As our name reflects, the academic pathways within our purview provide students with a wide range of possibilities to appeal to diverse interests. There are close and adhesive groups focusing on learning American Sign Language or the science of dental hygiene. There are health and sport enthusiasts and others with their eye toward entrepreneurial enterprises.
Whichever of our disciplines you might choose, however, a dedicated team of faculty and staff will provide top-level guidance and learning opportunities.
At Georgia State University Perimeter College, Business Administration students develop specialized skills in business fields and improve their ability to communicate, think independently and thrive in the workplace.
Our college, with its multinational and multicultural student population, provides an educational setting that mirrors the diversity of the global business community. With the rise of globalization and the ever-increasing need to be adaptive and ready for an international, multi-cultural environment, this has never been more important.
The Business Administration pathway, with professional and experienced faculty, offers the foundational courses for students and prepares them to continue specialized studies as they work toward their bachelor’s degree.
Our students will be able to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit or enter the workforce ready to confront challenges, primed to lead and prepared for success.
The career program of Dental Hygiene at Georgia State University Perimeter College provides an intensive program of specialized study and general education. It has delivered a highly successful record in training students to become licensed dental hygienists.
In the past 10 years, 100 percent of Perimeter’s Dental Hygiene students passed the National Board exam on their first attempt. Past achievements that make us so proud also bring a responsibility to continue to innovate, explore and shape teaching and learning with new students.
At Perimeter College. the Dental Hygiene community of students come from a wide range of cultures and languages. This diversity is among our greatest attributes.
Prevention and treatment of oral disease are recognized as important factors in a patient’s overall health and wellbeing. A dental hygienist is a licensed member of a dental health team, providing educational, clinical and therapeutic services to patients. Care provided by the dental hygienist includes collection and assessment of data, planning and implementation of care and evaluation of the results of treatment.
Whether you’re starting a career or looking for a change, the dental hygiene profession can provide opportunities, including a flexible work schedule, the rewards of keeping people healthy, an attractive income potential, the ability to work in a variety of professional settings, the option of working nationwide and career stability.
Kinesiology and Health
Developing a healthy lifestyle is one of the most important things a person can do. And helping others do the same–now you’re making a real impact! Your interest and aptitude for sports and physical activity and promoting healthy active lifestyles can take your career to places you never imagined.
The Kinesiology and Health academic pathway, which leads to an Associate of Science degree, starts students on the road to becoming a physical education teacher, sport coach, sport program director or exercise science specialist. The department also helps students gain certification as a personal trainer or health coach.
Kinesiology and Health also has a joint venture with Business Administration to offer a Sport Management pathway.
The Kinesiology and Health pathway, formerly the Physical Education pathway, shifted its emphasis away from focusing on a public school setting to incorporate the approach of exercise in arenas besides schools.
The Kinesiology and Health student can choose to concentrate on Exercise Science or pursue certification to become a personal trainer or health coach. The opportunity to start preparation to become a physical education teacher for public schools also remains available.
The mission of the Kinesiology and Health Department is to provide quality coursework, advisement and support that prepares students for successful transfer to baccalaureate programs in Physical Education, Exercise Science and Allied Health fields. The Personal Trainer and Health Coach concentrations prepare a student to take the American College of Exercise (ACE) certification test.
Students within the Kinesiology and Health pathway may take courses on any of five campuses or can complete a degree fully online.
American Sign Language is the third most studied world language in the United States, and can be a valuable asset as a secondary skill for employment in a variety of settings. Learning a new language can expand your thinking, your perspective, and your opportunities.
Perimeter College’s American Sign Language pathway prepares students for transfer to baccalaureate programs in interpreting, education or social service. We offer beginning through intermediate level classes in American Sign Language and an American Sign Language (ASL) pathway that leads to an Associate of Arts degree.
We focus on introducing language in context and reinforcing what is learned by engaging you in interactive activities. Our classes are conducted in American Sign Language from the very first day, and our conversational curriculum requires you to be an active learner. The instructor uses signs and drawing, as well as acting out situations to build understanding and expand American Sign Language comprehension during the class.
The American Sign Language pathway at Perimeter College recognizes the dignity and value of the Deaf community and the language and communication modes used by its members.
Each of the American Sign Language courses contains a literature component introducing features of Deaf history and culture. The goal is to help students gain an understanding not only of American Sign Language, but also of cultural perspectives and diversity within the Deaf community. We also seek to develop a strong foundation of skills to allow students to forge community connections and to succeed in fields such as interpreting, education and social service.
