3000 College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences are described in detail in this chapter. See subsections for specific program information as well as policies and procedures.

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 12,400 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: enrollment.gsu.edu/catalogs/).

Office of the Dean

25th floor, 25 Park Place Building (beginning fall 2014)
404/413-5114
cas.gsu.edu

William J. Long, Dean
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
MaryAnn Romski, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Binghe Wang, Associate Dean for the Natural and Computational Sciences
Carol Winkler, Associate Dean for the Humanities
John Medlock, Assistant Dean for Academic Services
Fred Mote, Assistant Dean for Administration and Finance

Accreditation

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, Gender, and Sexuality 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.)

Music

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.

Undergraduate Certificates

Geographic Information Science, Gerontology

3010.10 Academic Resources and Services

Cartography Production Laboratory

340 Kell Hall
404/413-5750
geosciences.gsu.edu

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

7th floor, 25 Park Place Bldg.
404/413-5700
www.cs.gsu.edu/?q=tutoring

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
404/413-5278
www.cmc.gsu.edu

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
404/413-5682
http://www.daelab.com/

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

www.library.gsu.edu/learningcommons

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
404/413-5600

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
404/413-5600

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 Langdale Hall
404/413-5987
www2.gsu.edu/~wwwmcl/3475.html

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.

Mathematics Assistance Complex

122 Kell Hall
404/413-6462
www2.gsu.edu/~matdxh/

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
404/463-2780
www3cas.gsu.edu/~themile

Commons MILE
University Commons Complex
141 Piedmont Ave
404/413-5978

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

ROTC Leadership laboratory meets every Thursday for 3 hours from 1 to 4 p.m. and focuses on key leadership theory and skills.  In addition, we integrate our classroom instruction and individualized leadership training and assessment.  Major areas encompass leadership theory and application in problem solving, small group interaction, goal setting and accomplishment, and decision making.  We focus on developing today’s best and brightest into tomorrow’s leaders, focusing on confidence, mental agility, sound judgment and getting results.  As they progress through the ROTC Leadership Lab, they gain self confidence through practical application of leader skills.  There will be some mandatory weekend events and one weekend field training exercise during each semester.  Major areas of instruction include professional officership, leadership values and ethics, and communication skills.

Music Media Center

400 Haas Howell Building
404/413-5903

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
404/413-5233

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

23rd Floor, 25 Park Place Bldg.
www.writingstudio.gsu.edu/
404/413-5840

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.

3020 College Academic Regulations

The requirements for entrance into Georgia State University are found in the section of this catalog devoted to undergraduate admissions. A transfer student must comply with all academic regulations of the university. The College of Arts and Sciences reserves the right to validate by examination any credits accepted by transfer. This provision in no way affects the acceptance of courses used to satisfy core curriculum requirements at another unit of the University System of Georgia.

Students holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university who wish to complete another undergraduate degree are urged to clear all requirements with an adviser in the Office of Academic Assistance.

Grades of C in Major/Minor

Courses in the major require a grade of C or higher. Courses in the minor chosen within or outside the College, require a grade of C or higher.

Credit by Examination

A maximum of 18 semester hours of degree credit may be granted before or after matriculation to a student who receives satisfactory scores on certain subject examinations of the College Level Examination Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. The student should consult the appropriate department or school or the Office of Academic Assistance for further information.

The College of Arts and Sciences follows university guidelines for the acceptance of credit by examination. See section 1320.40 Credit by Examination for specific course equivalencies. Credit awarded by the academic departments within the College of Arts and Sciences does not apply toward the academic residence requirement.

Credit for Transient Work

Arts and Sciences students who wish to take course work at another institution, whether as a full-time or as a part-time student, must have prior written approval from the Office of Academic Assistance if they wish to apply the credit hours to a degree program. Failure to obtain the required prior approval will prevent the acceptance of such credits. Approval will be granted for no more than two terms of work and only if the student is in good academic standing at Georgia State University. No approval of requests to take courses in Atlanta-area colleges will be granted if the course is readily available from Georgia State offerings. During the term in which the student is scheduled to graduate, all courses must be taken at Georgia State unless prior written approval has been obtained from the Office of Academic Assistance. The acceptance and application of all course work taken as a transient student is subject to any limitations imposed by the student’s major department, school, or program of study.

Please consult the “Academic Regulations” section of this catalog for further clarification in regard to transient credit.

Credit for Veteran’s Service

University students who are veterans of any service, active, reserve, or National Guard, or who have attended a service academy, may receive advanced placement in the Department of Military Science and Leadership (ROTC).

Course 4999 – Directed Readings

Course 4999, Directed Readings, in any department/school/institute that offers a major in the College of Arts and Sciences is designed to assist seniors who are within two terms of graduation and who have curriculum difficulties in fulfilling the requirements necessary for graduation. One to four credit hours may be earned. The supervising professor, the departmental chair/school director, and the dean of the college must approve registration for the course. Forms for Course 4999 must be completed at the time of regular registration for the term in which the credit is to be earned and can be obtained through department/school offices or the college’s Office of Academic Assistance.

Policy on Allowing Undergraduates to Take Graduate Courses

Under one of the following conditions, an undergraduate student may be permitted to take a graduate course:

  1. Dual Degree Enrollment: The student has been formally accepted into an official university dual degree program that links an undergraduate degree program with a graduate degree program. Students in dual degree programs are granted permission to enroll in specified graduate courses when they reach a designated program milestone. Students who are accepted into the affiliated graduate program upon completion of the undergraduate degree may count specified course work toward fulfillment of the graduate degree requirements. A current listing of official undergraduate/graduate dual degree programs is available at cas.gsu.edu/dual-degrees/.
  2. College Approval of Enrollment: The dean’s office of the college will determine a student’s eligibility for admission into a graduate course. To be eligible, an undergraduate student generally must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and be within 18 semester hours of graduation, and be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Eligibility does not guarantee permission to take a course. Once a student’s eligibility is determined, permission must be granted by the instructor for the course, the department’s/school’s director of graduate studies, the chair/director of the department/school offering the course, and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. The request form is located at cas.gsu.edu/dual-degrees/. Please note, graduate courses taken by an undergraduate student cannot be applied toward fulfillment of graduate degree requirements unless the student has been formally accepted into an official university dual degree program.

(This approval process does not apply to postbaccalaureate students. Postbaccalaureate students wishing to take graduate courses must be admitted as non-degree seeking students. See cas.gsu.edu/graduate-studies/admissions/non-degree/ for additional information.)

3030 College Degree Requirements

3030.10 Foreign Language Requirement for B.A./B.I.S. Majors

The College of Arts and Sciences requires the completion of a foreign language at the 1002 or 1101 level for all students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree. This requirement can be met by one of the following options: 1.) taking a course numbered 1002, 1101, or higher, 2.) Taking the CLEP exam in French, German, or Spanish for credit at the 2001 and 2002 level, or 3.) Taking the SAT II exam in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean and receiving at least the equivalent of a grade of “C” (73% of the highest possible exam score). For more information about the exams please contact the Counseling and Testing Center at (404) 413-1740.

The foreign language requirement for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies programs is most commonly included in core curriculum Area F (Courses Appropriate to the Major); however, programs may also require students to complete foreign language courses in Area G, the 60 semester hours beyond the core curriculum. Students transferring to Georgia State with a completed core curriculum Area F, yet without sufficient course work to meet a program’s foreign language requirement, will be required to fulfill the necessary courses in the second 60 semester hours. Students who take a language course in Area C and subsequently declare a major in a program leading to a Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies will find that the language course no longer counts in Area C but in Area F or Area G. For this reason, the college recommends that students in the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies programs not include a foreign language course in core curriculum Area C (Fine Arts and Humanities). Students who would like to begin a new foreign language, or to take a second foreign language, should consult a program adviser concerning the possibility of earning credit for the first semester of elementary foreign language (1001) in either core curriculum Area F or in the second 60 hours.

3030.30 Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree provides educational opportunities not available through the existing, traditional degree programs. The purpose of the program is to offer students an avenue by which they may take advantage of the rich offerings available in the several colleges at the university. An individual student, in consultation with a faculty adviser, may tailor a program of study that meets his or her particular educational needs, desires, and interests.

A student can pursue either a college-planned or a student-planned interdisciplinary program. The established college-planned programs address the needs of many students interested in a multidisciplinary, non-traditional education. Existing areas of concentration include Arts Administration-Speech/Theatre, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Environmental Science, International Studies, Italian Studies, Law and Society, Middle East Studies, and Theatre. Information about the B.I.S. program, including program options and the application process, is available from the college’s Office of Academic Assistance, 418 Langdale Hall, 404/413-5000.

Purpose

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree provides educational opportunities not readily available through traditional departmental degree programs. Students have flexibility in developing a course of study appropriate to their goals by selecting courses from several departments/schools/institutes in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students may also include courses from other colleges of this university in their interdisciplinary program.

It is not the function of the interdisciplinary program to pull together an assortment of course work as a last-minute effort to facilitate a student’s graduation. A proposal should be planned by the time a student has earned 42 credit hours and should reflect a logical, consistent course of study that is based on acceptable and germane student objectives.

Program Admission

Applicants to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program must satisfy the admission requirements for Georgia State University and, in addition, must have a Georgia State cumulative grade-point average of 2.0. Matriculation into the program can occur only after the B.I.S. Council approves a student’s program of study. There is a special application procedure for this degree program and faculty advisement is a mandatory component of this process.

Program Degree Requirements

There are two options in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, the student-planned option and the college-planned option. Descriptions are listed below.

No more than 12 hours of the requirements in an area of concentration (Area G), and no more than 6 hours of the requirements in an allied field (Area H), may be taken from the offerings of any single discipline in the university. Courses in the area of concentration (Area G) and allied field (Area H) must be at the 3000-4000 level. Also, a grade of C or higher is required in all courses in the area of concentration (Area G) and allied field (Area H). Electives are used to build the hours in Areas G-J to 60 hours, have 39 hours at Georgia State University taken at the 3000-4000 level for residency, and complete 120 hours required for graduation. The last 27 semester hours prior to graduation must be completed while formally enrolled in the program.

Option One: Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Student-Planned Program

Students may choose the option to propose their own program of study for approval by the B.I.S. Council responsible for the oversight of the degree. Students may select their proposed courses from any college in the university, as long as at least 50 percent of the hours in the program are chosen from courses in the College of Arts and Sciences. Students should have their proposed student-planned programs reviewed by the B.I.S. Council by the time they have earned 42 hours.

