2 Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is Arizona s private university. For more than 60 years, GCU has been preparing learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of a Christian heritage. Grand Canyon University offers online and traditional campus-based bachelor s, master s and doctoral degree programs through the Ken Blanchard College of Business, College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Fine Arts and Production and College of Education. GCU emphasizes individual attention for both traditional undergraduate students as well as working professionals. Online programs allow you to be in any location, studying at any time of With God s grace, GCU has been cultivating a community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who care about each other - in an environment that places ethics and Christian values at the forefront of our educational experience. The prestigious Christian university is regionally accredited and is consistently ranked among the top colleges offering online courses by noteworthy sources including Fortune Small Business, Technology & Learning Magazine, FoxNews.com, Online Education Database (OEDb) and more. day or night you choose, while still enjoying the close connection with your classmates and instructor via online discussions. Students at GCU receive 24/7 technical support through our LoudCloud system.
3 Find Your Purpose at Grand Canyon University The College of Arts and Sciences No matter what career you choose, a college degree can make your journey more impactful and fulfilling. Whether you re seeking a rewarding vocation in a specific field such as Ministry, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology or just want to earn a more generalized degree. Grand Canyon University offers a current education with a Christian worldview that combines academic excellence with spiritual purpose. The College of Arts and Sciences is built on a belief that each student is created to communicate, contemplate and relate. Programs offered through the College of Arts and Sciences begin by cultivating inquiry and critical thinking to help increase your knowledge of our diverse world. A degree from Grand Canyon University s College of Arts and Sciences presents you with an expansive educational foundation, preparing you for a variety of exciting, in-demand career choices. The College is focused on broadening critical thinking skills through the presentation of an up-to-date and relevant curriculum. This foundational mission is accomplished by an engaging faculty who integrate Christian perspectives throughout their academic disciplines. The student-focused Christian leaders in our classrooms engage, challenge and impart lessons of personal responsibility to individuals seeking to understand and validate Christian beliefs in the context of careers and life in our diverse world. "The College of Arts and Sciences provides the foundational skills which set students up for success in their academic and professional careers while offering a large selection of majors relevant to the modern workplace." Dr. Mark Wooden, Dean
4 Degrees in Criminal Justice In local communities and around the world, the field of criminal justice continues to be increasingly complex and in high demand for qualified professionals. For this reason, many criminal justice positions now require a bachelor s degree for entry and a graduate degree to qualify for promotion. To answer the need for more expertise in the legal, social, political and managerial aspects of criminal justice, Grand Canyon University offers both bachelor s and master s degree programs in this rewarding field. The Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies prepares students to enter careers in law enforcement, governmental and private agencies, research, social work, political science and a variety of other fields. Graduates will be able to describe the components of the justice system from a systems perspective, including function, organization, practices and interrelationship of law enforcement agencies, the courts and the corrections system. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Programs expand the student s understanding of the law, social order and justice. Criminal justice graduates are equipped to more effectively perform as criminal justice professionals, successfully manage law-related functions and strategically lead law enforcement organizations. Grand Canyon University offers two master s in criminal justice programs; one with an emphasis in law enforcement and the other with a focus on legal studies. Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Law Enforcement The Master s in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Law Enforcement is particularly suited for law enforcement personnel, including corrections, probation and parole officers. * For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at gcu.edu/disclosures. Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies The Master s in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies takes a closer look at constitutional issues, international law and legal research. Criminal justice jobs are projected to increase through 2018, which means there will be an abundance of openings for criminal justice graduates. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of private detectives and investigators is expected to grow 22 percent over the decade, much faster than the average for all occupations. * This increase is due to the growing need to protect information and property, heightened security concerns and increased litigation. * U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, Edition
