Undergraduate Program Definitions

Major

A baccalaureate degree consists of a minimum of 120 semester credit hours (exclusive of physical education activity/basic health or orientation course requirements). Of these 120 minimum semester credit hours, at least 21 semester credit hours must be upper-division* courses in the major field and at least 39 semester credit hours must be upper-division work overall.

Emphasis

An emphasis is contained within a degree program and consists of at least 9 semester credit hours and no more than 17 semester credit hours of coursework with a minimum of 2/3 of the credit hours at the upper-division* level.

Concentration

A concentration is contained within a degree program and consists of at least 18 semester credit hours of coursework with a minimum of 2/3 of the credit hours at the upper-division* level.

Minor

A minor consists of 15 to 18 semester credit hours of coursework with at least 9 hours of upper-division* courses. Courses taken to satisfy Core Areas A through E may not be counted as coursework in the minor. Core area F courses may be counted as coursework in the minor.

Within the course work presented for the required minor in the B.A. programs or the optional minor in any bachelor’s degree program, the student must have a minimum total institution GPA of 2.0, with no more than three credits of “D” work. A minimum of 9 credits must be earned at Georgia Southern University. Credit hours earned from an approved Georgia Southern University study abroad program may be used to satisfy the residential credits required for the minor.  

Certificates

An undergraduate certificate program is embedded within a baccalaureate degree program. In other words, students cannot be admitted into the undergraduate certificate program and must receive a degree in order to receive the undergraduate certificate. Undergraduate certificates provide an opportunity for further study with a particular focus. Successful completion of an undergraduate certificate program leads to an official notation on the student's transcript. Certificates consist of at least 9 semester credit hours and no more than 59 semester credit hours.

*Upper-division is defined as 3000 level or above courses.