College of Social Sciences
Welcome to the College of Social Sciences. We are glad that you have taken a moment to learn about the new College.
Not yet two years old, the College of Social Sciences faculty have put much effort into laying a solid foundation. At the beginning of this process we committed ourselves to excellence in our majors and in the core curriculum. The six departments within the College –Anthropology, Criminology, Mass Communications, Political Science and Planning, Psychology, and Sociology –are united by a shared passion for understanding the richness of human behavior and the complexity of communication among people. We are concerned with societies, cultures, groups, and above all, individuals. The faculty of the College are dedicated to educating students with an understanding of contemporary and historical aspects of the various disciplines of the social sciences and the skills necessary for professional competence.
In support of our commitment to excellence, we have collaborated on multidisciplinary initiatives and added new foci to our already existing programs to ensure that our students are ready to compete in our fast-paced, ever-changing, increasingly diverse, and technologically driven society. We have invested in new initiatives, such as our undergraduate program in Criminology –the only undergraduate program at UWG that is offered completely online; and our new Ph.D. program, Psychology: Consciousness and Society –the only Ph.D. program at UWG. Another of our new initiatives is our Biological and Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (BAFAL). We also foster dynamic undergraduate and graduate programs. The number of majors within our six academic departments total 2,031; the number of graduate students total 192.
In support of our professional development activities, we have created teaching initiatives, grants initiatives, and revived the Studies in the Social Sciences academic journal. We established a College-wide mentoring program and held our first staff retreat –giving our staff colleagues an opportunity for professional development. We kicked off our first open mic event sponsored by the Student Advisory Council to the Dean. We also brought together a unique and diverse group of professionals from our local community to establish our Community Relations Board –a board that will help guide and steer this College in the days and months to come.
Our commitment to community outreach have led us to sponsor training programs in our BAFAL, our Survey Research Center, our Center for the Study of Social Dynamics, and to share our Antonio J. Waring, Jr. Archaeological Laboratory traveling Teaching Trunks with educators in our local schools. We continue to create programming of interest to the larger community through UTV13, The WOLF Internet Radio, and The West Georgian newspaper. Reaching out to our community has made possible multiple internship opportunities for our students and professional consulting opportunities for our colleagues.
As you can tell the College of Social Sciences is giving students many reasons to “Go West,” and we invite you to join us in any or all of these efforts.
N. Jane McCandless, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean