The communication department prepares undergraduate and graduate students for careers in an ever-evolving, connected global society. Students enjoy emphasis areas as diverse as sports communication, communication and the law, and public relations. They develop an integrated skill set in oral, visual and written communication and learn how to present information and interact in a digital communication environment. Department faculty have expertise in diverse areas of human communication and the scholarship they pursue challenges and educates students at both abstract and applied levels.
Nursing and public health sciences are two of the hottest career fields in America today. Nurses are the backbone of the medical profession, and those serving in health sciences help people live stronger, healthier and happier lives by serving in health education or administration or going into a variety of medical fields. The baby boomer generation represents the largest population segment in the country, and as that generation continues to age and retire, hospital systems and other organizations race to find enough employees to meet the demands this generation places on the health care industry. Advances in medical technology and treatment are causing people to live longer as well, which keeps both fields constantly in search of highly educated students.
Nearly one-third of your life is spent playing. Recreational activities are just as necessary as sleeping or eating. Students and faculty in the parks, recreation and tourism managementt department study these recreational activities. They study fun, learn how to manage recreational activities, take an active role in the environment and perform scientific studies on tourism and its effects on local, regional and national economies. These are but a few of the academic avenues this exciting department offers its students.
The political science department allows you to explore theories concerning politics, global affairs, political theory, public administration and public policy. Political science students gain a versatile set of skills they can apply in careers ranging from law and business to careers in federal, state and local governments. Many faculty members have served as diplomats, advisors to governors and strategists for congressional and gubernatorial campaigns; their range of scholarly expertise is on display in research and in the classroom.
What do these programs have in common? They impact us all individually, but they also have global implications. The environment; health and wellness; human, political and social behavior; and our collective means of communication can be the keys to a better life for individuals, families and communities around the globe.
The psychology department specializes in human factors psychology and industrial-organizational psychology. Its students enjoy careers in human services, management, education, health, sports and many other fields that require an in-depth understanding of human behavior. They are mentored and taught by a faculty conducting psychological research in these industries and many more. This department is focused on exploring the mind, behavior and the many links between them.
In the sociology, anthropology and criminal justice department, faculty and students explore issues related to poverty, race, gender, criminal justice, marriage, culture and developing societies. This department includes a multidisciplinary faculty from four academic traditions: sociology, anthropology, criminal justice and social work. The department plays a central role in the university because it is situated squarely at the crossroads of the natural and behavioral sciences with emphases on incorporating empirical methods and gaining knowledge of human systems development across cultures.
Our programs in youth, family and community studies conduct research and provide public service related to everyday life in families and neighborhoods -- understanding both are necessary for the healthy development of children and youth. Graduates come away with an understanding of how development affects individuals, families and the community. Faculty in this department instill a desire in its students to strengthen ties between families and communities so that their youngest members can have the best start in life
Our students are a diverse group of individuals with a desire to improve the quality of life for others. They come from across the state, the nation and the world, and many of our students participate in Calhoun Honors College, the university's honors program. With great students and the exemplary faculty and staff who guide them, our programs have amassed many honors and allow students to engage in variety of unique programs.