that include streaming video lectures, tutorial exercises and “just-in-time” assistance by faculty, graduate and undergraduate assistants.

Military Science Leadership Lab

The Leadership Lab is located in the Courtland Building on the second floor. It consists of a five-station computer lab that runs the U.S. Army Enhanced Skills Training Program (ESTP). The lab is also used with several automated classes offered by the U.S. Army.

Music Media Center

400 Haas Howell Building

The School of Music’s Music Media Center provides students with a valuable resource for music study through the use of the Bobbie Bailey Technology Classroom, consisting of 18 workstations that facilitate the art of music composition, a multi-media seminar room, and the Charles Thomas Wurm Circulation area with access to 16 listening-keyboard computer workstations.

Visual Resource Center

520 Art and Humanities Building

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design’s Visual Resource Center has a large collection of art and architecture slides, print, and digital media covering all phases of art history. The collection is used extensively for instruction and learning by university faculty and students as well as visual arts professionals throughout the region. The university subscribes to ArtStor Digital Library a database of more than 1.4 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences from outstanding museums, photo archives, photographers, scholars, and artists.

Writing Studio

976 General Classroom Building

The Writing Studio offers space for conversation, coffee, and writers, by creating a welcoming community for undergraduate and graduate students to practice the art of writing. Its purpose is to enhance the writing instruction that happens in academic classrooms by pairing writers with an experienced Reader. Readers, Graduate Assistants in the department of English, engage student writers in talk about their writing assignments and ideas, and familiarize them with audience expectations and academic genre conventions. We focus on invention (coming up with ideas), drafting (expanding ideas and supporting arguments), and arrangement (figuring out the best structure and organization for a text). Readers focus on the rhetorical aspects of the student text, and provide one-on-one, student-centered teaching of works-in-progress. The Writing Studio does not provide editorial or proofreading services. Readers will not write on student papers or in any way “correct” a student text. Students may work on course assignments or application materials for graduate and professional programs and scholarships. The Writing Studio is open only to currently enrolled students and recent alumni. The Studio is open the second week of each semester and closes the last Thursday before the end of classes. The Studio is closed between terms and for all university holidays. Students are welcome to drop in without appointments. More information is located on the website.