Ethan Smith, Staff Writer
With the upcoming merger between Georgia Southern and Armstrong State University, there are many changes on the way. Mainly, these changes will affect those attending Armstrong State here in Savannah. Not only will Armstrong change many athletic opportunities, but the curriculum for various degree programs here at Armstrong as well.
Although the majority of academic programs will continue to be offered, there will be some changes to the curriculum. However, every student will be ensured a degree in their current track until at least spring semester of 2020.
Some programs that are currently in development that will appear in Armstrong’s future curriculum are: Masters of Accounting, BBA w/ Concentration in Hospitality, Tourism Management, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
The “new” Georgia Southern will consist of nine colleges once the consolidation swings into full effect: The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing,College of Arts and Humanities, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, the Don and Cindy Waters College of Health Professions, the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, College of Science and Mathematics and the J.N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies.
The one noticeable adjustment that has some talking on the Armstrong campus is the change of Sociology becoming a Bachelor of Science degree under the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
Ned Rinalducci, a Sociology professor here at Armstrong State, gave his insight on the movement of the Sociology department.
“This a very positive development. Armstrong has wanted to offer a Bachelor’s in Sociology for some time. There has been demand at the student level and staffing at the faculty level, yet the politics at the state level were never right. In the current political and media…