Welcome Accepted Students

1)  Welcome to Virtual Accepted Student Day!

Welcome to Virtual Accepted Student Day! 
  • Welcome from the President, Dr. Czarda

  • How to navigate the ASD by the Dean, Julie Schatz




2)  Get to Know Our Programs and Faculty

  • School of The Arts, Art Majors

    Art Program Q&A

    • 1) Why should I major in the BA in Studio Art; or the BA in Studio Art with a 2D Concentration; or the BFA in Painting & Drawing, and what are the potential career opportunities?

      The general Studio Art major is planned to give every student a basic experience and understanding of foundational skills in each traditional medium/category of art (Painting, Drawing, 3D Forms, Digital Photo, Computer Graphics), plus deeper understanding of color and form, and different techniques with a variety of media during Experimental and secondary levels of classes. As with all majors, there is a final capstone experience involving learning about and making contemporary work using new media. Then, all majors are required to exhibit their work in our main gallery at the end of their senior year.

      The career opportunities are quite varied: some include design firms, event planners, interior decor, sign-design and/or painting, wedding and event photographer, ceramicist/potter, portrait artist, logo designer, museum docent/guide, camera person/videographer, caricaturist, concept artist, and gallery/art sales representative.

      The 2D Concentration in Studio Art focuses more directly than the general Studio degree on using digital means to create, project, and publish imagery to various formats. It also has a dedicated course in Illustration that goes into the different genres where one would see specialized imagery for children, or for a range of books and movies, etc.

      The career opportunities include many of those above, plus others, such as: book and magazine illustrator, font designer, advertising & marketing designer, fabric designer, photographer, photojournalist, visual presentations director/manager, web host, and gallery curator/installer.
      The BFA in Painting and Drawing adds higher-level courses in a range of techniques and media, which push a more ambitious and impressive scale, and asks students to craft a more mature set of goals and intentions in their works.

      The career opportunities include all of the above that are less digital-dependent, plus: museum/gallery work, portrait artist, landscape artist, any sort of fine artist using 2D media. The BFA is the perfect degree from which to pursue the MFA (Master’s of Fine Arts), which is the go-to degree for almost all major exhibiting professionals in the U.S. and across much of the world. That higher degree is also required for being a college professor.

      We also offer the Art major with Licensure, for the requirements (pending passing state tests) to be hired as a public school art teacher in North Carolina. All our degrees and programs/concentrations in Visual Arts can be the grounding for teaching in the private school setting (as I did before teaching college).

    • 2) What are some of the liberal arts skills your department develops that will help me excel in my field?

      All majors apply their visual thinking skills in these studio classes, of course; that includes making effective visual presentations, both by hand and digitally. The close observation of what one sees, and finding accurate ways to translate that visual experience into a new medium, also calls upon a powerful set of intellectual and somatic/kinesthetic skills that can be transferred to many fields of inquiry. Look at how Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs crossed disciplines but had visually-driven brains. Most people’s optic lobes are underdeveloped in terms of applying them to new problems. We seek to train it for better growth and power.

      Speaking and using constructive criticism is a major goal in all studio classes. This builds important critical-thinking skills and also emphasizes the maturing strength of being open to change. Research and writing skills are tested in the mandatory art history survey courses, and can be honed further in the History of Women Artists, or the Traditional Non-Western Art class (where one also makes objects in the style and spirit of those cultures). Contemporary Practice, part of the capstone experience, also pushes the skills of dealing with ethical dilemmas and understanding the roles of artists as ethical beings.

    • 3) What is your favorite way to engage students in your classroom?

      I am especially enamored of being at the elbow of a student as they get that light-bulb moment and find the exact color, or accurate proportional measurement, and to see the success they can achieve (only after being willing to adapt and change as they learn from experience). Also, when showing and discussing great and/or unusually interesting/provocative/beautiful images in art and art history classes, I love hearing students come to their own grasp of the profound, spiritual, or important psychological/social meanings they convey.

    • 4) What type of internships and practicums are available within your department?

      Galleries locally (and a few museums) offer hands-on chances to see how art interacts with the public (including learning how to sell on commission), and how grants are written and put into action (an extremely important skill to learn). Independent photographers have worked with our students. One student interned for her local newspaper as a photojournalist. Custom design firms for cars and trucks, trade shows, and other events. Computer graphics & design firms. Publicity departments. Individual fine artists who also hold private classes and need help setting up and guiding students or packing and transporting work (as one would also learn in a gallery/museum setting).

    • 5) What are some success stories of former students and what they are doing now?

