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The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is an interdisciplinary community of teacher-scholars who utilize varieties of social and behavioral research methodologies to enhance societal well-being and the quality of life of individuals, families, and communities across diverse environments and contexts.

The mission of the college is to prepare students to be productive citizens and contributing members of an ever-changing and complex society through the rigorous development of analytical skills, enhanced understanding of individual and collective behavior, culturally inclusive theory and professional work, and experiential learning that applies theory to policy and practice. To that end, faculty and students engage in cutting-edge research and creative scholarship to expand knowledge and understanding in the world. Additionally, through local, state, national, and international service and advocacy, college faculty, staff, and students work collaboratively to strengthen their communities.

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences provides transformative experiences that extend learning from the classroom to the laboratory, studio, and community. As a result, graduates develop skills in ethics, critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, and communication that prepare them for rewarding careers, lifelong learning, and engaged global citizenship.

Dr. Saba Jallow Legacy Fund

The Saba & Renata Jallow Race, Politics, and the African Diaspora Film Series

The Saba M. Jallow Race, Politics, and the African Diaspora Film Series is a collection of films that embodies the spirit and honors the work of Dr. Saba M. Jallow. Dr. Jallow is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Director of the Center for Africana Studies at Georgia Southern University (GS). Originally from The Gambia, Dr. Jallow came to Georgia Southern in 1989 from the University of Virginia where he was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute. Along with colleagues Drs. Alfred Young and Francois Manchuelle, one of Dr. Jallow’s most significant contributions to GS was the establishment of the Africana Studies program in 2001. Dr. Jallow also pioneered the Southeastern Model African Union simulation which is now held annually by the University System of Georgia’s Africa Council, a council that he served as chair for four years. During his tenure at GS, Dr. Jallow has touched the lives of countless students, faculty members, and staff at Georgia Southern. The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is grateful for Dr. Jallow’s 33 years of dedicated teaching, research, and service. In his honor, we established this film series as an effort to continue the legacy and the lasting impact of Dr. Jallow’s work on students, faculty, staff, and the GS community. 

Dr. Jallow’s teaching, research, and activism was greatly informed by US and international politics, human rights, and the Black experience both in the United States and abroad. Each of the films selected for this series will speak to Dr. Jallow’s passion in these areas. After viewing each film, participants will be invited to take part in a panel discussion led by content area experts and others that will allow further reflection on the film, delve deeper into how the film is emblematic of Dr. Jallow’s work, and connect it to the current historical and socio-political moment.

Scholarships for Africana Studies Program Students

Funds are used to provide scholarships for talented students enrolled in the Africana Studies Program.  Students are selected for the scholarships through a process led by the program director and faculty involved with the program.

Financial Assistance for Students to Attend the International Model African Union Conference

Each year, the International Model African Union Conference is held at Howard University in Washington, D.C.  Participation in the Model African Union simulation has a long-lasting impact on the students.  Funds will be used to support the cost of attendance for students participating in conference.

The Saba M. Jallow CBSS Inclusion Champion Award

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is establishing an annual award that recognizes significant accomplishments by faculty, staff, and students in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the college, across the university, and throughout the community.  Funds will be used to provide a monetary award in recognition of these important efforts.

Dr. Saba M. Jallow

Dr. Jallow received his Ph.D. from West Virginia University and he has been teaching at Georgia Southern University since 1989. He came to Georgia Southern from the University of Virginia, where he was a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute. Classes he teaches at Georgia Southern include American Government, African Politics, Introduction to Africa and its Diaspora, Model African Union Seminar, Comparative Politics, Rural Economic Development, Scope and Methods, International Political Economy, Congress and Public Policy and Fulani. He initiated the Southeast Model African Union simulation in Georgia, which is now held annually by the University System of Georgia Africa Council. He was the chair of the University System African Council for four years. He also serves as the director of the Center for Africana Studies at Georgia Southern University.

Research and Teaching Interests: Introduction to Africa and its Diaspora, African Politics, International Political Economy, Comparative Politics, Seminar in Africana Studies, The African Union, Human Rights, African Development, Foreign Policy and Policy Making.

Selected Publications: 

“African Businesses: Problems and Potential Solutions” Essays in Economic and Business History, ed., Edwin J. Perkins, University of Southern California, 1990

“The Federal Context of Regulation: The Spatial Dimension of Federal Enforcement” Social Science Quarterly 71(4), Dec., 1990

“Apartheid in Retreat: Economic Sanctions and Political Reform” National Political Science Review 5, 1994:245-258

Last updated: 3/30/2022