FacebookTwitterGoogle Plus
YouTubeFoursquare

Degrees and Requirements

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES AND MAJOR FIELDS

The University offers degrees on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  See the graduate catalog for degree requirements for both doctoral and master’s degrees.  The following are the types of undergraduate degrees along with major fields of study offered by Gardner-Webb University:  

 

BACHELOR OF ARTS (B.A)

American Sign Language
Art
Art Education (K-12)
Biblical Studies
Communication Studies
Discipleship Studies
English
English-Teacher Licensure (9-12)
English as a Second Language
Teacher Licensure (K-12)
French
French-Teacher Licensure (K-12)
Global Studies
History
Journalism
Missiology
Music
Philosophy and Theology
Political Science
Religious Studies
Social Sciences
Social Studies-Teacher Licensure (9-12)
Sociology
Spanish
Spanish-Teacher Licensure (K-12)
Theatre Arts
World Religions
Youth Discipleship Studies

 

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (B.F.A.)

Art

 

BACHELOR OF MUSIC (B.M.)

Music Education (K-12)Music Composition
Music PerformanceSacred Music
Music with Emphasis in Business and Music Industry

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.S.)

AccountancyInternational Business
Athletic TrainingMarketing
BiologyMathematics
Business AdministrationMathematics-Teacher Licensure (9-12)
ChemistryMiddle Grades Education (6-9)
Computer Information SystemsPhysical Education/Health Education
Computer ScienceTeacher Licensure (K-12)
Economics/FinancePhysician Assistant Track
Elementary Education (K-6)Psychology
Environmental ScienceSport Management
Exercise ScienceSport Pedagogy
Healthcare Management

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING (B.S.N.)

Nursing

R.N. to B.S.N. 

 

ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE (A.S.)

Nursing

 

DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

See Degree Completion Program Catalog for requirements for degree completion programs.


BACHELOR'S DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Gardner-Webb University offers an academic program consisting of a minimum of 128 semester hours of credit for the bachelor’s degree. The degree consists of a major field of concentration in the liberal arts or in a professional or preprofessional area, a general studies program, and elective courses. Some of the programs also require a minor field of concentration. To earn a baccalaureate degree the student completes the academic program on the following pages.

 

GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

Consistent with the best practices of the higher education community, Gardner-Webb University’s general education curriculum includes a series of broad and intensive learning experiences. These experiences have been carefully designed to meet a diverse set of learning goals, which in turn have been developed on the basis of the University’s mission and heritage. Specifically, the faculty has identified seven major learning goals as the intended outcome of the general education curriculum.

 

Students who complete their studies at Gardner-Webb University will

 

  • Gain knowledge of the heritage within which Gardner-Webb stands and to which it is committed—a heritage grounded in the integration of scholarship with Christian life and ethics;
  • Experience sufficient breadth and depth in the Liberal Arts to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to make connections between and among disciplines;
  • Develop communication skills;
  • Learn to think critically;
  • Develop information literacy skills;
  • Gain knowledge about the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of daily living;
  • Gain knowledge about our world, including its diversity of cultures and viewpoints, and develop the skills needed for life and the practice of their future professions in a global community.

COMPLETION OF GENERAL STUDIES AS FOLLOWS:

BASIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR BACHELOR OF ARTS, BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS, AND BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREES                                   Semester Hours Required

 

I. Dimensions of the Humanities (11-21 hours)

 

Composition, Literature, and Communication.............................................11-12

 

English Composition I (ENGL 101)*

English Composition II (ENGL 102)

Literature (one of the following: ENGL 211, 212, 231, 232, 251,252)

Oral Communication (one of the following: COMM 233, BADM 325,

THEA 330, EDUC 450, ENGL 270, RELI 354, or two semesters of

COMM 235 (debate)

 

Foreign Language..............................................................................................0-9

 

The student must complete a foreign language through the first semester of the intermediate level (201). The number of hours required depends upon the student’s entering competency level (either FREN 101, 102, 201; GERM 101, 102, 201; GREK 101, 102, 201; HEBR 101, 102, 201; SPAN 101,102, 201; SGLG 101, 102, 201).

