Counseling and Human Sciences
The Counseling and Human Sciences department maintains a commitment to student learning through an innovative interdisciplinary learning experience that promotes and integrates effective teaching, leadership, service and research. The faculty strive to facilitate critical thinking and a lifelong interest in learning in an environment of intellectual and spiritual freedom in an atmosphere that encourages compassion, understanding and responsibility. A comprehensive set of programs are offered to meet the needs of students interested in the general fields of applied sociology, applied psychology, human resources, human services, counseling, school counseling, and counselor education and supervision.
The mission of the Department of Leadership Studies is to help students learn to think more effectively as leaders. To achieve this goal, students generate and evaluate empirical evidence while considering theoretical perspectives of the discipline. Students actively engage with a rigorous academic program that includes comprehensive coursework, leadership projects, internships, and student-faculty research. Ultimately, and in an ethical manner, our students contribute to the knowledge base of leadership and apply leadership principles to everyday life. The Department of Leadership Studies offers major programs in organizational leadership and public safety, and a minor in public safety in the Regional Academic Centers and on the Atlanta Campus. A Master of Science degree program in public safety leadership is offered on the Atlanta Campus. The Department also offers a certificate for completion of the Public Safety Leadership Institute.
The Department of Liberal Studies continues the tradition of Mercer's founder, Jesse Mercer, by making a liberal arts foundation for professional and personal development accessible to working adults throughout Georgia. Our commitment to students who participate in our courses and programs is to assist them in developing their capacities for critical thinking and communication, and in deepening their understanding of the diverse culture in which we live as a foundation for meaningful living and responsible citizenship.
Mathematics, Science, and Informatics
The faculty members in the department are totally committed to fostering a learning environment in which the teaching of mathematics, science, and informatics at the undergraduate level is grounded in the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills. One of our major responsibilities is to encourage students to apply their new understanding of mathematical, life, physical, and information science processes to practices in their chosen professions.
The Mathematics, Science, and Informatics department now offers an undergraduate degree in Informatics.
The department also serves in a support role for the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, the Stetson School of Business, and the Tift College of Education, and offers a minor in Digital Forensics. The courses we offer fulfill the mathematics, science, and informatics requirements for these colleges.