The study of Sport Management examines the impact of economic, social and legal influences on the administration and management of sport organizations. Students will explore the practical and effective characteristics of a professional sport manager and be exposed to the major settings in which sport managers work on a daily basis. Information about sport marketing, communications, finances and economics will be shared. Business principles and the relationship between the industry of sport and business will be introduced and established. Students also will be exposed to current challenges and future trends to illustrate how consumer behavior, sociological patterns, globalization and laws affect sport management and the sport industry.
The college takes academic standards very seriously and expands learning far beyond the classroom.
Alpha Beta Gamma is an International Business Honor Society established in 1970 to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students in business curricula. It provides leadership opportunities and forums for the exchange of ideas. Alpha Beta Gamma is the sole business honor society for accredited junior, community and technical two-year colleges. Visit Alpha Beta Gamma Perimeter College and Alpha Beta Gamma International .
Accounting, Business, Law, and Economics Society (ABLE): The purpose of the ABLE (Accounting, Business, Law and Economics) Society on the Newton Campus is to keep students active and engaged in the business world around them. Through activity and community involvement, students can achieve greater usefulness and increased interest and gain an enhanced knowledge of their world and environment. The club seeks to promote an improved awareness in community, government and world events through efficacious thought, debate and the exertion of business concepts through application and example. ABLE hosts events for Business and other students, featuring speakers from the local community, the extended business community and the legal system. Activities include a business development planning and preparation presentation and an entrepreneurship series that features alumni engaged in successful businesses in the region.
Decatur Business Club: The Decatur Business Club serves as a link between classroom academics and practical business applications while focusing on club members’ professional interests and personal experiences. Club activities include the exploration of business professionals across industries, career planning and preparation workshops and a professional symposium that focuses on different facets of business education and practice. Upcoming events include: a Ted Talk presentation on “Eight Attributes of Successful People,” with follow up discussion; a feature film that focuses on a business profession (student discussion suggestions include the film “The Accountant”), and a “Student-Led World Economic Forum.”
Dunwoody Business Club: The Dunwoody Business club is dedicated to fostering interest in the fields of Business through guest speakers, volunteer activities and student-faculty interaction. Students from all fields of study are welcomed to join and participate. Events have included speakers from Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW-ATL), a seminar series on Entrepreneurship sponsored and conducted by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE.org), and service projects focusing on holiday gifts for children. Upcoming events include a three-part seminar on the principles of Conscious Capitalism and interaction with Georgia State University Business faculty representatives to help our students plan a four-year path to success.
Financial Literacy: For more than five years, Georgia State University’s Perimeter College has promoted financial literacy on all of its campuses. Activities range from a full day devoted to presentations on the subject to appearances by guest speakers throughout a semester. The Business faculty invites established, successful entrepreneurs, judges, insurance agents, bankers, and technology experts from the community, which allows students to hear about struggles and stories of success. The program is interactive and provides students unparalleled access to industry professionals.
Model United Nations (MUN): On the Newton Campus, students can take part in the Model United Nations. Students participate in at least one major conference each year, typically in Atlanta, where more than 800 students from the Southeast participate. The MUN is a simulation of the real United Nations and seeks to train students in leadership, diplomacy, problem solving, current events and global affairs. The purpose of the United Nations is “To maintain peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations based on respect; to cooperate in solving international problems; to be a center for harmonizing the actions of nations … ,” and the model UN is meant to foster equivalent thought at the college level and in a learning environment.
Online Business Club: The OBC provides materials, seminars and activities that contribute toward preparing students for the business world. It provides students with leadership and real-world business opportunities and promotes integration between online and on-campus clubs to promote community service and civic engagement.
Seal Georgia Day: Dental Hygiene students participate in Seal Georgia Dat, an event held twice a year on the Dunwoody Campus. During Seal Georgia Day, students from DeKalb County schools receive sealants for their teeth (free of charge) from Dental Hygiene students at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College. Seal Georgia events in 2016, allowed 116 sealants to be provided to 35 children from Hightower Elementary School and 126 sealants to be provided to 24 students at Dresden Elementary School.
Community Service: Community outreach is a strong component of the Dental Hygiene pathway at Perimeter College. During 10 events in 2016, more than 60 students provided education, screening and assistance to 1,240 people at locations across metro Atlanta and North Georgia, from Hampton to Monroe to Buford and beyond. Student services included oral hygiene education, oral cancer screenings, serving as assistants to providers, dental charting and more.
