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Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

  • Addiction Studies

    Minor

    The Minor in Addiction Studies provides the academic requirements that go toward the certification as an Addictions Counselor in the state of Georgia.  While Valdosta State University will not be able to provide the supervised hours also needed for that certification, the goal is to link up with other providers in Georgia who may take on students after they complete their degree, so they can work toward those hours.  In addition, the curriculum for the minor will prepare students for the National Certification Examination for Addition Counselors (NCAC) exam and eventual certification as Addictions Counselors in the state of Georgia.

  • African American Studies

    Minor

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

  • American Sign Language/English Interpreting

    B.S.Ed.

    American Sign Language, a form of communication used primarily in deaf communities, is a language in which people use their hands and other body parts to converse without sound. The American Sign Language and English Interpreting program (ASL) at Valdosta State prepares students to interpret American Sign Language in a variety of settings. There is a high demand for qualified interpreters, who play a vital role in assisting those who are deaf and hard of hearing and serve a critical role in the educational system.

    Careers

    • K-12 Education
    • Legal
    • Post-Secondary Education
  • Anthropology

    Minor

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

    Careers

    • Admissions Counselor
    • Affirmative Action Specialist
    • Anthropologist
    • Archeologist
    • Career Counselor
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  • Creative Writing

    Minor

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

  • English

    B.A.

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

    Careers

    • Advertising Professional
    • Book Publisher
    • Communications Specialist
    • Copy Editor
    • Copywriter
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  • English

    M.A.

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

    Careers

    • Advertising Professional
    • Book Publisher
    • Communications Specialist
    • Copy Editor
    • Copywriter
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  • English Studies for Language Arts Teachers

    M.A.

    Whether you are seeking opportunities for professional development, certification advancement or an advance in salary, our rigorous program, housed in a premier regional university that also offers a traditional English MA in a regular bricks-and-mortar setting, will provide you with the training you seek in order to succeed professionally. The curriculum includes advanced courses in composition theory, rhetoric, grammar, second language learners, creative writing, and literature.  Our British, American and multicultural literature courses are intended to provide the kind of deeper content that leads to sophisticated teaching of familiar authors and works but also to the teaching of writers and texts that may be less well known.  Overall, because our curriculum covers every major subfield, we are able to offer a wide range of course offerings.

  • English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

    Endorsement

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

  • European Union Studies

    Certificate

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

  • French

    Minor

    French is the second most spoken language in the European Union and the seventh worldwide with more than 230 million native and non-native speakers.  It is the official language of 29 countries throughout the globe. College graduates who are proficient in French and who have a deep understanding of the richness and diversity of French and Francophone cultures have many advantages in the workforce and can pursue careers in education, humanities-related fields, fashion, and business, to name just a few.

    Careers

    • Bilingual Educator
    • Bilingual Tax Assessor
    • Business Manager
    • Customs/Immigration Officer
    • Fashion Correspondent
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  • French (Language and Culture Track)

    B.A.

    French is the second most spoken language in the European Union and the seventh worldwide with more than 230 million native and non-native speakers.  It is the official language of 29 countries throughout the globe. College graduates who are proficient in French and who have a deep understanding of the richness and diversity of French and Francophone cultures have many advantages in the workforce and can pursue careers in education, humanities-related fields, fashion, and business, to name just a few.

    Careers

    • Bilingual Educator
    • Bilingual Tax Assessor
    • Business Manager
    • Customs/Immigration Officer
    • Foreign News Correspondent
    • See more careers
  • French (World Languages and Cultures Track)

    B.A.

    French is the second most spoken language in the European Union and the seventh worldwide with more than 230 million native and non-native speakers.  It is the official language of 29 countries throughout the globe. College graduates who are proficient in French and who have a deep understanding of the richness and diversity of French and Francophone cultures have many advantages in the workforce and can pursue careers in education, humanities-related fields, fashion, and business, to name just a few.

    Careers

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

    Minor

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

  • German

    Minor

    Official language of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg, German is the first language of the largest number of citizens of the European Union and a major world language.  High proficiency in the German language and a deep understanding of the richness and diversity of German culture will broaden your horizons and give you a competitive edge on the job market. They will prepare you for successful careers in education, the humanities, foreign service, sciences, and business, to name just a few.

    Careers

    • Business Manager
    • Customs/Immigration Officer
    • Foreign News Correspondent
    • German Instructor
    • Government Administrator
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  • History

    B.A.

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

    Careers

    • Archivist
    • Community Relations Professional
    • Congressional Aide
    • Historian
    • Historic Site Professional
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  • History

    M.A.

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

    Careers

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

    Minor

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

    Careers

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

    B.A.

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

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

  • Journalism

    Minor

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

  • Journalism/Media Cross Training Certificate

    Certificate

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

  • Latin American Studies

    Certificate

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

  • Library and Information Science

    M.L.I.S.

    The field of library and information science combines the disciplines of traditional library science and technology to meet the needs of today’s ever-changing library system. The Master of Library and Information Science program at Valdosta State University focuses on educating librarians for academic, public and special libraries in Georgia and beyond.

