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Young Harris College is a reputable four year liberal arts college that is set within the charming mountains of the northern reaches of Georgia, in the town of Young Harris. Having been founded in 1886, it is a fairly tiny school that grants associate and bachelor’s degrees and which has an official Methodist affiliation. Though it is a smaller school in a somewhat secluded location, it has had a fairly high profile within the history of institutions of higher education in the state of Georgia: Young Harris College has been the launch pad of two state governors, a US senator, and various congressmen as well as other officials at the federal, state and local level—needless to say, it is a school with a solid reputation.
The school receives its regional accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for both its associate and bachelor’s programs. Furthermore, the school receives full accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music and is also an endorsed institution of the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. The rise to four-year status (with bachelor’s programs, that is) only took place recently, as of 2008.
Academically, the school is broken down into four divisions, which are: Humanities, Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Science, and Mathematics and Science. At the associate degree level, there are both Associate of Arts as well as Associate of Science programs available; at the baccalaureate level, there are both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs available. In all cases, the strong liberal arts bent of the school is evidenced quite strongly and defines the educational experience at the school.
Part of the broader educational mission at Young Harris College is to arrive at an understanding of modern Christian values, though the school accepts students irrespective of their religion.
Despite the availability of some of the more scientific and technical programs, many students at Young Harris College end up choosing a program within the liberal arts mold. At the bachelor’s level, the programs include Bachelor of Arts in Music, in English, in History, and in Communication Studies; and Bachelor of Science in Biology, in Outdoor Education, and in Business and Public Policy. At the associate level, some of the options include Associate of Arts in Religious Studies or Liberal Arts; Associate of Fine Arts in Music, Art, and Theatre; and Associate of Science in Allied Health, Business, Recreation, Education, and Athletic Training among others. Finally, there are many transfer programs available with agreements signed involving many of the state’s principal four-year colleges.
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There are many different opportunities to get involved with sports and athletic activities at Young Harris College. In addition to the intramural sports opportunities presented to students, the official intercollegiate sports teams for men are: baseball, tennis, basketball, soccer, cross country, and golf; and for women: basketball, tennis, cross country, soccer, and golf. The school’s mascot is the mountain lion, and the schools competing colors are black and purple.
The affiliation of the school’s athletics teams up to the present had been with the National Junior College Athletic Association as well as the Georgia Junior College Athletic Association; however, with the rise of the college to four-year status, the school is now in the process of having its athletics programs affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association within Division II. The conference has yet to be determined, as this change is only effective as of the 2010-2011 academic year. There are many other club sports available at Young Harris College as well.
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