      We have seen students go on as: a professional TV camera operator, who became the top news anchor; photojournalists; independent photographers for weddings, events, children’s portraits, and high-end fashion; chief event planner for a large public university; various gallery positions, including curators and sales associates; one became the lead director of exhibitions at the Virginia Historical Museum, and has rotated into other roles, including restoration and research; national-award-winning performance artist/puppeteer (who makes his own puppets); assistant to a major regional sculptor.

    Need a question answered, contact us at:
    Professor Jim Langer – langerj@greensboro.edu
    Professor Brittany Sondberg –  brittany.sondberg@greensboro.edu

    We look forward to hearing from you.

  • School of The Arts, TheatreMajors

    Theatre Q & A

    Need a question answered? Contact me, Professor David Schram, Dean of the School of Fine Arts, at 336-253-8046. Leave a message if I don’t answer your call. I look forward to hearing from you.

  • School of The Arts, Music Majors

    Music Q&A

    • 1) Why should I major in Music Performance or Music Education and what are the potential career opportunities?

      When one majors in music, there are a number of directions that students may take. Often those whose expertise is performance on a particular instrument or voice leads to further study in select graduate schools where they further enhance their skills to compete. Many times those students choose to teach in colleges or universities and perform with local and regional ensembles, symphonies and small opera companies or travel with a touring company. Some of our students have chosen over the years to move to major cities whether Los Angeles or New York, where they live, get a basic job to pay the bills, and begin the process of auditioning for musical theater, opera, touring companies, dinner theatre and other performance opportunities. Some students graduating with a music degree go on to perform either for several tours of duty with military bands or choirs and some make careers of that. We have had former students in military bands stationed in Italy, Germany, and Japan to name a few recent ones who loved being around other cultures. Some students go on to become composers and arrangers. Some take full-time positions at large churches and serve as the music program directors.

      So, there are many avenues a music major can take. A music education major graduates with North Carolina licensure, which is reciprocal in many states. Since North Carolina licensure is K-12, he or she can take a job as a music teacher in elementary, middle, or high school music programs. Our students generally choose several areas in which to concentrate as music education majors. Those on the band track are planning to teach middle and high school bands. Some excel as jazz players and want to direct jazz ensembles and teach improvisation. Others love marching band and prepare to be high school band directors. Others want to be choral directors. Music education majors have strict performance requirements so that they will excel as instrumentalists and/or singers and perform locally and regionally while still holding public and private school teaching positions. So, it is easy to see there are many career opportunities in the music and music education fields.

    • 2) What are some of the liberal arts skills your department develops that will help me excel in my field?

      A Greensboro College music major benefits from liberal arts training that is not typical for the conservatory music student. Infused in the music curriculum are skills that the graduate will need to meet the challenges in an ever-changing 21st century world that include reading texts of musical literature, history related to music history, and social dynamics that influence music composition of any era, and ethical perspectives that provide students with more context for value clarification and quest for truth. Music students are given opportunities to speak and defend their conclusions on given problems; such intellectual practice will give them skills and confidence in defending their own judgements and the ability to cope with differing opinions.

    • 3) What is your favorite way to engage students in your classroom?

      My preference of engagement is through active learning. Though subjects do require some lecture, my lectures are usually in the form of questions, discussions, and analysis. The best methods of learning are through active learning, not passive.

    • 4) What type of internships and practicums are available within your department?

      Internships and practicums are an important part of the music and music education programs. The Music Department recently added internships that allow the student to participate with music faculty in outside performance activities such as attending symphony rehearsals, assisting with the jazz engagements on tours and in clubs with our professors who are jazz musicians, assisting Dr. Brotherton as he conducts a professional or community choral performance such as the Choral Society (of which he is the resident conductor), or assisting Dr. McKinney in working with church music ensembles such as choirs and praise bands. The music education major gets an early taste of what it is like to teach music in the public schools when he/she does fieldwork in a music program in the public schools. Each semester from the sophomore year on, students take part in fieldwork. In the last semester of the senior year, students participate in student teaching for a semester. So when they graduate, they have had a great amount of experience in public schools which gives them the edge over other college programs that start their fieldwork much later in their programs. School systems hiring young teachers like the element of experience.

    • 5) What are some success stories of former students and what they are doing now?

      Some of the success stories of recent graduates follow:

      Jonah S., who graduated last year and was a music education major and very fine classical and jazz trumpet player, won the jazz assistantship at the University of Texas at Austin for fall, 2020. While a student at Greensboro College, he grew as a trumpet player as well as a budding teacher. He was such a strong trumpet player, that he played the jazz book for professional touring groups that toured in North Carolina and played in the opera orchestra for the NC School of the Arts. He was offered the band job at the high school where he was a student teacher but opted to play professionally while waiting on auditioning for graduate schools.

