LAWRENCEVILLE - Georgia Gwinnett College students will soon have more options when choosing a major.
The state Board of Regents gave the 3-year-old college permission to offer bachelor's degrees in English, history and mathematics, officials said Wednesday. Each of the programs, along with the college's existing biology major, will include a concentration in teacher certification.
"This is just the beginning of a long list of programs to be offered in the future," GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman said. "As we continue to grow, we aim to expand our offerings to provide the community with employees who meet the needs of our growing economy."
Georgia Gwinnett College cannot add new majors to its current curriculum until its initial accreditation is completed. The college, which has been granted candidacy status, has been informed the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is scheduled to vote on the institution's accreditation this month.
If initial accreditation is granted, the newly approved majors could be available this fall.
"The addition of these three majors will continue to move Georgia Gwinnett forward to become one of the finest institutions in Georgia," GGC Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Stas Preczewski said. "We are offering the courses and majors that students in this area are interested in pursuing as they choose their career path. Within the next year we will offer majors in early childhood education and special education, and within the next few years we will request an allied health program and will begin graduating future nurses and other health related professionals."
Preczewski said the college has also requested three additional majors - exercise science, political science and criminal justice/criminology - for implementation in the near future.
The state college in Lawrenceville currently offers degrees in biology, psychology, business administration and information technology.
Georgia Gwinnett College opened in 2006 with 118 students and 11 faculty members. This spring, nearly 1,700 students were enrolled, and within the next decade, the college expects to have more than 15,000 students on campus.