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Programs of Study
Art - Computer Graphics Option
The Computer Graphics Option allows students to effectively identify and solve meaningful problems using creativity and critical thinking with computer graphics. Emphasis for students is on real-world, commercial, practical projects. Students will invent a body of work that is beautiful and intelligent with a final portfolio that is engaging and imaginative. The senior major exhibition culminates the study. This degree option offers graduates the opportunity to freelance, enter the job market or matriculate to graduate school.
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Art - Licensure/Certification Track
The Art Licensure/Certification Track prepares students for certification and careers in teaching art in grades P-12.
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Art - Studio Arts Option
The Studio Arts Option allows students to combine two or more studio disciplines that, cumulatively, are the equivalent of one major. The flexibility of this program enables students to pursue studies in ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, multi-media or printmaking to achieve objectives specific to individual, artistic goals. These goals are established through careful counseling with Athens State University faculty. Each student is assisted in setting up a well-coordinated, diversified program of fine art studies. The senior major exhibition culminates the study. This degree option is traditional, and opportunities following graduation include graduate school and professional artist.
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Behavioral Science
This program is designed for the student who ultimately aspires to work in the area of mental health, social work, counseling, or substance abuse. It provides students the flexibility of being able to enter the work force immediately upon graduation or to enter a master's degree program in counseling or social work. The program provides a solid foundation of the basic knowledge in psychology and sociology, and provides for a concentration of courses dealing with applied and clinical aspects of human services professions. The specific objectives of this degree are to provide a knowledge base of the disciplines of psychology and sociology, teach a variety of clinical concepts and skills which will be useful in applied human services settings, instill an appreciation for the ethical principles governing the fields of psychology, social work, and counseling, and to assist the student either to locate degree related employment or to be admitted to an appropriate graduate program.
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Biology
The degree options in Biology lead to either the Bachelor of Science degree or to the Bachelor of Science degree with Teach Licensure. Minors in Biology and Marine Science are also available. Structured to prepare students for research and technical areas requiring a baccalaureate degree, the biology major also is designed to satisfy most graduate and/or professional school admission requirements. The objective of the major is to provide the graduate with a comprehensive science education, encompassing standard academic courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science.
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Chemistry
The Bachelor of Science degree programs in Chemistry prepare students for careers in industry or government, graduate or professional study, or secondary school teaching (licensure/certification for grades 6-12). By means of a rigorous program of chemistry courses through formal classroom instruction, laboratory exercises involving wet chemistry, instrumentation, computer software packages, and appropriate directed study and research, students obtain a strong academic background in chemistry and its applications. The curriculum offers flexibility for students to design and prepare for their chosen career or educational path by selecting appropriate electives based on their particular area of interest.
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Computer Science
The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science provides students with a strong foundation in programming, problem analysis, problem solving and software engineering, significantly supplemented with practical experience using hardware and software resources available in contemporary computer laboratories maintained by the Department.
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Computer Science - Computer Information Systems Option
The CIS option provides students with a foundation in business and information systems to complement the core requirements in problem solving and programming in a business environment. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare the student for industry as a technically oriented member of an information systems development team.
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Computer Science - Computer Networking Option
The CN option focuses on the technical aspects of computer networking. The combination of the CN option and the structured programming features found in both the CS and CIS curricula should enable a student to be well prepared and competitive in business and industry.
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Computer Science - Information Security Option
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Criminal Justice
The bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice provides students with a knowledge base of the criminal law process, theoretical concepts of crime causation and control, and policy making and management practices within criminal justice agencies. Program graduates have the skills and competencies to pursue graduate studies in the criminal justice field or gain employment in positions in law enforcement, correctional administration, judicial administration, probation/parole, and security in government and private sectors.
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Criminal Justice - Juvenile Justice Studies Option
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English
English as an academic field encompasses both theory and practice in the reading and interpreting of literature as well as in written and oral communication. All courses are designed to engage the intelligence, excite and imagination, improve scholarship, and increase the enjoyment of literature and language. Transfer courses may be substituted for required courses, if they are evaluated by English faculty as appropriate substitutes. Students desiring careers as English/Language Arts teachers at the secondary school level should pursue the Licensure/Certification track.
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Health and Wellness Management
The Bachelor of Science degree program in Health and Wellness Management provides students with a strong foundation in the basic biomechanical and physiological principles associated with human movement and the basic wellness concepts conducive to healthy lifestyles. Program graduates will have the skills and competencies necessary to pursue graduate studies or gain employment in a variety of health, fitness, sports medicine, and public safety career fields.
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Health Science
The Health Science major culminates in a baccalaureate degree for nursing professionals, or for students who are certified in a para-medical filed such as, but not limited to, dental hygiene, medical records, medical technology, health physics, or animal health technology.
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History
The history faculty seek to develop in its students an appreciation of our cultural heritage, an understanding of the world in which we live, and an awareness of the future. It strives to develop in its majors the research abilities necessary for graduate work. Through courses of interest to the non-major; it makes the student aware of the cultural legacy from Europe, England, and the United States and affords an opportunity to study other areas of the world. The History Department, acting in conjunction with the College of Education, offers students who wish to become secondary school teachers the Bachelor of Arts degree in history with teacher certification in addition to the traditional Bachelor of Arts in history degree.
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Liberal Studies
The Liberal Studies program is designed to benefit students who seek progression and mobility in their educational and career goals. The program provides maximum flexibility in course selection while allowing the student to concentrate on subject matter of particular relevance. The Liberal Studies program also is intended for those student who wish to enrich and satisfy their personal goals through non-specialized collegiate study.
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Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics offers two tracks for its major. Track I, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree, will prepare the graduate for scientific endeavors requiring detailed and exact scientific analysis, while Track II, the licensure/certification track, will prepare the student for a rewarding career as a high school and/or middle school mathematics teacher. A mathematics major combined with a Computer Science minor will open many career opportunities for a graduate.
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Political Science
The bachelor's degree in Political Science provides students with a foundation in American and non-American politics through rigorous coursework across seven areas of political science: American national government, American state and local government, public policy, constitutional law, public administration, international relations, and foreign policy. In addition, students are provided a foundation on research methodology and undertake a discipline-related observational experience. The curriculum is structured to provide students with a background appropriate for a prelaw school experience. Program graduates have the skills and competencies necessary for entry into a graduate program in Public Administration, or pursue career opportunities in law-related fields, public administration, or teaching government and politics at the secondary school level. *Note: The Bachelor of Art degree requires a minor in another field.
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Psychology
The bachelors degrees in Psychology aspire to assist students in planning for their careers. The Bachelor of Arts degree is recommended for those seeking to enter graduate school. The Bachelor of Science degree is for those who wish to seek employment after graduation.
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Public Safety and Health Administration
The Public Safety and Health Administration program is concerned with the administration of public agencies, at all levels of government, which promote community health and safety. The program is mostly aimed at students with working experience in preventing, responding, managing, and reducing the consequences of public emergencies. Through rigorous course work, the program prepares professionals in emergency response and allied health agencies for increased management and administration responsibilities, thus enhancing career opportunities.
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Religious Studies
The Religious Studies Program at Athens State University provides students with the educational background necessary for successful graduate studies or for professional careers in related fields. Religion and philosophy courses are designed to be informative, interdisciplinary, and enriching for all students. Courses also help students relate everyday life to larger religious and philosophical concerns. Athens State University offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion.

The religion minor provides students with a background in religion and philosophy. It is designed for students with an interest in these areas as well as those who might pursue additional studies in the areas of religion and philosophy.
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Social Science
The Social Science major is for students interested in an interdisciplinary concentration in history, political science, geography, and economics. There is a licensure and certification track for students seeking a career in secondary education, which provides candidates with a very flexible degree for entering that job market for grades 6 to 12. Because 36 hours are required in history, students are also well qualified to seek a graduate degree in history. The Social Science major is also available for students who do not intend to teach but believe that an interdisciplinary approach will help them better understand history, political science, and the world in which they live. With 15 hours in political science, the social science major could consider the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. Students might also find social science a useful major for careers in government or journalism.
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Sociology
The bachelors degrees in Sociology aspire to assist students in planning for their careers. The Bachelor of Arts degree is for those who wish to pursue further graduate training. The Bachelor of Science degree is for those who wish to seek employment after graduation.
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Minors


Art
The minor in studio art provide an opportunity to integrate creative and artistic practice with other academic pursuits. Students pursuing the minor in art will study and create visual arts and creative problem-solving skills.
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Art History
The art history minor complements the skills the student gains in a major discipline by developing skills in historical and cultural interpretation and critical analysis of works of architecture, sculpture, and painting.
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Church Finance
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Drama
The Drama Minor is currently open to all Athens State University students regardless of their major concentration. Students will be able to take six classes to complete the Drama Minor and will be able to concentrate on either Acting, Theater Studies, or Design/Technical Theater.
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Gender/Multicultural Studies
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Gerontology
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Marine Science
Athens State University is a member of the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium (MESC), based at Dauphin Island, Alabama. This affiliation offers Athens State University students an opportunity to take courses and conduct research in estuarine and marine environments. Courses offered during the summer at Dauphin Island Sea Lab may be taken for credit at Athens State University toward a major or minor in biology or a minor in marine science. All programs of study that involve marine science courses must be approved by the MESC liaison. A Dauphin Island Sea Lab Information Bulletin listing summer school course offerings can be obtained early in the spring semester from an Athens State faculty member in Biology.
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Religious Education
This minor has been designed for those who will work in a church setting in an area related to Religious Education. Youth Ministers would also benefit from this minor. Courses cover the education of both children and adults.
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Certificates


Children's Advocacy Studies Training (CAST)
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