All-College Undergraduate Degree Requirements
Candidates for the B.A., B.B.A., B.F.A., B.M.E., or B.S. degree must complete a minimum of 124 total semester hours. Students seeking the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) licensure should be aware that more than 124 semester hours may be required.
All students must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 for all semester hours taken at Greensboro College, including all semester hours in excess of the 124-hour minimum required for the degree. Students must also achieve a grade point average of at least 2.0 in their major, excluding required related courses.
Transfer students must complete a minimum of 31 hours at Greensboro College to graduate from Greensboro College. At least 12 semester hours in the major must be completed at Greensboro College, and a minimum of 8 hours in a minor must be completed at Greensboro College.
Students must complete the last 30 hours prior to receiving a degree at Greensboro College to receive a degree. Students who wish to complete part of their last 30 hours prior to graduation at another institution must submit a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy to the Registrar’s Office, stating which course(s) will be completed elsewhere. A course description from the host institution must be included for each course. The petition will be reviewed by the Registrar and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. If the petition is approved, the student will have a maximum of two semesters (excluding summer terms), to complete the degree.
Students pursuing the B.A, B.M.E., and B.S. degrees may earn additional hours in the major discipline beyond the minimum required, not to exceed 50% of the total hours for their degree. Students who exceed 50% of total hours in the degree with major courses must compensate by taking additional non-major hours, thereby keeping the ratio of major hour to total degree at 50% or less. This ensures a liberal arts education balanced by general education courses, major courses and electives.
A maximum of 6 semester hours in physical education activity credit (KIN 1102-1156) may be applied toward graduation; courses in this range may not be repeated for additional credit.
General Education Requirements
These requirements apply for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Science degrees.
The general education program of Greensboro College is an integral component of the college’s mission and is the core of the undergraduate curriculum across all majors. The general education program is dedicated to providing all students with balanced and broad educational opportunities. True to liberal-arts traditions and the college’s Methodist roots, the Greensboro College general education program offers students opportunities to develop five general learning outcomes. All graduates of Greensboro College should be able to:
- read critically a variety of texts;
- write effectively for different purposes and audiences;
- speak effectively for different purposes and audiences;
- reason to reach logical conclusions; and
- think critically about ethics and values.
Completion of the general education program brings the liberal-arts disciplines into students’ lives in ways that connect the arts and sciences with the realities of the 21st century. Students completing the program will be prepared for a productive life, lifelong learning, understanding, and application of intellectual skills necessary to cope with and contribute to the world in which we live.
General education requirements total 36-40 credit hours (the difference allows for transferred equivalent courses). These hours must consist of two composition courses, a humanities course, and a minumum total of 30 credit hours distributed across four disciplinary categories listed below:
Students must successfully complete two courses or their transferred equivalents from this list.
- ECM 1100 Texts and Contexts
- ECM 1120 Scholarly Texts and Contexts
- HON 1110 The Basic Questions (grade of C- or better required)
- HON 1120 Stories We Tell Ourselves (grade of C- or better required)
Full-time students must complete these courses within the first three semesters of enrollment; part-time students must complete these courses within the first four semesters of enrollment. Students who have not completed the English requirement within the specified time must obtain permission from the Vice President for Academic Affairs to enroll at the College for a subsequent semester.
All students must successfully complete the two composition courses, or their equivalents, and complete a minimum total of 30 credit hours distributed across four categories listed below. Students who complete all of these courses at Greensboro College will earn a total of 40 credit hours in these categories. Transfer students whose total credit hours across the four categories below is less than 30 hours must take additional courses from these categories to earn at least 30 credit hours.
All students must complete a Humanities course. Humanities (H) courses are designated in the categories below as (H). Such courses may also fulfill other general education requirements as identified below.
Students must complete two courses or their transferred equivalents from the list below; the two courses must be from two different disciplines.
- ART 1100 Introduction to Visual Art (H)
- ART 2100 History of Women Artists (H)
- ART 2100 OL History of Women Artists (H)
- ART 2903 Global Traditional Arts (H)
- ART 2910 Art History I: Prehistoric to Medieval Art (H)
- ART 3910 Art History II: Renaissance to Contemporary Art (H)
- ECM 2110 Global Texts (H)
- ECM 2129 World Drama (H)
- ECM 2130 Other Worlds: Science Fiction & Fantasy (H)
- ECM 2140 Gods and Monsters: Mythology (H)
- ECM 2180 Young Adult Literature (H)
- ECM 2190 Literary Imagination (H)
- ECM 2450 Introduction to Creative Writing (H)
- ECM 3100 Foreign Literature in Translation
- ECM 3519 African-American Writers (H)
- ECM 3529 Women Writers (H)
- ECM 3539 Writers of the American South (H)
- ECM 3540 Migration Literatures (H)
- ECM 3559 Gender and Sexuality in Literature (H)
- GER 3100 The Fairy Tale
- MUS 1100 Music Appreciation (H)
- MUS 2080 Jazz Appreciation (H)
- MUS 3530 Fine Arts: Traditional and Contemporary Perspectives
- THE 2000 Introduction to the Theatre (H)
- THE 3010 American Musical Theatre History and Literature
- THE 3110 Theatre History Survey (H)
- THE 3530 Fine Arts: Traditional and Contemporary Perspectives
Students must complete two courses or their transferred equivalents from the list below; one course must be a Mathematics course, and the other course must be a lab science course.
- BIO 1100 General Biology I and Laboratory
- BIO 1110 General Biology II and Laboratory
- BIO 3450 Environmental Science and Laboratory
- MAT 1010 Ideas in Mathematics
- MAT 1030 Mathematics of Finance
- MAT 1050 Functions and Their Applications
- MAT 1060 Rover Mathematics
- MAT 1080 Introduction to the Mathematics of Computer Graphics
- MAT 2020 Operations Research
- MAT 2060 Calculus I
- MAT 2360 Statistics
Full-time students must complete the Mathematics course within the first three semesters of enrollment; part-time students must complete the Mathematics course within the first four semesters of enrollment. Students who have not completed the Mathematics requirement within the specified time must obtain permission from the Dean of the Faculty to enroll at the College for a subsequent semester.
Students must complete two courses or their transferred equivalents from the lists below; one course must be from the list of religion, philosophy, and theology courses, and one course must be from the list of ethics courses.
One course from this list of religion, philosophy, and theology courses (recommended for students’ first year):
- REP 1000 The Story of the Old Testament (H)
- REP 1010 The Story of the New Testament (H)
- REP 1100 Christian Theology: Reflections on God (H)
- REP 1200 The Stories of Christianity (H)
- REP 1300 Introduction to Philosophy (H)
- REP 1310 Critical Thinking (H)
- REP 1500 World Religions (H)
One course in ethics from this list of ethics courses (recommended for students’ second or third year):
- REP 1600 Introduction to Ethics (H)
- REP 1610 Christian Ethics (H)
- REP 1625 Environmental Ethics (H)
- REP 1635 Ethics at Work (H)
- REP 1645 Policing, Public Service, and Justice (H)
- REP 1655 Ethics and the Arts (H)
- REP 3640 Virtue in Perspective (H)
Societies and Structures
Students must complete two courses or their transferred equivalents from the list below; one course must be a History course, and the other course must be a non-History course.
- ECO 1050 Principles of Economics
- ECO 3250 Current Economic Issues
- HIS 1150 Western Civilization I (to 1500) (H)
- HIS 1160 Western Civiliation II (H)
- HIS 1210 Colonial and Revolutionary America (H)
- HIS 1220 Nineteenth Century America (H)
- HIS 1230 Modern America (H)
- HIS 1240 Contemporary America (H)
- HIS 2100 History of Education (H)
- HIS 2130 African American History (H)
- HIS 2139 American Women’s History (H)
- HON 2110 Understanding the World (H)
- HON 2120 The Collapse of Sensibility
- KIN 1100 Personal Fitness and Wellness
- POL 1100 Introduction to American Government
- POL 2110 International Relations
- PSY 1100 General Psychology
- SOC 1010 Sociological Imagination
- SOC 2010 Migration and Society
Disciplinary Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music Education, and Bachelor of Science Degrees.
To receive a B.A., B.F.A., B.M.E., or B.S. degree, a student must successfully complete two courses, or their transferred equivalents, at the 2000 level or higher in disciplines specified by the major discipline. The course prefixes allowed for these requirements in each major are listed in the descriptions of these programs in the section of this Catalog entitled Curriculum.
Your Path Forward Requirements
Greensboro College’s Your Path Forward program provides a four-year common academic experience for students designed to enhance their experiences at early, intermediate, and culminating levels. Your Path Forward includes skills and information related to transitioning to college, self-reflection activities and researching majors, experiential learning, and career and/or graduate studies preparation. Traditional students must complete the following Your Path Forward requirements for graduation, many of which also satisfy major requirements:
First year: GCS 1100, Greensboro College Seminar Requirement:
Traditional students are required to successfully complete GCS 1100 Greensboro College Seminar. Students who transfer in at least 28 credit hours upon initial enrollment, students who have transfer credit for GCS 1100, and adult students are exempt from this requirement. Students must enroll in GCS 1100 in their first semester at Greensboro College. Students who do not earn a passing grade in GCS 1100 must repeat it at their earliest opportunity.
Second year: CLD 2100, Define Your Path Requirement:
Traditional students are required to successfully complete CLD 2100, Define Your Path. Students who transfer in at least 56 credit hours upon initial enrollment and adult students are exempt from this requirement. CLD 2100 meets for 10 class meetings over a 6-week period. While offered every semester, the majority of sections are offered in fall semesters. Students should enroll in CLD 2100 during their sophomore year at Greensboro College. Students who do not earn a passing grade in CLD 2100 must repeat it at their earliest opportunity.
Third year: Experiential Learning:
Traditional students are required to successfully complete an experiential learning component that is specified by their major discipline. This requirement for each major is listed in the descriptions of these programs in the section of this Catalog entitled Curriculum.
Fourth year: Capstone Learning Component:
Traditional students are required to successfully complete a capstone learning component that is specified by their major discipline. This requirement for each major is listed in the descriptions of these programs in the section of this Catalog entitled Curriculum.
Courses Satisfying Multiple Requirements
A single course may satisfy general education requirements; requirements for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music Education, or Bachelor of Science degree; and major or minor requirements simultaneously. While a course satisfies more than one requirement, the student will be awarded credit hours for the course only once.