About The College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences provides a wide array of exciting majors, minors, and individual courses offered by ten departments and four interdisciplinary programs housed in the College. In addition, the College is responsible for a substantial portion of the general education component for all undergraduates at Valdosta State.

Through the Core Curriculum, the College helps to provide students with the academic foundation upon which they will build successful lives and careers. That foundation includes a mastery of strong communication and critical thinking skills, the development of quantitative reasoning, a thorough understanding of the historical and cultural heritage of world civilization, an appreciation of a diverse and multicultural society, and a solid grounding in the natural sciences. In working toward this end, the College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to educating students to meet the challenges of an ever-changing, complex society and to value the strengths of the past as well as the opportunities of the future.

Mission Statement

Valdosta State University College of Arts & Sciences is committed to excellence in teaching, research and creative work, and community involvement. Arts and Sciences provides the vast majority of core courses that equip students to be informed, empowered and engaged global citizens of the 21st century. In all of our courses, from core to undergraduate majors and minors to graduate classes, we embrace and promote through our teaching, research and service the national Essential Learning Outcomes for higher education in this century:

Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World, including engaging students in big questions, both contemporary and enduring;

Intellectual and Practical Skills, including inquiry and analysis, critical and creative thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative literacy, information literacy, undergraduate research and teamwork and problem solving in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance;

Personal and Social Responsibility, including civic knowledge and engagement, both local and global, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning and action and foundations and skills for lifelong learning, all of which actively engage students with diverse communities and real-world challenges;

Integrative Learning, including synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies, which students may demonstrate through application of knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems. (AACU’s Liberal Education & America’s Promise)

To further our mission, the Strategic Plan of the College of Arts and Sciences sets out strategies in vital areas:

I. Advance the scope and quality of academic programs.

II. Advance the strengths and scholarly engagement of the faculty.

III. Advance community outreach and partnerships.

IV. Advance the funding base of the College.