The major in Accounting at UGA is designed to give students an understanding of the theory of accounting as it is used in our society: accounting standards, financial statement preparation, product costs, budgeting, taxation, auditing, risk assessment, and controls. (Refer to the Pre-Business major for information on applying to the Accounting program.)
Faculty include the former editor and co-editor of The Accounting Review (the top academic journal in accounting), the former president of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association, a former trustee of the American Taxation Association, and others.
The program consistently ranks in top 5% for CPA first time pass rates and boasts an effective career services and job placement rate of over 90%. Graduates are well-prepared for accounting careers in private, public, or governmental organizations and non-business professions such as law or top-level management.
Study Abroad Options: UGA Studies Abroad - Cortona, Italy; UGA Study Abroad in Verona, Italy; London Study Abroad Program; UGA at Oxford Study Abroad Program
A growing number of companies transact a significant portion of their business accounting through international channels. Even those corporations conducting business strictly in the U.S. have to compete with foreign imports and for foreign labor. As a result, major corporations that take advantage of international opportunities have a competitive edge.
The University of Georgia has designed its Accounting and International Business co-major to assist students in developing an in-depth understanding of the international accounting and business arena. Students take courses in the international business environment, accounting, economics, finance, information systems, legal transactions, strategic management, international marketing, and others. Students must also satisfy an international immersion requirement such as a study abroad program, internship, or additional foreign languages. (Refer to the Pre-Business major for information on applying.)
Career opportunities upon graduation include account executives, analysts, consultants, financial specialists, international marketing specialists, foreign exchange operations analysts, business managers, project coordinators, and many others.
Study Abroad Options: UGA Studies Abroad - Cortona, Italy; UGA Study Abroad in Verona, Italy; London Study Abroad Program; UGA at Oxford Study Abroad Program
Actuary Science is a field of business that deals with the financial impact of risk and security through determination of the likelihood of accidents, sickness, death, or loss of property from theft or natural disaster to minimize financial loss.
The Actuarial Science Certificate at the University of Georgia applies mathematical models to determine these uncertainties through courses in calculus, risk management & insurance, interest theories, statistics, economics, and finance.
Careers as an actuary are in high demand across all industries, consistently ranked as one of the best jobs in America in work environment, employment outlook, job security, growth opportunity, and salary.
With social media and emerging technology rapidly changing the way we connect with customers and stakeholders, now is an exciting time for young advertising professionals to quickly make a difference.
The Advertising major within the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication is designed to train students as analysts, creative thinkers, and planners in advertising and related fields for the 21st century. Specialized courses in social media, message strategy, global/multicultural ads, and digital and graphic communication are available, with over 70% of faculty bringing professional experience to their teaching and research.
Career opportunities include entry-level positions in advertising, integrated marketing communication, advisory consultation, foreign exchange operations, promotion, and other forms of mediated persuasion.
Study Abroad Options: Grady at Oxford; Travel Writing in Prague; Portuguese Flagship Program in Brazil; UGA Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity; Global Advertising and PR Program in China
Air Force ROTC offers male and female students a course of study designed to complement their individual academic major. Aerospace Studies courses are available to all UGA students. Upper division courses, AIRS 3000 and AIRS 4000 series, require permission of the department. Students enrolled in the program represent a broad cross section of the UGA student body. Enrollment in either the three-year or the four-year program offers each student an additional future career option. The student has an opportunity to explore and evaluate Air Force career opportunities while earning a college degree. Completion of the AFROTC curriculum is the initial step in the education of the professional officer and provides a firm understanding of aerospace concepts, the Air Force mission, organization, and operation. Students who complete officer candidacy requirements are commissioned when they receive a bachelor's degree. Newly commissioned officers may be granted a delay in entering active duty for the purpose of seeking advanced degrees.
The Institute for African American Studies within the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences provides a central focus for study of the impact of African American contributions upon human culture. Students will choose from one area of concentration and from each of the other two intellectually stimulating and exciting courses across the following three areas of concentration - History and Culture, Behavioral and Social Inquiry and Languages, and Literature and the Arts – for an appreciation of history, culture, psychology, socioeconomics, diversity, humanity, and experience.
