Interdisciplinary Studies – Cosmetology

Program Overview

The Interdisciplinary Studies – Cosmetology degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the field of cosmetology. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS) allows customization of the program of study based on each student’s academic and professional goals. The AIS requires completion of 61 semester credit hours (21 hours of general education requirements and 40 hours distributed among one or more areas of emphasis). The program curriculum may be strategically selected to build upon the student’s goals and objectives. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition or continued education. A student might choose an interdisciplinary studies program if his or her specific goals and interests cannot be met through a school’s existing majors, minors and electives.

The program emphasizes specialized training in safety, sanitation, state laws, rules and regulations, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, skin, hair, nail diseases and disorders, hair treatments and manipulations, hair shaping, hair styling, artificial hair, braiding/intertwining hair, chemical reformation and application, skin and nail care, hair coloring, hair lightening, reception, sales, management, math, reading, writing, interpersonal relations development, computer skills, employability skills, and work ethics.  The curriculum meets state licensing requirements of the State Board of Cosmetology.  Program graduates receive a Cosmetology degree and are employable as a cosmetology salesperson, cosmetologist, salon manager, or a salon owner.

Students are accepted into the Interdisciplinary Degree program every semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 5 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 61 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Cosmetology degree program must be motivated, personable, creative, and able to work independently.  Appearance, punctuality, and professional attitude are only a few of the personal traits required to be successful in this profession.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$17,000 – $20,000

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $7,093.00
Books & Supplies:  $1,645.00
Liability Insurance:  $11.00
charged upon program entry and annually at beginning of calendar year
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

Employment Opportunities

Upon passing the State of Georgia licensure exam, graduates may choose from a variety of career options: hair stylist, nail technician, skin care specialist/esthetician, manufacturer representative, hair colorist, salon owner, salon chain owner, salon manager, or retail specialist. Cosmetology offers limitless opportunities in a rapidly growing industry. Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Students must complete the entire OFTC degree program in order for faculty to sign and approve State of Georgia board licensure application forms.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet assessment requirements by taking the entrance placement test. In lieu of the placement test, official scores on COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT or GED may be substituted.



Course Overview

  • AREA I - Language Arts/Communications (6 credit hours required)
  • ENGL1101Composition and Rhetoric3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ENGL1102Literature and Composition3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA II - Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours required)
  • HIST2111U.S. History I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • HIST2112U.S. History II3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • POLS1101American Government3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • PSYC1101Introductory Psychology3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • SOCI1101Introduction to Sociology3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics (6 credit hours required)
  • Choose 3 credit hours:
  • MATH1103Quantitative Skills and Reasoning3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1111College Algebra3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • Choose 3 or more credit hours:
  • CHEM1151Survey of Inorganic Chemistry3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CHEM1151 LSurvey of Inorganic Chemistry Lab1 credit hours45 contact hours
  • PHYS1110Conceptual Physics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • PHYS1110LConceptual Physics Lab1 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1113Precalculus3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1127Introduction to Statistics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA IV - Humanities/Fine Arts
  • Choose one of the following:
  • ENGL2110World Literature3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ENGL2130American Literature3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • Choose 40 additional credit hours:
  • COSM1000Introduction to Cosmetology Theory4 credit hours60 contact hours
  • COSM1010Chemical Texture Services3 credit hours90 contact hours
  • COSM1020Hair Care and Treatment3 credit hours75 contact hours
  • COSM1030Haircutting3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • COSM1040Styling3 credit hours90 contact hours
  • COSM1050Hair Color3 credit hours90 contact hours
  • COSM1060Fundamentals of Skin Care3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • COSM1070Nail Care and Advanced Techniques3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • COSM1080Physical Hair Services Practicum3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • COSM1090Hair Services Practicum I3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • COSM1100Hair Services Practicum II3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • COSM1110Hair Services Practicum III3 credit hours105 contact hours
  • COSM1115Hair Services Practicum IV2 credit hours90 contact hours
  • COSM1120Salon Management3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • COSM1125Skin and Nail Care Practicum2 credit hours90 contact hours