The Department of Arts and Humanities at Perimeter College delivers a top-tier education and exceptional access to hands-on experiences. Home to the disciplines of art, music, theatre, film, philosophy, religious studies, humanities, speech communication and journalism, the department offers the broadest range of subject choices of any department at Perimeter College. In addition to extensive course offerings, the department offers professional, student and community exhibitions, along with guest lectures and musical and theatrical performances. Graduates from our department have gone on to successful careers in the arts, in education, in law and in business. Our cadre of highly accomplished faculty not only prepare students for proficiency in their prospective fields, but also to be effective and engaged citizens who think critically.
For more than 50 years, the mission of the Perimeter College Arts and Humanities Department has been to foster student success. To accomplish this, we focus on providing outstanding instruction, excellent facilities, advanced technology and diverse opportunities within a liberal arts setting. An education in the arts and humanities at Perimeter College equips our students with the skills and habits of mind that enable them to become self-motivated learners who flourish, actualize their potential and generate a positive impact on the world.
The Department of Arts and Humanities at Georgia State University Perimeter College is a multi-disciplinary department offering instruction in art, music, theatre, film, philosophy, religious studies, humanities, speech communication and journalism. Here’s a closer look:
Our art faculty train students for creative work and scholarship through rigorous course offerings and exceptional facilities. An emphasis on portfolio preparation in all classes makes Perimeter College graduates highly successful in transferring to bachelor degree programs. We offer courses in art history, drawing, photography, painting, ceramics, two- and three-dimensional design, and sculpture. Learn More
The study of music at Perimeter College helps students develop foundational skills in the classroom and on stage. Led by professional faculty, students learn theory and performance techniques and gain experience in the classical and jazz traditions through solo and ensemble performances. Learn more.
We offer small class sizes, professional theatre faculty, “on-the-job” training and work on high-quality theatrical productions. Students are well-prepared for further college study or entry into the job market. Areas of specialization include acting, directing, theatre history and criticism, playwriting, design, theatre technology, theatre studies (education) and creative drama. Learn more.
Film is one of the leading art forms of the 21st century. To understand the cinematic medium is to be aware of its impact as a cultural and artistic force. Our faculty help students to examine the history, theory, analysis and critique of the film industry, allowing students to understand how art, business and technology combine to create films that express our 21st century culture. Learn more.
Philosophy involves bringing critical thinking and argumentation to bear on the deepest questions of the human condition. The American philosopher Wilfrid Sellars once wrote that “the aim of philosophy, abstractly formulated, is to understand how things in the broadest possible sense of the term hang together in the broadest possible sense of the term.” Learn more.
Students can study the world’s major religious traditions, including their beliefs, practices, sacred texts and moral codes. Religions examined in religious studies courses may include Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Native American traditions, and African religions.
Courses taken in the humanities introduce students to humanistic inquiry and expression and its pivotal role in understanding human cultures. Students explore the contributions of a variety of humanistic disciplines and the methods of human expression they study. Works of central importance from diverse cultural traditions are examined.
Speech communication explores the construction, diffusion, analysis and impact of messages as they occur among individuals, groups, organizations and cultures in the media age. Communication focuses on how people develop communication skills and examines communication phenomena and events. It studies how persuasive tactics may influence members of diverse and globalized societies. Learn more.
Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating and presenting news and information in a variety of ways. Studying journalism and professional writing allows students to become leaders in the new age of instant communication and connectivity. Learn more.
Sarah Larson Lecture Series in the Humanities
Faculty from our department oversee this highly popular and active lecture series, which invites one or two speakers per semester to deliver talks on a wide range of topics across the arts and humanities. http://depts.gpc.edu/~gpchls/
Perimeter College Community Wind Ensemble
The PC Community Wind Ensemble exists to represent our community as goodwill ambassadors, to provide its members with an on-going musical educational experience while providing cultural enrichment to the community through its performances. https://sites.gsu.edu/perimeter-humanities-events/category/sarah-larson-lecture-series/
Perimeter College Community Jazz Ensemble
The Perimeter College Jazz Ensemble is a community performing group comprising college students and some of the finest amateur, semi-professional and professional jazz musicians in the Atlanta area. For information, contact Greg McLean (email@example.com; 678-891-3566).
Perimeter College Chorus
Perimeter College Chorus consists of enrolled students who have a keen love of choral music. The purpose of chorus as an academic class (MUSC 1652) is to provide appropriate choral performing opportunities for students seeking music as a major course of study. The class is also open to non-music majors and community participants who desire to sing fine choral literature reflecting a wide variety of styles and cultures. Literature is selected to provide an enjoyable musical experience, to enhance musical skills and knowledge, to chorally prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions and to provide suitable concert opportunities. For information on the Perimeter College Chorus, contact Dr. Brian Bonin (firstname.lastname@example.org; 678-891-3561).
Theatre Arts Guild
Theatre Arts Guild is dedicated to enhancing the educational development of the Perimeter College student through theatrical productions that demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the arts and literature in the human experience. http://sites.gsu.edu/tag/
Plays in a Day
Plays in a Day is a student-led play festival where plays are written, performed and performed within a 24-hour time frame.
Berman Commons Perimeter College Speaker Series
The Department of Arts and Humanities coordinates a speaker series for the ongoing enrichment of senior citizens in the community near the Georgia State University Dunwoody Campus. The program involves Perimeter College faculty and staff presenting on a wide range of topics. For information, contact Richard Lindner (email@example.com; 770-274-5549).