    Careers

    • Acquisitions and Serials Librarian
    • Archivist
    • Business Librarian
    • Children's Librarian
    • Collection Development Librarian
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  • Literature & Language

    Minor

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

  • Middle Eastern Studies

    Minor

    Arabic is the fifth most spoken language in the world with 420 million native and non-native speakers.  It is the official language of 28 countries throughout the globe and the liturgical language of Islam.  College graduates who are proficient in Arabic and who have a deep understanding of the richness and diversity of the cultures in the Arab world have many advantages in the workforce and can pursue careers in civil service, intelligence, the military, humanities-related fields, and business, to name just a few.

    Careers

    • Business Manager
    • Customs/Immigration Officer
    • Foreign News Correspondent
    • Government Administrator
    • Import/Export Specialist
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  • Middle Grades Education

    B.S.Ed.

    Middle grades teachers educate children in the 4th through 8th grade, giving them a solid foundation to continue their studies in high school, instilling them with a love of learning, and helping them gain confidence as they grow into teenagers and young adults. Middle grades education majors pursuing a bachelor’s degree choose two concentrations from the areas of language arts, mathematics, science or social studies and engage in an extensive amount of hands-on teaching. Upon graduation, students are prepared to teach in a number of age-appropriate disciplines within the secondary school system. Several options are available for students pursuing advanced degrees in the discipline.

    Careers

    • Certified Physical Education Teacher
    • Children’s Minister
    • Curriculum Development Specialist
    • Education Management Specialist
    • Family Services Worker
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  • Native American Studies

    Minor

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

  • Philosophy

    Minor

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

    Careers

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

    B.A.

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

    Careers

  • Professional and Applied Ethics

    Minor

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

     

  • Professional Writing

    Minor

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

  • Psychology

    B.S.

    Psychologists study the human mind, exploring a variety of interesting questions that explain human behavior and responses. Psychologists do research and conduct studies, make observations, and help others understand and improve or modify their behaviors. Students in the psychology program at Valdosta State University focus on areas including learning, cognition, intelligence, motivation, emotion, perception, personality, mental disorders and the ways in which individual preferences are inherited or shaped by environment

    Careers

    • Academic Counselor
    • Admissions Counselor
    • Behavioral Therapist
    • Case Manager
    • Child Development Specialist
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  • Psychology

    Minor

    Psychologists study the human mind, exploring a variety of interesting questions that explain human behavior and responses. Psychologists do research and conduct studies, make observations, and help others understand and improve or modify their behaviors. Students in the psychology program at Valdosta State University focus on areas including learning, cognition, intelligence, motivation, emotion, perception, personality, mental disorders and the ways in which individual preferences are inherited or shaped by environment.

    Careers

    • Academic Counselor
    • Admissions Counselor
    • Behavioral Therapist
    • Case Manager
    • Child Development Specialist
    • See more careers
  • Psychology: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

    M.S.

    Since the inception of the I-O Program at VSU in 1984, our students have had a high success rate in acquiring jobs in human resources, research, and human services. Part of the success of our students can be attributed to the opportunities provided by on-site practicum experiences. Students have served as human-resource interns with local, regional, national, and international organizations in manufacturing, human services, health care, civil service, banking, and government contracting. The opportunity for on-site experience is further enhanced by VSU's Office of Cooperative Education.

    Students and faculty in the I-O program staff Azalea Consulting, a vibrant consultation service that assists regional companies, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies to solve critical administrative issues. Students learn to assist organizations with the creation, implementation, and evaluation of core functions such as strategic planning, HR development, personnel selection, and job analysis. Students and faculty work together to strategically solve workplace challenges using the latest technology and data resources, combined with a creative and collaborative approach.

    Each student is required to complete 45 semester-hours for the Master of Science degree in I-O Psychology. These requirements include 6 credit hours of on-site practicum experience. Completion of a master’s thesis is optional, but recommended for those preparing for doctoral study.

  • Religious Studies

    Minor

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

  • Sociology

    M.S.

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

    Careers

    • Community Development Specialist
    • Consultant
    • Evaluation Researcher
    • Human Resources Manager
    • Policy Analyst
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  • Sociology & Anthropology

    B.A.

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

    Careers

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

    Minor

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

    Careers

    • Bilingual Educator
    • Bilingual Tax Assessor
    • Business Manager
    • Customs/Immigration Officer
    • Foreign News Correspondent
    • See more careers
  • Spanish (Language and Culture Track)

    B.A.

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

    Careers

    • Bilingual Educator
    • Bilingual Tax Assessor
    • Business Manager
    • Customs/Immigration Officer
    • Foreign News Correspondent
    • See more careers
  • Spanish (World Languages and Cultures Track)

    B.A.

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

    Careers

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

    Certificate

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

  • Sports Broadcasting

    Certificate

    Sports Broadcasting is an exciting field for mass media majors that offers courses in production and writing for sport reporting and broadcast media.

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

    Certificate

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

  • Women's and Gender Studies

    Minor

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