      Jack M. who was a piano major moved to the Raleigh Research Triangle and worked digitally composing music for a Japanese gaming company. He now lives in the Seattle area continuing to compose for cartoons and games.

      Mario H. won an assistantship in opera/vocal performance at East Carolina after graduation. He has since performed in opera and musical theatre productions throughout the United States and abroad. He resides in New York City, often tours and recently the Greensboro College voice majors enjoyed seeing him in a Metropolitan Opera production of Porgy and Bess.

      Jessica Q., piano major and honors student, received an assistantship to Rice University in Texas. She recently received a Masters degree in Music History/Literature and now is pursuing a doctorate. She returned to Greensboro briefly to be married in Finch Chapel.

      Matt P., singer and music education major, developed an excellent choral program in Charleston, South Carolina, teaching choir and musical theatre. He had a large program of over two hundred, gave a musical every year as well as voice recitals, and his performance groups consistently earned superiors at performance assessments. In order to be near his wife’s parents, the family moved to Rochester, New York, where he is now teaching 8-12 grade General Music and Modern Band and will be starting a choir in the school next year. He is a man of many talents and has been a very successful music educator.

      Briana F., saxophonist and music education major, graduated with honors; during her senior year, her thesis was chosen to be presented at regional and national honors conferences and she was nominated as North Carolina’s outstanding student teacher. Upon graduation she was hired to take the high school band position at her old high school in California upon the retirement of her former band director. She continues to expand her high school music program and hopes to pursue a masters and doctorate in music education.

    Need a question answered:

    We have many music education graduates who are teaching music in public and private schools. If there are any other questions to address to me, please either call me on my cell, 336-580-0148, or email, mckinneyj@greensboro.edu.

    Have a wonderful virtual tour!
    Dr. Jane McKinney

  • School of Humanities, History Majors

    History Department Q&A

    • 1) Why should I major in History, History Education, History-Political Science, or History-Religion and what are the potential career opportunities?

      The history program at GC offers four different versions of the degree. Most History departments offer only one or two. At GC you can major in History, History Education to become licensed as a high school social studies teacher, a joint degree combining History and Political Science, or a joint degree combining History and Religion. History, History-Political Science, or History-Religion can prepare you for graduate or professional study in history to become a college professor, public history to go into museum or archival work, information and library science to become a school or college librarian, or law school. We’ve had graduates do all of those things. Other history majors have gone directly into careers after graduating in business, journalism, and law enforcement, to name a few. Several history majors have also pursued teacher licensure after graduation and have become middle school and high school social studies teachers even though they were not History Education majors.

      An added practical benefit of the History major, especially the two joint degrees in HISPOL and HIRE, is that a number of the required courses in the major “double dip,” meaning they also fulfill the college’s General Education core requirements and requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. This means you can complete the HIS or especially the HISPOL or HIRE degrees and have time to pursue a double major, a minor or minors, additional internships, or graduate a semester early.

    • 2) What are some of the liberal-arts skills your department develops that will help me excel in my field?

      The versions of the History degree at GC are among the most rigorous but also rewarding on campus. History majors are leaders on campus and have won a number of all-college awards, including the two highest recognitions for adult and traditional graduates five times in the past decade. History courses and a History major or minor foster critical reading, writing, speaking, reasoning, research skills, and information literacy. History courses also involve a good deal of collaboration and teamwork with other students. These are all skills employers in a range of fields surveyed say they value the most in prospective employees. For your generation, coming of age in what is certain to be seen in the future as a global historical turning point, having a historian’s disposition and ability to appreciate historical context is more important than ever.

    • 3) What is your favorite way to engage students in your classroom?

      The full and part-time History faculty are dedicated, creative, and demanding teachers who use a variety of engaged learning techniques in our classrooms. Lectures are mixed with discussion and analysis of a variety of historical texts. All of our classes involve some group work and presentations. Several of Dr. Sistrom’s classes include structured team debates on historical topics in which the teams have to defend or oppose some position. Upper-level courses all include semester-long research projects to allow students the chance to pursue topics of interest and learn to manage their time on a project over stages and over the course of a semester. Some History majors have also presented their research at local, state, and national conferences on undergraduate research. Some classes bring in class guests from the community, like military veterans, civil rights activists, and female elected officials. Others include field trips to local historic sites. Dr. Sistrom’s North Carolina History class also includes a community history project in which students work to collect and preserve some aspect of Greensboro history that community partners can then use. Last semester, that involved researching the history of the local suffrage movement and women’s politics in the 1920s to share with the Greensboro Historical Museum and the League of Women Voters as part of a Triad-wide initiative to commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020. Finally, fair warning, if you take a class with Dr. Sistrom, be prepared to sing! He usually plays music at the beginning of each class from the time period relating to the topic of the day. Students often “get to” sing along.

