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. 

Sociology Alumni Shares Experiences and Insights with Current Sociology Students

Sociology’s Senior Seminar recently hosting a series of alumni panels which included former students working in the non-profit and social services sectors, as well as graduates who had gone on to graduate school in a range of fields. They shared advice with the students, including the importance of connecting with people and being willing to talk about one’s skills in a meaningful way. Each also shared how thankful they were for the small class sizes and high quality interaction they had with program faculty that helped them be better prepared for post-college life than many of their peers.

Students shared that they appreciated being able to talk with others who are now out in the world and also hear about the benefits of doing graduate work. Laura Blackman had this to say, “I would like to thank the GC alumni for taking the time out of their day to speak to our class. It was very incredibly comforting and inspirational to be able to hear what post-graduate life is like first hand. I was immediately drawn to Tegan, as our passions are very similar, and she has inspired me to aim for similar goals as hers. The panel showed me that there are endless possibilities out there for sociology graduates, you just have to be willing to put yourself out there.”

The entire department thanks these individuals for giving of their time to connect with our current students.

Heather Appleby, a native of Macon, GA. graduated from Georgia College in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Spanish. After graduating, Heather worked as a Substance Abuse Counselor until 2012. Upon moving to Atlanta, she joined the staff of Atlanta Center for Medical Research. Heather began at ACMR as a research assistant, but quickly moved into the role of a clinical research coordinator. Soon after, she began to move into the role of training coordinator. Heather ultimately took over the coordination and delivery of training for ACMR. In May 2015, Heather left ACMR to begin a two year Master’s program in School Counseling at Georgia State University. Heather is currently completing an internship at Simpson Elementary School and will graduate in May 2017 with a Masters of Education in School Counseling.

Tegan Hurley graduated from GC in 2011 with a degree in Sociology and earned a non-profit leadership certificate. After graduation, she participated in AmeriCorps, worked with Habitat for Humanity and Easter Seals of Georgia. She currently works as the Organizational Coordinator at American Community Gardening Association.

Cassie Taylor graduated in May 2011 with a double major in Sociology and Criminal Justice. From April 2011 she worked as a Support Coordinator with Georgia Support Services to coordinate services for persons with developmental disabilities. In 2012 she was hired as a Program Manager with RHA Health Services. Her degree and experience qualified her as a Developmental Disability Professional to work with people with exceptional behavioral and medical needs. She is currently working with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities as a Behavior Specialist.

Diana Bacallao graduated in 2016 with a major in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice. After an exhausting graduate school application process, she decided to attend NC State University where she studies Higher Education Administration. Diana currently manages a residence hall of over 400 students and supervises a staff of 10 Resident Advisors. Her degree in Sociology has given her a leg up in her graduate school classes as well as the insight necessary to help her student staff navigate a college campus experiencing racial tensions during of a contentious election season.

Jon German graduated in December 2013 with a major in Sociology. He worked at Mercer Engineering Research Center (MERC) as a CAD technician in Warner Robins from graduation until he moved to Knoxville, TN. He was hired by Oak Ridge National Laboratory in April 2015, working in the Geographic Information Science and Technology group. His degree and experience with statistical analysis and GIS qualified him to work on many projects, including the Population Density Tables project. The project supplies high resolution, global population statistics to government organizations, NGOs and relief organizations. He currently works at the lab part-time and began a Master's program in Human Geography at the University of Tennessee in August.

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.  

Faculty Members Awarded Grants

Please join us in congratulating our faculty colleagues for their hard work and recent awards. We have several faculty who have recently been recognized by grant awards.  Congratulations!

College of  Arts and Sciences Faculty Development Grant:

Alesa Liles

Amanda Reinke

Diversity Mini Grant:

Alesa Liles

Anita Thompson

Charles Ubah

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.

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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
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Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: (478) 445-4562
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