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School of Undergraduate Studies


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In the School of Undergraduate Studies, all 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 as a strong educational foundation for lifelong learning, emphasizing the relevance of communication skills, critical thinking, media and 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 fifteen different minors, and our degrees 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. Our degree and certificate programs have courses that are available online, in the classroom (in-person), or through a combination of both online and in-person formats.

Degrees

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, media and information literacy, and quantitative fluency.

Bachelor of Arts in Management (BAM)

The Bachelor of Arts in Management provides students with a unique selection of specialized courses that address current, emerging, and future areas of management and leadership practice. Specifically, this degree offers students a solid foundation in essential management concepts, techniques, practices, and strategies all of which are designed to strengthen employee engagement, boost morale, and accelerate organizational performance.

With an emphasis on developing a strong portfolio of specialized knowledge and practical skills for managers and leaders in a variety of business environments, the Bachelor of Arts in management offers a solid foundation upon which students can build as they progress in their personal and professional development and in their careers.  Students will learn to organize, motivate, and lead individuals in diverse public and private business enterprises. Students can also choose from a menu of course options and minors that allow them to tailor their studies around their unique professional and career interests.

Throughout their course of study, students will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with faculty who are themselves business owners, specialists, experts, and consultants in their fields. The faculty and staff who work with students in the Bachelor of Arts in Management program are deeply committed to students’ academic success as well as to their personal and professional development.

As a transfer-friendly degree, the Bachelor of Arts in Management is designed to maximize the number of transfer credits counted toward the degree which can facilitate accelerated degree completion that compliments the student’s schedule and career aspirations. The Bachelor of Arts in Management also provides preparation for success at the master’s degree level in programs such as the Master of Science in Human Resource Management, the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, the Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, the Master of Public Administration, and the MBA.

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 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, 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 innovative accounting practices. Professionals who are leaders in the accounting field will share the principles and real-world techniques that can lead to an accounting credential (CPA, CMA or CIA) and equip students to be well-rounded professionals.

The program is designed to advance a student’s career as an accountant or to prepare students for positions that require an accountant’s skill in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Students 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, students will develop the skills needed to become leaders.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Machine Learning

The Bachelor of Science in Applied Machine Learning prepares students for the practical application of innovative technologies in today’s data-driven business environment. Through hands-on learning experiences and courses taught by industry-experienced faculty, students will build their understanding of a variety of foundational, computational, and applied topics in machine learning. The degree program is designed to cover all aspects required to be job ready, including essential topics in programming, natural language processing, algorithms, MLOps, and deep learning. Graduates of the BS in Applied Machine Learning program will be well-equipped with the applied knowledge and practical experience needed to launch a career in this rapidly growing field. 

Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB)

With an emphasis on the quantitative and analytical skills needed in the business environment, the Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) provides a solid foundation in the functional aspects of business organizations including accounting, finance, operations, marketing, information technology, and data analysis. While studying the core subjects, students will examine in-depth a wide spectrum of business-related issues, such as how to organize and run a business; how to identify business opportunities and to create value; how to understand the changing definitions of profit and success in a global and diverse marketplace; and the causes of business success and failure. The BSB also provides a pathway to graduate study such as the MBA, the Master of Science degrees in Taxation or Finance, and the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology or Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

The BSB implements a flexible course of study designed to build skills in the quantitative and analytical areas needed for success while maximizing the number of transfer credits that can be counted toward the degree. The choice of twelve concentrations allows students the option to specialize in a particular area, aligning coursework with their career interests to reach their professional goals.

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 framework-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 . This course will introduce new students to GGU and prepare them for success in their academic programs by teaching them foundational academic skills as well as providing an overview of the student support and academic support services and resources that are available to GGU students. Students will articulate educational and professional goals, will set a plan for their time at GGU (including exploring options for minors, certificates, etc.), and will begin to think ahead toward their degree completion and next steps after graduation.

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 Video Chat (Zoom). These free services are staffed by GGU instructors and trained professional tutors who are dedicated to helping students succeed.

Benefits

  • 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.

Contact

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
Email: undergrad@ggu.edu
Website: www.ggu.edu/undergraduate

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