Flexible Degree Paths
Online Courses, and
Customizable Areas of Specialization
Not everyone learns the same way. Nor do students all have the same needs. Variety is our strength.
Do you already have an associates degree? Or do you want to complete your Bachelor's Degree in the shortest time possible?
Then you may want to consider enrolling in our Accelerated Leadership Program (ALP). The ALP is designed for students who are 24+ years old, have 2+ years of work experience, and possess a high level of motivation. Courses are offered in 5-week, accelerated and hybrid formats that require students to meet 1 evening per week in Fall and Winter semesters and support students to complete a degree in Integrative Studies with Leadership Emphasis in just 19 months. All classes meet on Grand Valley's Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids. To learn more or to explore whether this is the right program for you, please call the GVSU Center for Adult and Continuing Studies at (616)331-7180 or visit this link to request more information about Adult and Continuing Studies.
Can't decide on a single major? Want a degree program that values your full range of academic and working experiences and helps to count that toward your Bachelor's Degree? Or perhaps you just want to design your own major to fit your range of interests, creativity, and commitment to innovation?
A Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Integrative Studies may be the right choice for you. The Integrative Studies Program offers a significant number of courses in online and/or hybrid formats, including a new Hybrid Pathways Initiative that supports part-time enrolled students (and others) to complete all of the major's core requirements in 2 years while attending physical classes on the Allendale campus just 5X a semester in Fall and Winter. We also offer plenty of early morning and 1 day/week, evening options to support working students, student-athletes, and those who are balancing a variety of work-life demands.
Do you want to stand out in the job market? Employers across a whole range of sectors from business to health care, government, social service, education, and non-profit work look for employees who can work with diverse people and are globally minded. No matter what your current major, we offer options that can turn your dossier from ordinary to extraordinary.
The Religious Studies Program offers a major (BS or BA), a 21 credit minor that can be combined with any major on campus, as well as a variety of course options that satisfy General Education Foundations and Issues requirements. Students considering graduate school may also benefit from the new 4+1 Program with Western Michigan University (WMU) that allows Grand Valley students enrolled in the Religious Studies Program to count up to 12 credits of undergraduate coursework toward a Master of Arts in Comparative Religion at WMU. This means graduating with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in just 5 years. Many Religious Studies classes are offered online or hybrid, with a variety of 1 day/week meeting options.
No matter how intensive your major requirements or work demands, the Intercultural Competence Program offers certificate and digital badge options that can be attained through fully online or low residency models. This program gives you the skills needed to interact sensitively and effectively with the rich diversity of people in our increasingly global world, including right here in West Michigan. The 9-credit ITC Badge is available to both non-degree and degree-seeking students and can be earned fully online. A 15-credit ITC Certificate can be earned in as little as 3 semesters or less.
Looking to take the next step to Graduate School? Consider pursuing a degree in Social Innovation.
Offered as a Professional Master of Arts, our Social Innovation program is designed to prepare graduate students to be change agents who will foster and lead cross-sector innovation throughout their organizations, businesses, and communities. This includes training students to address complex social problems such as childhood hunger, illiteracy, domestic violence, air pollution, food deserts, contaminated drinking water, poverty, and homelessness. To learn more, contact the Graduate Program Director, Dr. Wendy Burns-Ardolino.