Majors, Minors, Concentrations, Certificates & Other Programs

A major is a coherent program of focused study in a discipline, and requires at least 30 credits. Students who enter Georgian Court with a declared major will be assigned to a faculty advisor of that major for academic advisement. Students who enter Georgian Court without a declared major field will be advised by a designated faculty advisor. Students must declare a major by their fourth semester. With departmental approval, students who can so arrange their schedules may elect a second major. Please see the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog for information on how multiple majors are recognized at graduation on transcripts. Students seeking teacher certification must select a liberal arts major in addition to completing the School of Education’s requirements for teacher certification.

The specific requirements for each major are listed under the respective disciplines. Several disciplines identify fields of concentration for study within the major field. While the greatest amount of time during the junior and senior years is devoted to studies in the major field, students may continue to enrich their liberal arts background with additional work in general education. In addition to course work, senior students must fulfill certain major requirements before graduation.

Minor programs, which usually require 18 to 24 credits, provide the opportunity for degree-seeking students to develop a second or third area of interest. Georgian Court assumes no responsibility for guaranteeing that all students interested in developing additional areas of interest will be able to do so in four years. Students who elect a minor field of study must keep in close communication with the appropriate faculty advisor. Georgian Court University is not obligated to offer the courses necessary for the completion of minors. Certificate programs, which usually require 15 to 24 credits, provide the opportunity for degree or non-degree students to develop an area of interest by taking a related group of courses. Students enrolled in a certificate program must keep in close communication with the appropriate faculty advisor. In some cases, the same curriculum is available as either a minor or certificate. In those cases, degree students will earn the minor and non-degree students will earn the certificate. Georgian Court University is not obligated to offer the courses necessary for the completion of Georgian Court University certificates.

Concentrations are groupings of courses with similar and related subject matter that enable students to focus study on a particular area within their major. Concentrations appear on students’ transcripts.

Tracks are groupings of courses within a major that provide a path through a major that prepares students for a career goal, such as graduate school, teacher certification or immediate employment. Tracks do not appear on students’ transcripts. Tracks are listed in the individual department/major sections of the catalog and are not in the list of program options below.

Unless specifically stated otherwise, at least half of the credits required for a major, minor, certificate or certification program must be earned at GCU. Some programs require that more than half of the credits be earned at GCU.

To change majors or make other changes to an academic program, students must complete a Change of Academic Program Form, available online from the Registrar web page menu. Students wishing to add a program must request entry to the new program from the department chairperson.

School of Arts and Sciences

Applied Arts and Sciences

  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Arts and Sciences
    • Major: Applied Arts and Sciences1
    • Interdisciplinary Module Focus Areas:
      (Not all available in the evening) Accounting; art; biology; business administration; chemistry; criminal justice; digital communication; English; exercise science, wellness and sports; graphic design; history; integrative health; mathematics; multimedia; psychology; religious studies; social work; Spanish

Art

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Majors: Visual Art1
    • Minor: Studio Art
    • Certification: NJ Teaching Credentials with B.A. in Visual Art: Early Childhood Education (P–3), Elementary Education (K–6), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Teacher of Art (K–12), each with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement 
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    • Major: Art & Visual Studies
      • Concentration: Studio Arts

Biology

  • Bachelor of Science
    • Majors: Biology
      • Clinical Laboratory Sciences with a minor in biology (joint degree program with Rutgers University)
      • Medical Imaging Sciences with a minor in biology (joint degree program with Rutgers University)
    • Minor: Biology
    • Clinical Laboratory Sciences Concentrations:
      • Cytotechnology (Program in this form discontinued by Rutgers University; bachelor’s degree option will probably be replaced by a 3+2 combined bachelor’s to master’s program. Students interested in cytotechnology cannot currently choose this concentration.)
      • Medical Laboratory Science
    • Medical Imaging Sciences Specialties:
      • Cardiac Sonography
      • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
      • Vascular Sonography
    • Other Programs:
      • Medical Laboratory Science at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center
      • Chiropractic at New York Chiropractic College
    • Certification: NJ Teaching Credentials with B.S. in Biology: Early Childhood Education (P–3), Elementary Education (K–6), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Teacher of Biology (K–12), each with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement 
  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Biology
    • Certification: NJ Teaching Credentials with B.A. in Biology: Early Childhood Education (P–3), Elementary Education (K–6), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Teacher of Biology (K–12), each with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement 

Career Development

  • Courses Offered

Chemistry & Biochemistry

  • Bachelor of Science
    • Majors: Chemistry, Biochemistry
    • Minor: Chemistry
    • Certification: NJ Teaching Credentials with B.S. in Chemistry: Early Childhood Education (P–3), Elementary Education (K–6), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Teacher of Chemistry (K–12), each with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement 
  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Chemistry
    • Certification: NJ Teaching Credentials with B.A. in Chemistry: Early Childhood Education (P–3), Elementary Education (K–6), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Teacher of Chemistry (K–12), each with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement 

Computer Information Systems

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Computer Information Systems
    • Minor: Computer Information Systems

Criminal Justice

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Criminal Justice
      • Concentrations: Cyber Crime, Global Justice & Society, Law Enforcement & Corrections
    • Minors: Criminal Justice, Cyber Crime, Global Justice & Society, Law Enforcement & Corrections
    • Other Program: B.A./M.A. Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice plus Advanced Admission to the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Human Rights program

Dance

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Dance
    • Minors: Dance, Dance Therapy

English

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: English
      • Concentration: Writing
    • Minors: English, Writing
    • Certification: NJ Teaching Credentials with B.A. in English: Early Childhood Education (P–3), Elementary Education (K–6), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Teacher of English (K–12), each with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement 
    • Special Program: English for Nonnative Speakers

Exercise Science, Wellness & Sports

  • Bachelor of Science
    • Major: Exercise Science, Wellness & Sports
      • Concentrations: Coaching, Exercise Science, Health & Physical Education
    • Minors: Coaching; Exercise Science, Wellness & Sports
    • Certificate: Coaching
    • Certification: NJ Teaching Credentials with B.S. in Exercise Science, Wellness & Sports: Teacher of Health & Physical Education (K–12) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement

Health Profession Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Health Profession Studies

Health Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science
    • Major: Health Sciences

History & Politics

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: History1, Political Science
      • Concentration: International Relations
    • Minors: History, The USA & the World
    • Certification: NJ Teaching Credentials with B.A. in History: Early Childhood Education (P–3), Elementary Education (K–6), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Teacher of Social Studies (K–12), each with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement 

Integrative Health

  • Minor: Integrative Health
  • Certificate: Integrative Health

Interdisciplinary Courses & Earth Sciences

  • Courses Offered

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Interdisciplinary Studies1
    • Certification: NJ Teaching Credentials with B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Early Childhood Education (P–3), Elementary Education (K–6), and English as a Second Language (ESL), each with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement 

Mathematics

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Mathematics
    • Minor: Mathematics
    • Certification: NJ Teaching Credentials with B.A. in Mathematics: Early Childhood Education (P–3), Elementary Education (K–6), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Teacher of Mathematics (K–12), each with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement 

Music

  • Courses Offered

Natural Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science
    • Major: Natural Sciences
    • Certification: NJ Teaching Credentials with B.S. in Natural Sciences: Early Childhood Education (P–3), Elementary Education (K–6), and English as a Second Language (ESL), each with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement 

Philosophy

  • Courses Offered

Physical Education

  • Courses Offered

Physics & Earth Science

  • Courses Offered

Psychology

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Psychology1
    • Minor: Psychology
    • Certification: NJ Teaching Credentials with B.A. in Psychology: Early Childhood Education (P–3), Elementary Education (K–6), and English as a Second Language (ESL), each with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement 
  • Bachelor of Science
    • Major: Psychiatric Rehabilitation & Psychology (joint degree program with Rutgers University)

Religious Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Religious Studies
    • Minor: Religious Studies
    • Certificates: Pastoral Ministry

Social Work

  • Bachelor of Social Work
    • Major: Social Work1
    • Minors: Gerontology, Social Work

Sociology & Anthropology

  • Minor: Anthropology

World Languages & Cultures

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Majors: Spanish, Latino Business Studies
    • Minors: Spanish, Latina/o and Caribbean Studies
    • Certification: NJ Teaching Credentials with B.A. in Spanish: Early Childhood Education (P–3), Elementary Education (K–6), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Teacher of Spanish (K–12), each with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement 
    • Certificate: Certificate in International Business

School of Business and Digital Media

Business Administration, Accounting, and Economics

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Latino Business Studies
  • Bachelor of Science
    • Majors: Accounting, Business Administration1, Finance, Management, Marketing
      • Concentrations: Health Care Administration, Sports Management
    • Minors: Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Sports Management
    • Certificate: Certificate in International Business
    • Certification: NJ Teaching Credentials with B.S. in Business Administration: Teacher of Business (K–12) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
    • Other Programs: B.S./M.B.A. Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or Accounting plus Advanced Admission to the Master of Business Administration degree program

Communication

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Digital Communication
      • Concentrations: Journalism & Strategic Communication, Visual Communication & Media Studies
    • Minor: Digital Communication

Graphic Design and Multimedia

  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Digital Design
    • Minor: Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    • Major: Graphic Design & Multimedia
      • Concentrations: Graphic Design, Multimedia

Health Information Management

  • Bachelor of Science
    • Major: Health Information Management (joint degree program with Rutgers University)

School of Education

[See Table III-A]

Georgian Court - Hackensack Meridian Health School of Nursing

Nursing

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Generic, or RN to B.S.N.)
    • Major: Nursing
    • Other Program: Partnership with Seton Hall University’s College of Nursing for accelerated second bachelor’s degree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing on GCU’s campus (courses taught and degree awarded by Seton Hall University)

Interdisciplinary Minors

  • Interdisciplinary Minors: American Studies; International Area Studies; Latina/o & Caribbean Studies; Politics, Law & History; Social Media Marketing; Sustainability; Women’s Studies

Skills Development Program

  • Courses offered

Table III-A: School of Education

Certification Programs Options for Majors NJ Certification
Early Childhood Education (P–3) Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Psychology, Spanish, Visual Art Early Childhood Education (P–3) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
Elementary Education (K–6) Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Psychology, Spanish, Visual Art Elementary Education (K–6) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
Specific Subject Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, English, Exercise Science, History, Mathematics, Spanish, Visual Art Teacher of (Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, English, Health and Physical Education, Social Studies, Mathematics, or Spanish) with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement
English as a Second Language Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Psychology, Spanish, Visual Art English as a Second Language with Teacher of Students with Disabilities Endorsement