To gain approval into the program, students must articulate a reasonable and educationally justifiable course of study. Proposed interdisciplinary degree programs cannot resemble current programs offered at the university. Students interested in initiating the application process must first schedule an appointment with an academic adviser in the Office of Academic Assistance (404/413-5000). Students must also select an appropriate faculty adviser to provide guidance in developing the interdisciplinary program.

Course of Study Outline for Student-Planned Programs:

Areas A-E: Core Curriculum (42)

All undergraduate students satisfy a common core curriculum. These requirements are printed in the “Academic Regulations” section of this catalog.

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)

Courses in this area should be included in the program proposal. The courses selected for this area must be at the lower-division level and judged to be programmatically appropriate to the intent of the proposed program. Foreign Language 1002 must be included in Area F of all student-planned programs, except for those in science.

Area G: Area of Concentration (similar to a traditional major area, except interdisciplinary in content).

Area H: Allied Field (similar to a minor, except interdisciplinary in content).

Area J: Electives

When developing a student-planned program, the student may choose one of the following structures:

Program Plan Structure One: An area of concentration (27-33 semester hours) with an allied field (15-21 semester hours) and electives (6-18 semester hours).

Program Plan Structure Two: An area of concentration (27-33 semester hours) with two allied fields (15-21 semester hours each).

Program Plan Structure Three: Two areas of concentration (27-33 semester hours each).

Option Two: Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies College-Planned Programs

Students may choose a program designed by the College as follows: Arts Administration–Speech/Theatre, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Environmental Science, International Studies, Italian Studies, Law and Society, Middle East Studies, and Theatre. For information about the college-planned programs, see the alphabetical list of majors later in this chapter of this catalog. Environmental Science has specific core curriculum requirements listed.

3030.40 The Interdisciplinary Minor

The interdisciplinary minor provides educational opportunities not otherwise available and allows students the flexibility to select courses for the minor from several departments/schools/colleges at the university. Students must propose their interdisciplinary minor of 15-18 hours for approval by the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Advisory Council. A proposal must identify the way in which the minor fits into the context of the student’s entire degree program. To gain approval, students must articulate a reasonable and educationally justifiable course of study and must keep in mind that this course of study may not duplicate what is currently available. Students can choose to pursue either a college-planned or a student-planned interdisciplinary minor.

The following requirements apply to the interdisciplinary minor:

  1. The student must have a Georgia State University cumulative grade-point average of 2.0;
  2. All courses included must be at the 3000 level or above;
  3. No more than six hours may be taken in any one department or school and courses cannot be from the major area;
  4. A grade of “C” or better is required in all minor courses; and
  5. At least 50 percent of the minor must be completed after the semester in which the B.I.S. Advisory Council approves the minor program plan.

Students should contact the Office of Academic Assistance at 404/413-5000 for information on the application procedure. Guidelines for college-planned interdisciplinary minors in Advanced Leadership and Management, Gerontology, Jewish Studies, Language Studies, Latin American Studies, and Middle East Studies are also available.

3040 Office of Academic Assistance

418 Langdale Hall
404/413-5000
cas.gsu.edu/undergraduate/student-advising/

Director: Tammy Patterson-Hill
Associate Director: Linda P. King
Assistant Director: Rene Mondy
Academic Advisors: Sarah Argiero, Eric Brown, Ramona Howard, Andreea Johnson, Linda King, Stephen Mendenhall, Rene Mondy, Meg Summers, Justin Thompson
Department-based Academic Advisors: Jamie Hayes, Jerria McCoy, Tenagne Mulugeta

The Office of Academic Assistance supports departments and schools in providing academic advisement for students in the college, primarily those who have earned 90 hours. (Students with fewer than 90 hours are advised through the University Advisement Center.) This office also works with students on career development and on marketing a liberal arts background in the current job environment. The Office of Academic Assistance prepares evaluations of transfer work done at other institutions as well as academic program reviews for each major offered through the college. It also assists with course selections and schedule revisions and provides information concerning college and university policies. Students are advised on an appointment basis, or they may come by the Academic Assistance office at any time during office hours for brief consultations. During the academic year, the office is open until 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday and until 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Friday. Students seeking a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences should become familiar with the academic regulations of the university stated elsewhere in this catalog.

Academic Advisement for Majors

Although the College of Arts and Sciences will endeavor to provide timely and accurate advisement, it is the responsibility of the student to know and to satisfy the degree requirements of his or her academic program.

The College of Arts and Sciences encourages its majors to build relationships with the undergraduate support personnel in their  major departments/schools/institutes. This position reflects the belief that a strong undergraduate program is possible only if there are frequent opportunities for students to discuss their academic work and career goals with one of their major professors. In a large urban institution such as Georgia State University, contact is essential if students are to receive individual attention and enjoy the full benefits of a liberal arts education.  A list of undergraduate directors and coordinators is available on the Arts and Sciences website at cas.gsu.edu.