Community Service Learning: In 2016, Perimeter College’s Dental Hygiene students participated in seven service-learning projects in Atlanta, Dunwoody, Decatur, Lithonia and Smyrna. They served 925 attendees, providing education, oral and blood pressure screenings and a list of low-cost dental resources. The age range of attendees was 6 months to 98 years.
Kinesiology and Health
Online Kinesiology and Health Club (OKHC): The OKHC provides materials, webinars and activities that contribute toward preparing students for careers in Kinesiology and Health or related fields. The club hosts monthly webinars with guest speakers from different areas of our discipline. The webinars are designed to assist students in their preparation and organization for careers related to Kinesiology and Health; promote and support the Perimeter College Kinesiology and Health program; provide students with academic, leadership and networking opportunities, and endorse and encourage participation in Georgia State University and Perimeter College events. Club advisers are: Nancy Storey, Kelly Shobe, Nicole Lynch and Elaine Bryan.
Sign Language Lab: In Sign Language, students complete video-recorded assignments in the American Sign Language lab at Clarkston Campus. Tutors are available to assist. Contact Michael Devon Butler or Lara Kathleen Moore.
Outside the Classroom: The American Sign Language pathway regularly coordinates ASL-only workshops and social events to provide students the opportunity to practice American Sign Language outside of the classroom.
Message from the Department Chair
This department brings under one umbrella a diverse and dynamic community of energetic student scholars and committed faculty in a wide range of disciplines: Business Administration, Kinesiology and Health, Sign Language Interpreting and Dental Hygiene. We offer multi-faceted pathways towards further education and careers, resulting in perhaps the most diverse department at Perimeter College, with all the synergetic advantages.
Our presence spans five campuses and online. We offer pathways leading to Associate in Science degrees focused on Business Administration and on Kinesiology and Health (Exercise Science, Health Coach, Personal Training and Sports Management). We offer an Associate of Science pathway in Dental Hygiene and an Associate of Arts pathway focused on American Sign Language.
We are committed to providing a challenging and rewarding academic environment for our students and to assisting you in achieving your career goals. We take a student-centered approach to teaching and learning by developing engaging, interactive coursework. Our faculty are passionate about teaching and are committed to creating an educational experience that celebrates the diversity of our students’ strengths, backgrounds and aspirations.
I thank you for visiting our department and hope the information we provide here will assist you in making an informed choice of an academic and career pathway.
Dr. M. James Kahiga
Professor of Economics
Chair of Business, Kinesiology and Health,SLIP and Dental Hygiene Department
Georgia State University Perimeter College
A: It is important to choose an academic pathway as soon as possible to avoid taking courses that are unnecessary to complete your degree.
A: At the time of application for admission to Perimeter College, indicate your wish to follow the Business Administration academic pathway.
A: Complete a Change of Major form.
A: Yes! Absolutely!
A: If you transfer from Perimeter College to another institution before graduation, the receiving institution will determine which courses are acceptable for a specific program. However, if you earn your associate degree at Perimeter College prior to transferring to another institution within the University System of Georgia, all the degree-related courses will be accepted.
A: Acceptance into an institution may not necessarily mean acceptance into a certain degree program. You may need to apply for admission to that program.
A: Here’s general information:
- The Dental Hygiene pathway accepts 32 students once each year.
- The program starts in the fall semester.
- Competition for entering the program is intense. The program received 116 applications for Fall 2016.
- For the students accepted for the Fall 2016 class, the average science GPA was 3.76, and the overall GPA was 3.63.
- Enrollment begins in mid-October and ends in early January for the following fall admission. An application will be posted on the Dental Hygiene pathway page during the enrollment period.
- The professional part of the program is offered only during the day. General education courses are offered by the college in all three semesters and are offered days, evenings and online.
- Because of the volume of applications, the Dental Hygiene department does not give individual tours of the facilities.
- The application for the Dental Hygiene program, and a shadowing form used when students observe professional dental hygienists are available on the Dental Hygiene pathway page during the enrollment period.
- There are 37 credits of general education coursework that must be completed to graduate from the Perimeter College Dental Hygiene pathway, in addition to the 40 credits of professional courses.
- The professional part of the pathway requires five semesters.
- Additional semesters are required to complete the general education coursework.
- There are 77 credits total to be completed to earn an associate degree following the dental hygiene pathway.
- All general education courses do not have to be completed before applying to the program.
- Letters of recommendations are not part of the application process and will not be considered.
A: To apply to the dental hygiene pathway, a student must:
- Be currently enrolled at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College.
- Have completed CHEM1151 (Survey of Chemistry).
