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The B.A. in Communications is a four-year degree program designed to give students a balanced preparation for careers in the Communications industry or for success in graduate school.

Students who major in Communications may choose from six areas of concentration: Radio/Television (Production and News), Public Relations, Multi-Platform Journalism, Communication Studies, Recording Industry (Business), and Recording Industry Technology.

The department curricula reflect current professional practices and standards in the field. Further, many courses include hands-on production and laboratory experiences which enable students to put their classroom learning into practice.

Communications majors are required to complete at least two semesters of internship credit. Our professional internship program places students in sites that are appropriate to their areas of concentration. These sites include: radio stations, television stations, public relations agencies, public relations units in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, recording production studios, record labels, newspapers, and magazines. These opportunities provide additional professional experiences for students prior to graduation.


Dr. Ayoleke D. Okeowo
Professor of Communication

Office: 1305 Carter Hill Road
Telephone: (334) 229-4493



Criminal Justice and
Social Sciences




Join the Criminal Justice and Social Sciences (CJSS) program that prepares you for your future and emphasizes the importance of critical thinking, social research, geo-informatics inquiries on social and physical environments, communication, and civic duty in all aspects of life.  Find your future in criminology, law, counseling, public administration, social studies, geographic information systems, (GIS) environmental issues, poverty, teaching or social welfare with a degree in criminal justice, minor in sociology, and geography from Alabama State University.


Dr. Paul Erhunmwunsee
Professor of Geography

Office: 1300 Carter Hill Road,
Medical Building
Telephone: (334) 229-6845




History & Political Science




Welcome to the Department of History and Political Science.  Through our graduate and undergraduate programs we introduce students to the development of social thought and social organization from prehistory through the present while fostering the development of basic skills such as recall, logical reasoning, writing and public speaking.  Our specialty is revealing the connections between the past and the present as we explored possibilities for the future.  If you have a passion for history or the law, we hope that you bring your talent to Alabama State University and engage with us as you prepare for a career in education, research, the legal profession, politics, law enforcement or public service. Thank you for visiting and we look forward to working with you.


Dr. Derryn Moten
Professor of History

Office: 210 G.W Trenholm Hall
Telephone: (334) 229-4433




Languages & Literatures




The Department of Languages & Literatures provides an outstanding academic foundation in the study of English, language arts, and foreign languages. Courses include traditional offerings such as African American literature, surveys of British and American literature, Shakespeare, and advanced composition. They also encompass more cutting-edge studies in critical theory, creative writing, and film studies. In keeping with the developing idea of a global village, the department also offers courses in French and Spanish languages and cultures.

The study of English and foreign languages will prepare you for a variety of post-college opportunities: law school, graduate school, the corporate world, and jobs in the general workforce. Even medical schools are interested in applicants who augment their background in the sciences with studies in the humanities. As a major or minor in this department, you will develop advanced skills in reading comprehension, writing proficiency, and critical thinking. Thus, you will be particularly attractive to employers, as well as graduate and professional schools, which prize these abilities.

The department also offers numerous avenues for your intellectual and cultural development outside the classroom. It hosts organizations like Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honorary. Further, it provides opportunities for interaction with visiting professional writers, participation in conferences, exposure to various workshops and seminars, and one-on-one guidance from caring and knowledgeable professors.


Dr. Jacqueline A. Trimble
Associate Professor of English

Office: 208/30, McGehee Hall
Telephone: (334) 229-6896






Alabama State University offers a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology, which is designed to prepare students for graduate studies in Clinical Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Experimental Psychology. The ASU Psychology student can choose from a wide variety of classes designed to address the interests of most college students. These classes provide students with the foundational knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary for a career in psychology.


Dr. Tina Vazin
Associate Professor of Psychology

Office: 413 R. Abernathy Hall
Telephone: (334) 229-4853




Social Work




Turn your desire to help and empower people, families, and communities into a future in social work, public health, advocacy, or family services with a Bachelor of Social Work from Alabama State University.

ASU’s Bachelor of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Significantly, it is the only accredited social work program in Montgomery. Here, you will study human behavior, psychology, anthropology, social welfare, and welfare policy and services. In addition, you will enhance your opportunities for career success by gaining real world experience through field work in local social service agencies.


Dr. Herbert I. Burson
Interim CHAIR
Associate Professor of Social Work

Office: 1300 Carter Hill Road, Medical Building
Telephone: (334) 229-8346

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