3060 Departments and Faculty

Department of African-American Studies

962 One Park Place South
404/413-5135
aas.gsu.edu

Akinyele Umoja, Chair
Makungu Akinyela, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Core: Akinyela, Bascomb, Davis, Dixon, Gayles, Hobson, Presley, Umoja; Affiliate: Ali, Bonnette, Calhoun-Brown, Carter, Cleveland, Francis, Fuller, Greene, Hall, Haydon, Holmes, J. King, T. King, Lewis, Manning, Marsh-Lockett, Mingo, Moultrie, Rouse, Saito, Stewart, Vernick, Washington, West, Zeigler

Department of Anthropology

335 Sparks Hall
404/413-5156
anthropology.gsu.edu

Frank Williams, Chair
Cassandra White, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Black, Glover, Guano, Kozaitis, Papavasiliou, Patico, Turner-Livermore, White, Williams

Department of Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language

15th Floor, 25 Park Place Bldg. (beginning fall 2014)
404/413-5200
alesl.gsu.edu

Sara Weigle, Chair
Kris Acheson-Clair, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Acheson-Clair, Belcher, Cavusgil, Cortes, Crossley, Daugherty, Friginal, Kegley, Kim, Lindemann, Liu, Murphy, Nelson, Roemer-Weyhofen, Weigle; Intensive English Program: Bricker, Bunting, Camacho, Delk-Le Good, Gobron, Larsson, Snell, Starrick, Suchke, Wrenn

Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design

117 Arts and Humanities Building
404/413-5221
artdesign.gsu.edu

Michael White, Director
Maria Gindhart, Associate Director and Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Anderson, Boortz, Burleson, Cleveland, Davenport, Decker, Dongoski, Drennen, Farnell, Flowers, Floyd, Frank, Haynie, Gilbert, Gindhart, Gunhouse, Hartwig, Hsieh, Jones, Kim, LaJeunesse, Longobardi, Milbrandt, Nichols, Peragine, Richmond, Stanford, Sugarman, Taylor, Thalken, Throop, West, White, Wsol, Ziff

Department of Biology

495 Petit Science Center
404/413-5300
biology.gsu.edu

Yi Pan, Interim Chair
Therese Poole, Undergraduate Director

Faculty: Aneja, Attanasio, Baro, Bartness, Baumstark, Beirne, Benson, Blaustein, Borek, Brewer, Brindley, Brinton, Chapman, Chin, Crow, Cruz, Denning, Dix, Eichenbaum, Eilertson, El-Mayas, Garg, Gewirtz, Gilbert, Greer, Grober, Hilliard, Houghton, Jiang, Johnson, Kang, Katz, Kaur, Lee, Li, Lim, Y. Liu, Z. Liu, Lopanik, Lu, Maxwell, Merlin, Nusnbaum, Oommen, Parilla, Parks, Pierce, Plemper, Poole, Reber, Rehder, Robbins, Roseberry, Ross, Safer, Shi, Song, Tai, Ulrich, Vijay-Kumar, Walthall, Weber, Wilson, Xue, Zellars

Department of Chemistry

380 Petit Science Center
404/413-5500
chemistry.gsu.edu

David Wilson, Interim Chair
Stuart Allison, Associate Chair

Jeremiah Harden, Co-director of Undergraduate Studies
Joan Mutanyatta-Comar, Co-director of Undergraduate Studies
Faculty: Allison, Barrow, Baumstark, Chen, Cui, Dixon, Fernando, Finnegan, Gadda, Germann, Grant, Hamelberg, Harden, Henary, Ho, Huang, Ivanov, Iyer, Kennedy, Laroui, Liu, Mutanyatta-Comar, Navarro-Eisenstein, Ong, Pascoe, Patonay, Ray, Reid- Mooring, Shamsi, Smith, Strovea, Thota, Vasquez, B. Wang, G. Wang, G. P. Wang, Wilson, B. Xu, H. Xu, Yang, Yin

Department of Communication

8th Floor, 25 Park Place
404/413-5600
communication.gsu.edu

David Cheshier, Chair
Greg Lisby, Associate Chair
Doug Barthlow, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Arsenault, J. Atkinson, N. Atkinson, Barker, Barthlow, Beck, Bellon, Bolia, Boozer, Bruner, Cheshier, Darsey, Davis, Friedman, Fujioka, Grindstaff, Hoffner, Holmes, Jiles, Johnson, Lemieux, Li, Lisby, McEdwards, Meyers, B. Miller, F. Miller, R. Miller, Packwood Freeman, Powers, Raengo, Ramzy, Restivo, Roberts, Robin, Rodriguez, Romski, Schiffer, Shahaf, Smith, Stuckey, Tabako, Teel, Tims, Tindall, Tussey, Vollmer, Welch, Wilkin, Williams, Winkler

Department of Computer Science

7th Floor, 25 Park Place Bldg. (beginning fall 2014)
404/413-5700
cs.gsu.edu

Raj Sunderraman, Acting Chair
Anu Bourgeois, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Angryk, Belkasim, Bhola, Bourgeois, Cai, Cao, Harrison, Henry, Hu, Li, Nguyen, Owen, Pan, Prasad, Song, Sunderraman, Weeks, Zelikovskiy, Zhang, Zhu

Department of English

23rd Floor, 25 Park Place Bldg. (beginning fall 2014)
404/413-5800
english.gsu.edu

