Gordon College to add English, history degrees

Beginning this fall, Gordon College will offer Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, and in History, according to Gordon College Public Information Specialist Tamara Boatwright.

Boatwright said the residential college, located in the small, rural town of Barnesville, Ga., received approval this month from the Board of Regents to offer the two baccalaureate degrees.

"We are very pleased to be able to offer students two additional degree opportunities," said Gordon College President Shelley Nickel.

"Our excellent baccalaureate degrees in the core areas of biology, English, history, and mathematics will provide the regional workforce with employees with good critical thinking and communication skills," Nickel continued, "and will provide opportunities for our students to move on to graduate and professional studies, in a variety of areas, including health services, medicine, and law."

Presently, the college offers early childhood education, mathematics, biology and a Registered Nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) completion degree programs, as well as 40 associate degree programs.

"Gordon College continues the tradition of producing Georgians with associate degrees, and providing the first two years for those who transfer on to a four year college," said Ed Wheeler, Gordon's vice president for academic affairs.

"We believe that we can also serve our region offering selected baccalaureate programs," Wheeler added. "This will bring more students to our campus, but, more importantly, it will better serve the citizens of central Georgia."

Gordon College became a part of the University System of Georgia in 1972 with 550 students. In recent years, the college has become one of the fastest growing institutions in the region, reaching a record enrollment of 5,009 students this year, up from 4,545 the year before, according to Boatwright. Within that record enrollment are 318 students who call Clayton County home, and 1,074 students who reside in Henry County.

Boatwright said students earning associate's and bachelor's degrees from Gordon transfer to various schools in and out of state, including the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The college's latest degree program offerings are partly due to the increased interest among students seeking two year degrees and transferring to four-year degree programs, according to Wheeler.

"We watched very carefully the major choices of our students, and found that both English and history were very popular majors for students in our two-year transfer programs," explained Wheeler.

Wheeler said the college is preparing for the possibility of 30 students in each new major, English and history.

Students may register for classes at any of the New Student Orientations offered throughout the summer, noted Ben Ferguson, Gordon's director of admissions. Ferguson said students also may register immediately prior to the beginning of the semester. Classes begin Aug. 15.

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