Georgia State University is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, host city to the 1996 Olympics, home of the world’s busiest airport and the world’s largest aquarium, and is a center of culture, business, media, and education.
Metropolitan Atlanta includes 15 counties and has a population of over five million people. The city is cosmopolitan and culturally diverse. Offerings in the arts are many and growing. Economically, it is an active center of business and trade. Atlanta is at the southern end of the Appalachian Mountain range at an altitude of about 1,000 feet; two large lakes are 30 miles to the north, higher mountains 100 miles to the northeast, the Atlantic Ocean about 250 miles to the southeast, and the Gulf of Mexico about 300 miles to the south. Atlanta has mild winters, hot summers, long autumns and springs.
Georgia State University is the largest urban university in the Southeast. It is one of four research universities in the University System of Georgia, and is second only to the University of Georgia in size. The high-rise campus covers approximately six city blocks. It historically has been a non-residential school but university housing became available for the first time in 1996 in the Olympic Village and has grown with several additional dormitories in recent years. Access to the campus is excellent. The campus is served by rapid rail transit, buses, and expressways. The five colleges of the university enroll over 30,000 students each semester, about 30% of whom are graduate students.
The university is committed to equal educational opportunity. Students and faculty are selected without regard to race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Student problems are solved through written university policy and procedures, with the right of appeal. Students may petition for variance from regulations on the basis of personal conditions or circumstances.
The department is administratively situated in the College of Arts and Sciences and is primarily located in the Urban Life Building, where it occupies 2½ floors. The department conducts undergraduate and graduate education with a regular full-time faculty of 44. There are approximately 120 active graduate students in its programs. Graduate students have an active organization and serve on department committees, such as the Graduate Program Committee and the Executive Committee. Faculty monitor student progress through the advisement system, regular faculty meetings, program reviews of students, and committee direction of theses, general examinations, and dissertations. Each new student must secure or request assignment of an advisor from her/his program. Students are expected to meet with their advisor during the first semester of enrollment to discuss their interests and to begin to plan their program of study. Although all students will have an advisor throughout their course of study, it is recognized that students may wish to seek advisement from different faculty members as they progress in their studies. Thus, students may change advisors as they desire.
The department contains a full complement of teaching, practicum, and research facilities, including the Psychology Clinic for Assessment, Therapy, and Research. Other university and off-campus facilities include a well-stocked library and several computer labs. Atlanta has a full range of practicum sites and a limited number of internship sites. Numerous regional, state, metro, and private institutions offer client populations, personnel, and equipment which may accommodate student research and training interests. Of current graduate students in the department, 25% are members of ethnic minority groups and 75% are women.