Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Catalog Update Document

The Catalog Update Document contains critical updates made to the Academic Catalog during the course of the academic year after the initial publication. The running list below indicates that a substantive change has been made for this section in the catalog. Please scroll below to see the expanded change description.

  • College of Education- Degree Completion Program Admission to the Teacher Education Program
  • 07/01/2021

    Political Science and International Affairs

     

    The Political Science major and Global Studies major offered by the Department of Social Sciences are no longer accepting majors after Spring 2021. Students interested in these programs should refer to the new major, Political Science and International Affairs.

     

    Biochemistry Major (Traditional Undergraduate Program, Department of Natural Sciences) approved. Course of study for the Biochemistry major (a total of 62 hours).

    Required Biology and Chemistry Courses (51 Hours) 

    Required Math and Physics Courses (11 hours)

    BIOL111 General Biology (4) (taken in General Education)
    CHEM111 General Chemistry I (4) (taken in General Education)
    CHEM112 General Chemistry II (4)
    BIOL206 General Microbiology (4)
    CHEM201 Organic Chemistry I (4)
    CHEM202 Organic Chemistry II (4)
    BIOL352 Cell Biology (4)
    BIOL301 Genetics (4)
    CHEM302 Instrumental Analysis (4)
    CHEM422 Biochemistry (4)
    CHEM402 Physical Chemistry (4)
    Three BIOL/CHEM 200 level and higher electives (12)
    A capstone course sequence:
    BIOL/CHEM 291 Professional Readiness (1)
    BIOL/CHEM 391 Seminar (1)
    BIOL/CHEM 491 Seminar (1)
    MATH151 Calculus (4) (taken in General Education)
    MATH325 Statistics & Data Analysis (3)
    PHYS203 Engineering Physics I (4)
    PHYS204 Engineering Physics II (4)
    The prescribed general education courses are BIOL 111, CHEM 111, and MATH 151


    09/01/2021

     

    Online Undergraduate Program- Transfer Students

    Amended Requirement (for DCP students only)- DCP students must complete at least one quarter of their degree program at Gardner-Webb University.

    This language reflects a change from "students must complete half of the hours in the major" to "students must complete at least one quarter". This change applies to the following DCP programs:

    • Department of Public Service: Criminal Justice, Human Services
    • Department of Religious Studies: Christian Ministry
    • College of Education: Birth to Kindergarten Education
    • Godbold College of Business: Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Healthcare Management, Management
     

    Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning

    Degree Requirements
    Students continuing into the fourth year of the 3+2 program must finish the entire BS and MS curriculum to obtain both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Upon completion of undergraduate hours, students will apply for and have the BS degree conferred in order to be fully admitted to the MS program. Students will be conferred two degrees once they complete the fifth year of the concurrent program.

    Students in the 3+2 program will be required to complete the same two-year (36-hour) curriculum as other students admitted to the MSSC program. Students will take 120 hours of undergraduate courses and 36 hours of graduate coursework, of which twelve hours can be applied to the undergraduate degree. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA through all graduate coursework. If a 3.0 average is not maintained, students are placed on probation per Graduate Studies Academic Standing policy (p. 237).
    Students not accepted or unable to continue with the 3+2 program may complete the remaining requirements for the BS degree in Exercise Science in a concentration that is most suitable to their needs (e.g., Health Fitness). These students may apply to the traditional (4+2) graduate degree program.

    Student Learning Outcomes

    PROFESSIONAL INTERACTION AND COMMUNICATION
    To interact and communicate effectively by presenting information in oral, written, and technology formats; collaborating with professionals and peers; expressing ideas clearly; and giving and receiving feedback.

    PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE
    To utilize knowledge, skills, and abilities to evaluate tasks and individual and environmental constraints; develop, implement, and evaluate strength and conditioning programs; and employ behavioral strategies to motivate individuals to adopt and adhere to programming goals.

    PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND CONDUCT
    To demonstrate behavior, grounded in Christian faith and the liberal arts tradition, that preserves the integrity of a profession, prevents misrepresentation, and protects the consumer.

    PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
    To continuously improve knowledge, skills, and abilities and to uphold a professional image through actions and appearance.

    PROFESSIONAL DECISION MAKING (PROBLEM SOLVING)
    To demonstrate critical thinking by making decisions based on multiple perspectives and evidence-based practice.

