School Of Social Sciences & Education

School Dean: Dr. Rebecca Blomgren
Department of Education
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Dr. Rebecca Blomgren, Chairperson
Dr. Susan Connelly
Dr. Debra Davidson
Dr. Natasha Veale

Majors: Birth-Kindergarten Education, Elementary K-6 Education, Middle Grades 6-9 Language Arts/Social Studies Education, Middle School Grades 6-9 Mathematics/Science Education, Special Education (General Curriculum or Adapted Curriculum)


Department of Political Science & Legal Administration
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Dr. Victor Archibong, Chairperson
Dr. Lawrence Czarda

Major: Political Science; History and Political Science
Minor: Political Science, Legal Administration
Certificate: Legal Administration


Department of Psychology
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Dr. Lisa Gunther, Chairperson
Dr. Jason Rogers

Major: Psychology
Minor: Psychology


Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
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Dr. Paul Leslie
Dr. Deirdre Sommerlad-Rogers, Chairperson
Dr. John Barbrey

Major: Criminal Justice, Sociology
Minors: Criminal Justice, Sociology


Department of Education

Education is, of course, an extremely rewarding field. An effective educator can be an active part of making a child's future brighter. What could be more rewarding than that?

Our programs are designed to provide future teachers with the knowledge and understanding of how children develop and learn as they grow. Coupled with innovative and progressive teaching methods and plenty of clinical experience, our students can truly become teachers who really do make a difference.

Teacher Licensure

Within the Department of Education, there are four distinct majors with teacher licensure: B-K Education, Elementary Education K-6, Middle Grades Education 6-9, and Special Education (General and Adapted).

In addition to those core majors with licensure, teacher licensure programs for secondary education are available in the following areas: Biology, Comprehensive Science, Comprehensive Social Studies, English, and Mathematics. K-12 programs include: Art, Health and Physical Education, Music, Spanish, and Theatre.

The Education Curriculum also contains basic information about the Teacher Education Program. For more specific information on that program, please contact the program director, Dr. Rebecca Blomgren, at 336-272-7102, ext. 5262, or email her at blomgrenr@greensboro.edu.

For information regarding specific licensure/curriculum requirements of specific licensure areas, please consult the appropriate department page via the Majors and Minors page.

Areas of Study

Major: Birth through Kindergarten Education (B.A., B.S.)
Major: Elementary Education K-6 (B.A., B.S.)
Major: Middle Grades Education 6-9:

  • Language Arts (B.A.)
  • Mathematics (B.S.)
  • Science (B.S.)
  • Social Studies (B.A.)

Major: Special Education (General and Adapted) (B.A., B.S.)

Greensboro College/Rockingham Community College Partnership

To better serve residents of Rockingham County who wish to pursue education as a career, Greensboro College has formed a partnership with Rockingham Community College (RCC). Under this partnership, students who have earned an associate degree can take Greensboro College courses at RCC to complete a Greensboro College baccalaureate degree and teacher education licensure.

For more information, contact:

Rebecca F. Blomgren
Founding Dean, School of Education, and Director of Teacher Education
336-272-7102, ext. 5262
blomgrenr@greensboro.edu

Our department is special because...

  • Not only do we model best practices in the college classroom, but our candidates also spend more than 100 hours in the classroom prior to their semester-long student teaching experience. Clinical experience is a strength. Our candidates are ready to teach when they finish.
  • Our faculty are both strong and caring and provide active learning opportunities, present both theory and practice, and have a proven track record in preparing students to become outstanding teachers.
  • We have a 100% passing rate on licensing exams.

How would you benefit from the program?

Personalized/individualized guidance and support throughout the program and extending beyond graduation is a huge benefit of our program.

  • Reciprocity with 48 states
  • Early contracts with nearby school systems

Within the Department of Education, there are four distinct majors with teacher licensure: B-K Education, Elementary Education K-6, Middle Grades Education 6-9, and Special Education (General and Adapted).

