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Academic Programs

The University is organized into a College of Arts and Sciences and six professional schools—the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics; School of Education; School of Health and Human Sciences; Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering; School of Music, Theatre, and Dance; and School of Nursing. Undergraduates have a choice of over 100 areas of study from which to select a major or concentration within a major leading to one of six undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), and Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.).

The UNCG Board of Trustees, acting within the framework outlined for UNCG by The University of North Carolina Board of Governors, determines general directions for UNCG’s academic programs. Direct responsibility for administering academic programs rests within the various academic units.

The Chancellor has the responsibility for the administration of all campus programs, academic and non-academic. The Provost coordinates and oversees the graduate and undergraduate academic programs on the UNCG campus.

The University faculty through the Faculty Senate, the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, and the General Education Council determines the general framework for UNCG undergraduate degree requirements and approves the programs proposed by academic units.

Approximately 2,090 courses offered in more than 4,200 sections are available each semester. In addition, UNCG participates in several inter-institutional agreements, including the Greater Greensboro Consortium (with Bennett College, Elon University, Greensboro College, Guilford Technical Community College, High Point University, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University), the North Carolina Inter-Institutional Agreement (with Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte), and the UNC Inter-institutional Agreement (with all of the UNC system schools) designed for online courses.

Degree-seeking students may cross-register through the Greater Greensboro Consortium and the North Carolina Inter-institutional Agreement at no extra cost. Students who register through the UNC Inter-Institutional Agreement will pay the appropriate tuition and fees to the visited campus.

The University also offers four doctoral degrees in 26 areas of study, master’s degrees in a wide variety of concentrations, and several post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificates. The Graduate School Bulletin describes these programs in complete detail.

Most undergraduate degree programs require 122 semester hours with a minimum of 27 semester hours of work in the major. See University Requirements and Academic Units for complete descriptions of academic programs and University degree requirements.

Many special academic programs are also available for undergraduates. Among these, Teacher Education has a long tradition. Four UNCG schools and several departments within the College of Arts and Sciences offer programs leading to teacher licensure in North Carolina and qualification for licensure in most other states. Students may select licensure programs in several subject areas. See Teachers Academy for complete details.

The Honors Programs, administered by the Lloyd International Honors College, provide opportunities for broad interdisciplinary study, for advanced work in the major, and independent projects leading to special recognition at graduation.

Special interdepartmental academic programs offer majors and minors in African American Studies, Archaeology, Environmental Studies, Humanities, Integrated Science, International and Global Studies, Medical Technology, Social Science, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

UNCG’s preprofessional programs offer all courses required for admission to medical or dental schools, to pharmacy, veterinary, or physical and occupational therapy schools, or as needed for entrance into law school. A two-year pre-engineering curriculum prepares students to transfer to schools with engineering programs.

Independent study, tutorials, and internships are available in most schools and departments.

Several learning communities and living-learning communities provide unique settings for innovative study and unity of academic and social experiences for students.

Students interested in study abroad for academic credit may select from several opportunities available through summer study, semester abroad, or the junior year abroad program. See Study Abroad for complete descriptions.

This page was last updated on June 8, 2011.