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Biological Sciences


Dr. Brian Axsmith
Graduate Coordinator
LSCB 124
Phone: (251) 460-6331
E-mail: baxsmith@southalabama.edu


Master of Science in Biology
The Master of Science Degree in Biology is designed to provide a qualified student the opportunity to further his or her knowledge in generalized and specialized areas of biology, as indicated by course offerings and research interests of the faculty. In addition, the Department incorporates into its offerings some areas of study leading to concentrations in Basic Medical Sciences (through cooperative agreement with the College of Medicine) and in Marine Biology (through cooperative agreements with the Department of Marine Sciences and/or the Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium at Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory). A student may also concurrently pursue a Class A Professional Teaching Certificate (through cooperative agreement with the College of Education). Admission to the M.S. program does not automatically qualify a student for entry into one of the special areas of concentration; students desiring such should familiarize themselves with the special conditions noted in the Graduate Bulletin and contact the Department for special rules and conditions.



Dr. Steven Rockwell
Graduate Coordinator
UCOM 1000
Phone: (251) 380-2800
E-mail: srockwel@southalabama.edu


Master of Arts in Communication
The Master of Arts degree in Communication provides education for the student who wishes to pursue either the Ph.D. degree of a career in corporate and public communication.  The department offers thesis and non-thesis programs.  Students who select the thesis program will demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of corporate and public communication and skills necessary to conduct communication research.  Students who select the non-thesis program option will demonstrate the comprehensive knowledge of corporate and public communication and skills necessary to carry out a project. Visit the department of communication web page for more information about the program.



Dr. Ellen Burton Harrington
Graduate Coordinator
HUMB 240
Phone: (251) 460-7326
E-mail: eharrington@southalabama.edu


Master of Arts in English
The Master of Arts degree program in English offers an emphasis in either literature or creative writing.  It is designed to meet the needs of students pursing a terminal M.A. and and those planning to work toward the Ph.D. and a career in university teaching.  The terminal M.A. serves such various career tracks as junior college or secondary-school teaching and writing or editing in the business or corporate community.  Creative writers find the degree useful in careers both in and out of the academic community.  The literature emphasis offers a thesis or non-thesis option; the creative writing concentration requires a creative thesis.



Dr. Martha J. Brazy
Graduate Coordinator
HUMB 346
Phone: (251) 460-6210
Fax: (251) 460-6750
E-mail: mjbrazy@southalabama.edu


Master of Arts in History

The Master of Arts degree in History is designed to meet the varied needs of students. There are three study tracks or plans for completion of the degree: thesis, non-thesis, and the M.A. in History with Class A Teaching Certification.

Normally, those who wish to go on to a Ph.D. program, law school, or certain positions in archives, government, and community college teaching positions pursue the thesis option.  Other students pursuing positions where a thesis is not needed often study in the non-thesis track.  Students who wish to teach in public schools in Alabama, and who already hold a Class B teaching certificate, may pursue the Class A Teaching Certification option.

For further information on the M.A. program see the departmental booklet, Graduate Program in History, or consult the departmental graduate coordinator.


Marine Sciences

Dr. Ronald Kiene
Graduate Coordinator
Phone: (251) 460-7136
E-mail: rkiene@southalabama.edu


Master of Science and Ph.D. in Marine Sciences

The Master of Science (M.S.) program in marine sciences is designed to train and prepare superior students for a career in this field.  The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in marine sciences is designed to provide a formal course of training and advanced research in the marine sciences that produces significant, original contributions to knowledge.  The Ph.D. degree is awarded to students who have reached and formally demonstrated a level of competence and accomplishment that enables them to pursue careers as marine science professionals.  The Ph.D. degree confers eligibility for many positions in academia, industry, and government. The marine sciences program offers coursework and opportunities for research in three main areas: biological, chemical, and geological oceanography.  Each student receives formal training in each of these disciplines before concentrating in a specific research area.


