Grad-KF4M0141-loNew hybrid-online program helps students earn undergraduate degrees

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A new undergraduate program starting this fall at Piedmont College will allow students who already have some college credits to earn a degree through a mix of online and classroom instruction.

The bachelor of arts degree in Leadership Studies includes concentrations in Health Care Leadership, Communications, Organizational Leadership, and Human Behavior. Students enrolled in the program will select two of the concentrations, which will be offered through both the Demorest and Athens campuses.

"The unique aspect of this major is that it will be taught online and with a classroom element," said Dr. Perry Rettig, Vice President for Academic Affairs. "This type of hybrid-online course provides the best of both worlds when it comes to face-to-face instruction from professors and the convenience of working from home," he said.

Rettig said the program is designed especially for students who may have already earned a two-year degree or have completed some courses toward a four-year degree. "Students often have to leave school for a variety of reasons, and getting back into the college classroom can be difficult when you are working. This program meets a real need to provide non-traditional students a path to graduation with a BA degree that can boost their careers," he said.

In the hybrid-online classes, students meet on campus for two classes and complete the rest of their assignments through online interactions with the professor and their classmates. "The students and Piedmont professors work through the material together during the semester, with interaction and feedback comparable to a classroom setting," said Dr. Steven Nimmo, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

Depending on their previously earned credits, students will complete general education classes, including science, social science, math, and English, as well as interdisciplinary studies. The concentrations offer a variety of classes in health care, mass communications, business, and social sciences.

Anthony Cox, Coordinator of Adult Enrollment at Piedmont, said the Leadership Studies major is generally a two-year program, depending on the hours of credit that applicants already have. Students in the program may also receive a variety of college credits through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Experiential Credit program.

For more information about the new program and financial aid, contact Anthony Cox at 706-776-0103 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit