CLASS Departments

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) offers programs that provide broad-based learning in a variety of subjects to develop your critical thinking abilities, communication skills, work experience and community involvement. Our highly qualified professors teach in small classroom settings and take the time to get to know you as an individual. They will encourage you to express yourself creatively in an environment that is challenging yet supportive.

The Department of English, Languages, and Cultures includes programs in Composition, English Language and Literature, and World Languages and Cultures (Arabic, Chinese, French, and Spanish). The department offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in English language and literature, a minor in English, and areas of concentration (15 credit hours) in Spanish or French.

Students in the department have many opportunities to participate in organizations. Examples include "Estuary," a publication that features student art, poetry, and other writings. In addition, the department hosts student organizations in English and Spanish.

The programs of fine arts and health education & humanities, comprise the Department of Liberal Arts. These programs encompass the varied disciplines of English language and literature, foreign languages, religious and philosophical studies, humanities, music, art, speech, and theater.You are offered a wealth of activities and experiences at SSU that let you expand your horizons in the arts, regardless of your major.

Examples include: "The Players by the Sea", an organized theater group that has been recognized locally for its outstanding offerings. The Marching Tiger Band is a campus tradition that includes all of the pageantry and precision expected of those who don the blue and orange uniform and is one of only a number of opportunities for students to display their musical talents.

Offers courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in one of three areas: Print Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising, and Audio and Video Production. Minor programs are available in English and several other disciplines within the university.

The department offers courses in desktop publishing, photojournalism, radio and television production, public relations, non-linear editing, web design, and advertising copy writing. Students will have many opportunities before graduation to develop professional skills. We offer a fully functioning television production studio and control room; WHCJ-FM, the university's radio station and Tiger's Roar, SSU's award-winning student newspaper. We also offer public relations and advertising experience both in and out of the classroom through internships, volunteer opportunities and classroom projects.

Whether studying pre-law, public administration or international and comparative politics, our programs prepare you for careers in government, law, business, international organizations and to teach in a secondary classroom by preparing students to take the certification exam. Students who have earned their bachelor's degree can continue their education here at SSU. Our master's degree in public administration prepares students to work effectively as managers and leaders in public service organizations.

The Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers academic programs in Africana studies, behavior analysis, criminal justice, history, and sociology to prepare students for graduate studies and career goals. These programs include scholarly activities designed to develop historical consciousness, awareness of civic responsibilities, appreciation of cultural diversity, and an understanding of both human behavior and interpersonal relationships. The department promotes the examination of the various issues and opportunities that affect the lives of societal members in Georgia, the nation, and the world.

Our bachelor's degree program in social work prepares you for individual, group, and community level service. The social work major is structured around four interrelated components: theoretical foundations/intervention strategies, client population/cultural diversity, research/evaluation, and skills development/fieldwork. Savannah State's social work majors put what they've learned into practice. As an undergraduate student, you will complete 600 clock hours of field practice.

The fieldwork gives you opportunities to integrate and apply your classroom instruction in diverse duman service settings under the instruction of approved, agency-based social workers. After earning you bachelor's degree, you can continue your education at SSU and earn a master's degree in social work.