The College of Arts and Sciences is composed of the following departments: Behavioral Science, Health and Professional Studies, Humanities and Social Science, Mathematics and Computer Science, and Natural Science. The program purposes/goals of each department are listed below:
The Department of Behavioral Science
The Behavioral Science Department at Athens State University is committed to guiding students to become psychologically and sociologically literate citizens of the 21st century by providing a broad and balanced understanding of psychology and sociology as a social and natural science. Students gain knowledge, skills, and values consistent with the science and application of psychological and sociological principles and a liberal arts education that allows them to pursue further education or careers in a variety of fields. The program emphasizes the value of psychology and sociology for developing insight into one’s own and others’ behavior and mental processes at the individual and institutional level. In addition, the program focuses on recognizing, understanding, and respecting the complexity of sociocultural diversity.
The department goals are:
- Enhancing students’ knowledge base in psychology and/or sociology
- Developing scientific reasoning and problem solving, including effective research methods
- Developing ethically and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal setting in a landscape that involves increasing diversity
- Competence in writing, oral and interpersonal communication.
- Ability to apply psychological and/or sociological content and skills to career goals
The Department of Government and Public Administration
The Department of Government and Public Administration offers the following majors: Criminal Justice, Health and Wellness Management, Health Science, Political Science, and Public Safety and Health Administration. Programs in the Department are designed to provide students with a knowledge-base and skill set that will allow them to pursue a graduate school education and enhance career opportunities.
The department goals are aimed at:
- Enhancing the student’s knowledge of issues dealing with government and public administration, including political science and public policy; health and health policy; public safety and emergency response; and criminal justice and criminal law process
- Fostering strong ethical standards
- Developing research and analytical skills to collect and analyze data using scientific methodology
- Enhancing proficiency in the use of technology and information
- Communicating effectively orally and in writing
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers courses in seven areas of study: Art, Criminal Justice, English, History, Political Science, Religion, and Social Science. Programs in the Department employ an interdisciplinary approach aimed at developing a strong academic background to prepare students for entry-level employment, admission into graduate or professional programs, or certification as secondary education teachers.
The department goals are aimed at:
- enhancing the student’s understanding of the world, society, and community through a broad knowledge base in the humanities and social sciences
- fostering respect and appreciation for diversity of people and opinions
- cultivating life-long learning through proficient use of technology and information
- developing critical thinking and analytical skills
- communicating effectively orally and in writing. Students pursuing teaching certification or licensure will complete additional requirements from the College of Education.
The Department of Mathematics, Computer and Natural Sciences
The Department of Mathematical, Computer and Natural Sciences is committed to providing students with a strong academic background on the fundamentals of mathematics, computer science or natural sciences within the context of an increasingly technology-driven society.
The Mathematics and Computer Science programs allow students the flexibility to explore a wide range of applied and theoretical areas of mathematics, computing, and logic suitable for different employment environments in business, industry, and government or for further studies. The curriculum is designed to include an interdisciplinary approach where students can combine mathematics and/or computer science courses with other disciplines, as well as gain certification for teaching mathematics at the secondary school level.
The program goals are aimed at:
- Enhancing the student’s knowledge of mathematics and computer science
- Cultivating analytical and problem-solving skills
- Instilling an appreciation for ethical principles to face the challenges posed by the development and uses of new technology and advanced scientific inquiry
- Communicating ideas clearly orally and in writing
The Natural Sciences program offers coursework in biology and chemistry. The biology and chemistry programs of study employ an interdisciplinary approach to the natural sciences providing a comprehensive science education background obtained through rigorous coursework, laboratory, and field experience. Structured to prepare students for career opportunities in science, in government, industry, and education, or for pursuing post-graduate studies, the natural sciences program goals are aimed at:
- Enhancing the student’s knowledge of the fundamental principles of biology, chemistry, and related life sciences and their interrelationships
- Cultivating analytical and problem solving skills through the active teaching of the scientific method
- Instilling an appreciation for ethical principles in the conduct of scientific inquiry and use of new technology
- Communicating scientific findings and ideas clearly orally and in writing. Students pursuing secondary teaching licensure in mathematics, biology or chemistry will complete additional requirements mandated by the College of Education