Randy Malamud, Chair
Audrey Goodman, Associate Chair
Stephen Dobranski, Undergraduate Director
Lynée Lewis Gaillet, Lower Division Studies Director
John Holman and Josh Russell, Creative Writing Directors
Faculty: Bloom, Bottoms, Brooks, Brown, Burmester, Burns, Burrison, Caison, Caldwell, Christie, Collins, Dobranski, Eckert, Gabler-Hover, Gaillet, Galchinsky, Goodman, Gu, Gylys, Hall-Godsey, Harker, Heath, Hirsh, Hocks, Holman, Joseph, Kocela, Lawrence, Lightsey, Lopez, Malamud, Marshall, Marsh-Lockett, McHaney, McLeod, Miller, Noble, Pullman, Raines, Richardson, Richtarik, Roudané, Russell, Schatteman, Schmidt, Sexton, Smolinski, Snow, Stokesbury, Thomas, Voss, West, Zeigler

Department of Geosciences

340 Kell Hall
404/413-5750
geosciences.gsu.edu

Dan Deocampo, Chair
Leslie Edwards, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Atchison, Babaie Dai, Deocampo, Diem, Edwards, Elliott, Hankins, Hawthorne, Hidalgo, Kabengi, Kiage, Nogueira, Palm, Rose, Visaggi, Yearwood

Gerontology Institute

605 One Park Place
404/413-5210
gerontology.gsu.edu

Elisabeth Burgess, Director
Faculty: Burgess, Kemp, Mingo, Morgan

Department of History

34 Peachtree Street, Suite 2050
404/413-6385
history.gsu.edu

Michelle Brattain, Chair
Jared Poley, Associate Chair
H. Robert Baker, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Ali, Baker, Biltoft, Blumi, Brattain, Carter, Conner, Cummings, Davidson, Davis, Eskew, Fletcher, Fromherz, Fuller, Gaffield, Gainty, Grubbs, Hudson, Kuhn, Laub, Matthews, McMillian, Moore, Nadri, Perry, Poley, Reynolds, Rolinson, Rouse, Sehat, Selwood, Steffen, Trask, Urquhart, Venet, Way, Wilding, Wilson, Young

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

750 College of Education Building
404/413-6464
mathstat.gsu.edu

GuanTao Chen, Chair
Alexandra Smirnova, Associate Chair
Michael Stewart, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Akbas, Alexander, Arav, Avart, Becker, Belykh, Bondarenko, Brazas, Chen, Clewley, Enescu, Grinshpon, Hall, Harden, Jiang, Li, H. Manzagol, Meadows, Miller, Montiel, Myers, Osan, Qi, Qin, Rogers, Samara, Sarkar, Shilnikov, Smirnova, Stewart, Timsina, Van der Holst, Vidakovic, Yao, Ye, Y. Zhao, Yi. Zhao, Zhong

Middle East Institute

34 Peachtree St., Suite 2010
404/413-6140
mei.gsu.edu

Gayle Nelson, Interim Director
Faculty: Campbell

Department of Military Science and Leadership

120 Courtland Building
404/413-6487
rotc.gsu.edu

Lieutenant Colonel William J. Brooks, Chair
Faculty: Brooks, Decoster, Hill, Locke, Williams

Department of Modern and Classical Languages

841 Langdale Hall
404/413-5980
mcl.gsu.edu

William Nichols, Interim Chair
Germán Torres, Associate Chair
Leslie Marsh, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Bermúdez, Bonnet, Cash, Del Río Parra, Denzel de Tirado, Diaz, Doig, Fernández L’Hoeste, Francis, Garrett-Rucks, Huff, Kartochian, Keatley, Le Calvez, Li, Llorente, Marsh, Mazzotta, Méndez, Moreno, Nichols, Pendrick, Reati, Rodrigo, Schlig, Stewart, Swanson, Takatori, Torres

School of Music

Haas-Howell Building, Suite 500
404/413-5900
music.gsu.edu

Steven Harper, Interim Director
Robert Ambrose, Associate Director and Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Albo, Ambrose, Baker, Carlisle, Carter, Clement, Maxwell-Clements, Coleman, Dahl, Demos, Frackenpohl, C. Freeman, K. Freeman, Freer, Galilaias, Gallo, Gerber, Greene, Harper, Hartgrove, Haydon, Joseph, Long, Mann, Marshall, McFarland, Moulson-Falewicz, Norgaard, Palmer, Phillips, Sumner Lott, Thompson, Vandewalker, Vernick

Neuroscience Institute

800 Petit Science Center
Phone: 404-413-5445
neuroscience.gsu.edu

Geert de Vries, Director
Anne Z. Murphy, Associate Director
Donald Edwards, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Faculty: Core: Albers, Black, Carruth, Clewley, Cooke, Cymbalyuk, Derby, De Vries, Edwards, Forger, Frantz, Hopkins, Huhman, Katz, Murphy, Pallas, Parent, Petrulis, Shilnikov, Weyhenmeyer, Wilczynski; Associate: Adamson, Anderson, Baro, Bartness, Belkasim, Belykh, Bondarenko, Brosnan, Decker, Dhamala, Dix, Frishkoff, Germann, Graham, Grober, Hilliard, Jiang, King, Kleider, Latzman, Laures-Gore, McClure Tone, Morris, Nahmias, Osnan, Perera, Prasad, Rehder, Robins, Rosenberry, Scarantino, Sunderraman, Tai, Van Leeuwen, Walthall, Wang, Washburn, Weber, Weeks, Weiskopf, Yang, Zhang, Zhao, Zhu