    NOTE: Students desiring to complete the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning degrees in five years will be able to begin MS coursework while still in the BS program. After acceptance into the Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science major, students may begin completion of master's coursework, which can be applied to the Master of Science in Strength and Conditioning degree. Master's coursework will be applied to master's degree-completion requirements after completion of the undergraduate Exercise Science curriculum. Eligible students will be allowed to complete the following graduate courses while still enrolled in the undergraduate degree program: EXSI 535, EXSI 532, EXSI 524, PSYC 520.

     

    World Languages Policy

    1. All Gardner-Webb students, except those identified in points 2 and 3 below, must earn at least three hours credit in a world language as part of the Foundational Experience of the General Education curriculum. Students may select any of the world languages offered by Gardner-Webb University including American Sign Language (ASL) to meet this requirement.

    2. Three hours of transfer credit for any approved world language course from an accredited institution of higher learning will also meet this requirement.

    3. International students whose native language is a language other than English will not be required to meet the world language component of the Foundational Experience as they are considered meeting the purpose of this language requirement by taking courses in English (which is a second language for these students) and are living in a culture distinct from their native culture. Deaf students who score intermediate level or higher on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) will likewise not be required to meet the Foundational Experience’s world language component.

    4. Native English speakers are strongly encouraged to take the world language placement exam if they have had world languages courses in high school and intend to continue study of that language. This will enable these students to be placed in the proper level of world language instruction and thereby progress in the mastery of that language. These students may choose to study a world language, beginning with the introductory (101) level, other than the one in which they have had prior coursework.

    5. Heritage speakers (defined as students who regularly utilize a language other than English at home) are likewise strongly encouraged to take the world language placement exam. This will enable these students to be placed in the proper level of world language instruction and thereby progress in the mastery of that language. These students may choose to study a world language, beginning with the introductory (101) level, other than the one with which they have had prior experience.

     

    ENGL 603 Workshop in Creative Writing

    Course description for catalog: Workshop with primary focus on student writing in one or more genres. Additional emphasis on analysis of published texts representative of the genre(s) under discussion. May be repeated once for credit in a different genre. 3hrs

    10/01/2021

     

    MSN Admission Requirements

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    Graduates from the Hunt School of Nursing Accelerated BSN, Traditional BSN, or Davis RN-BSN programs will be seamlessly admitted into the MSN program within one year of graduation. Applicants will only be required to show proof of meeting criteria 2, 3, and 6 listed below.

    6. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of “Pass” in a statistics course taken during the Spring 2020 semester will be reviewed for consideration on a case-by-case basis or an earned level 3 or better on an AP statistics exam for statistics).

     

     

    GWU MSN Graduates Admission to post-master's DNP program

    Graduates from the Hunt School of Nursing MSN will be considered for seamless admission into the post-master’s DNP program within 1 year of graduation. Applicants will only be required to show proof of meeting criteria 1, 2, 3, and 9 listed below.

    1. Current, unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse.
    2. Cumulative GPA of 3.20 on all previous graduate coursework as evidenced by official graduate by official graduate transcripts.
    3. MSN degree from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited program.
    4. Certifications in practice area (if applicable).
    5. Three letters of reference
    6. Current curriculum vitae.
    7. Written essay addressing goals related to doctoral education in nursing, including description of a practice project interest
    8. Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the current state of residence AND any other state lived in during the past 10 years, using package code ga98.
    9. Validation of the number of hours of nursing practice completed at the post-baccalaureate level as part of a supervised academic program submitted on the provided form.

    Graduate Studies Admission Requirements 60 credit hours

     

    Godbold College of Business Provisional Admission

    Provisional Admission
    Applicants who show potential for graduate study but do not meet the criteria for full admission may be admitted for up to six hours of graduate work under provisional admission. Deficiencies may include low graduate admission test scores or low undergraduate grade point averages. All applicants with GPAs below 2.25 must complete the GMAT or GRE to be considered for provisional admission. The Admission Committee strives to take a holistic view of the applicant to determine the likelihood for success in graduate business programs and may grant provisional admission based on the following.

    1. QAI-GMAT or a QAI-GRE using the GRE® Comparison Tool for Business Schools to convert the GRE score to GMAT equivalent between 750-949, OR

    2. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university, with a GPA between 2.5-2.99 on all baccalaureate work attempted or the last 60 credit hours of work attempted, OR

    3. Minimum 2.25 GPA and proof of significant years of experience or substantive managerial/leadership experience that may be evidenced through résumé review, personal interviews, or telephone interviews, OR

    4. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university with a GPA between 2.00-2.24 on all baccalaureate work attempted or the last 64 60 credit hours of work attempted, AND

    • a minimum score of 750 points based on 200 points times the GPA plus the GMAT score (for example, an overall 2.0 GPA and a 350 GMAT would result in a total of 750, which is acceptable for provisional admission), AND

    • successful completion of three business foundations courses (BADM 501, 502, and 503) with a grade of “C” or better.

