General Education Core
In its Mission Statement the University of Tennessee Southern pledges to provide undergraduate and professional programs grounded in the liberal arts and sciences that are designed to prepare students for productive careers and lives of continued learning. To meet this pledge, the University offers a coherent yet flexible academic program designed to assist students in acquiring a breadth and depth of knowledge, developing sustainable habits of mind, and mastering specific academic skills. The two chief components of the academic program are the General Education Core and the academic major.
Through structured coursework, the general education curriculum establishes an essential framework for liberal education and lifelong learning regardless of one’s chosen academic major. Its broad aim is to help students develop the ability to critically examine questions of meaning and value and to view the world from a variety of cultural, social, and historical perspectives. More specifically, the general education curriculum offers students multiple options to explore and develop an understanding of the content, disciplinary styles, and modes of inquiry specific to the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences.
Through their study of literary and artistic expression, scientific approaches to the natural world, historical forces that have shaped human cultures, and human interactions and institutions, students will master a set of specific academic skills.
Graduates of the University of Tennessee Southern will be able to
– Communicate effectively in both speaking and writing
– Think critically and creatively
– Reason quantitatively, scientifically, and ethically to reach logical conclusions
– Develop effective research strategies employing appropriate technologies
To further aid in the achievement of these core curriculum outcomes, the University encourages all students to accumulate a prescribed number of cultural/intellectual/religious enrichment credits, called FireHawk Forums.
In addition to successful completion of the required general education core courses, learning outcomes in the general education core are assessed through course-embedded measures.
For more information on completion requirements, please click here.
Johnston School of Business
Chair: Dr. Dennis Haskins
Office: Martin Hall
Associate Professors: Brown, Doss, Haskins, Jones, Wakefield
Assistant Professors: Burkins, Greene, McAdoo, E. Smith
Franklin, Killen, Mincher, Nkulu, Simmons, Williams
The D.W. Johnston School of Business offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree, and the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Sport Management.
BBA in Accounting
Dr. Alice Burkins serves as Program Coordinator for Accounting.
BBA in Management
Prof. Pat Ford serves as Program Coordinator for Management.
BBA in Management Information Systems
Prof. Nan Wakefield serves as Program Coordinator for Management Information Systems.
BS in Sport Management
Dr. Gene Smith serves as Program Coordinator for Sport Management.
Master of Business Administration
The University of Tennessee Southern’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program is designed to be challenging, interesting, productive, and fulfilling. Our expert faculty are both academically and experientially prepared to make your MBA education relevant and rigorous.
Dr. Alice Burkins serves as Director of our MBA program.
Grissom School of Education
Acting Chair: Dr. Jan Hanvy
Office: D.W. Johnston Center
Professors: J. Cheatham, D. McMasters, T. Smith
Associate Professors: Cathey
Instructors: Morefield, C. Paul
Cox, Farrar, Hanvy, J. Hlubb, C.M. Little, Monks, B. Paul, Peterson, Trice, Watson, Wharam, Young
The Grace G. Grissom School of Education offers the bachelor’s degree in elementary education with licensure to teach grades K-5, a bachelor’s degree in physical education with licensure to teach grades K-12, and a bachelor’s degree in special education interventionist with licensure for grades K-8. Licensure endorsement is also offered in driver education. Because the licensure programs are professional programs, formal application must be made and approval granted for admission into each program.
In addition to the above licensure programs, the Grace G. Grissom School of Education also offers a major in Human Performance and Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise Science as well as a non-licensure option for Elementary Education.
BS in Elementary Education
- K-5 Licensure Concentration
- Non-Licensure Concentration
Prof. Claire Paul serves as Program Coordinator for Elementary Education.
BS in Human Performance and Physical Education
- Exercise Science Concentration
- K-12 Licensure Concentration
Prof. Laura Morefield serves as Program Coordinator for Human Performance and Physical Education.
BS in Special Education
- K-8 Interventionist Concentration
Prof. Claire Paul serves as Program Coordinator for Special Education.
We offer concentrations in 6-12 Licensure with several majors: Biology, English, History, Mathematics.
Dr. Jan Hanvy serves as the Program Coordinator for Secondary Education.
Martin School of Arts & Humanities
Chair: Dr. Kayla McKinney Wiggins
Office: Martin Hall, Room 109
Professors: G. Cheatham, J. Cheatham, Harwell, Wiggins
Assistant Professors: Badolato, Fisher, Garvin, Holland, Jacklin
Instructor: A. Little, Rich
Miller, Reynolds, Schafer, Stalions, Waybright, Wright
The Victoria and Thomas Martin School of Arts & Humanities offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Music; either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Dramatic Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, or Religion and Philosophy; and minors in Art, Dramatic Arts, English, Graphic Design, Music, and Religion and Philosophy.