The Institute is dedicated to creative research on the achievements of African Americans and to stimulating instruction for a diverse community of thinkers, serving as a cultural repository and resource for the citizenry of Georgia. Renowned faculty have published scores of books and critical articles and earned numerous awards in research and teaching, with the Institute expanding its learning to at least 10 associated departments and quadrupling its core course offerings since 1992 for a truly multidisciplinary approach.
AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES MINOR
Students seeking a minor in African American Studies must complete AFAM 2000 plus 15 credits in African American Studies Courses for a total of 18 credits.
The program in African Languages and Literature at UGA is one of the most outstanding in the country. In particular the program is renowned for sound African language and culture pedagogy. This program at UGA has offered the following languages over the years: Swahili, Amharic, Arabic, Hausa, Manding, Yoruba, and Zulu. The goal is to increase the number of African Languages taught at UGA. CMLT has hosted and provided significant support to the PAL which has continued to enjoy a strong partnership with ASI. Interestingly, the program in African Languages came into existence at the University, just a year after the establishment of the then African Studies Program.
Agribusiness involves processing and marketing food and fiber products; supplying inputs to agricultural production, processing, and transportation; and serving and regulating industry. It accounts for 22% of the nation’s economic activity.
Agribusiness majors at the University of Georgia learn economic principles and strategies for successful agribusiness marketing, management, and finance. Students take courses in economic theory, agriculture, management, marketing, accounting, communications, mathematics, and computers to develop decision-making skills for marketing, sales, processing, manufacturing, transportation, and international trade.
The degree provides career flexibility for work in private industry, government, or managing your own business.
Available Minor: Agribusiness and Management
Students are required to complete at least 15 hours of course work(minimum grade of a "C-" for each course) for the minor and all prerequisites must be taken prior to enrolling in the required courses. Courses taken to satisfy core Areas I through VI may not be counted. Courses being counted as part of a student's requirements for a major shall not be counted as part of the course work for the minor. Instead, a student must complete 15 additional hours from the listed courses that are not included in the student's major. No student shall take more than one minor in the Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics.
Study Abroad Options: Study Abroad Program in Oaxaca Mexico; Agriculture and Ecology in Tropical America - Guatemala (odd-numbered years) or Costa Rica (even-numbered years); International Agribusiness Marketing and Management: Focus on Mexico; Sustainable Agriculture in Mediterranean Regions
The Certificate in Agribusiness Law in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences provides a background for students who want to learn about the legal aspects of business endeavors related to the food and agriculture industries.
The Certificate incorporates functional courses in legal studies and agribusiness management. In this manner, students can acquire substantive subject materials while perfecting learning skills that will assist them in law school or in the management of a food or agricultural firm.
Agricultural economics applies economic principles to food and fiber production, natural resource management, community and regional economic development, environmental policy, and international trade.
Students take courses in economic theory, econometrics, statistics, accounting, technical agriculture, and the physical and biological sciences. A flexible offering of electives allows students to tailor the agricultural economics major to meet their particular interests and career objectives. Samples of past research projects have focused on water use efficiency and conservation, sustainable agricultural systems, policy, trade and market analysis, and land-use planning.
The distinguished faculty train students in decision-making, communication, and interpersonal skills for dynamic careers in business, natural resources, and the environment. For students wishing to pursue further studies, the program provides an excellent foundation for graduate schools in agricultural economics, economics, and professional schools in law and business administration.
Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Georgia continues to provide a strong theoretical background for solving real-world problems and increasing the efficiency and profitability of agriculture in Georgia and beyond.
Study Abroad Options
Agriculture and Ecology in Tropical America - Guatemala (odd-numbered years) or Costa Rica (even-numbered years); International Agribusiness Marketing and Management: Focus on Mexico, and Sustainable Agriculture in Mediterranean Regions.
The agricultural communications major at the University of Georgia is designed to provide technical and applied instruction in communication strategy, media development, and audience understanding within the context of agricultural and environmental sciences.