    Graduate Counseling Admission Requirements

    The requirements for the role of counselor are both personal and intellectual. Thus, program faculty review completed application materials and they consider applicants’ readiness for counseling training. Qualified applicants are invited for an interview with the faculty, during which the faculty further assess the personal qualities, goals, and academic background of applicants. Applicants may be admitted who meet both the personal and academic requirements of the program. To be eligible for admission to graduate programs in the School of Psychological Science and Counselor Education, the following requirements apply.

    1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate work, or a GPA of 3.0 on the last 64 60 hours of undergraduate or graduate work.

    MSN Nursing Education and Nursing Administration Admission Requirements

    In order to enroll students from a variety of backgrounds with the greatest potential for successfully completing the program, the following criteria for acceptance will be used:

    1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program, or a baccalaureate degree in another field from a regionally accredited institution;

    2. Current, unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States;

    3. GPA of 2.70 on all undergraduate work, or GPA of 2.70 on last 64 60 hours of undergraduate or graduate work;

    4. Transcripts of all previous college studies;

    5. Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the current state of residence and any other state lived in during the past ten years; and

    6. Completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of “C” or better (a grade of “Pass” in a statistics course taken during the Spring 2020 semester will be reviewed for consideration on a case-by-case basis).

    Nursing Graduate Certificates Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements
    Application to the MSN program for certificate completion should be made through the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies. The requirements are as follows:

    1. Current, unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States;

    2. Official transcripts documenting completion of a baccalaureate or master’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution with an accredited corresponding nursing program, or concurrent enrollment in the MSN program at Gardner-Webb University;

    3. GPA of 2.7 on all undergraduate work, or GPA of 2.7 on last 64 60 hours of undergraduate or graduate work; and

    4. Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from the current state of residence and any other state lived in during the past ten years.

     

     

    Criminal Justice major

    The Criminal Justice major does not require a minor. This requirement was removed previously but the change is not indicated in the current catalog.

     

     
    Godbold College of Business Degree Completion Program
    Major Hour Program Requirements Changed from one half of courses taken at Gardner-Webb University to one quarter of courses taken at Gardner-Webb University.

    NOTE: At least one quarter of the [major course listed below] must be taken at Gardner-Webb University. A grade of "C" or better is required in prescribed General Education courses and all courses required for the program.

    This change is applied to the following programs:

    • Accounting, Bachelor of Science, Gardner-Webb Online
    • Computer Information Systems, Bachelor of Science, Gardner-Webb Online
    • Healthcare Management, Bachelor of Science, Gardner-Webb Online
    • Management, Bachelor of Science, Gardner-Webb Online

     

    Minor Program Requirements changes from 18 hours to 15 hours

    • Computer Information Systems Minor (Program Requirements 15 hours)
    • Healthcare Administration Minor (Program Requirements 15 hours)

     

     
    College of Education- Degree Completion Program Admission to the Teacher Education Program

    To be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, the undergraduate degree-seeking candidate must meet the following requirements:

    1. Complete a minimum of 30 cumulative credit hours, with at least 12 hours earned at Gardner-Webb;
    2. Complete the Application for Admission to Teacher Education. Candidates must submit the application by the published deadline;
    3. Candidates are required to have (and maintain) an overall GPA of 2.7 in addition to other factors for admission to Teacher Education;
    4. Complete EDU 250 with a grade of “C” or better (a “C-” is not acceptable). The Teacher Education Handbook provides specific guidelines for the pre-service candidate;
    5. Obtain the minimum scores on the PRAXIS Core examinations or the SAT/ACT equivalents as required by the College of Education. These scores are subject to change. Applicants must satisfy the score requirements in effect at the time of admission to the Teacher Education Program;
    6. If majoring in Elementary Education, candidates must complete MTH 204 with a “C” or better and can be enrolled in MATH 205 during the time of application/interview and take the General Curriculum Exam for licensure to be considered for admission. Elementary Education applicants do not have to pass the examination for admittance; 
    7. Successfully complete the Teacher Education Program Interview; and
    8. All other requirements as outlined in the Teacher Education Handbook.

    Candidates are not formally admitted to the College of Education until they have met all requirements of the interview.