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The School of Arts and Sciences is the intellectual hub of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, providing all ABAC students the Core Curriculum and helping to develop their critical thinking, writing, and research skills. We offer two associate degrees, four bachelor’s degrees, and a number of different degree tracks that allow students to further specialize based upon their interests and goals. The mission of the School of Arts and Sciences is to provide an educational foundation through student-focused teaching, engagement, and mentorship. Our comprehensive education prepares graduates for professional and civic life in a diverse and ever-changing society. Help support this mission by giving to the School of Arts and Sciences today!  
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Matthew Anderson

Dean of Arts and Sciences

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the School of Arts and Sciences at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC)! We greatly appreciate you taking the time to explore our website and learn more about our strong academic programs, engaging faculty, and talented students.

As ABAC’s largest academic school, the School of Arts and Sciences plays a key role in achieving the College’s vision of serving those students who are seeking a life-changing educational experience. As home to the Core Curriculum and a wide variety of strong academic programs, the School of Arts and Sciences is responsible for empowering ABAC students with a broad knowledge base and skill set that prepares them for success in their lives after college.

In School of Arts and Sciences classes, students experience small class sizes and skilled faculty employing innovative pedagogical techniques. Much of the learning our students engage in, however, occurs well beyond the bounds of a tradition classroom. Indeed, students from the School of Arts and Sciences participate in internships, faculty mentored research, study abroad and other experiential learning opportunities that help them grow, both intellectually and professionally. Arts and Sciences students graduate from ABAC ready to contribute to their communities and prepared to achieve their personal and professional goals.

The faculty of the School of Arts and Sciences are active scholars and artists, and gifted instructors and mentors. They take the time to get to know their students and work tirelessly toward their success. Within the School of Arts and Sciences at ABAC you will encounter a student-focused academic community that fosters the growth of all its members. We would love for you to join us.

Matthew J. Anderson, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

ABAC felt like home from the moment I enrolled. I love the community atmosphere it has. The teachers here are the best and always willing to help in any way they can. They have brought in speakers that have widened my horizons on the type of jobs I can get, and they have done a phenomenal job in preparing me for my future, and have inspired me to make a change and stand up for what I believe in wherever I decide to go next. I have made great memories and met some amazing people during my time here.

Abigail Guerra

Moultrie, GA
Rural Community Development
Social and Community Development
Class of 2021

I love ABAC because of the "at home" atmosphere it has. Even though ABAC is an Ag-based school, it has introduced me to a variety of the programs it has to offer. I have had the privilege of becoming an ABAC Ambassador, a member of the Stallion Society and ATOM club. ABAC has guided and pushed me to become the best student I can be. Here at ABAC, you are truly a name, not just a number and the professors strive to know you on a personal level. ABAC has all the best features you are looking for in a college.

Caroline Strickland

Tifton, GA
Biology, Health Science
Class of 2023

I love ABAC! I am so thankful for the resources that ABAC offers me. I know that when needed, I can always receive free tutoring, counseling, or advising.

Elijah Alford

Ashburn, GA
Associate of Fine Arts Music, Instrumental
Class of 2022

Throughout my time at ABAC, I have been able to do things that I never thought I would ever be able to do. I've gone to conferences and been a part of many different organizations that have shaped my life forever. I love ABAC because I can go to a school where everyone is different from me. That continues to teach me about personal growth and really motivates me to become a better version of myself.

Ja'Mi Barnes

Tifton, GA
Rural Community Development
Social and Community Development
Class of 2022

I chose ABAC for a few reasons, but mainly because after my first steps on campus, I knew I was home. There's something so special about coming over those railroad tracks and getting your first glimpse of campus, and that feeling never dimmed through my 4 years.  The support I had was incredible, and I owe so much of my success to Dr. Cathcart and to Dr. Deal.  The ability to foster relationships with professors made such a difference in my classes as I could be comfortable asking questions at any time and knew I would never be met with judgement, only explanations and understanding.  ABAC prepared me for my career in so many ways. The hands-on lab experience and small class sizes were one of the main reasons I came to ABAC, and it proved to be one of the most beneficial parts of my college career. *Hannah is now a Research Technician at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Genomic Medicine.

Hannah Lindmeier

Port Orange, FL
Biology, Pre-Professional, B.S.
Class of 2022
Magna Cum Laude

The music program is like a second home to me. I know my professors, and I get to interact with them on a daily basis. My professors are my mentors, and they are always looking out for me and my peers to make sure we are doing the absolute best we can do. Overall, ABAC, has all of the best features you want from a small college. I will definitely miss this campus and all of the people on it.

Hyland Schmidt

Associate of Fine Arts in Music (A.F.A.M.)
Class of 2019

ABAC has provided me with many opportunities. The Honors Program, mentored research with professors, welcoming clubs and organizations, and being able to bring my horse to the stables on campus are just a few. Another perk of attending ABAC is the affordability which helps my family which has four children. The friends and memories I've made here are unforgettable and I'm so happy that ABAC is my school.