 

Students with two or more units of a foreign language in high school typically begin at the 102 or 201 level; those with exceptional ability may satisfy the requirement through testing.

 

*Some students, based on test scores, must take CRLT 101 & ENGL 191 as prerequisites/corequisites for core courses in the general studies curriculum.

 

II. Dimensions of Faith.................................................................................................6

 

Old Testament (RELI 101)

New Testament (RELI 102)

 

III. Dimensions of Heritage (15 semester hours)

Western Heritage.................................................................................................6

Western Civilization I (HIST 101)

Western Civilization II (HIST 102)

Global Heritage: choose one of the following.....................................................3

Global Understanding (SSCI 205)

Religion and Culture in a Global Perspective (RELI 245)

American Heritage: choose two of the following.................................................6

Economics and the Free Market System (ECON 203)

The American Political Process (POLS 202)

The American Century (HIST 245)

Technology and American Society (COMM 230)

 

IV. Dimensions of Self (10 semester hours)

Dimensions of University Life in a Global Society (UNIV 111)............................3

Dimensions of Personal Health (HLED 221).....................................................3

Physical Dimensions of Wellness – Choose one course from one of the

following areas:..........................................................................................1

(Fitness) PHED 140-145

(Lifetime Sports) PHED 150-159

(Outdoor Adventure) PHED 160-165.

Art Survey (ARTS 225) or Music Survey (MUSC 225) or Theatre Survey (THEA 235)...3

 

V. Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry (8 semester hours)

Life Science (either BIOL 101, 104 or 111)......................................................4

Physical Science (either CHEM 103, 111 or 251; GEOL 101, 102, 105, or 106;

PHYS 103, 104, 111, 203)....................................................................................4

 

VI. Dimensions of Quantitative Analysis (3-4 semester hours)........................................3-4

Choose one of the following: Fundamentals of Statistics and Probability (MATH

105), Finite Mathematics (MATH 110), Precalculus (MATH 150), Calculus

(MATH 151), Calculus for Business and Social Sciences (MATH 219),

Mathematics for Liberal Arts (MATH 120)

Some students, based on test scores, must take MATH 100 as a prerequisite for

core courses in the general studies curriculum.

 

VII.Dimensions (DIMS 111-116, six semesters)..............................................................3

 

BASIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING DEGREE

Semester Hours Required

I. Dimensions of the Humanities (11-21 hours)

Composition, Literature, and Communication....................................................9

English Composition I (ENGL 101)

English Composition II (ENGL 102)

Literature (one of the following: ENGL 211, 212, 231, 232, 251,252)

Oral Communication (Competency is met by NURS 307 in the major;

no additional hours required.)

Foreign Language......................................................................................0-6

The student must complete a foreign language through the second semester

of the elementary level (102). The number of hours required depends upon the

student’s entering competency level (either FREN 101, 102; GERM 101, 102;

GREK 101, 102; HEBR 101, 102, 201; SPAN 101,102; SGLG 101, 102).

Students with two or more units of a foreign language in high school/

typically begin at the 102 level; those with exceptional ability may satisfy

the requirement through testing.

 

II. Dimensions of Faith..............................................................................................6

Old Testament (RELI 101)

New Testament (RELI 102)

 

III. Dimensions of Heritage (15 semester hours)

Western Heritage........................................................................................6

Western Civilization I (HIST 101)

Western Civilization II (HIST 102)

Global Heritage: choose one of the following...................................................3

Global Understanding (SSCI 205)

Religion and Culture in a Global Perspective (RELI 245)

American Heritage: choose two of the following..............................................6

Economics and the Free Market System (ECON 203)

The American Political Process (POLS 202)

The American Century (HIST 245)

Technology and American Society (COMM 230)

 

IV. Dimensions of Self (10 semester hours)

Dimensions of University Life in a Global Society (UNIV 111)...........................3

Dimensions of Personal Health (HLED 221)...................................................3

Physical Dimensions of Wellness – Choose one course from one of the

following areas:.........................................................................................1

(Fitness) PHED 140-145

(Lifetime Sports) PHED 150-159

(Outdoor Adventure) PHED 160-165.