    • 4) What type of internships and practicums are available within your department?

      History Education majors do field experiences and student-teach as part of their licensure program. History-Political Science majors usually complete a law-related internship if they are pursuing law school. Others interested in public policy have interned with local community organizations. History majors interested in public history have done internships at local historic sites and museums and on campus, creating content relating to GC history. History-Religion majors have done internships with local churches and organizations as well as history-related internships. The best HIS, HISPOL and/or HIRE majors who are interested in graduate study have also completed teaching and research assistantships working in survey courses and/or on research projects with the full-time faculty.

    • 5) What are some success stories of former students and what they are doing now?

      As I mentioned above, a number of our History Education majors or History and HISPOL majors who went on to get their teaching licenses after graduating are successful middle school and high school social studies teachers and coaches. Other History and HISPOL alumni are attorneys, journalists, small business owners, and law enforcement officers. One of our History alums from the 1990s who went on to earn his Ph.D. in History is a curator at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Another of our History alums from the 2000s went on to earn her M.A. in Museum Studies and now runs community programs and internships at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Dr. Palmadessa herself is a GC History alum. She went on to earn her MA and Ph.D. and is now my History colleague, an award-winning professor and author of two books with contracts from publishers for two more. Another GC History alum also earned her Ph.D. and is a frequent adjunct instructor for us. Most recently in the past few years, History-Political Science and History-Religion majors have gone on to prestigious graduate programs with substantial funding at CUNY, Rutgers, Emory and now Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and the University of Chicago. Of our six History majors graduating in May, two will be attending law school in the fall, one on a full scholarship with housing and additional funding provided, another will be going into college football coaching, another is entering a theology master’s program, another is entering the U.S. military, and the sixth will teach for a year through Americorps before pursuing graduate study in public policy and public administration.

    Need a question answered, contact Dr. Mike Sistrom, Department Chair, at sistromm@greensboro.edu, or 336-272-7102 x5306 or Dr. Allison Palmadessa at allison.palmadessa@greensboro.edu or 336-272-7102 x325.

    We can also put you in contact with current History majors and/or recent alumni who can tell you more about us.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Find out more: https://www.greensboro.edu/academics/school-of-humanities/department-of-history/

  • School of Humanities, English & Communication Studies Majors

    English Communication Q&A

    • 1) Why should I major in English or English & Communication Studies and what are the potential career opportunities?

      As opposed to preparing students for a single entry-level position, majoring in English or English & Communication Studies prepares students with the skills needed to succeed in a variety of fields. Recent graduates are currently working as journalists, media relations and marketing managers, teachers, web editors, digital strategists, legal assistants, and sports coaches (at both the high school and college level). Below is a sample of the career paths of some of our alumni:

      • Adelaide E.—graduate 2019. Web Editor for Casual Living, Furniture Today and Designers Today. Before being promoted to Web Editor, she was a Campus Greensboro Fellow and interned at Furniture Today while attending Greensboro College
      • Kristopher T.—graduated 2017. Assistant Baseball Coach at Young Harris College.
      • Savannah B.—graduated 2017. Advancement Services Administrator in the Office of Alumni Relations at Greensboro College; current library technician at Randolph County Public Library
      • Heather A.—graduated 2016. Legal Assistant at Hopper, Hicks, & Wrenn, Oxford, NC
      • Kaleigh H.—graduated 2016. Former Advancement Services Administrator, and Director of Alumni Engagement in the Office of Alumni Relations at Greensboro College; currently Student Success Coach at High Point University
      • Briana T.—graduated 2015. Pursuing MA in journalism from the Philip Merrill School of Journalism. Former Graduate Assistant in Public Relations and Information Management at the University of Maryland, College Park; current Manager overnight news desk for The Voice of America in Washington, DC
      • Jessica Q.—graduated 2015. Full fellowship to study Musicology at Rice University. Former Adjunct Music Instructor at Brazosport College as well as an Instructor for Writers in the Schools in Houston, TX; recently accepted to PhD program in Musicology at University of Colorado
      • Ethan S.—graduated 2015. Admissions Counselor at Greensboro College for 2+ years; currently high school English teacher and football coach in Guilford County
      • Jonathan H.—graduated 2014. MA in Broadcast Journalism at American University. Former freelance reporter for the Washington Afro American Newspaper; former TV reporter for WHAG-TV, NBC-affiliate station in Maryland; current reporter for Spectrum News in Syracuse, NY
      • Woody W.—graduated 2013. MA in Broadcast Journalism from the Philip Merrill School of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park (2014). Former anchor/producer for Capital News Service in College Park, Maryland; former Production Asst for the NFL Network in Los Angeles, CA; currently, Media Relations Manager for New York Football League
      • Chakiris M.—graduated 2013. Former Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, Admissions Counselor at Greensboro College, Admissions Counselor at Greensboro College, and semi-pro basketball player for the Greensboro Cobras; former Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Louisburg College, Louisburg, NC; currently, Graduate Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Virginia Tech University
      • Brittany C.—graduated 2012. Masters in Communication & Media Studies from High Point University (2015). Former Video Production & Event Planner for the United Way of Greater Greensboro. Current Volunteer Coordinator for Parks and Recreation, City of Greensboro. Youngest member ever inducted to the Greensboro College Board of Trustees
      • Rebecca P.—graduated 2012. Former Digital Project Manager at G-Force Marketing Greensboro, NC; Digital Strategist at Shift Now, Inc.; currently Online Marketing Manager for G/Fore Marketing
      • Paul R.—graduated 2009. Former Marketing and Membership Director YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, D.C; currently Associate Executive Director of the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, D.C
      • Tara T.—graduated 2008. MA in Journalism from Indiana University (2009). Former Project Manager of US Airways Magazine at Pace Communications. Currently Marketing Copywriter for the Cleveland Indians (Cleveland, OH)
    • 2) What are some of the liberal arts skills your department develops that will help me excel in my field?

      We help students develop the skills to write and speak effectively and to think both critically and creatively. Not only are these invaluable skills that employers are always looking for, they’re the kind of skills that position our graduates as flexible and resilient, with the ability to excel in their chosen field in an ever-changing landscape.

    • 3) What is your favorite way to engage students in your classroom?

      Students in ECM have the opportunity to take a variety of courses, from hands-on courses like Podcasting and Digital Videography to courses in literature, writing (including creative writing, screenwriting, and business communication) as well as courses in film and critical theory. In other words, we engage students in a variety of courses that encourage them to develop and hone a variety of skills.

    • 4) What type of internships and practicums are available within your department?

      Students have recently interned in the local community at Furniture Today, Pace Communications, the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival/Scuppernong Books, the Times-News in Burlington, as well as on campus with our Director of Communications, the Director of our Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program, and our Director of Sports Information; students can also gain writing and editing experience by working with student publications.

      Incoming students are also eligible to receive a Participation Grant for working with the student newspaper, The Collegian, and/or the student literary arts magazine, The Lyre. These grants average $250 per semester. If interested in receiving more information, or to get on the list to receive one of these grants, please email Dr. Wayne Johns at wayne.johns@greensboro.edu

    • 5) What are some success stories of former students and what they are doing now?

      (see # 1 for some examples that highlight the variety of positions and (where possible) also give some sense of the career paths of our graduates).

  • School of Social Sciences and Education, Psychology Majors

    Psychology Q&A

    • 1) Why should I major in Psychology and what are the potential career opportunities?

      Psychology is a great field that offers a vast opportunity for learning, educational growth, and career development. Students who major in psychology graduate with an understanding of human behavior, mental illness, and research. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, many students opt to begin a career as a helping professional and work in places such as Social Services, community centers, group homes, or as research assistants. Many students also choose to attend graduate school to attain their master’s degree in psychology, counseling or clinical social work to become a mental health therapist or Counselor.

    • 2) What are some of the liberal arts skills your department develops that will help me excel in my field?

      Some liberal arts skills Psychology students will develop include writing, speaking, analytical thinking, and creative thinking. Students will also learn how to think critically, and apply learned concepts to real-life situations.

    • 3) What is your favorite way to engage students in your classroom?

      Students learn in a variety of ways in all classes. One of the favorite ways to involve students is to hold small group discussions, have students complete hands-on activities in class, and visit or collaborate with community agencies.

    • 4) What type of internships and practicums are available within your department?

      Internships are encouraged during a student’s junior year. Students complete internships in the community at agencies such as The Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, school systems, mental health agencies, and other community centers.

    • 5) What are some success stories of former students and what they are doing now?

      We love keeping in contact with students after they graduate! Our students share lots of success stories with us, from completing graduate school, obtaining jobs, and beginning their careers. We were so excited to recently get an update that one of our students will graduate this May with a Master’s of Clinical Social Work degree and has already accepted a job to begin after graduation. The student is applying for their clinical license, so they can work as a Mental Health Therapist.

    Need a question answered, contact me at:
    Dr. Kristin Sheridan, Department Chair, Psychology
    kristin.sheridan@greensboro.edu
    I look forward to hearing from you.

  • School of Humanities, Religion Majors

    Religion Department Q&A

    • 1) Why should I major in Religion and what are the potential career opportunities?

      There are several reasons for you to pursue a religion major or one of the minors offered by the Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy Department. First of all, our classes deal with the most basic questions about our lives. Far from being airy, head-in-the-clouds stuff, the various answers to those questions are directly applicable to how we go about our business each day.

      A religion major prepares you for life – all of it – but it can also lead to a meaningful career. Of course, one obvious career would be ministry, but we like to think of ‘ministry’ as a broader category than simply working in the church as a pastor. You could find a place in social work, or you might find a career in the nonprofit sector. Because we will teach you to think clearly, study in our area is excellent preparation for law school, but, really, we can set you up for success – meaningful success – in any career you might want to pursue.

      Finally, the religion major is easy to pair with other majors. The classes are challenging, but after you have completed your general education religion requirement, the number of classes needed to complete the major (or especially the minors) is not very high.

    • 2) What are some of the liberal-arts skills your department develops that will help me excel in my field?

      Since Philosophy and Theology are the mother and father disciplines of all the other academic disciplines, we actually do a little of everything. You can even do mathematics if you take our course on logic! The “Holy Grail” of a liberal-arts education is the development of critical thinking, and this lies at the heart of the religion major, for critical thinking requires more than just the ability to pull things apart to analyze them. It also requires the effort to put things back together. That is, we can only find the motivation to critically evaluate the world around us if we are also motivated to discover the truth…and that leads us back to the big questions, and the insightful answers to those questions, that you will ponder in our classes.

      Why should you want to think critically?

      At its most basic, critical thinking represents freedom – freedom from manipulation. There are plenty of people in the world who would like to control you: politicians, Madison Avenue types, preachers, and more. If you develop a thirst for the truth and the capacity to evaluate what you see and hear, however, you will become your own best judge of the facts. You will determine, for yourself, how to act, what to believe, and with whom to associate. In other words, we believe that thinking critically, acting justly, and living faithfully go hand-in-hand.

    • 3) What is your favorite way to engage students in your classroom?

      Our classes use a multitude of different approaches to teaching, often within the very same class. There are lectures to help you understand some of the more difficult material, but many of our upper-level classes are small, discussion-based affairs. You will see movies, do group work, get involved in the community, and do presentations for your classmates. Our goal is to help you learn, not discover what you do not know.

    • 4) What type of internships and practicums are available within your department?

      Our majors often get internship experience in local churches, but there is really no limit to the kind of internship one might pursue as a religion major. Again, we define the notion of ministry very broadly, and we also offer a couple of classes that give students direct experience working to solve problems with the local Greensboro community.

    • 5) What are some success stories of former students and what they are doing now?
      1. Abigail B. has been traveling the world (until recently), learning and teaching yoga, singing slow jazz professionally, and making goat cheese.
      2. Alla A.  is in his first year of study in the Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago.
      3. Leah H. earned a joint Master’s degree through Yale and the University of Connecticut, and is now a professional social worker.
      4. Bridget H. is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University in Womanist Studies.
      5. Stephanie P. is a professor of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School.
      6. Numerous Greensboro College graduates have gone on to earn an M.Div. at Duke Divinity School, and have become leaders in the church in North Carolina and beyond.

    Contact me at: Professor Dan Malotky at dmalotky@greensboro.edu
    Fine out more: https://www.greensboro.edu/academics/school-of-humanities/department-of-rep/

  • School of Sciences and Math, Exercise Science Majors

    Exercise and Sport Science Q&A

    • 1) Why should I major in Exercise Science and what are the potential career opportunities?

      Exercise science is the study of how exercise affects the human body. We use a wide array of courses to equip our students to go out and make people healthier. The knowledge gained in exercise science allows our students to help clients and athletes to become healthy, more fit, stronger, and faster or whatever their goal may be. You may choose to work with a sports team, a sport organization or start your own business. Others will go into coaching, personal training or wellness counseling. A couple of growing areas in our field are sports nutrition and sport psychology. Or perhaps you want to work with team statistics and analytics. One thing is for sure, graduates from our majors are on the move!

    • 2) What are some of the liberal arts skills your department develops that will help me excel in my field?

      Once our students are equipped with the core exercise science classes, they move on into the course work that allows them to think critically. They analyze fitness assessment data and write exercise prescriptions. Students use case study scenarios to outline an exercise plan for healthy and special populations. This is a very hands on, analytical and critical thinking major.

    • 3) What is your favorite way to engage students in your classroom?

      I am a huge proponent of active learning. While lectures are still a part of learning, I teach students by doing. We do lab activities, games, interactive learning projects, and fitness testing and exercise prescription. We use the fitness center, athletic fields, movement lab, exercise physiology lab, biomechanics lab and gymnasium to incorporate all areas of learning.

    • 4) What type of internships and practicums are available within your department?

      For years, our students have participated in a semester long internship where they get hands on experience with someone in the field they see themselves entering upon graduation. This internship experience occurs in the junior year. Students work in youth, high school and college sport setting, therapy and fitness settings and can choose their own path in selecting an internship experience.

    • 5) What are some success stories of former students and what they are doing now?

      Some of our students have gone on to work with college sports teams and sport organizations. Others choose to enter the fitness field and eventually open their own businesses. Others go on to graduate school in programs like Exercise Physiology, Athletic Training and more.

    Need a question answered, contact me at:

    Professor Anna Carter, Instructor

    EdD KIN Candidate, UNC Greensboro
    MA, Exercise Physiology, UNC Chapel Hill
    BA, Exercise Physiology, UNC Chapel Hill
    BA, Public Policy Analysis, UNC Chapel Hill
    AFPA Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant
    ASFA Certified Cycle Instructor
    TRX Certified Trainer

      anna.carter@greensboro.edu. I look forward to hearing from you.

  • School of Sciences and Math, Health Sciences Majors

    Health Sciences Q&A

    Need a question answered, contact me at:
    anna.peluso@greensboro.edu
    336-272-7102 ext. 5752

  • School of Science and Math, Biology and Chemistry Majors

    Biology/Chemistry Department Q&A

    • 1) Why should I major in Biology or Chemistry and what are the potential career opportunities?

      You should choose a major in the Natural Sciences if you are interested in biology or chemistry. If chemistry is your choice, make sure you have a love for mathematics, too. Laboratory work is a major component of these majors — you get to apply what you learn in the classroom as well as learn from hands-on experience. You have to think critically to understand data and find solutions. There are various opportunities for graduates in the Natural Sciences. Some of our students have chosen to work in a technical area or are involved in research, others have gone on to graduate work, others to medical, vet, or dental school, or physician assistant or pharmacy school.

    • 2) What are some of the liberal-arts skills your department develops that will help me excel in my field?

      One skill that students will need is the ability to analyze a problem, look at all the data, and draw logical conclusions and pathways for solving the problem. One must be able to speak effectively, do literature research, think critically about the material, and, in the case of chemistry especially, be able to do quantitation of material.

    • 3) What is your favorite way to engage students in your classroom?

      In both Biology and Chemistry, faculty do present lectures with ample opportunities for discussion, questions, and interaction with the material. Students teach each other concepts and practice what they learn with in-class and in laboratory activities. Students do oral/written presentations of material that they have researched. The labs present an opportunity for the student to experience first-hand and build upon what has been presented in the classroom.

    • 4) What type of internships and practicums are available within your department?

      Some students have performed independent research with a faculty member. Others have performed internships with technical laboratories, Carolina Biological Supply Co., the city of Greensboro (for ecology/urban ecology), Greensboro Science Center, The Conservators Center Animal Park, Urgent and Family Medical Care, Senior Resources of Guilford County, and others.

    • 5) What are some success stories of former students and what they are doing now?

      The Department has had students that went to pharmacy programs and are now practicing pharmacists, or doing pharmaceutical research. We have a recent graduate who is doing neuroscience research at Duke now. There are a couple of recent graduates that are in medical school. Students have secured employment in technical laboratories, or have gone to graduate school in the sciences, as well as physical therapy and physician assistant programs. We have a couple of graduates who are now practicing vets. A couple of graduates are ecologists working with city governments in urban planning.

    Need a question answered:

    Contact:  For chemistry: Dr. Wayne Harrison (waha@greensboro.edu).

    For Biology: Dr. Jessica Sharpe (jessica.sharpe@greensboro.edu), or Dr. Calhoun Bond (bondc@greensboro.edu)

    Jessica Sharpe, PhD
    Professor of Biology
    Dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics
    Greensboro College

    jessica.sharpe@greensboro.edu
    (336) 272-7102 ext 5577

  • School of Business, Business Administration and Economics

    Business Q&A

    • 1) Why should I major in Business Administration and Economics and what are the potential career opportunities?

      Majoring in Business Administration and Economics opens the student to a wide array of jobs. All companies, including nonprofits, are focused on running different parts of their business while serving their customers. Our majors can fit into any organization with excellent training in management, finance, marketing and operations. These jobs start at $35,000 per year. Adding a minor in business analytics creates the opportunity to start in excess of $50,000.

    • 2) What are some of the liberal-arts skills your department develops that will help me excel in my field?

      We utilize critical thinking, problem-solving, being organized, practicing oral and written communication, and getting involved in teamwork. Students learn these skills in other courses. It is important to understand that people who work in business who have a liberal-arts background tend to progress faster in their careers.

    • 3) What is your favorite way to engage students in your classroom?

      Our students love to do projects where they do the work on their own or in groups. They shine and learn by solving problems and being creative working on practical business problems and cases.

    • 4) What type of internships and practicums are available within your department?

      All students must complete an internship. The internship is typically with a company that serves more than one interest the student possesses. Internships allow students to learn about a company and often lead to a job offer upon graduation. The faculty carefully monitors the work being done to provide the student with the best possible experience.

    • 5) What are some success stories of former students and what they are doing now?

      Students who are very close to graduation talk about the family atmosphere at Greensboro College, the networking they do while here, the academic honors that are worth being sought after, the joy felt at graduation after putting in long hours and hard work, and the attention they get from faculty and staff at a small college. We have several students now in graduate school. GC graduates who have stayed local work at places like Epes Transport Systems and Northwestern Mutual and show their love of GC by visiting us from time to time and giving back. One student who now works for Lockheed Martin in New York said, “Based on my experience at Greensboro College, I can only think of positive things to say about the School of Business. The program is well rounded, so you get an overview of all subjects from Accounting to Operations Management. This range of classes, paired with the overall Liberal Arts education, is one of the biggest strengths of a degree in Business from Greensboro College. In addition, another strength of the program is how invested your professors are in your education. They all want to see you succeed and will help you get there. The professors are also understanding and supportive of your other roles on campus. Don’t be surprised if they show up to one of your games or performances!”

    Need a question answered, contact us at:
    Dr. Bill MacReynolds, Dean School for Business
    bill.macreynolds@greensboro.edu

    Dr. Nasir Assar Chair, Department of Business Administration
    Associate Professor of Business Administration
    nasir.assar@greensboro.edu

    We look forward to hearing from you.

  • School of Social Sciences and Education, Education

    Education Q&A

    Need a question answered, contact me at:
    Dr. Rebecca Blomgren
    School of Social Sciences and Education, Founding Dean
    Teacher Education, Director

    blomgrenr@greensboro.edu
    I look forward to hearing from you!

  • School of Social Sciences and Education, Sociology & Criminal Justice

    Criminal Justice and Sociology Q&A

    • 1) Why should I major in Sociology or Criminal Justice and what are the potential career opportunities?

      In both sociology and criminal justice courses of study, in-class assignments, research projects, internships and community-service activities offer students opportunities to apply their knowledge and experiences to practical social issues and future careers.

      Students become Sociology experts through rigorous coursework and research in one of three sociology concentrations: general studies, human services, and cultural and diversity studies.

      Criminal Justice majors gain a deep understanding of forensics, the courts, policing, corrections facilities and issues surrounding diversity.

    • 2) What are some of the liberal arts skills your department develops that will help me excel in my field?

      SOC and CRI Majors will develop their reading, writing, statistical analysis, and oral communication skills, which will prove invaluable in any career.

    • 3) What is your favorite way to engage students in your classroom?

      A primary benefit of attending Greensboro College is the small class sizes. Faculty in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice prefer in-person discussions about the topics covered. The small classes ensure you get all the individual attention from your Instructors that you want and need.

    • 4) What type of internships and practicums are available within your department?

      CRI Majors must complete an internship, and SOC Majors may optionally use one for course credit. GC students have completed internships at city, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; detention centers; District Attorney or courthouse offices; private law firms; probation or parole agencies; Social Worker agencies; security-related private companies; and a variety of nonprofit organizations.

    Need a question answered? Contact me at:
    Dr. John W. Barbrey
    Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
    Chair, Dept. of Sociology & Criminal Justice
    john.barbrey@greensboro.edu

    I look forward to hearing from you.

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