Founded in 1967, Dalton State College was founded as Dalton Junior College. The first incoming class had only around 500 students. As the 24th institution of the University System of Georgia at the time, the college kept expanding its curriculum to meet the needs of a growing student body. In 1998, the college adopted its current name and opened the door to its bachelor’s degree programs. The college now offers bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and a wide range of certificate programs.
Bachelor’s and associate degrees can be earned within the following schools: School of Education; School of Nursing; School of Liberal Arts; School of Technology; School of Sciences & Mathematics; School of Business; and, School of Social Work. The School of Education offers a Bachelor of Science in Education as well as related associate’s degrees. With an associate degree, students can easily transfer into the college’s bachelor’s degree program for education. The School of Nursing provides students the knowledge for obtaining an Associate of Science in Nursing for entry into the high-demand, healthcare workforce. The School of Liberal Arts offers a Bachelor of Arts in English or English Education. In addition, students may choose the associate of arts degree in one of the following major fields of study: English, foreign language, general studies, or communication. The School of Technology consists of two departments: technical studies and health occupations. Both departments offer a variety of major fields of study to consider, in which students can earn either an associate degree or a certificate. The School of Sciences & Mathematics provides students the option of a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics or Mathematics Education, or associate degrees in one of the following areas of study: computer science, information systems, general studies, or mathematics. The School of Business provides students the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of business administration, leading to entry-level positions in the wide world of commerce. Lastly, the School of Social Work gives students the option of a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree in the field of social work.
In addition to traditional, in-person classes, Dalton offers online classes, adult education, continuing education for all ages, and the opportunity to study abroad in countries such as France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Italy, England, and Ireland.