BA or BS in Dramatic Arts
Dr. Kayla Wiggins serves as Program Coordinator for Dramatic Arts.
BA in English
- Literature Concentration
- Licensure in Grades 6-12 Concentration
- Writing & Language Concentration
- TESOL Concentration
Dr. Kayla Wiggins serves as Program Coordinator for English.
BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies
Mrs. Casey Capps serves as the academic advisor for Interdisciplinary Studies.
BA in Music
Dr. Brendan Jacklin serves as Program Coordinator for Music.
BA or BS in Religion and Philosophy
Dr. Drew Holland serves as Program Coordinator for Religion and Philosophy.
School of Mathematics & Science
Chair: Dr. Jac Cole
Office: D.W. Johnston Center, Room 206
Associate Professors: Aust, Belford, Dorer, Doss, Hanes, Mattingly, Wakefield, Watkins
Assistant Professors: Badolato, Chee, Cosby
Instructor: R. Richardson
The School of Mathematics and Sciences includes the academic disciplines of biology, chemistry, computer information systems, mathematics, and physical science, offering bachelor degrees in biology, chemistry, computer information systems, cybersecurity, and mathematics.
The School of Mathematics and Sciences also offers programs in secondary licensure for mathematics and science/biology and offers minors in biology, chemistry, cybersecurity, mathematics, and sustainability.
BS in Biology
- Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology Concentration
- General Biology Concentration
- Wildlife Biology and Ecology Concentration
Dr. Stanton Belford serves as Program Coordinator for Biology.
BS in Chemistry
- Biochemistry Concentration
- Forensics Concentration
- General Chemistry Concentration
Dr. Liz Badolato serves as Program Coordinator for Chemistry.
BS in Computer Information Systems
- Application Development and Support Concentration
- Database Management Concentration
- Networking and Information Assurance Concentration
Prof. Nan Wakefield serves as Program Coordinator for Computer Information Systems.
BS in Cybersecurity
Prof. Nan Wakefield serves as Program Coordinator for Cybersecurity.
Certificate in Cybersecurity.
Prof. Nan Wakefield serves as Program Coordinator for Cybersecurity.
BS in Mathematics
Dr. Jennifer Aust serves as Program Coordinator for Mathematics.
Travis School of Nursing & Health Sciences
Chair: Dr. Michelle Decker
Office: Martin Hall, Room 202B
Associate Professor: Ferguson
Assistant Professors: Baker, Decker, McElhaney
N. Baker, T. Bradford
The Jeanette M. Travis School of Nursing & Health Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health Education and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Nursing offers the following three program tracks for earning the baccalaureate degree: Pre-Licensure (Traditional), LPN-BSN, and RN-BSN.
BSN in Nursing
Prof. Felicia Dailey serves as Program Coordinator for Nursing.
BS in Public Health Education
Dr. Karen Ferguson serves as Program Coordinator for Public Health Education.
School of Social Sciences
Chair: Dr. Ken Vickers
Office: Martin Hall, Room 102A
Professors: Lancaster, Vickers, Wossum-Fisher
Associate Professors: Ryckman, Webb
Assistant Professors: Schoeberl, Scherr
Instructors: Pruett, Stone
Campbell, D. Cheatham, Clark, Dudek, Hill, Holley-McCann, Jaeckle, Pigg, Rhodes, Waybright, Williams
The School of Social Sciences includes the areas of criminal justice, history, homeland security, human services, psychology, sociology, and social work. The School offers the Bachelor’s degree with majors in Behavioral Sciences, Criminal Justice, and History.
The School also houses the Master of Science in Criminal Justice.
BA or BS in Behavioral Sciences
- General Psychology Concentration
- Human Services and Counseling Concentration
Dr. Alicia Webb serves as Program Coordinator for Behavioral Sciences.
BS in Criminal Justice
Dr. Richard Schoeberl serves as Program Coordinator for Criminal Justice.
BA or BS in History
Dr. Ken Vickers serves as Program Coordinator for History.
BS in Homeland Security
Dr. Richard Schoeberl serves as Program Coordinator for Homeland Security.
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice allows students to select a track in either Management or Homeland Security.
Dr. Richard Schoeberl serves as Director of our MS in Criminal Justice.