In addition to those core majors with licensure, teacher licensure programs for secondary education are available in the following areas: Biology, Comprehensive Science, Comprehensive Social Studies, English, and Mathematics. K-12 programs include: Art, Health and Physical Education, Music, Spanish, and Theatre.

What makes the GC program different/stronger than others?

  • We had the first Special Education program in NC
  • Greensboro College has the ONLY accelerated BK licensure-only program in the state! It includes a brief introductory course that can be taken in the spring, summer or fall, 5 courses taken within 5 weeks in the summer, one fall methods course and a final practicum experience in the spring. Thus, you will be finished in less than 1 year. It was designed for professional teachers.
  • Principals contact us to hire our candidates and to ask for fieldwork candidates
  • Curriculum for all teacher licensure areas includes a strong Special Education component and experiences
  • The 4-year program allows for concentrations in other areas (coaching, content area)
  • We have degree-seeking candidates and licensure-only candidates
  • We have a master’s program
  • We have a partnership with Rockingham Community College: Birth through Kindergarten and Elementary Education
  • PAL & B-K PAL: Piedmont Alternative Licensure Program – accelerated programs which meet five weeks in the summer, for five days from 9-4 and candidates complete five course. PAL candidates then complete pedagogy courses in the fall and usually student teach or complete the practicum in the spring. All PAL courses have a reduced tuition rate. The PAL program is not available for Elementary and Special Education

Success Stories of recent grads

  • Historically there has been a GC grad in every county
  • Education majors get employed in other careers:
    • United Way
    • Church education
    • Teacher Assistants
    • Sales
    • Training and Development
    • Grant writing
    • Tutoring individualized instruction
    • Curriculum development
    • Group management
    • Supervision positions
    • Advocacy
    • Small business
    • Planning and implementation
    • Museums
    • Science centers
    • Recreational centers
    • Executive assistants

“I have to say that GC really prepared me for the curriculum that is expected to be taught…I have found that I am using a lot of the knowledge I gained at GC. I know that if I can get through all of the expectations that I got through at GC then I can learn the content to teach fifth grade. I love what I am doing and I am extremely happy to have had this dream of becoming an educator come true! Thank you to everyone who encouraged me!”

“Thank you so much for being there for me when I needed strong support and guidance. You are such a blessing to me and others.”

Teaching Style & Accolades

Our goal is to share our excitement for teaching and learning in order to inspire future teachers to share their own excitement with their future students.

  • We have a 100% passing rate on North Carolina licensing exams.
  • Employment of 90%-plus of student teachers
  • Employers and candidates report they are well prepared for the job

And students respond:

“You’re a wonderful professor. You are so excited and enthusiastic about teaching and students. It’s inspiring. I just want you to know how much I appreciate you as a person and as my professor.”

Internships/Hands-on experiences

  • Early field experiences (100-175 hours prior to student teaching)
  • Full-semester CAPSTONE experience -- student teaching

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The political science discipline provides good training for life in a world that is, for better or worse, shaped profoundly by political cultures, ideas, and institutions. It is especially appropriate for those interested in careers in law, business, teaching, journalism, and government.

Certificate of Study in Legal Administration
Legal Administration offers basic instruction in legal principles and skills which can be transferred to law firms, banks, corporations, and government agencies. This program is designated as a qualified paralegal studies program by the North Carolina State Bar, Board of Paralegal Certification. Completion of this program and other state requirements, including an associate's or bachelor's degree, may lead to North Carolina State Bar paralegal certification.

Areas of Study

Major: History & Political Science (B.A., B.S.)
Major: Political Science (B.A., B.S.)
Minors: Legal Administration / Political Science
Certificate of Study: Legal Administration

 

Andreas Mosby, Class of 2015

“An investment builds over time; you can see the results for the rest of your life. That’s what I feel GC did for me. Everyone here has the mentality to inspire students to strive for excellence in any endeavor, inside or outside the classroom.”- Andreas Mosby, Criminal Justice Major, Political Science and Legal Administration Minor. Elon School of Law, Class of 2017 

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Department of Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental activity in humans and other animals. The psychology program is designed to provide students with knowledge of a broad range of theories and research in the field of psychology. Students will learn the basic tools of psychological research and how to communicate clearly, both in writing and orally, the results of scientific studies. Through internships, class projects, and independent research students will have the opportunity to put psychological principles into action. In these ways, the psychology program will prepare students for graduate level study or employment in psychology or related fields.

Areas of Study

Major: Psychology (B.A., B.S.; concentrations in general psychology or human factors)
Minor: Psychology

What makes the GC program different from/stronger than others?

We offer two different concentrations in Psychology – the General Concentration and the Human Factors Concentration

The General Concentration is designed to allow the student to tailor their coursework and experiences to meet their individual career goals. Specific requirements include General Psychology, Research Methods & Analysis, and Senior Seminar.  All other electives are chosen with the assistance of the faculty academic advisor. This approach results in a far more flexible program than many other Psychology programs.

Greensboro College has one of only a few undergraduate-only Human Factors Psychology programs in the country. Human Factors psychologists use what they know about human capabilities and limitations to help make products, services, and systems safe, usable, and effective.  The Human Factors Concentration at Greensboro College is an interdisciplinary, applied program in which students take what they have learned in their psychology, business, communications, sociology, computer science, and math courses to solve real-world Human Factors problems.  The concentration also includes an internship and practicum course to ensure that students have the necessary experience to land an entry-level position in this growing and lucrative field.

Success stories of recent grads

Graduates of the Greensboro College psychology program have gone onto work in a diverse array of fields: human services and mental health, substance abuse counseling, banking, event planning, child-centered programs (YMCA, Boys & Girls Club).  In addition, many of our graduates have gone on to graduate programs, pursuing advanced degrees in counseling, clinical psychology, criminal justice, social work, developmental psychology, special education, and environmental science.

"The Greensboro College Honors Program has challenged me and taught me new ways to approach problems. The Human Factors program combined my desire to help people with a favorite question of mine, "why do people do the things that they do?". The rigor of these two programs combined to grant me tremendous feeling of self-satisfaction upon completion of my thesis"- Zack Morton, Class of 2014

Teaching style & accolades

All psychology department faculty hold advanced degrees. While teaching style varies by faculty member, all are committed to student success. Our faculty believes that there are a variety of ways to demonstrate knowledge -- tests, written papers, oral presentations, and hands-on projects. Many of our courses provide opportunities for service learning -- applying what is learned in the classroom in the community (for example, applying psychological concepts while working at a day center for the homeless).  This commitment to student learning has resulted in our faculty being awarded the Virginia Clarke Gray Teaching Award, the Alumni Association Teaching Award, and the Award for Teaching Excellence.

Internships/hands-on experiences

There are several opportunities to gain real-world experience in psychology.  Most notable are the internship program and the Individual Research course.  All students work with their academic advisor to create experiences that will allow them to apply what they have learned in the classroom in real-world situations and/or to specific research questions.

For more information, contact:
Lisa Gunther
Professor and chair, Department of Psychology
225 Proctor Hall West
336-272-7102, ext. 5593
guntherl@greensboro.edu

General Psychology Concentration

The General Psychology Concentration is designed to prepare students for graduate school or employment in a variety of areas.  Graduates of our program have been accepted to graduate programs in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Environmental Science, Criminal Justice, and Social Work.  Students who have sought employment immediately upon graduation have worked in a variety of settings.

Our flexible program allows students the opportunity to select elective courses, with the help of a faculty advisor, that meet their post-graduate and/or professional goals. In addition, through internships and individual research projects, our graduates gain the necessary experiences to excel in their fields.  Finally, many of our majors are able to complete minors in other fields (e.g., Criminal Justice, Biology, Sociology - Human Services, Child and Family Studies), thereby further enhancing their resume while still graduating within four years.

Course requirements for the General Psychology Concentration include:

  • PSY1100 General Psychology (4 credit hours)
  • PSY3600 Research Methods and Analysis (4 credit hours)
  • PSY4900 Senior Seminar (4 credit hours)

Seven (7) other 4-credit hour Psychology courses of the student’s choosing, with at least four of those courses at the 3000 level or above. An internship or an individual research project can count toward this requirement.