Art Survey (ARTS 225) or Music Survey (MUSC 225) or Theatre Survey (THEA 235)......3

 

V. Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry (18 semester hours)

Behavioral Science (PSYC 201, 206).........................................................................6

Life Science (BIOL 105*, 203*, 204*) ....................................................................12

* Must have “C” or better

 

VI. Dimensions of Quantitative Analysis (3-4 semester hours)...............................................3-4

Choose one of the following: Fundamentals of Statistics and Probability (MATH

105), Finite Mathematics (MATH 110), Precalculus (MATH 150), Calculus

(MATH 151), Calculus for Business and Social Sciences (MATH 219),

Mathematics for Liberal Arts (MATH 120)

 

VII.Dimensions (DIMS 111-116, six semesters).....................................................................3

 

BASIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR BACHELOR OF MUSIC DEGREE         Semester Hours Required

 

I. Dimensions of the Humanities (6-15 hours)

Composition, Literature, and Communication...(6-9) 6 ED*, 6 MIBS*, 8-9 others)

ENGL 101 English Composition I ..................................................................3

ENGL 102 English Composition II .................................................................3

ENGL 211, 212, 231, 232, 251, or 252 .....................................................0*-3

Literature OR

COMM 233, BADM 325, THEA 330,

*EDUC 450, MIBS 490, ENGL 270, RELI 354, or

two semesters of COMM 235 Oral Communication

(*Music Education Majors meet the COMM requirement through student

teaching. Music Business students meet the COMM requirements

through their internship and required journal oral presentation. SACS

requires competency in the area of communication; therefore, B.M.

students who choose to take literature rather than communication as

part of the Dimensions of the Humanities will be required to present

either a lecture-recital or a composition lecture-presentation during their

senior year. These students will receive instruction in research and

presentation in classes and private lessons prior to the public

presentation. Additionally, all B.M. students are required to take 1 hour

of vocal instruction and/or 1 credit of choral conducting in which they

are taught proper use of the voice.)

Foreign Language ............................................................................................... 0-6

The student must complete 6 credits of foreign language study in the

same language, or students may test out of the 102 level. If a student

tests out of the foreign language requirement, the student must take 6

credits of electives in any field. Music Ed majors do not need to take

electives if they test out of foreign language.

 

II. Dimensions of Faith........................................................................................................6

RELI 101 Old Testament

RELI 102 New Testament

 

III. Dimensions of Heritage (9 ED, 9 MIBS**,12 Others +)

Western Heritage..................................................................................................6

HIST 101 Western Civilization I

HIST 102 Western Civilization II

Global Heritage – Choose one of the following: ...............................................3

SSCI 205 Global Understanding

RELI 245 Religion and Culture in a Global Perspective

AND/OR

American Heritage – Choose one of the following: ....................................................3

ECON 203 Economics and the Free Market System

POLS 202 The American Political Process\

HIST 245 The American Century

COMM 230 Technology and American Society

**Music Ed and Music Bus. majors are to take 2 Western Heritage and 1 American Heritage

+All other B.M. majors must take 2 Western Heritage, 1 Global Heritage, and 1 American

Heritage

 

IV. Dimensions of Self (8 semester hours)

UNIV 101 First-Year Experience............................................................................1

HLED 221 Dimensions of Personal Health ..............................................................3

Physical Dimensions of Wellness – Choose one course from one of the

following areas:..................................................................................................1

(Fitness) PHED 140-145

(Lifetime Sports) PHED 150-159

(Outdoor Adventure) PHED 160-165

MUSC 226 Music Literature ..................................................................................3