Department of Philosophy

34 Peachtree St., 11th Floor
404/413-6100
philosophy.gsu.edu

George Rainbolt, Chair
Eddy Nahmias, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Altman, Berry, Brosnan, A. I. Cohen, A. J. Cohen, Cox, Dwyer, Edmundson , Graham, Hartley, Jacobson, Lindsay, Moore, Nahmias, O’Keefe, Rainbolt, Rand, Scarantino, Van Leeuwen, Vincent, Weiskopf, Wilson

Department of Physics and Astronomy

400 Science Annex
404/413-6033
phy-astr.gsu.edu

D. Michael Crenshaw, Chair
Brian Thoms, Associate Chair and Co-Undergraduate Director
Misty Bentz, Co-Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Apalkov, Baron, Bentz, Briggs, Crenshaw, Dhamala, Dietz, Doluweera, Evans, Gies, Hastings, He, Henry, Kozhanov, Kuzio de Naray, Lepine, Mani, Manson, McGimsey, Perera, Sarsour, Stockman, Thoms, von Korff, Wang, White, Wilson

Department of Political Science

1005 Langdale Hall
404/413-6159
politicalscience.gsu.edu

Carrie Manning, Chair
Rashid Naim, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Anthony, Berman, Bolsen, Bonnette, Brown, Calhoun-Brown, Carey, Carlin, Downs, Duffield, Evans, Feit, Fix, Franklin, Gershon, Grussendorf, Hankla, Herb, Howard, Lazarus, Lindsay, Long, Manning, McCoy, Naim, Reimann, Richey, Schorpp, Steigerwalt, Subotic, Thornton, Wedeman, Young

Department of Psychology

11th floor, Urban Life Building
404/413-6200
psychology.gsu.edu

Lisa Armistead, Chair
Christopher C. Henrich, Associate Chair
Chris Goode, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Adamson, Albers, Anderson, Armistead, Bartness, Branum-Martin, Brosnan, Caporino, Clarkson, Chan, L. Cohen, R. Cohen, Conway, Cook, Cooke, Darnell, Frishkoff, Garfin, Goode, Henrich, Huhman, King, Kleider, Kuperminc, Kuzio de Naray, Lamoreaux, Latzman, Lewis, Masuda, Morris,  Özçalışkan, Parent, Parrott, Pearman, Perilla, Peterson, Petrulis, Poister Tusher, Robins, Romski, Sevcik, Sheehan, Smalls, Tone, Tully, Turner, Washburn, Wilczynski, Weyermann, Williamson

Department of Religious Studies

34 Peachtree Street, 11th floor
404/413-6110
religiousstudies.gsu.edu

Kathryn McClymond, Chair
Jonathan Herman, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Barzegar, Bassett, Bell, Herman, Latif, McClymond, Moultrie, Renick, Ruprecht

Department of Sociology

1041 Langdale Hall
404/413-6500
sociology.gsu.edu

Deirdre Oakley, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Acosta, Ainsworth, Baunach, Burgess, Carlson, Chou, Davis, Gayman, Hatch, Kail, Kim, Konrad, Oakley, Reid, Reitzes, Roche, Ruel, Ryan, Simonds, Stombler, Tester, Wingfield, Wright, Zhan

Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

10th Floor Urban Life Building
404/413-6587
wgss.gsu.edu

Amira Jarmakani, Director
Julie Kubala, Undergraduate Director
Faculty: Jarmakani, King, Kubala, Sinnott, Talburt

3070 Research Centers and Programs

Asian Studies Center

Dr. Kim Reimann, Director

The Asian Studies Center promotes scholarly and academic activities related to China, Inner Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Americans of Asian descent. Drawing on an interdisciplinary group of faculty from academic units including Applied Linguistics, Art and Design, Communication, English, Geosciences, History, Modern and Classical Languages, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the center offers a undergraduate BIS degree in Asian Studies and promotes study abroad and other initiatives in Asian countries. The center also works with other colleges and the GSU Confucius Institute to sponsor and engage in a variety of activities related to Asia and Asian-Americans both on campus and in the community. For more information: asianstudies.gsu.edu.

Center for Biotechnology and Drug Design

Drs. Charles Derby and Binghe Wang, Co-directors

The Center for Biotechnology and Drug Design consists of an interdisciplinary group of faculty members from the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy and Computer Science. The center supports faculty research and graduate student training, and collaborative efforts with biotechnology firms in Georgia. Core facilities, supported in part by Georgia Research Alliance, house state-of-the-art research equipment, including high-field NMR spectrometers, nucleic acid/protein sequencers, cell sorters, DNA thermocyclers, RT-PCR, Affimetrix Gene Chip arrays, Mass Spectrophotomer, BiaCore and phosphoimagers. The center provides research opportunities for M.S. and Ph.D. students in biotechnology and related fields. For more information: www.biology.gsu.edu/bio/BDD/index.html.

Brains & Behavior Program

Dr. Walter Wilczynski, Director

Brains & Behavior (B&B) is a multi-departmental umbrella program that promotes research broadly related to the neurosciences. It sponsors student fellowships, provides seed grants for research and promotes collaborations across many departments. For more information: neuroscience.gsu.edu/brains_behavior.html.

