ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS

Voorhees College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Voorhees College.

Majors at Voorhees College are accounting, biology, business administration, computer science, english, mass communications, criminal justice, health and recreation, sports management, emergency management, childhood development, sociology, and organizational management. Pre-professional programs that prepare students for degrees in medicine and nursing are also available.

THE MAJORS ARE DIVIDED INTO THE FOLLOWING THREE DEPARTMENTS

Department of Business and Entrepreneurship

Our goal is to equip the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills and background to pursue careers or graduate studies in accounting, business administration and organizational management.  We’re committed to consistently meet the higher educational needs of adult learners while providing them with opportunities for upward economic mobility.

By earning an accounting degree at Voorhees College, you’ll prove that you have a firm grasp of accounting concepts and generally accepted accounting principles – skills that any business, regardless of its size, values.

You’ll become versed in taxation theory and in the practical applications of preparing documents for individuals and businesses. You’ll study cost accounting and learn how to apply the concepts to help businesses make the best decisions about where to devote scarce resources.

You’ll also begin to prepare for the certified public accountant’s exam, a key credential that earns you entrance to a number of jobs in the public and private sectors.

The goals of the Accounting major are to:

  1. Provide the graduate with an excellent background for a variety of alternative careers in the accounting profession, as the current curriculum provides the foundation for employment in the public, private, governmental, or other not-for-profit sectors;
  2. Provide the graduate with the educational prerequisites required for the certified public accountant examination, certified internal auditor examination and a host of other professional titles related to accounting and taxation; and
  3. Provide the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and background to successfully pursue graduate studies in Accounting, Business Administration, Hospital and Healthcare Administration, Law or any graduate program to which Accounting provides an excellent educational background.

The major in Accounting requires:

  • 50 hours of General Education courses
  • 48 hours of business core requirements
  • 3 approved hours of general electives
  • 24 semester hours of course work in Accounting.

A minimum of 125 hours are needed to graduate.

Business Administration

Voorhees College’s business administration program allows you to become familiar with a variety of areas, from accounting to finance to marketing to management – all viable career options. You’ll learn to analyze and solve business problems, traits that are valuable assets to any employer in today’s challenging climate. You’ll become a skilled researcher adept at applying modern technology to your analysis.

The business administration program allows you the flexibility to specialize, too. You can concentrate in either finance or general business.

You education won’t end in the classroom, either. You’ll serve an internship that will act as an introduction to the professional world while also giving you the opportunity to make connections and develop additional marketable skills.

The criteria for completion of the degree program:

Business Administration:  Finance Concentration

  • 50 credit hours of course work in general education
  • 48 credit hours of course work in business core requirements
  • 18 credit hours in finance requirements
  • 9 credit hours of electives (includes 3 finance electives)

A business administration major with a finance concentration needs a total of 125 hours to graduate.

Business Administration:  General Business Concentration

  • 50 credit hours of course work in general education
  • 51 credit hours of course work in business core requirements
  • 18 credit hours in general business requirements
  • 6 credit hours of electives

A business administration major with a general business concentration needs a total of 125 hours to graduate.

The  Organizational Management major is designed to meet the needs of students who have completed two years or more of acceptable college credit—approximately 50 hours in general education requirements.

The students in this program typically are working full time and interested in completing their degrees in the evening while continuing to work. Many of our students already are employed in businesses, government agencies or school systems and are interested in moving into management positions.

The opportunity to attend class one night per week on a year-round basis allows an earlier completion of the degree—the goal is 18 months. Students also can take advantage of a program that offers credit for prior learning, where experiences such as time in the military can be converted to academic credit. Courses are offered in three semesters in which students register in cohorts.

Financial aid is available as well. Students wishing to apply should contact the Financial Aid Office four to six weeks prior to registration.

The goals of the Organizational Management Major are to:

  1. Respond to and meet the higher educational needs of adult learners;
  2. Prepare students for graduate and professional study or the workplace;
  3. Identify, recruit and retain students with an interest in, and potential for successful professional careers; and
  4. Provide students with an opportunity for upward economic mobility.

A major in Organizational Management requires:

  • 50 hours in General Education courses
  • 26 hours of free electives
  • A minimum of 48 semester hours of course work in Organizational Management courses.

 A minimum of 124 hours are needed to graduate.

