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. 

Department Students and Alumna Present at Conference

Jada Butler, B.A. Criminal Justice and current Master of Science Criminal Justice, recently co-presented at the annual Criminal Justice Association of Georgia (CJAG) Conference.  Entitled "The Perpetuation of Rape Myths in Rape Culture," Ms. Butler co-presented with Criminal Justice professor Dr. Sara Doude.  Shelby Hatcher, Criminal Justice graduate and Georgia College police officer presented her paper, "Does Law Enforcement Presence Make Safer Schools?"  Political Science and Pre-Law student Marilyn Ampel co-presented "Someimes the Truth Hurst" with Pre-Law advisor and Criminal Justice Professor Dr. Jennifer Hammack.  

Criminal Justice Faculty Member Co-presents at Conference

Charles Ubah, Ph.D. co-presented with Peter Akanwa of Imo State University at the recent Criminal Justice Association of Georgia Conference.  The title of the presentation was "Considering Sovereign Security Thinking in an Era of Unprecedented Globalization and Global Threats: Lessons for the 21st Century."

Department Chair Co-writes Book

The department is proud to announce the publication of Building the "City of Spectacle" by Cornell University Press, the only scholarly book assessing Mayor Richard M. Daley’s record and legacy. The book is co-written by Professor Costas Spirou, department chair and current interim Provost of Academic Affairs and Professor Dennis R. Judd. This new book connects Chicago’s postwar transformation to the larger economic, political and sociological forces that have been reshaping American cities and American politics over the past three decades.  

For more information about "Building the City of Spectacle," visit the book’s page on the Cornell University Press website:

Grant Awarded

The Department of Justice's Office of Violence against Women recently renewed a nearly $300,000 three year grant for additional funding for Project BRAVE. The project's primary investigator, Jennifer Graham, and Dr. Carrie Cook, the co-investigator, have worked to develop a coordinated community response to power based interpersonal violence on campus. Over 2,000 students and 500 faculty and staff members at Georgia College have taken part in training and program opportunities. Additionally, advocacy services have increased with the addition of victim advocate Melissa Gerrior. The project has also provided a SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner) trained emergency room nurse at the local hospital.

New Faculty Member Has Article Published

Amanda Reinke, Ph.D., Georgia College's new Anthropology professor, recently has an article published in the journal "Bronislaw Magazine."  Entitled "Of monsters and men: tech, startups and direct action in the San Francisco Bay Area," the article examines the downfall of direct action in addressing the roots of pervasive problems that have resulted from tensions rising in the San Francisco Bay Area, as incoming tech and startup workers displace longtime residents.

The article may be read here.

Election Talk: Voter ID and Voter Fraud
An election talk with political scientist Dr. Hank Edmondson (Government & Sociology)
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 12-1pm
Russell Library (Times Talk Corner)

This talk is co-sponsored by the Ina Dillard Russell Library, the American Democracy Project, the Department of Government & Sociology and the Honors Program.

Election Talk: Is Trump a Populist?
An election talk with political scientist Dr. Hank Edmondson (Government & Sociology).
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 12-1pm
Russell Library (Times Talk Corner)

This talk is co-sponsored by the Ina Dillard Library, American Democracy Project, the Department of Government & Sociology and the Honors Program.

GC's Constitution Week September 16, 19-23

Friday, Sept.16:  Constitution Day Festival – music and constitution-themed activities on Front Campus 11am-2pm.  

Monday, Sept. 19:  Hugh Thompson (Chief Justice, GA Supreme Court) to discuss access to justice and expansion of the GA Supreme Court (6-6:45pm); State Rep. Allen Peake to discuss medical marijuana and associated issues of federalism (6:45-7:30) 

Tuesday, Sept. 20:  Supreme Court Review panel

Wednesday, Sept. 21:  Times Talk (noon at Library – student discussion of Guns on Campus and Free Exercise / RFRA)

Wednesday, Sept. 21:  Guns on Campus Discussion – State Rep. Susan Holmes, State Rep. Stacey Godfrey Evans

Wednesday, Sept. 21:  Free Exercise / RFRA Discussion - State Rep. Stacey Godfrey Evans, State Sen. Josh McKoon

Thursday, Sept. 22:  Jason Carter and Josh Belinfante to discuss redistricting, voter identification, and voter registration


The Politics of Food & Knowledge in India - Information Session

Oct 5 2016 - 8:00pm
Location: Arts & Sciences 2-15

Dr. Sandra Godwin will be leading a group to India next May.  Join her to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Explore food systems, food security and other social issues in India related to food and community health. In the bustling capital city of Delhi, interact with urban farmers through PRAXIS, one of the oldest community-based research institutes in the world. PRAXIS participated in a global, community-generated analysis of the new SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), called "Participate," in which this program's co-instructor, Dr. Felix Bivens, was also deeply involved.  At Earth University (Bija Vidyapeeth), part of the Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm in Doon Valley in the foothills of the Himalayas in northern India, observe alternative approaches to food production and take a cooking class. At the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) in Jamkhed, several hours' drive outside of Mumbai, learn about the links between health, nutrition, and climate.  The CRHP offers health care services via the Village Health Worker program, Mobile Health Teams and the Julia Hospital.  The program will end in Mumbai, the most populated city in India, where you will have a chance to explore the city's rich history and cosmopolitan culture. A major part of the program will be spent in the field, so writing field notes and verbal communication in group reflection and synthesis sessions are key avenues for learning. Excursions to the main tourist attractions include the Taj Mahal, the Gateway to India, Agra Fort, sites related to the life of Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian independence struggle and the Elephanta Caves across the Bombay Harbor.

More information about the program can be found here:

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!

Carrie Cook, Ph.D.
Professor and Acting Chair


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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