Center for Collaborative and International Arts

Dr. Pearl McHaney, Director

The Center for Collaborative and International Arts (CENCIA) brings together creative writers, visual artists, composers, musicians, actors and playwrights, filmmakers, and scholars engaged in arts-related research at Georgia State University. This cutting-edge union of arts-related disciplines is helping to guide the trajectory of the fine arts in the 21st century as boundaries between traditional disciplines give way to exciting new partnerships. As part of and in addition to these activities, CENCIA coordinates the Internationalizing the Arts Area of Focus for the university. For more information visit: cencia.gsu.edu.

Center for Collaborative Scholarship in the Humanities

Dr. David Cheshier, Director

CCSH showcases research in the humanistic disciplines. The main project work of the center is focused on the creation of multi-year research teams, each charged with soliciting external financial support for collaborative scholarship. Center activity also aims to publicize outstanding humanistic work already underway by GSU faculty and students, to provide online resources for those seeking enhanced support for their work, and to establish and strengthen partnerships with local and regional organizations and institutions engaged in related activity. For more information visit: humanities.gsu.edu.

Center for Diagnostics and Therapeutics

Dr. Binghe Wang, Director; Dr. Jenny Yang, Associate Director

The Center’s aim is to help the integration of related disciplines into synergistic, collaborative teams that can collectively address problems, which cross disciplinary boundaries. The Center also has a goal of translating research discoveries into products that alleviate human suffering and benefit the society.  In this spirit, the Center’s research goals include developing highly sought-after biomarker-guided therapies and imaging agents, and facilitating the translation of our research discoveries into clinically useful diagnostic/therapeutic tools and agents.  Participants in the Center include faculty members from core academic units such as Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Neuroscience as well as supporting units and programs such as Computer Sciences, Psychology, Mathematics and Statistics, and Molecular Basis of Disease.

As an integral part the center’s mission, it also offers excellent opportunities for student training for careers in the pharmaceutical industry. Its many interdisciplinary research projects offer fertile ground to train students for the future job market.

Center for Educational Partnerships

Dr. Joanna Katie Carlisle, Director

The Center for Educational Partnerships is increasingly recognized as a conduit for artistic excellence and innovation in urban music education. The Center for Educational Partnerships unites university music faculty and undergraduate/graduate music students with the greater education community in a collaboration that advances the role of music in school culture and prepares strong leaders to teach in diverse and interdependent contexts. Drawing on Atlanta’s unique community resources, the relationship created by the Center fosters relevant and engaging music-making for all learners throughout the lifespan. For more information:www.cmp.music.gsu.edu.

Environmental Research Center

Dr. Sidney Crow, Director

The Environmental Research Center provides diverse research activities  concentrating on environmental issues and problems. By offering undergraduate and graduate research opportunities, the center prepares students for environmentally oriented careers in regional, state, and local governmental agencies and industries. The center is composed of interdisciplinary faculty from the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Geosciences, Mathematics and Statistics, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, and Public Administration.

Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics

Dr. Andrew I. Cohen, Director; Dr. Andrew Altman, Director of Research

The Center for Ethics supports research on contemporary ethical issues and serves the university and the Atlanta community by sponsoring symposia, lectures, and other programs on ethics in areas such as healthcare, business, and government. Center affiliates include faculty from several fields in the humanities and social sciences. For more information:www.gsu.edu/ethics.

Center for Hellenic Studies

Dr. Louis A. Ruprecht Jr., Director

The Center for Hellenic Studies sees its mission as expanding the geographical and historical range of what we commonly imagine as “Greek.” Not strictly Athenian or Classical, Greek culture was a pan-Mediterranean and even global phenomenon, and Greek history boasts important and extensive Byzantine, Frankish, Venetian and Ottomon chapters. Domestically, the Center achieves its twin aims, of community outreach and supporting interdisciplinary Hellenic research, through a robust range of university courses and community events that focus on Greek history, language philosophy, religion, society, as well as music and the other fine arts. Internationally, the Center supports greater collaboration between North American and Greek institutions in Athens, Corfu, Crete, and Thessaloniki.

Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy

Dr. Harold McAlister, Director

The Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) conducts research involving very high resolution imaging of astronomical objects. The center has designed and built the CHARA Array, an optical/interferometric array of six 1-meter telescopes capable of achieving resolution down to 0.0002 arcsecond. This is 50 times greater resolution than that of the Hubble Space Telescope, and makes the CHARA Array the most powerful facility of its kind in the world. The Array is located on the grounds of Mt. Wilson Observatory in the San Gabriel Mountains of southern California. Faculty, staff, and graduate students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy utilize the CHARA Array for a variety of research programs. For more information: www.chara.gsu.edu/CHARA.

Center for Human Rights and Democracy

Drs. William Downs and Fernando Reati, Co-directors

The Center for Human Rights and Democracy provides interdisciplinary research, teaching, and community outreach on pressing rights-based issues at local and global levels.  Research foci of affiliated faculty include human rights protection in urban settings, threats to human rights in established democracies with high immigration, and human rights abuses in transitioning (e.g., post-dictatorship and post-colonial) societies.  The Center hosts guest speakers of national and international prominence, and it sponsors research symposia each year that connect research scholars with policymakers and the public.  The Center supports collaborative research for faculty and graduate student research on human rights and democracy, and it promotes study abroad programs and other curricular innovations that connect students with the study of human rights across the globe.