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Department of Science, Technology, Health & Human Services

Our top priority is to equip our students to create innovative approaches to medicine, dentistry, allied health and life sciences.  This is also paired with proven tactics to excel in marketing in promotional strategies, as well as equipping them with education to master disaster situations in the fields of health, recreation, sports management and emergency management.

The goals of the Biology Major are:

  1. To equip the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills and background to pursue graduate studies in Biology or in professional schools for medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, allied health or other related areas;
  2. To improve the acquisition of critical thinking skills necessary for the understanding and practice of science;

A major in Biology consists of:

  • At least 45 semester hours of course work in Biology (four of which are elective hours)
  • 20 semester hours of course work in Chemistry
  • 8 semester hours of Physics
  • 6 semester hours of Computer Science
  • 9 hours of Mathematics.

A graduate is also required to complete the College’s General Education requirements and three (3) elective semester hours outside of the department.

The total number of hours needed to fulfill degree requirements for a major in Biology is 127 hours.

Computer Science

The general goals of the Computer Science major are:

  1. To prepare the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills and background to pursue graduate studies in Computer Science or related areas; and
  2. To prepare the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and background to pursue a meaningful career in business, industry, or government.

Computer Science requires:

  • Math 231 and Math 232 (A total of 6 semester hours, as part of 44 additional semester hours from General Education courses)
  • A minimum of 42 semester hours of course work in the major (Computer Science)
  • 21 semester hours in mathematics
  • 8 semester hours in physics
  • 6 semester hours of electives.

A minimum of 121 hours are needed to graduate.

Emergency Management

The goals of the Emergency Management major are to:

  1. Prepare graduates to meet the demands of the 21st century in the field of Emergency Management, by making sure students are prepared for numerous careers in emergency management, hazardous material management and other related fields, as well as, graduate work in these and other disciplines (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) through quality teaching by continuing to strengthen teaching and student learning in the major.
  2. Prepare students to fill staffing needs of local, regional, and national employment sectors.  In addition prepare graduates to pursue entry-level employment opportunities in various fields such as local, state, and federal government emergency management;  law enforcement, private sector emergency preparedness, and continuity planning.

A major in Emergency Management requires:

  • 50 hours of General Education courses
  • 15 hours of courses appropriate to the major
  • 36 hours of Emergency Management Major Core Courses
  • 9 hours in restrictive electives
  • 15 hours in free electives

To graduate with the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Emergency Management, 125 semester credit hours are required.

The goals of the Health and Recreation major are to:

  1. Facilitate opportunities for and provide an environment conducive to scholarly activity of the highest quality;
  2. Ensure that students receive the finest professional preparation and career development experiences in Health and Recreation;
  3. Prepare students for advanced studies in Health and Recreation; and
  4. Equip students with the skills to manage interactions between people and outdoor resources.

The major in Health and Recreation requires:

  • 50 hours of General Education courses
  • 15 hours of free electives which include one (1)  social science elective, fifteen (15) related course hours
  • A minimum of 42 semester hours of course work in Health and Recreation.

A minimum of 122 hours is needed to graduate.

The goals of the Sports Management major are to:

  1. To provide students with the ability to manage sports programs and facilities and understand how to promote and market sports programs;
  2. To provide students with both the academic foundation necessary to successfully continue on to a graduate degree in Sport Management; or
  3. To take an entry-level position in the sport industry.

The total program will consist of 125 credit hours distributed over eight (8) academic semesters.

A major in Sports Management requires:

  • 50 hours from General Studies courses
  • 39 credit hours of Sports Management courses
  • 16 hours from Business Administration
  • 12 credit hours of internship

(The internship provides a practical, interdisciplinary experience in a real world setting.

A minimum of 125 semester hours are needed to graduate with a Sports Management Major.

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Department of Humanities, Education, and Social Sciences

Our department advances the education of our students by offering a plethora of skillsets and tactics effective in the fields of child development, english, criminal justice, sociology, mass communications, child development learning, and many many more!

Child Development Program

The Child Development Major is a non-certification B.S. Degree Program.  The purpose of the program is to provide a vehicle for educating childcare workers and their supervisors in methods of high-quality programming and a belief system that demands positive outcomes for the development and learning of children from birth to age 5.  The degree prepares graduates for positions of responsibility and leadership in Head Start Programs, childcare facilities, private preschools, and family childcare.  It can also serve as a base for a Master of Arts Degree Program in early childhood or elementary education for certification, enabling candidates to teach in schools as well as have master’s degrees.