- Have completed BIOL2110 and BIOL2120 (Anatomy & Physiology 1 and 2 and corresponding labs).
- Have completed 20 hours of shadowing experience with a dental hygienist.
- Have completed all science courses within the last seven years.
- Submit an application
A: The application will be available online on the Dental Hygiene pathway page during the enrollment period between mid-October and January.
A: No. You must be a current student at Georgia State University Perimeter College to apply to the Dental Hygiene pathway. Even if you are a college graduate, you must apply to the college as a transfer student in order to have your transcript evaluated. Part of the application process to the college is to submit your transcripts to Admissions. (Once you have been notified by the college of your admittance to the college and the courses accepted for transfer, you can make an appointment with Advising and Counseling at any of the Georgia State University Perimeter College campuses if you have any concerns.)
Georgia State University’s Dental Hygiene Associate Degree Program at Perimeter College will be offering its Fall 2017 program information seminars Oct. 4 and Nov. 9 as follows:
Day Date Time Campus Room #
Wednesday 10/4/2017 12 p.m. Dunwoody NC1100
Thursday 11/9/2017 5 p.m. Dunwoody NC1100
Both sessions will provide the same information. Each seminar will present the requirements for admission, the application process and discuss the dental hygiene profession. There is no registration required to attend a seminar.
The schedule also is posted on the Dental Hygiene pathway page .
A: The Advising and Counseling Department at Perimeter College has trained counselors available for student advisement. Should you decide to enroll at Perimeter College, you will meet with an advisor at your new student orientation, and you can discuss your plans of pursuing the Dental Hygiene pathway at this meeting. Your college advisor will develop a course progression map for you to follow for the general education coursework necessary for applying to the dental hygiene program. At the department level, we do not have trained counselors and do not review transcripts. Only general information about the program is offered at the department office.
A: Dental Hygiene classes and clinic are scheduled Monday through Thursday and can be as early as 7 a.m. and end as late as 5 p.m. You may have days off and breaks in between classes as the schedule varies from semester to semester. There will be times when the schedule is as consuming as a full-time job, and it is strongly suggested that students in the program not work at jobs while enrolled. Students are encouraged to complete all of their general education requirements prior to starting the program.
Kinesiology and Health
A: Kinesiology is the study of movement patterns related to fitness and physical activities.
A: Students no longer need to meet the additional requirement, PE classes, to graduate.
A: No, the Kinesiology and Health discipline has no exemption or testing out for any of its classes.
Sign Language Interpreting
A: You do not need special permission to register to ASL 1001: Elementary American Sign Language I. The beginning course is open to all currently enrolled students.
A: If you already know some American Sign Language, you can contact the department to schedule a screening to see if you qualify to register for a higher level course.
A: If you are interested in becoming a Sign Language Interpreter, the American Sign Language Associate of Arts pathway is a great place to start. Once the Associate of Arts degree is complete, you may transfer to a bachelor’s-level major in Interpreting. For more information or advisement, please contact the department.
A: If you are interested in becoming a teacher for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students, the American Sign Language Associate of Arts pathway is a great place to start. Once the Associate of Arts degree is complete, you may transfer to a bachelor’s-level education major. For more information or advisement, please contact the department.
A: It would be nice if that were the case, but sign language is no more universal than spoken languages. American Sign Language is the language used by a majority of people in the Deaf community in the United States and most of Canada (QSL is spoken in Quebec). Certain Caribbean countries and areas of Mexico also use ASL. England uses British Sign Language and Australia uses Australian Sign Language.
Dr. Richard Kirk
Dr. Salli Vargis
Dr. Mundia James Kahiga
Cherie Rainwater, Associate Chair
Iris Leo, Administrative Assistant
Kinesiology and Health
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Newton campuses
Dr. Bonnie J. Young
Dr. M. James Kahiga, Department Chair
Sign Language Interpreting
Damita Boyd, Associate Chair
Melanie Lynn, Administrative Secretary
Michael Devon Butler, Lab Tutor
Lara Kathleen Moore, Lab Tutor
“I have found the faculty have been nothing but helpful, educational and an important resource for students. These professors go out of their way to make sure all students understand their classes and will sit down with you to explain if you don’t. They work hard and care about every student that comes through their door, and that is very much evident in the way they teach.”
Perimeter College Business Administration student
“Perimeter had a really good reputation, and I wanted to go to the best school. I was so pleased once I got in the program to find the teachers genuinely care about your success as a student and as a person. They really helped me ignite my passion and realize my dream of being a dental hygienist.”
2016 Perimeter College graduate