 

V. Dimensions of Scientific Inquiry (4-8* semester hours)

BIOL 101 or 104 (Life Science)...............................................................................4

CHEM 103 or 111; or GEOL 101, 102, or 105............................................................4

or PHYS 103, 104, or 201 (Physical Science)

*Music Ed Students required to take 8 credits; all other music majors

required to take one lab science, 4 credits

 

VI. Dimensions of Quantitative Analysis (3-4 semester hours).............................................3-4

Choose one of the following: MATH 105, 110, 120, 150 or 151

 

VII. Dimensions ...............................................................................................................3

DIMS 111-116, six semesters

 

THE MAJOR

Each candidate for a baccalaureate degree must choose a major field of concentration. This selection must be made before entering the junior year. However, students in education, music, natural sciences, nursing, and world languages should begin their major in their freshman year. Requirements for each major are listed with the courses of instruction.

 

Registration of the intention to major with a particular department is required. A request is submitted to the chair of the department. The academic advising of all declared majors within a department is the responsibility of the chair. This responsibility may be delegated to any faculty member within that department for that period of time which best serves the interest of the student.

 

A student may elect to complete more than one major. To do this the student meets the requirements of a primary major plus 30 semester hours or more in a secondary field as approved by the departmental chair of the secondary major. No course may be counted in both majors. A student graduating with a double major receives only one degree, that of the primary major. However, the transcript denotes both primary and secondary majors. A transfer student must complete at least one half of the major(s) at Gardner-Webb.

 

THE MINOR

Most academic programs do not require a minor. However, a student in a program not requiring a minor may optionally pursue any minor offered by the University. A minimum of nine hours of the minor must be taken from Gardner-Webb University. Requirements for this minor may be fulfilled by satisfactory completion of an interdisciplinary minor of eighteen hours with at least nine hours in one discipline, selected by the student or recommended by the major department. Credit hours that are used by a student to fulfill the requirements of the university core curriculum cannot be used by that same student to fulfill the requirements of the interdisciplinary student minor unless approved by the Curriculum Committee. Advisement regarding minor requirements will be the responsibility of the department of the student’s major. Consultation with the chair of the minor is encouraged. Any deviation from catalog course requirements of a minor must be approved in advance by the chair or dean of the minor department or school and filed with the Degree Evaluator.

 

The minor field generally consists of 15-18 semester hours of academic work. A transfer student must complete at least nine hours of the minor at Gardner-Webb University. Requirements for each minor field are listed with the courses of instruction.

 

The following minor fields are available: American Sign Language, Art History, Biblical Languages, Biblical Studies, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Christian History, Classical Languages, Communications Studies, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Discipleship Studies, Education Studies, English, Environmental Science, French, General Science, Global Studies, Graphic Design, Health Science, History, Journalism, Mathematics, Military Science, Mission Studies, Music, Philosophy and Ethics, Photography, Physical Science, Political Science, Professional Education (available for areas of licensure only), Psychology, Public Relations, Recreation, Sign Language Interpreting, Social Sciences, Sociology, Spanish, Sport Management, Studio Art, Theater Arts, Video & Film, World Languages, World Religions, Writing, and Youth Discipleship Studies.

 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Gardner-Webb University offers an associate degree program in Nursing which requires a minimum of 72 semester hours for graduation. One semester hour of Dimensions for Nursing majors is required. No student may graduate with an associate degree with less than 64 semester hours, inclusive of specified Dimensions credit.

 

The student is required to take the final 24 semester hours at Gardner-Webb.

 

The student must have a minimum grade of “C’’ (2.00) on each course required in the major field. In Nursing, the student must have a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) on each nursing course and each science course.

 

A minimum grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale is required for graduation on all work attempted at Gardner-Webb.

 

The student bears the final responsibility for fulfilling all the requirements for the chosen degree program. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the preceding requirements for graduation.