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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Undergraduate Studies

In the School of Undergraduate Studies, all of our credentials help working learners develop the key personal and professional skills they will need for success in the ever-changing workplace. Our programs promote student employability, adaptability, insight and lifelong learning through comprehensive and on-going support. We provide coursework in the liberal arts for a strong educational foundation for lifelong learning, while also emphasizing the relevance of communication skills, critical thinking, information literacy and other essential skills to practical business and organizational applications. Connecting ideas and knowledge from different fields and from their own knowledge acquired outside of a college classroom, students develop the capacity to think critically and creatively through our programs. Our business degrees can be customized with up to eleven different concentrations, and our degrees in organizational leadership, psychology, data analytics, and accounting provide practical and relevant training in career-ready disciplines. We also offer a variety of undergraduate certificates for those who are looking for a more focused experience or to enhance the skills and knowledge they already possess. All of our degree and certificate programs are available online, in the classroom (in-person), or through a combination of both online and in-person formats.


Associate of Arts (AA) in General Studies

The Associate of Arts in General Studies is the ideal degree program for working adult students who have earned a minimal number of academic credits before coming to GGU, and who seek a milestone of achievement on the way toward their ultimate educational goals. Coursework develops skills and knowledge outcomes in communication, critical thinking, information literacy and quantitative fluency.

Bachelor of Arts in Management (BAM)

The Bachelor of Arts in Management degree program provides a strong business core without requiring an extensive level of math or statistics. The BAM prepares students for success in the workplace or in any organization, helping them to understand the modern economy and to apply the tools, principles and standards needed to navigate the ever-changing corporate, technological and political systems in which we live. The BAM also provides a good pathway for advanced study, such as the MS in Human Resources, the MA in Counseling Psychology, the MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, the EMPA, and the MS in Marketing. Students can choose a general course of study or one of the following five concentrations: Human Resource Management, Information Technology Management, Marketing, Public Administration, or Psychology.

Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development degree program offers the foundational skills employers are seeking now and will need far into the future. Learn to build teams, manage conflict, succeed in crucial conversations, and deepen your own emotional and social intelligence. In a world where technology is driving constant change, the human dimension still matters; these are the skills and tools you can use to build a successful career.

Whether you find yourself in a small startup, a large multinational company, a non-profit or a government agency, developing capacities for critical thinking and emotional intelligence will strengthen your effectiveness and bolster the positive contributions you can make. This degree offers you the flexibility to build on what you’ve already accomplished in your current workplace, the military or other organizational settings, and create a personal portfolio of in-demand skills that are portable to a variety of organizational cultures in local, national, or global settings.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

In the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program you will gain rigorous training in foundational psychology concepts and have the opportunity to master relevant skills that align with a variety of career and professional goals.  

As a student you will gain an understanding of how to apply psychology to personal, social and organizational issues; become familiar with the major theoretical approaches, findings and historical trends in psychology; understand and use major research methods in psychology, including design, data analysis and interpretation. Courses are taught by experts in the field, who work in a variety of settings where they apply this knowledge. .

In addition to gaining a core knowledge of psychology, you will develop essential skills in effective oral and written communication, critical thinking and problem-solving, ethical reasoning, information literacy, and quantitative fluency-experiences that will put you on a path to lifelong learning.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

In the Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree program, theory meets cutting-edge accounting practices. Professionals who are leaders in the accounting field will share with you the principles and real-world techniques that can lead to an accounting credential (CPA, CMA or CIA) and equip you to be a well-rounded professional.

The program is designed to advance your career as an accountant or to prepare you for positions that require an accountant’s skill in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. You will learn the technical aspects of accounting, income tax and auditing standards, and the economic consequences of accounting rules and practices. With strong, liberal studies resources, GGU helps undergraduate working adults develop problem-solving skills to analyze and clearly communicate solutions consistent with ethical standards. As the world of accounting adapts to changing conditions, these are skills that will serve you well.

Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB)

The Bachelor of Science in Business degree program provides students with a direct track to the MBA, MS in Finance, MA in Counseling Psychology, MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, MS in Taxation, or MS in Marketing. The business program provides students with strong analytical and quantitative skills. Students can choose a general course of study or one of the following nine concentrations: Accounting, Data Analytics, Human Resource Management, Information Technology Management, International Business, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Psychology or Public Administration.

Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics

The Bachelor of Science in Data Analytics degree program will prepare you for a field of explosive growth and opportunity. In a world increasingly dependent on extracting knowledge and insights from data, more and more organizations are scrambling to find qualified people who can harness the power of data to inform and influence decisions. If you want to be a player in the lucrative field of Big Data, or just want to incorporate data analysis into running a small business, GGU is a great place to start.

You will learn data analysis concepts and current trends from leading industry professionals and discover how to apply them to a variety of business and organizational contexts. Not only will you master the technical aspects of data analytics-including working with tools used by industry such as SAS, R, Python, and various AI frameworks–you will gain the skills to communicate your insights and stand out among your peers.

Support to Complete Your Degree

The first course for every undergraduate student at GGU is UGP 10 Gateway to Success . In this class, students will bring together and assess their professional and academic goals to create a comprehensive career development plan. Through the use of self-assessment tools, social networking, time management exercises and an academic plan, students will have a concrete graduation date and clear plan of action to reach their goals.

One-on-one tutoring is available to GGU students in the Writing Lab and the Math Lab, and online through the Online Writing Lab (OWL) and the Math Online Tutor Help (MOTH). These free services are staffed by GGU instructors and trained professional tutors who are dedicated to help students succeed.


  • Relevant, practical, professionally-focused education.
  • The opportunity to combine what you already know with that you need to learn.
  • Convenience and flexibility.
  • In the heart of San Francisco’s thriving world of business and innovation.
  • Personalized attention from start to finish.


For further information, please call the School of Undergraduate Studies, or write to:

School of Undergraduate Studies
Golden Gate University
536 Mission Street, Room 4337
San Francisco, CA 94105-2968
Phone: 415-442-6565




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