Mathematics and Statistics


Dr. Daniel Silver
Graduate Coordinator
ILB 314
Phone: (251) 460-6264
Fax: (251) 460-7969
E-mail: silver@southalabama.edu


Master of Science in Mathematics

A Master of Science degree in Mathematics is offered by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.  The program has been designed to meet the varied needs and goals of most students seeking advanced degrees in mathematics.   The course of study is sufficiently flexible to accommodate students interested in traditional and modern mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics.   Additionally, there is a program available for students who are seeking Class A Professional Teacher Certification.


Political Science and Criminal Justice


Dr. Samuel Fisher
Graduate Coordinator
HUMB 227
Phone: (251) 460-7204
Fax: (251) 460-6567
E-mail: sfisher@southalabama.edu


Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration degree (MPA) curriculum in the Department of Political Science is a professional degree program designed principally for present and future administrators and officers in government and other public-related organizations.  It is open, however, to other qualified students as well.  Students entering the program come from varied academic and vocational backgrounds.  Accordingly, no specific undergraduate major is required for admission to the MPA program.  However, certain course prerequisites exist which must be satisfied prior to enrollment in any of the required core courses of the curriculum.   All students in the program have an option of non-thesis (Plan A) or thesis (Plan B).  Students in the program who are not already employed in the public sector should, if possible, serve in government internships. (Contact department for details.)




Dr. Lisa  A. Turner
Graduate Coordinator
LSCB 326
Phone: (251) 460-6013
E-mail: laturner@southalabama.edu


Master of Science in Psychology

The Master of Science degree program in Psychology is designed to provide individuals with knowledge of current theories, principles, and methods of psychology in preparation for future work toward a doctoral degree, employment in a research setting or employment in a junior college teaching position. The Master of Science degree program will emphasize Behavioral and Brain Sciences Psychology. Students can focus their attention on Behavioral Statistics/Computational Modeling, Cognitive and Perceptual Processing, Psychophysiology, Biopsychology, Social/Developmental Psychology, and/or College Teaching Preparation. Students enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy program in Clinical and Counseling Psychology will earn a Master of Science degree in Psychology as they progress towards completion of the doctoral degree. For these students, the Master of Science degree program will focus on knowledge related to clinical/counseling psychology.




Dr. Christopher Freed
Graduate Coordinator
Phone: (251) 460-6348
Fax: (251) 460-7925
E-mail: cfreed@southalabama.edu


Master of Arts in Sociology

The Master of Arts degree program in sociology provides the student with training in advanced methods of sociological analysis and increased knowledge of specialized areas in sociology.  The student may choose either a thesis or non-thesis program.  The thesis program is designed to prepare students for admission to doctoral programs in sociology.  The non-thesis program is designed for students whose current situations or immediate goals involve careers in teaching, government, industry, or social services.  The program offers specialized training in a number of areas of sociology including Applied, Maritime, Environmental and Medical Sociology, the Family, and Gerontology.  Students may be enrolled in the University's Gerontology Certification program while pursuing the M.A. in sociology.  Students may complete internships for partial fulfillment of their degree requirements.

Additionally, there are many departments with the College of Arts and Sciences which, while they have no graduate degree programs, offer courses at the graduate level for those students who need or desire such work.  Included are the departments of Art and Art History, Chemistry, Foreign Languages, Geology and Geography, Music, and Philosophy.

Dr. S. L. Varghese
Director of Graduate Studies
HUMB 118
Phone: (251) 460-6280
E-mail: svarghese@southalabama.edu

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Annual Security and Fire Safety Report


The University of South Alabama publishes certain crime statistics each year as required by the Jeanne Clery Act. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics for the school. The policy statements address the school's policies, procedures and programs concerning safety and security. Three years' worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings and property owned or controlled by the school and on public property immediately adjacent to the campus. This report, along with more information, is available online at: http://www.southalabama.edu/departments/police/resources/fireandsafetyreport.pdf. You may also request a paper copy from the University Police office located at 290 Stadium Blvd.


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