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About CBSS

On behalf of the Dean’s Office for The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University, Welcome!

One University, Three Campuses

A residential university of 26,500 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Georgia Southern’s hallmark is a superior undergraduate experience emphasizing academic distinction, excellent teaching, and student success.

Statesboro Campus

Statesboro Campus

Georgia Southern’s largest campus, home to more than 20,000 students, is located in historic Statesboro, a growing college town built around a shop-lined Main Street.

Statesboro Campus Information

Statesboro Campus Map

Armstrong Campus in Savannah

Armstrong Campus

Situated on the Atlantic coast in beautiful Savannah, the Armstrong Campus of Georgia Southern University is located just minutes away from the National Historic Landmark District downtown and a short drive from the sunny beaches of Tybee Island.

Armstrong Campus Information

Armstrong Campus Map

Liberty Campus in Hinesville

Liberty Campus

Located in Hinesville, the Liberty Campus houses a new, state-of-the-art facility offering a variety of opportunities for local students, especially those affiliated with the military, to take advantage of a nationally recognized university in their own backyard.

Hinesville Campus Information

Program Accreditations

The following program-specific accreditations are in addition to our SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accreditation:

APA

American Psychological Association https://accreditation.apa.org/

CIDA

Council for Interior Design Accreditation https://www.accredit-id.org/

COAPRT

Council on Accreditation (Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions) https://accreditationcouncil.org/

NASPAA

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration https://www.naspaa.org/

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - 1895

CBSS Advisory Board

A distinguished group of Alumni and Friends of the College that are appointed by the President of Georgia Southern University based on the recommendation of the Dean of the College. These individuals sit as an Advisory Board to the Dean and the College to discuss and advise on matters that impact the development and growth of the College and its Departments.

Advisory in nature, the board plays an important role in bringing an external perspective on matters of planning and development for the College. The College is dedicated to preparing students to meet the challenges of an ever-evolving and diverse world, and the College Advisory Board is uniquely situated to assist the Dean in fulfilling this goal.

Current Board Membership
  • Lee Berger Ph.D. | Anthropology, 1990
  • Jodi Hunter | Political Science, 1975 & Masters of Public Administration, 1978
  • Francys Johnson | Political Science, 2001
  • Lane Kennedy | Home Economics Education, 1963
  • Rose Mae Milliken | Art, 1959
  • Darrin Van Tassell, Ph.D. | Political Science, 1989
  • Patti Victor | Masters in Management Information Systems, 1978 & Masters in Arts of Teaching, 2010
  • William Wallace | Masters of Public Administration, 1981
  • Lana Wachniak Ph.D. | Criminal Justice, 1973

Our Mission and Vision

Vision

CBSS aims to become a recognized leader in creating safe, strong, and healthy communities through education, research and creative scholarship, and community engagement.  CBSS strives for real-world impacts in enhancing cultural understanding and belonging; promoting social, behavioral, and emotional health; and fostering vibrant social, civic, and political institutions.

Mission

CBSS prepares students to be life-long learners, productive citizens, and effective leaders in a diverse and global social world and uses our research expertise to improve the lives of others.  Emphasizing high-impact teaching and learning strategies, our programs apply diverse scientific methodologies to behavioral and social issues and work in teams to solve complex problems. By working with faculty and our community partners to make a positive impact on social life, CBSS produces graduates and supports communities ready to meet the challenges of today AND tomorrow.  

Culture

CBSS values the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge about culture, the impact of culture on individuals and groups, and differences between cultures.  Culture is the lens through which individuals and groups experience, understand, and evaluate social life and interactions with others. CBSS is committed to educating and increasing the understanding of the historical developments of culture; the influence of culture on behaviors, attitudes, values, and beliefs; and the ways in which culture influences design, development, and interactions across a variety of contexts.  People.

Belonging

Differences between people define social life.  CBSS values differences in all forms. CBSS is committed to building inclusive communities and organizations that affirm, value, and engage all identities.  In CBSS, everybody belongs because of the differences that each individual brings to the classroom, research settings, and community-building processes within the college and across our communities.  Purpose.

Science

Applying a variety of scientific methods to the study of social issues is at the heart of every discipline in the college.  CBSS values science as the framework for understanding human behavior, designing spaces and materials that function effectively, analyzing public policy, increasing public safety, understanding political engagement, managing public organizations, and supporting healthy families, among the hundreds of other ways science is used across CBSS to better our communities.  Action.

Service

The work of CBSS is done toward one goal—making a positive difference in the lives of others and in our communities.  CBSS directly engages stakeholders across our communities to improve social conditions and quality-of-life. We value the application of our scientific expertise to serving our communities in a variety of roles, including mental health support, family education programs, high-quality child care and education, community-based research, and service on a variety of impactful community organizations.  Growing Ourselves to Grow Others.

Marketing & Media

The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences provides a number of avenues for faculty, staff, students and Alumni accomplishments to be promoted and recognized. The college promotes weekly events to include recognition, highlights, and accomplishments within the College via social media platforms,  and soon will produce a monthly newsletter featuring the latest faculty, student and alumni accomplishments and publications.

If you would like to submit your news to the College for review, please fill out the request form at the link provided below. All requests will be reviewed and selected by the Dean’s Office for publication.

Last updated: 12/22/2023