The curriculum emphasizes consumer and scientific understanding, media literacy, cross-cultural engagement, technology engagement and adaptation, message development, food systems awareness, and farmer/producer and consumer interactions. Key areas of skill development include writing, graphic design, photography, videography, cultural competency, critical thinking, and technology and communication trends.
Graduates of this program are prepared to go into a multitude of agricultural- and mainstream media-related positions, such as public relations, marketing, advertising, journalism, and sales.
Agricultural Education prepares students for certification and teaching of agriculture at the middle school and high school levels.
Students complete an approved program of course work in both agricultural sciences and teacher education. In the final year of the program, student engage in a school practicum that involves observation of agricultural instruction in schools across the state, helping students understand the job of teaching agriculture. Student teaching is carried out in an approved middle or high school under the daily supervision of an experienced, master teacher of agriculture. Supervision is also provided by University of Georgia Agricultural Education faculty.
The employment outlook is excellent: there is a national shortage of teachers of agriculture, and for the past 30+ years Georgia has had more job openings than graduates of the program. Graduates are also eligible for a variety of related careers in agricultural business, leadership, industry, and government agencies.
Study Abroad Options: Scotland: Youth Engagement in Agriculture and Morocco: Agriculture, Organizational and Community Development are ran through the Agricultural Leadership Education and Communication (ALEC) Department. Additional options are available through the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) study abroad office, they can be found on the CAES website.
The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering program at UGA provides a fundamental understanding of the natural, mathematical, and engineering sciences and how to apply this understanding to design devices and processes. The curriculum consists of a mathematical component that provides quantitative skills needed to measure, estimate, model, and simulate; an engineering science component that provides skills needed to integrate scientific knowledge with engineering applications; and an engineering design component that provides knowledge of the systematic process for creating new devices, systems, and structures for human use.
Students may choose from several areas of emphasis including:
* Mechanical Systems - the design of mechanical and hydraulic systems. Course work analyzes the dynamics of machinery motion; stress/deformation/fatigue in parts; and design/selection of machinery parts such as bolted and welded connections, bearings, chain, gear, and V-belt drives and shafts.
* Natural Resource Management - solves problems related to food, wastes, and the natural environment. Course work involves hydraulic structure design; runoff/erosion controls for rural and urban landscapes; and odor control systems associated with rural animal production and urban bioconversion.
* Process Operations – the application of the physical, natural, and engineering sciences in the operation and design of manufacturing plants. Course work involves the study of a wide range of production processes ranging from production control to materials handling.
* Structural Systems - designing structures and conditioning the environment within. Structural types include residential, light-framed industrial, large industrial, and greenhouse buildings. Students use state-of-the-art software to evaluate form, function, and appearance of new structural designs.
The curriculum concludes with a senior project that requires students to design a useful product under the constraints typical of private practice.
Graduates are qualified for a wide range of careers in civil, mechanical, electrical, agricultural, environmental, and process engineering areas such as design, development, testing, process control, management, electronic communications, food processing, mechanical equipment, paper production, consultation, textiles, and government.
Agriscience and Environmental Systems students learn about biology, application of new technologies for production systems and value-added commodities, water quality, resource management, marketing, and business management.
The Agriscience and Environmental Systems program is designed in collaboration with the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA; UGA faculty offer the third and fourth years of the major on the Tifton campus. This special partnership allows transfer students in the program to take required lower division courses at ABAC. However, the program welcomes students who qualify for UGA transfer from other institutions. A student may transfer into the program from any other institution.
Graduates are primed for careers that play major roles in the economic development of rural areas in the southeastern United States.
From the Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education, a minor in American Sign Language (ASL) is for students who want to develop advanced language knowledge and skills in ASL, competence in the linguistic structure of ASL, and understanding of the status of ASL as the language of the Deaf culture in the United States.
Competency in ASL is a natural complement for students interested in education, human services, speech/audiology, as well as a variety of therapeutic and other professional careers. ASL and spoken languages have many similarities and differences that enable the appreciation of the diversity of human language.