For more information: http://www2.gsu.edu/~chrd/

Center for International Media Education

Dr. Leonard Ray Teel, Director

CIME, the Center for International Media Education, was established in 1997 to assist in the development of media education, research and professionalism in various parts of the world. The principal focus has been on the Middle East, North Africa and China. The Center concentrates on international communication research, curriculum development, investigative journalism, media-NGO relations, and academic and professional internships. It currently publishes two journals, the Journal of Middle East Studies, in cooperation with the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators, founded at Georgia State University in the 1990s, and the Atlanta Review of Journalism History, which showcases award-winning student research.  For more information: www.gsucime.org and www.ausace.org.

Center for Latin American and Latino/a Studies

Dr. Héctor Fernández L’Hoeste, Director

The Center for Latin American and Latino/a Studies addresses issues of Latin American and Latino/a culture, economics, and politics through interdisciplinary research, education, and community outreach. Faculty from a variety of departments examine the opportunities and challenges encountered by Latino/as in Georgia and the growing profile of the Latino/a American community in the United States. The center hosts guest speakers of national and international importance, and each year it sponsors a research symposium that brings together research scholars from across the Americas. The center supports collaborative efforts for faculty and graduate student research on Latino/a American studies, and promotes study-abroad programs and other curricular initiatives involving students with the study of Spanish-speaking nationalities from across the globe. For more information: www2.gsu.edu/~wwwcla/.

Molecular Basis of Disease Program

Dr. Teryl K. Frey, Director; Dr. Susanna Greer, Associate Director

Molecular Basis of Disease is a multi-departmental program in biomedicine that includes faculty in six departments engaged in interdisciplinary research: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics and Statistics, and Computer Information Systems. The program provides both graduate and undergraduate fellowships as well as support for the state-of-the-art facilities in these departments. For more information:biology.gsu.edu/mbd.

Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies

Dr. Timothy Crimmins, Director

The Center for Neighborhood and Metropolitan Studies is an interdisciplinary group created to focus academic research, teaching, and service on the needs of neighborhoods where people live and confront localized issues. Created from a recommendation made by Georgia State University’s Arts and Sciences Urban Group, the Center also addresses the whole of the metropolis to allow the study of problems that affect all cities and encourage a comparative focus. For more information: www2.gsu.edu/~wwwnms/.

Center for Neuromics

Dr. Paul S. Katz, Director

The Center for Neuromics fosters research on the fundamental unit of the brain, the neuron. Just as genomics is the characterization of all the genes in an organism, neuromics is the study of neurons and the interconnectivity. The center sponsors research seminars and provides some research support for students working in the field of neuromics. For more information: neuroscience.gsu.edu/neuromics.html.

Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning

Dr. MaryAnn Romski, Director

The Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning (CRADL) coordinates scholarly efforts that focus on gaining a fuller understanding of atypical developmental and learning processes from birth through adolescence. An interdisciplinary center, CRADL supports basic and applied research in three primary areas: developmental disabilities, including autism; developmental learning and attention disorders; and acquired brain damage. The center also facilitates educational and outreach efforts. For more information:www.gsu.edu/~wwwaty/.

Language Research Center

Dr. David Washburn, Director

The Language Research Center, located on a 55-acre tract of forest in southeast Atlanta, studies the nature symbolic communication, and how language relates to the emergence of other social, cognitive and behavioral competencies. Its programs of noninvasive research are focused on the advanced cognitive processes of humans, apes, and monkeys. The center provides research opportunities for students and faculty from Psychology, Neuroscience, and many related disciplines. Additionally, collaborative partnerships allow scholars from around the world to learn more about the unique nonhuman primates that live at Georgia State University. For more information: www.gsu.edu/lrc.

Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy Program

Drs. Rose Sevcik and Paul Alberto, Co-Directors

The goals of the L&L program are to integrate and build on our current nationally recognized individual research programs to create a world-class interdisciplinary research and doctoral training program focused on the acquisition of language and literacy. The L&L Program includes faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education, including the departments of Educational Psychology and Special Education, Psychology, Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Communication, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy Studies, and Philosophy. It also involves partnership with the Center for Research on Atypical Development and Learning, the Language Research Center, and the Regents’ Center for Learning Disorders. For more information researchlanglit.gsu.edu.

Second Century Initiative Programs

Georgia State University’s Second Century Initiative (2CI) aims to bring 100 high-impact faculty to Georgia State within five years. The primary goal of the initiative is to build nationally recognized scholarly strength and critical mass around common research themes in order to enhance Georgia State University’s overall excellence, interdisciplinary richness, and competitiveness. The program also includes fellowships for doctoral students engaged in research and scholarship related to that of the various 2CI programs. For information about 2CI programs based in or affiliated with Arts and Sciences, visitwww.cas.gsu.edu/second_century.html.

Urban Health Program

Dr. Michael Eriksen, Director

The goal of the Georgia State University Urban Health initiative is to become nationally recognized as a center of excellence in urban health research. The program involves multiple partners from the colleges of Arts and Sciences, the School of Public Health, and Law. For more information: urbanhealth.gsu.edu/