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 and Sociology Alum Co-authors Article

James Bridgeforth, a Georgia College alumnus has co-authored an article with GC sociology professor Dr. Stephanie McClure. The chapter appears in the book, “Higher Education and Society.”  Entitled, “Social Capital and Higher Education: Network Resources, Outcomes and Opportunities,” the chapter explores the role of social capital and social networks in student success, both pre- and post-college. 

The book, published by Peter Lang and co-edited by Joseph L. DeVitis and Pietro A. Sasso, is a collection of fourteen essays which address the two-pronged question, “what are the influences of society on higher education—and what are the influences of higher education on society?”

Mr. Bridgeforth graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Political Science and Sociology in May 2013. He is currently teaching in the Greater Atlanta area and pursuing his Masters of Education in Educational Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia.

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.




Costas Spirou, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Public Administration Invited to Join Editorial Board

Dr. Spirou has been invited to join the Editorial Board of the “Urban Affairs Review,” a highly prestigious journal.  It is the official journal of the Urban and Local Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.  Other members of the board include faculty from Colorado, London School of Economics, Tsunghua University, Northwestern, Ohio State, Southern California, Brown, Cornell, University of Warsaw and others.  Dr. Spirou will serve on the board through December 31, 2017.


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