The degree has two pathways: the regular pathway by which the Child Development student starts his or her freshman year at Voorhees College and follows the suggested curriculum to graduation and the pathway by which the student passes through the Associate Degree Program in Early Childhood at the Technical Education Centers in South Carolina, it being the base, and then completing the remainder of his or her courses needed for a four-year B. S. Degree in Child Development at Voorhees College. The Associate Degree pathway is frequently called the Two-Plus-Two Degree Program.

The criteria for completion of the degree program:

  • Completion of all courses and required practicums;
  • An overall average GPA of 2.5;
  •  A cumulative GPA of 2.7 in education and child development courses at Voorhees College;
  • A score of “2” or above on the Dispositions Survey;
  • A score of  “2” or above on the rating for the
  • Professional Portfolio;
  •  A “B” or better on the final practicum (Student Teaching); and
  • Completion of the application for graduation.

Child Development Curriculum

  • *50 hours of General Education courses
  • *67 hours of professional education and child development courses
  • *12 hours of electives

 The total curriculum has 123 credit hours.

CURRICULUM FOR THE TWO-PLUS-TWO PROGRAM

Associate Degree in Early Childhood                    66 or 67 Credit Hours
Additional Courses for the Degree Program         62 Credit Hours

TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS                              128 or 129

Criminal Justice

The goals of the Criminal Justice major are to:

Prepare graduates to meet the demands of the 21st century in the field of Criminal Justice, by making sure students are aware of the issues, concepts, philosophies and theories in criminal justice through quality teaching by continuing to strengthen teaching and student learning in the major.

Prepare students to pursue advanced studies or a career in Criminal Justice and or related professions such as Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology, and Law.

A major in Criminal Justice requires:

  • 50 hours in General Education
  • 33 hours in Criminal Justice Major Core Courses
  • 24 hours in Social Science Core Courses
  • 12 restrictive electives
  • 3 hours in free electives

To graduate with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Criminal Justice, 122 semester credit hours are required.  

Criminal Justice (Non-Traditional Students)

The goals of the Non-Traditional Criminal Justice major are to:

1.      Prepare the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skill, and background to pursue a meaningful career in Criminal Justice and related professions; and

2.      Prepare the graduate with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and background to pursue graduate or advanced studies in Criminal Justice or the related fields of Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology, Law, etc.

The non-traditional Criminal Justice major requires: 

  • 50 hours in General Education courses
  • 46 semester hours of course work in the Criminal Justice major
  • 26 free electives.

A minimum of 122 hours are needed to graduate.

The area of English offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in English based on a liberal arts curriculum and a multicultural pedagogy.  Texts in English courses are generally taught in relation to the cultural contexts that form or inform the texts.

The goals of the English Major are to:

  1. Prepare students primarily for graduate or advanced study in English and related fields as well as for professional schools;
  2. Provide a strong foundation for an effective transition into whatever non-English careers the graduate may choose; and
  3. Develop reading, writing, and speaking skills in English and in one foreign language.

A major in English requires:

  • 50 hours in General Education program classes
  • 15 hours of free electives
  • 9 hours of foreign language beyond GER
  • A minimum of 48 semester hours of course work in English.

A minimum of 121 semester hours are needed to graduate.

The goals of the Mass Communication major are to:

  1. Aid and assist students to fully comprehend the nature and scope of mass media and its impact on a changing society;
  2. Prepare graduates who are independent professional communicators capable of growing and changing to meet the demands of a global society.
  3. Serve the College and community by providing knowledge and expertise in the area.

The major in Mass Communication requires:

  • 50 hours of General Education courses
  • 27 hours of core requirements
  • 45 hours of required related courses in Mass Communication.

At least 122 hours are needed to graduate.

The goals of the Sociology Major are to:

  1. Offers learners a rigorous and intellectually grounded understanding of the social world and develop theoretical and analytical skills to evaluate and conduct social field research and analysis.
  2. Offers learners a curriculum that is dedicated to building the students’ sociological knowledge and skills that are applicable to a broad range of settings including the public and private sectors, and especially, in the pursuit of graduated studies and professional work in sociology, law, social work, urban planning and development, public policy, education and other related fields of employment.

A major in Sociology requires: 

  • 50 hours in General Education program classes
  • 30 hours of core Sociology courses
  • 24 hours of Social Science classes
  • 12 hours of restricted electives
  • 6 hours of general electives.

A minimum of 122 hours are needed to graduate.

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