Ginger Bailey

Biology (B.S.)
Class of 2020

ABAC was a perfect choice for me.  I have made friends with an amazing group of people who support each other through all of our classes and tough times. It is an affordable, great school with a unique and tight-knit community that wants to see you succeed.

Anya Campbell

Warner Robins, GA
Biology - B.S.
Class of 2023

I love ABAC because of the community feel that it offers. It is a place where professors know your name and are eager to lend a hand or an ear. While ABAC may be an agricultural-based school, it has introduced me to a wide variety of topics that have diversified my interests.  

Candler Swain

Nashville, GA
Writing & Communications - B.S.
Class of 2022

As a student in the writing and communication program, I have had exposure to many fields within the discipline. This has allowed me to gain knowledge and experience in areas ranging from broadcasting to rhetoric. I love that ABAC offers hands-on learning opportunities for students. Specifically, for students interested in writing, the Stallion newspaper, and Pegasus literary magazine. I've had the privilege of being published in both, and for that, I am grateful. Both organizations are student-run, giving you real-world experience. I'll cherish my time at ABAC long past graduation.

Michael Duvall

Sycamore, GA
Writing and Communication - B.S.
Class of 2020

It is the best place to study that I could have asked for because students and professors are always ready to help inside and outside of class.  

Vivek Patel

Tifton, GA
Biology, Health Science - B.S.
Class of 2022


The School of Arts and Science understands that tackling the problems facing the world will require a collaboration of experts in the liberal arts, sciences, mathematics, health professions, humanities, and entrepreneurship. Your academic career at ABAC will be grounded in studies in each of these areas, preparing you to engage in solving the world's problems through your area of expertise. By exploring the world of social and natural sciences, the arts and humanities, you will gain the foundational knowledge needed for your career and beyond. Our goal is for you to have a life-changing experience that allows you to leave ABAC ready to overcome any challenge and solve any problem.

The Departments of the School of Arts and Sciences collaborate to offer the Core Curriculum for all ABAC students. In addition to the Bachelor of Science degrees in Writing and Communication, History and Government, Rural Community Development, and Biology, and the Associate of Fine Arts in Music (A.F.A.M.) degree, the School of Arts and Sciences offers Associate of Arts in Core Curriculum (A.A.) and Associate of Science in Core Curriculum (A.S.) degrees that prepare students for further study in many disciplines at ABAC or other colleges or universities.

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Department of Education and Wellness (OLD)

The Department of Education and Wellness promotes the growth of students, both intellectually and physically. Our faculty provide all students the opportunity to enhance their health and physical fitness by offering a variety of courses in wellness and physical education. For students interested in the fields of Elementary, Middle, or Secondary Education, we provide the foundation courses that prepare students for teacher preparation programs at ABAC or other institutions.  


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Department of English and Communication - OLD

The Department of English and Communication offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Writing and Communication. Students will develop as critical thinkers and gain skills in both written and oral communication through encouragement to explore ideas thoroughly and critically from all vantage points and a wide-ranging liberal arts education. Developing strong communication skills is at the core of the English and Communication department. Students are provided consistent opportunities to hone their academic and professional writing and group communication skills both in and out of the classroom. Access to internship and work opportunities connects academic coursework with real-life experience to best prepare students after graduation for fields such as broadcast and print journalism, creative disciplines, and further studies in graduate school.


Explore English and Communication - OLD Vivek Patel

Department of Fine Arts (OLD)

The Fine Arts department at ABAC offers a liberal arts approach to a well-rounded education with courses in music, art, and theater. Students will have the chance to develop their artistic talents to a professional level while expanding opportunities and knowledge that enhance the quality of life in every community. The cultural heartbeat of ABAC is fueled by the Fine Arts department, providing access to participate and experience extra-curricular activities for course credit or simply for personal enjoyment. Students have the opportunity to participate in performance groups such as the Concert Choir and Band, Baldwin Players, and the Art Students League.
Explore Fine Arts (OLD) Vivek Patel

Department of History and Political Science (OLD)

The Department of History and Political Science seeks to engage students and train them to be careful readers, creative thinkers, creative problem solvers, and clear communicators – all essential skills for success in contemporary life. History and Political Science students at ABAC have gone on to enjoy successful careers working in government affairs, the legal profession, multinational corporations, and much more. The faculty of the History and Political Science departments are particularly excited to off courses in ABAC’s, and Georgia’s only, combined major in History and Government. Under this degree, students will take a balance of both History and Political Science courses to explore fundamental issues relating to race, political theory, international relations, economic development, violence, sexuality, political behavior, and more. A wide range of electives are also offered to enable students to tailor the degree to their specific career goals. The History and Government major has been designed to enable students to enter the workforce as critical thinkers and strong communicators or to prepare them for further studies at graduate or law school.


