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 23 departments and institutes within the areas of the humanities, the natural and computational sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences. The college has approximately 11,000 undergraduate majors and 2,000 graduate students. The college also has the primary responsibility for the two-year general education curriculum required of all students in the university.

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

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/).

Faculty from throughout the college and university collaborate on research and service activities through a variety of interdisciplinary ventures. Additional information on the interdisciplinary centers and programs based in and affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences is available at cas.gsu.edu/faculty-research/interdisciplinary-research-service-centers/.

Office of the Dean

25th floor, 25 Park Place Building

Sarah Rosen, Dean
Dan Deocampo, Associate Dean for Faculty Advancement
Kathryn McClymond, Associate Dean for Faculty Development
Binghe Wang, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
Amber Amari, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
Chad Dillard, Assistant Vice President for Development
Eric Friginal, Director of International Programs
John Medlock, Assistant Dean for Academic Success
Fred Mote, Assistant Dean for Administration and Finance
Shelly-Ann Williams, Director, Undergraduate Academic Assistance


In the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Chemistry is accredited by 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, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and World Languages and Cultures; and interdisciplinary institutes in the areas of Creative Media Industries, Gerontology, Global Studies, Neuroscience, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

In addition, undergraduate degree programs in secondary education for teachers of preschool through twelfth grade in world languages 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; English; French; Geosciences; German; History; Journalism, Philosophy; Political Science, Psychology; Religious Studies; Sociology, Spanish; Speech Communication; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

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

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

Asian Studies; Environmental Science; Game Design and Development; Gerontology; Global Studies; Italian Studies; Law and Society; Media Entrepreneurship; Middle East Studies; Philosophy, Politics, and Economics; Student-Planned. (See section 3030.50 below.)

Undergraduate Certificates

Geographic Information Science, Gerontology, Language Ability (in multiple world languages), Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Water Science

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

7th floor, 25 Park Place Bldg.

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.

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 Georgia State 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 Langdale Hall

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

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 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.

Writing Studio

23rd Floor, 25 Park Place Bldg.

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 World Language Requirement for B.A./B.I.S. Majors

The College of Arts and Sciences requires the completion of a world 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 world 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 world 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 world 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 world language course in core curriculum Area C (Fine Arts and Humanities). Students who would like to begin a new world language, or to take a second world language, should consult a program adviser concerning the possibility of earning credit for the first semester of elementary world 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 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 and 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 combine 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 college B.I.S. coordinator approves a student’s program of study. There is a special application procedure for this degree program and consultation with the specific program coordinator is a mandatory component of this process.

Program Degree Requirements

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

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.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies College-Planned Programs

Students may choose a program designed by the College as follows: Asian Studies; Environmental Science; Game Design and Development; Gerontology, Global Studies; Italian Studies; Law and Society; Media Entrepreneurship; Middle East Studies; and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. For information about the college-planned programs, see the alphabetical list of programs later in this chapter of this catalog.

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Student-Planned Program

Students may choose the option to propose their own program of study for approval by the college B.I.S. coordinator. 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. coordinator 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 advisor in the Office of Academic Assistance, 404-413-5000 (see section 3040). Students must also select an appropriate faculty coordinator 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. A world language at the 1002 level must be included in Area F of all student-planned programs.

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).

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 can choose to pursue either a college-planned or a student-planned interdisciplinary minor.

College planned interdisciplinary minors are available in the following emphasis areas: Advanced Leadership and Management, Chinese Studies, Communication Sciences, Entertainment Media Management, Game Design and Development, Human Rights and Democracy, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, and Middle East Studies are also available. For information about the college-planned interdisciplinary minors, see the alphabetical list of programs later in this chapter of this catalog.

Students pursuing a student-planned interdisciplinary minor must propose their 15-18 hours for approval by the college BIS coordinator. 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.

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. A minor must contain 15 to 18 semester hours of coursework with at least 9 hours of upper-division coursework (3000 to 4999).
  3. No more than six hours from a single discipline/prefix.
  4. Courses counted toward the interdisciplinary minor cannot also count toward the major;
  5. A grade of “C” or better is required in all minor courses; and
  6. For student-planned programs, at least 50 percent of the minor must be completed after the semester in which college BIS coordinator approves the minor program plan.

Students should contact the Office of Academic Assistance at 404-413-5000 for information on the application procedure.

The program of emphasis for the interdisciplinary minor is not listed on the official Georgia State University transcript. The program is designated as Interdisciplinary Minor on the transcript.

3040 Office of Academic Assistance

418 Langdale Hall (2nd floor, 25 Park Place Bldg. effective fall 2017)

Director: Shelly-Ann Williams
Associate Director: Linda P. King
Assistant Director: Rene Mondy

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 (see advisement.gsu.edu). 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 by appointment or may walk-in for brief consultations. During the academic year, the office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through 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.

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 and institutes. 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.  

3060 Departments and Institutes

Department Main Office Catalog Sections
Department of African-American Studies 962 One Park Place South; 404-413-5135 3090
Department of Anthropology 335 Sparks Hall; 404-413-5156 3100
Department of Applied Linguistics
and English as a Second Language
15th Floor, 25 Park Place; 404-413-5200 3110, 3230, 3330
Department of Biology 495 Petit Science Center; 404-413-5300 3170, 3240
Department of Chemistry 380 Petit Science Center; 404-413-5500 3180
Department of Communication 8th Floor, 25 Park Place; 404-413-5600 3380, 3540
Department of Computer Science 7th Floor, 25 Park Place; 404-413-5700 3210
Creative Media Industries Institute 2nd Floor, 25 Park Place 3235, 3285, 3415
Department of English 23rd Floor, 25 Park Place; 404-413-5800 3220
Department of Geosciences 340 Kell Hall; 404-413-5750 3290
Gerontology Institute 605 One Park Place; 404-413-5210 3310
Global Studies Institute 14th floor, 25 Park Place 3315
Department of History 20th floor, 25 Park Place; 404-413-6385 3320, 3480
Department of Mathematics and Statistics 750 College of Education Building (14th floor, 25 Park Place summer 2017); 404-413-6400 3410
Neuroscience Institute 800 Petit Science Center; 404-413-5445 3445
Department of Philosophy 16th floor, 25 Park Place; 404-413-6100 3250, 3450, 3480
Department of Physics and Astronomy 6th Floor, 25 Park Place; 404-413-4033 3160, 34603550
Department of Political Science 1005 Langdale Hall; 404-413-6159 3400, 3470, 3480
Department of Psychology 11th floor, Urban Life; 404-413-6200 3500
Department of Religious Studies 34 Peachtree Street, 11th floor; 404-413-6110 3510
Department of Sociology 1041 Langdale Hall; 404-413-6500 3520
Institute for Women’s, Gender,
and Sexuality Studies
22nd floor, 25 Park Place; 404-413-6587 3570
World Languages and Cultures 841 Langdale Hall (22nd floor, 25 Park Place summer 2017); 404-413-5980 3120, 3150, 3183, 3280, 3300, 33503370, 33853420, 35303550