The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents approved a seventh bachelor's degree for South Georgia State College (SGSC) during the Regents' meeting Jan. 8, 2020, in Atlanta. SGSC President Dr. Ingrid Thompson-Sellers is pleased to announce the Bachelor of Science in Public Service Leadership that responds to the SGSC strategic plan, Moving Forward, of developing new academic programs based on the needs of the workforce and community.
The Bachelor of Science in Public Service Leadership will be a highly interdisciplinary, applied learning approach to the study of public and nonprofit service organizations and societal issues addressed and managed by such organizations. The program will emphasize independent research projects and hands-on experiential service internships with community public and nonprofit agencies and organizations in social services, health, government, charitable services, churches and the arts.
Graduates of this program can pursue careers in state and local government, nonprofit work, education, advocacy work, public administration, community development, church lay ministries and social services.
Dr. Rob Page, SGSC's vice president for academic and student affairs, states, "We are excited about the opportunities that this degree will provide for our students and the positive impact that we believe the graduates of this program will have on our region."
The need for workforce expertise in social and community service, social work, public relations and fundraising and administrative services is borne out in current national and state employment projections data for entry-level occupations related to the proposed program. According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook update of labor data, Sept. 4, 2019, all of the aforementioned occupations are projected to experience "faster than average" to "much faster than average" growth rates up to 2028.
The new Bachelor of Science in Public Service Leadership expands SGSC's academic offerings that include the Bachelor of Science degrees in Biological Sciences (BSBS), Management (BSM), Nursing (BSN), Early Childhood/Special Education (P-5) (ELE/SPED), Long-Term Healthcare Management (BSLTHM) and the Bachelor of Arts in Professional, Business, and Technical Writing (BAPBW).Tuition for SGSC's bachelor's degree programs is offered at the same tuition rate as its associate degree pathways.