Department of Government and Sociology

In the Department of Government and Sociology, we will lead you on a path of exploration into the public sector— but we also lead you to a path of self-discovery as an active citizen in an ever-evolving world.  

From in depth courses on constitutionalism and public service systems to graduate degrees in public administration and criminal justice— you have endless opportunities to learn from some of the most dedicated and talented faculty at Georgia College. And your time in the programs won’t stop in the classroom. We cultivate a sense of independence and curiosity in our students, which leads to undergraduate research, public service projects and internships.

After graduating from Georgia College and the Department of Government and Sociology, you’ll be equipped with everything you need to not only enter into careers at the international to local levels— but to be a leader in the process. 

Political Science Major Earns Undergraduate Research Award

 Mary Eve Spirou, a senior Political Science major, received the Roger N. Pajari Undergraduate Research Award at the 2015 Georgia Political Science Association Annual Conference in Savannah, Nov. 12-14.

Under Dr. Min Kim’s guidance, Mary investigated the role of women in the Georgia General Assembly and determined the impact of gender on the activities of state legislators, specifically in the areas of committee assignments and sponsored legislation. Additionally, her research sought to establish the variables that influence the number of committees legislators are involved in as well as the amount of bills authored. The analysis focused on the make-up of the Georgia General Assembly from 2003-2014, examining the participation of women in the two legislative chambers during this period. The research concluded with policy recommendations on how to address the current standing of women in the Georgia General Assembly.

The Roger N. Pajari Undergraduate Research Award was established to honor Roger N. Pajari, a tireless advocate for undergraduate research in political science.



Catching Up with Alumnus Tyler Adams

We recently caught up with Political Science alumnus, Tyler Adams, to find out what he’s been doing and what he has planned for the future.  Mr. Adams graduated from Georgia College and made a lasting impression on faculty and fellow students.  Professor Hank Edmondson had this to say about Tyler, “Tyler was not just a good student, but over the years of his tenure at Georgia College, became a friend as well. He was always an intelligent voice in the classroom and when he joined our study abroad program in Spain and Ireland, he was one of those students you are happy to have abroad: consistently positive, academically motivated, and always maintaining a regard for the well-being of the entire group.”

After graduating from Georgia College in 2013, Tyler moved to Atlanta and began working as a legislative fellow in the Office of Governor Deal. Following the 2014 legislative session, he moved over to the Governor's re-election campaign and served as Field Director for Northwest Georgia.  After Deal won the election in November, Tyler served as Director of Production for the Governor's inauguration ceremony. 

“My time with the Governor's team allowed me to meet an array of contacts in the political scene, which led to the job that I have now.  In January, I was picked up by a government affairs/lobbying firm, The Hudson Group, where I now serve as Legislative Director.”

Tyler has continued his education at Georgia State University, where he is pursuing a Master of Public Policy, and plans to graduate next fall.  “I'm thankful for everything that Georgia College taught me, and would not be where I am today without the professors who provide me with so much encouragement and support. My time spent in Milledgeville was the best four years of my life, and I cherish the memories that I made while there.” 

Charles Ubah, Ph.D., Professor has article published

Charles Ubah Ph.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, recently published an article titled “The International Criminal Court: Antecedents, History, and Prospects.”  Dr. Ubah coauthored it with Osy E. Nwebo, Ph.D..  The article appeared in the “International Journal for Innovation Education and Research.”

The article explores the history, the role and the necessity of the International Criminal Court (ICC).  The authors put forth the argument that ICC fills a void when governments are unable or unwilling to prosecute the alleged perpetuators of human rights abuses.


The Department of Government and Sociology at Georgia College is committed to providing all of its students with an education that offers in-depth study and a breath of experience through our programs.  Our faculty and curriculum focuses on engaging and challenging students to grow both academically and personally as they prepare for careers in their chosen fields or by continuing their studies at the graduate level.   The undergraduate programs include the BA major and minor in Criminal Justice, Political Science and Sociology, and a minor in Anthropology.  At the graduate level we offer two degrees, the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Science in Criminal Justice.  

With 25 dedicated full-time faculty, the department prides itself on promoting a student-centered learning environment in pursuit of intellectual excellence.  As active scholars in their field, our faculty have been recognized with outstanding teaching, research and service awards.  Our programs share a commitment to the highest standards of academic quality and faculty work closely with students as teacher-scholars to advance their goals.  By embracing our liberal arts mission, we strive to create an academic environment that aims to assist the development of life-long and independent learners. 

Our students have opportunities to become involved in undergraduate research, public service projects, and internships.  They learn in and beyond the classroom through civic engagement, study abroad, work on archaeology sites, etc.  Several courses offer students opportunities to work with local citizens and public school students in citizenship and community-based programming.

Once again, welcome to the Department of Government and Sociology and on behalf of the faculty I invite you to contact us with any questions and encourage you to learn more about our work!

Stephanie McClure, Ph.D.
Professor and Acting Chair








Department of Government and Sociology
Arts and Sciences Room 2-03  |  Campus Box 18
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-4562
Fax: (478) 445-5273