Explore History and Political Science (OLD) Vivek Patel

Department of Rural Studies (OLD)

ABAC believes in investing in rural communities and the Department of Rural Studies drives that involvement and commitment. We offer a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Rural Community Development.  This Bachelor's degree offers two tracks, one on Social and Community Development and the other on Community Health. This interdisciplinary degree equips students with the skills necessary to create positive change in the health, social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of rural communities. The program focuses on the importance of applying critical thinking skills, cultural understanding, and social responsibility to create change while providing numerous hands-on learning opportunities and internships. Graduates go on to work in a variety of fields including counseling and therapy, social work, community planning, public service, and family and child development.
Explore Rural Studies (OLD) Vivek Patel

Department of Science and Mathematics (OLD)

The Department of Science and Mathematics prepares students for a diverse range of careers and continued learning opportunities after graduation. From course work to hands-on laboratory experience, the Science and Mathematics Department aims to provide students with a comprehensive background and understanding of essential principles pertaining to their chosen field. Students will gain experience to effectively communicate applied aspects of scientific and mathematical theory and present the results of their work in both formal and informal settings. This is accomplished through engaging research, real-world application and experience, and mentorship throughout the program.
Explore Science and Mathematics (OLD) Vivek Patel
At ABAC, I work mainly with students in Writing and Communication, and Agricultural Communication, mentoring students in the areas of Creative Writing and Rhetoric. I also teach in the Rural Community Development program. I'm on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Writers Association, and I'm also Vice-Chair of the Board for the leadership program of Locate South Georgia, an economic development consortium of 21 counties in South Georgia. 

Dr. Sandra Giles

Professor of English and Communication

I am so fortunate to be a part of ABAC, the college my dad attended, that I try to help and provide experiences for students in many ways.  Throughout my many years of college, I have had some amazing professors whose teaching methods, guidance, and attitudes have helped me.  I try to give ABAC students the same experiences I had by getting them to see the overall picture of why scientific things that they encounter daily happen.  I encourage them to be inquisitive and always seek answers to natural phenomena. 

Dr. Kennon Deal

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

My background is in counseling and social work, so I know the need for skilled professionals that have a passion for helping others. I also work with a Wellness committee on campus looking to develop programs to help students adjust to college and to thrive in this challenging stage of life. I'm so excited about what is on the horizon for our students studying Social & Community Development as well as our newer degree in Community Health ~ we hope you will come see what we have to offer!

Suzanne Smith

Lecturer of Psychology and Sociology

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences and have served at ABAC since 2009. Beyond the classroom, I love working with students. In 2018, I lead a study abroad trip to Rome, Italy. For 2019, I will be leading a month-long study abroad tour of Paris and northern France. I have also mentored several students who are currently attending law and graduate school or have successfully begun a career within their field. In the Tifton community, I am a member of the Kiwanis Club and attend St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, where I teach Sunday School. I have a passion for the great game of golf, am an avid fan of Star Wars, anything Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mercer University football (Go Bears!). Along with our son, Luke, now 7 years of age, and two-year-old daughter Abigail, I and my wife Shelly continue to deepen our roots in the Tifton community. 

Hans Schmeisser

Professor of Political Science

I am a concert pianist and harpsichordist who plays all genres of music both in solo recitals and chamber music concerts. After living in the big metropolitan cities of Beijing, Hongkong, New York, and Washington DC, I finally found Tifton as my real home. I teach piano and other general music classes and also perform several yearly concerts at ABAC.  Outside the classroom, I play for St. Anne’s church as a piano accompanist, I am a member of the Tifton Music Club and Georgia Music Educator Association. I am very fortunate to be a part of the ABAC family.

Job Placement

As young professionals, students are encouraged to learn beyond the classroom and gain valuable experience to prepare them for life. Our internship program provides students with a wide variety of learning opportunities in a structured and professional environment, while receiving course credit. A large number of internships end with students receiving a full-time employment offer upon graduation.

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Career Opportunities WITH

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Instructional Site Offerings

The School of Arts and Sciences is proud to offer courses within our USG approved Core Curriculum at all ABAC instructional sites. At ABAC Bainbridge, students can complete the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in the Core Curriculum (General Studies pathway). Full Bachelor of Science degree programs, the Associate of Fine Arts in Music, and the Core Curriculum A.A./A.S. degrees are available at ABAC Tifton.

Bainbridge-Tifton 2+2 Plans: Bainbridge-Tifton 2+2 Plans allow students to complete the first two years of their B.S. degree at ABAC Bainbridge and then transfer to ABAC Tifton for their final two years. Students pursuing these plans will work with faculty advisors within their disciplines at both sites to help ensure timely progress toward graduation. If the prescribed plan of study is followed, students will be able to complete the B.S. in four years, splitting their time equally across the ABAC Bainbridge and Tifton sites. Such 2+2 Plans are available for the B.S. degree programs in Biology, History & Government, and Writing & Communication.


Agreements with Graduate and Professional School Programs

ABAC’s School of Arts and Sciences prides itself on preparing students for success, wherever their future paths take them. Of course, many careers will require additional training beyond ABAC. Regardless of your chosen major, the School of Arts and Sciences has established agreements with other institutions that can help open the door to the next step in your education.

Contact Info

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ABAC 15, 2802 Moore Hwy., Tifton, GA 31793