Human Factors Concentration

Human-factors psychology is one component of a multidisciplinary field that includes engineering, industrial design, graphic design, statistics, operations research and anthropometry. Human Factors psychologists focus on:

  • Understanding the properties and limitations of human performance.
  • Applying this understanding to the design, development and deployment of systems and services.
About the concentration

Admissions requirements and prerequisites: Students will apply for admission to this program prior to their junior year. Qualifications for admission include:

  • a cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 or higher.
  • two letters of reference.
  • completion of the following courses with a grade of C or better: PSY 1100, CSC 1100, PSY 3600, and PSY 3300 or PSY 4100.

Practicum and internship: Students will complete an internship (HFP3800) and a practicum (HFP4900) as part of the concentration. These experiences provide students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the course work to real-world human factors problems.

Students will carry out research in Greensboro College's own state-of-the-art UX (User Experience) Lab.

Professional Opportunities in Human Factors

Human-factors research and knowledge can be brought to bear in all areas of life. For example,  you could:

Design an End-to-End Shopping Experience at a High-Fashion Boutique (Service and Experience Design): Human factors doesn't have to be just about designing products. In fact, some practitioners focus on a user's entire experience with their company. The website, the printed materials, the brand identity, the way the store is organized, the way the staff interact with customers: all of these factor into Service and Experience Design. Imagine designing an iPad application that lets users walk through a mall and find sales on products they want, reserve items, or comparison shop. Now imagine that they can walk into a store, where the staff will whisk them to a dressing room with those items ready for them. Service and Experience Designers apply what they know about human behavior and motivation to designing an end-to-end experience meant to form a positive bond with their company's brand.

Make Sure an Online Game is Fun, Challenging, and Engaging (Game Design and Playtesting): Video games are everywhere, and even normal software is going through a process of "ramification," whereby an element of fun is being added to products that used to be all business. Unlike traditional Human Factors design work, game design often turns the typical design goals on their ear. Instead of measuring whether a game is easy, they might actually try to make it harder. They might want to scare the user or raise the user's heart rate. They might want the user to play for 15 hours straight. With new input technology like multi-touch, gyroscopic sensors, and gestural control in space, game design and play testing experts are pushing the envelope of product design every day.

Design a More Accurate and Less Painful Blood Sugar Monitor (Health and Medical Devices): The Food and Drug Administration has mandated that medical devices, as well as medical information systems, be extensively tested for usability. Human Factors researchers who focus in this area are on the cutting edge of designing products that save lives. Imagine designing the user interface for a system that a surgeon uses to robotically perform surgery. The mission-critical nature of this work make it exciting, fast-paced, and relevant.

Research What Is Needed for the Next Generation Spacesuit (Industrial Design, Anthropometry): Some human factors researchers focus on physical product design, instead of software. These practitioners are versed in human physical capabilities, response to environmental variations, and how humans typically interact with objects in physical space. The best industrial designers in the world are responsible for products like the iPad, XBox Kinect, Oxo GoodGrips kitchen utensils, and the Amazon Kindle Fire.

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Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Sociology elucidates how humans are affected by the positions they occupy in different aspects of society. The basic insight of sociology is that human behavior is shaped significantly by the groups to which people belong and by the social interaction that takes place within those groups. Sociology invites students to develop a vivid awareness of the relationship between private experience and the wider society. The sociological perspective enables students to see society not as something to be taken-for-granted as "natural," but as a social product created by humans and therefore capable of being changed by them.

The sociology program at Greensboro College is designed to develop analytical and critical thinking skills through core courses in sociological theories and research methods, as well as in depth study of specific topics from a cross cultural and global perspective. Course assignments, research projects, internships, and community service activities offer students opportunities to apply sociological knowledge to practical social issues and concerns.

Sociology majors and minors are prepared for graduate level education or employment in a variety of arenas including social services, community work, education, criminal justice, health care, business, government, research and communication.

