College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Brian Axsmith
Phone: (251) 460-6331
Dr. Steven Rockwell
Phone: (251) 380-2800
Dr. Ellen Burton Harrington
Phone: (251) 460-7326
Dr. Martha J. Brazy
Phone: (251) 460-6210
Fax: (251) 460-6750
The Master of Arts degree in History is designed to meet the varied needs of students. There are three study tracks or plans for completion of the degree: thesis, non-thesis, and the M.A. in History with Class A Teaching Certification.
Normally, those who wish to go on to a Ph.D. program, law school, or certain positions in archives, government, and community college teaching positions pursue the thesis option. Other students pursuing positions where a thesis is not needed often study in the non-thesis track. Students who wish to teach in public schools in Alabama, and who already hold a Class B teaching certificate, may pursue the Class A Teaching Certification option.
For further information on the M.A. program see the departmental booklet, Graduate Program in History, or consult the departmental graduate coordinator.
Dr. Ronald Kiene
Phone: (251) 460-7136
The Master of Science (M.S.) program in marine sciences is designed to train and prepare superior students for a career in this field. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in marine sciences is designed to provide a formal course of training and advanced research in the marine sciences that produces significant, original contributions to knowledge. The Ph.D. degree is awarded to students who have reached and formally demonstrated a level of competence and accomplishment that enables them to pursue careers as marine science professionals. The Ph.D. degree confers eligibility for many positions in academia, industry, and government. The marine sciences program offers coursework and opportunities for research in three main areas: biological, chemical, and geological oceanography. Each student receives formal training in each of these disciplines before concentrating in a specific research area.
Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Daniel Silver
Phone: (251) 460-6264
Fax: (251) 460-7969
A Master of Science degree in Mathematics is offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The program has been designed to meet the varied needs and goals of most students seeking advanced degrees in mathematics. The course of study is sufficiently flexible to accommodate students interested in traditional and modern mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics. Additionally, there is a program available for students who are seeking Class A Professional Teacher Certification.
Political Science and Criminal Justice
Dr. Samuel Fisher
Phone: (251) 460-7204
Fax: (251) 460-6567
The Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) curriculum in the Department of Political Science is a professional degree program designed principally for present and future administrators and officers in government and other public-related organizations. It is open, however, to other qualified students as well. Students entering the program come from varied academic and vocational backgrounds. Accordingly, no specific undergraduate major is required for admission to the MPA program. However, certain course prerequisites exist which must be satisfied prior to enrollment in any of the required core courses of the curriculum. All students in the program have an option of non-thesis (Plan A) or thesis (Plan B). Students in the program who are not already employed in the public sector should, if possible, serve in government internships. (Contact department for details.)
Dr. Lisa A. Turner
Phone: (251) 460-6013
The Master of Science program in general psychology allows the student to choose either an applied or experimental focus. All students complete a core curriculum designed to provide them with knowledge of current theories, principles, and methods of experimental and applied psychology. This is followed by courses in either applied or experimental areas. The applied courses are designed to equip students with basic psychological assessment and treatment skills that will enable them to function later in an applied employment setting under supervision of a licensed psychologist. Courses for the experimental student are designed to provide more extensive information in research design and experimental methods as well as theoretical background related to the student's thesis research. Both programs, as well as the core curriculum, are designed to provide students with the necessary theoretical and research background to pursue further graduate study, if they so choose. Graduate students in both areas receive individual attention and close supervision by departmental faculty.
Dr. Christopher Freed
Phone: (251) 460-6348
Fax: (251) 460-7925
The Master of Arts degree program in sociology provides the student with training in advanced methods of sociological analysis and increased knowledge of specialized areas in sociology. The student may choose either a thesis or non-thesis program. The thesis program is designed to prepare students for admission to doctoral programs in sociology. The non-thesis program is designed for students whose current situations or immediate goals involve careers in teaching, government, industry, or social services. The program offers specialized training in a number of areas of sociology including Applied, Maritime, Environmental and Medical Sociology, the Family, and Gerontology. Students may be enrolled in the University's Gerontology Certification program while pursuing the M.A. in sociology. Students may complete internships for partial fulfillment of their degree requirements.
Additionally, there are many departments with the College of Arts and Sciences which, while they have no graduate degree programs, offer courses at the graduate level for those students who need or desire such work. Included are the departments of Art and Art History, Chemistry, Foreign Languages, Geology and Geography, Music, and Philosophy.
The University of South Alabama provides equal educational opportunities to and is open and accessible to all qualified students without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, or qualified handicap/disability, with respect to all of its programs and activities.
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