DeKalb Symphony Orchestra
The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra is based on the GSU Clarkston Campus. It comprises community members, college students and select professional orchestra musicians, performing a combination of traditional and contemporary symphonic repertoires. The DSO presents a season of up to 15 concerts each year, including its popular annual Children’s Concert, Picnic Pops Concerts and Free Community Concerts. http://www.dekalbsymphony.com/
The Confucius Center
The Confucius Center: The Confucius Center of Georgia State University provides campus activities and native Chinese speakers as tutors and campus activities to introduce students at the Dunwoody Campus to the language and culture of Chinese people.
Message from the Department Chair
The Department of Arts and Humanities encompasses one of the most diverse and vibrant collections of teachers, artists and scholars at Georgia State University. Our department is the home of the disciplines of art, music, theatre, film, philosophy, religious studies, humanities, speech communication, world languages and journalism.
In addition to teaching, our faculty regularly give and organize presentations, publish a wide range of scholarly papers, create and display artworks, write and direct plays and musical performances and engage with our communities in myriad ways. Faculty in our department regularly teach abroad, in Ireland, England, Jamaica and elsewhere.
The arts and humanities are at the very heart of a liberal education, and we have no doubt that students studying with us will have their perspectives broadened, their thinking skills sharpened and their lives enriched. Not only can exposure to the art and humanities enrich the lives of individual students, but it can enrich our society and our democracy by creating a citizenry of critical thinkers.
Eric T. Morton, Ph.D.
Department Chair of Arts and Humanities
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Georgia State University
A: Yes, because of the sequential nature of many of the Fine Arts courses, students must meet during their first semester at Georgia State University Perimeter College with a Fine Arts adviser to plan their course of study. Fine Arts students need to start their major area courses in their first semester in order to complete the two-year sequence.
A: No, for students looking to go into theatre professionally as an actor, director, technician, designer, dramaturg or arts management, we have Performer and Musical Theatre tracks, but we also offer a Designer track. However, the Theatre pathway at Perimeter College is designed for more than just students wishing to pursue a career in theatre-related professions. By meeting the freshman and sophomore theatre requirements, students who complete the recommended transfer theatre curriculum will be prepared to enter as juniors and meet the lower-division requirements for many liberal arts and humanities degrees.
Critical Language Program
Through The Critical Language Program students can take less commonly taught languages that are not offered at many US colleges. At Perimeter College-GSU, these languages include Arabic, Chinese (at Clarkston), Hebrew, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili. 3-7 Students attend class twice a week where they meet with a native speaking drill instructor for interactive communicative practice and language drills. Everyone has a set class schedule and syllabus that is written by a SACS accredited language professional. This language professional evaluates students through both oral and written exams. The exams determine the majority of the grade for the class.
Critical language classes are not offered on-line.
No. While the program expects that students assume a large responsibility for studying the material their own, it is essential for students to regularly attend class and follow the designated course schedule. Students are expected to study and memorize designated material prior to attending class and practicing that material while in class.
You can access this information through this website: http://perimeter.gsu.edu/
Yes. All Critical Language Classes appear on your transcript as regular college class, and you will receive a regular college grade for these classes.
No, you can’t. These classes are closed to native speakers.
Yes you may, but you need to contact us to schedule a placement test:
Critical Language Coordinator: Ann Sarnat, 678-891-3544, firstname.lastname@example.org.
English as Second Language (ESL)
Dr. Eric Morton
Department Chair of Arts and Humanities
Dr. Eric Morton
Department Chair of Arts and Humanities
Senior Administrative Secretary
Dr. Brian Bonin
Fine Arts Production Manager
Dr. Ken Johnson
Department Chair of English
Dr. Andy Rogers
Interim Associate Chair of English
Decatur Campus, SB-2282
Dr. Michael Bradley
Interim Associate Chair
World Languages Assistant Chair
Critical Languages Coordinator
Clarkston and Dunwoody Campuses, A-1112
World Languages Online
Clarkston Campus, CA-1111
“I will never stop being grateful for my time at Perimeter College. I failed elsewhere, but my hands-on, encouraging Perimeter professors made my second try at college a positive and fruitful experience. Perimeter College helped me build both my confidence and the skill sets I needed to succeed.”
New York Times best-selling author
Perimeter College 1991 graduate
Earned bachelor’s degree at Georgia State University
“The associate degree I received from Perimeter College in the journalism pathway prepared me for success in the employment I received just after graduating … and for my current success as an entrepreneur.”
Perimeter College 2013 graduate
Co-owner, Roll Dog Adventure
“Perimeter College remains a place of inestimable value in my heart. I was lucky to start my academic life at Perimeter, where professors such as Debra Denzer provided me not only with the tools necessary to be a successful student, but also with the love, compassion, kindness and understanding that I was not going to find anywhere else. Perimeter felt like home, and the professors felt like a family to me. I strongly believe that my success would have not happened if I did not begin my road at Perimeter College. As I am getting ready to finish the French literature doctorate program at Johns Hopkins University (expected fall 2017) and hopefully become a French and Spanish languages and literatures professor, my dream remains to return and teach at Perimeter College.”
Perimeter College alumna
Earned bachelor’s and master’s at Georgia State
Completed doctorate in fall 2017 at Johns Hopkins University
“My favorite part of Perimeter College was the faculty. I had amazing professors who were so kind, lovely, understanding and willing to help. I was able to connect to my professors on a human level and be understood on that level, too. Great professors can have a huge impact on a student’s perspective of a subject and overall satisfaction in the learning environment. I feel lucky and blessed for the kind professors that came my way at Perimeter. I’m currently about to graduate from UGA — but am still taking a course at a Perimeter campus that is required for the potential master’s degree I want to pursue.”
Perimeter College alumna
Journalism student, University of Georgia
Interned at The Bert Show nationally syndicated radio show, (Ryan) Seacrest Studios in Atlanta and Atlanta Magazine