Areas of Study

Major: Criminal Justice (B.A., B.S.)
Major: Sociology (B.A., B.S.)
Minors: Criminal Justice / Sociology

Our majors often complete minors in Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Biology, Family and Child Studies, or Legal Administration, preparing them for a wide range of opportunities in and out of their field. A significant portion also choose to double major.

Majoring in Sociology

The sociology program at Greensboro College is designed to develop analytical and critical thinking skills through core courses in sociological theories and research methods, as well as in depth study of specific topics from a cross-cultural and global perspective.

Course assignments, research projects, internships, and community service activities offer students opportunities to apply sociological knowledge to practical social issues and concerns. Sociology majors and minors are prepared for graduate level education or employment in a variety of arenas including social services, community work, education, non-profits/NGOs, criminal justice, health care, business, government, research and communication.

What makes the GC program different from/stronger than others?

Most of our upper-division classes are small seminars, with maximum numbers of 15 students in the class. This give students the opportunity to have discussions about difficult topics and engage in service learning projects in the community. Senior capstone classes often have less than ten students, increasing the opportunity to applied research in their field.

Concentrations in Sociology

General: Students majoring in general sociology are able to craft their own areas of interests from a wider variety of classes that allow them to prepare themselves for variety of careers or graduate programs. Student have strong a foundation in Sociology through core classes in research methods, social theory, race, class, and gender, and their capstone class. 

Human Services: Students majoring in the Human Service concentration will be uniquely prepared for graduate work in Social Work, probation, youth services, advocacy work, and government agencies as well a work with private service providers. Course in public and non-profit administration and human services gives students the foundation they need to enter the field while ensuring they have a strong sociological foundation through the core sociology classes.

Cultural and Diversity Studies: This concentration allows students to focus on culture and diversity as the core of their degree. An interdisciplinary concentration, Culture and Diversity studies allows students to take classes in race, class and gender from a wide variety of subject, but gives them as well grounded understanding of social theory and research. Students are prepared to do a wide variety of careers, including advocacy work with diverse populations, human rights organizations, law enforcement, and business.

Majoring in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to provide students with an understanding of the key components of the current criminal justice system in the United States. A solid grounding in constitutional and criminal law, research methods, culture and diversity, major theoretical schools in a variety of disciplines, and current trends in the field, along with a hands on internship component allows students to develop an understanding of this complex system.

What makes the GC program different from/stronger than others?

Combined with a strong liberal-arts general education, our Criminal Justice majors are prepared to tackle the complex issues facing today’s Justice System. Unlike larger programs our student work closely with faculty, including professional in the field, gaining experience in forensics, the courts, corrections, and issues surrounding diversity.

Our program prepares graduates for a variety of entry level positions in the criminal justice field (local, state, and federal) corrections, and the courts as well as gives them the tools and knowledge to advance in their careers. Our graduates thrive in their professions, advancing to more senior levels and are honored for their work.

Minors in Sociology and Criminal Justice

We have many students who also minor in Criminal Justice and Sociology. Minors require 20 credits to complete and Sociology minors can concentrated in any of our three concentration.

Uniquely Prepared: Internships/hands-on experiences

Our internships provide a distinct combination of classroom learning, hands-on fieldwork experience, and service learning. Internships provide our students the opportunity to utilize their classroom knowledge in a supervised professional experience. All of our Criminal Justice and Human Service majors are required to have an internship, and our other majors are strongly encouraged to as well.

Past placements have included the courts; local, county and state law enforcement agencies; social-service organizations; and local nonprofit organizations. Students who have completed the internship have found it to be a valuable experience for testing their career goals and for establishing credentials and contacts to find permanent positions after graduating.

“My name is Michelle and I’m a senior here at Greensboro College. I’m majoring in sociology with a minor in psychology.  My time here at GC has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life!  However, it hasn’t always been easy for me. Along with going to school full-time, I also work a full-time and part-time job. What keeps me going is the knowledge that when I graduate, I will walk across that stage, think about the journey that I’ve taken to get to this point, and say YES! This was worth it and I’m so happy to have started it here at Greensboro College.”

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