5 Degrees in Psychology and Sociology Key Advantages: Grand Canyon University offers a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master of Science in Psychology with Convenience: Classes are Program Selection: A wide range career services: The Office two specialization options, and Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology, also with two specialization options. offered on campus, online of undergraduate, graduate and of Career Services provides the or a combination of both. doctoral programs are available in, education, resources, professional knowledge and The Master of Science in Psychology is designed for individuals who business, health care and fine arts. support to help students explore their desire promotion and/or continued academic exposure in the field of psychology. This program focuses on the development of critical thinking and leadership qualities. Graduates with these attributes impact those around them through leadership, action research, and introduction of programmatic community changes whether they are acting from the perspective of teachers, practitioners or researchers. There are two master s in psychology emphases: one in general Transfer Friendly: GCU will request your transcripts, evaluate your graduate coursework and determine in 24 hours your anticipated graduation date. No GRE or entrance exams are required. Ministry Opportunities: Students can become involved in online and campus chapel services, mission trips, adopt-a-block and more. interests and options in order to successfully transition from academics into a purposeful and satisfying career. The mission of the Office of Career Services is to empower GCU students and alumni with the skills and knowledge they need to identify, pursue and achieve their goals psychology and the other in industrial and organizational psychology. Fellowship: Students can connect with throughout their careers. The Bachelor of Science in Sociology encourages students to think deeply and seriously, using both the Christian and scientific perspectives, about the consequences of social structures upon human social behavior in its many diverse contexts. The Bachelor of Science in Psychology helps prepare students for positions in agencies and organizations that seek to help those The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in General Psychology* offers two different tracks: Cognitive/Instructional and Industrial/Organizational. The Cognitive/Instructional track offers a broad array of courses that increase the understanding of human actions in the past and present. The Industrial/Organizational track focuses on using industrial psychology in applied, business-related settings. Both psychology tracks consist of 60 credits and are delivered 100% Accredited: GCU sets the gold standard in ensuring that your degree is valuable and recognized. GCU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( ; other Christians throughout their online and traditional campus courses and learn how to apply Christian values in their daily life. Earlier graduation: Our 4-credit courses allow you to complete your degree program in less time. in need. This program offers a broad array of courses that increase online with no residency requirements. the understanding of past and present human actions. With this understanding comes the responsibility to improve relationships *This degree is not intended for those seeking licensure in clinical practice. Those interested in licensure or certification should identify the applicable requirements by inquiring directly with their state or province. with others and help others achieve a similar understanding of their own behaviors. * For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at gcu.edu/disclosures.
6 Frequently Asked Questions Since I m not a computer genius will I be able to take online classes? GCU s online platform is user friendly and simple, even for students who are not technologically savvy. Your Academic Counselor will walk you through your first class and offer assistance as needed. Will the GCU faculty teach me theory-based concepts that are not applicable to the real world? At GCU, you ll learn relevant, real-world knowledge from subject matter experts so you can immediately start applying the concepts and skills to your job. Do I have to take classes full time? Many of our GCU students opt for a part-time class schedule. Is it difficult to transfer credits? Your Academic Counselor handles the credit transferring process and evaluates your credits in just 24 hours. By letting us do all the work, this is a stress-free process for you. How long will it take me to graduate? GCU s 4-credit courses allow you to complete your degree program in less time. As every student s situation is different we recommend contacting an Enrollment Counselors about having your transcripts evaluated to determine your estimated date of graduation. How do I get started? Contact an Enrollment Counselor today at to get started on earning your college degree! Furthermore, at GCU you are able to take classes around your busy schedule, whether online or at the traditional campus. Individuals with a bachelor s degree earn an average of $1 million more than high school graduates over the course of their working life. Those with a master s degree earn nearly $500,000 more than those with only a bachelor s degree. Longley, Robert (2010) Lifetime Earnings Soar with Education: Master's degree worth $2.5 million income over a lifetime."
7 Liberal Arts Programs Financing your GCU Education Undergraduate Programs Bachelor of Arts in: - Communications - English Literature - History - Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor of Science in: - Justice Studies - Psychology - Sociology One size never fits all and the options for financing your college education are no exception. Fortunately, at GCU we are here to walk you through the various finance options so you can find the one that best fits your needs. Your financial options include financial aid, scholarships, direct bill and military benefits. Direct Bill Graduate Programs Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in: - Law Enforcement - Legal Studies Master of Science in Psychology with an Emphasis in: - General Psychology Students may work for employers offering to pay their school tuition directly. In these situations, the employer will create an account with GCU so the Student Accounting Office can send bills directly to them. This payment relationship bypasses the student completely; however, students must have their employers complete a Direct Bill Voucher to submit with their application. - Industrial and Organizational Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in General Psychology with an Emphasis in: - Cognitive/Instructional - Industrial/Organizational To learn more about Grand Canyon University, our degree programs, available scholarships and more, contact an Enrollment Counselor today at For a complete list of degree programs, visit For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and or gcu.edu/liberalarts other important information, please visit our website at gcu. edu/disclosures.
9 To learn more about Grand Canyon University, our degree programs, available scholarships and more, contact an Enrollment Counselor today at: or gcu.edu/liberalarts Grand Canyon University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( ; Grand Canyon University. All Rights Reserved
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