Certificate: University System of Georgia institutions offer a variety of certificate programs. Many of these certificates are not associated with degrees, but are a prescribed program of study at the post-secondary educational level. (Academic Affairs Handbook 2.3.8)

Concentration of a Degree Program: Approved subset of courses within the major focused on a specialized curricular area.

Course Prefix: The three- or four-letter abbreviation for a course subject.

Core Curriculum: The USG core curriculum was developed with the goals of assuring institutional accountability for learning, incorporating learning requirements in global perspectives and critical thinking, allowing institutions some flexibility in tailoring courses to their institutional mission, while ensuring that core curriculum courses completed at one USG institution are fully transferable to another USG institution.

Deactivation of a Program: A deactivated program will not admit any new students. The program will not be listed in the college bulletin. The program, although listed on the Degrees and Majors inventory, will be identified as deactivated.

Degree/Major Program: A degree program and major consists of a specified set of courses focused on a designated disciplinary or interdisciplinary area. Georgia State offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.

Distance Education: Distance education is defined as a formal educational process in which the majority of the instruction occurs when student and instructor are not in the same place and the instruction is delivered using technology. (Academic Programs handbook 2.3.7.b.)

Dual Degree Program: Dual degree programs include separate, but affiliated degree programs that are linked through shared curricular offerings and collaborative administrative processes. Dual degrees may be awarded concurrently or one degree may be awarded prior to the second. A dual degree program should be differentiated from a joint degree.

External Instruction: Traditional face-to-face classroom instruction that occurs at a location away from the home premises of the institution. (Academic Affairs Handbook 2.3.7)

Interdisciplinary Concentrations (BIS/MIS): The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies programs provide concentrations that require curriculum typically offered across multiple departments/institutes within a college or across colleges.

Joint Degree Program: Single degree program with collaborating units sharing responsibility for curricular offerings and program administration. Approval processes for new joint degree programs are the same as for all new degree programs. Joint programs are distinct from dual degree programs.

Minor: A minor consists of specified set of courses in a subject area taken in addition to the major program requirements. According to University System requirements, a minor must contain 15 to 18 semester hours of coursework with at least 9 hours of upper-division coursework. Courses taken to satisfy Core Areas A through E may not be counted as coursework in the minor. Core Area F courses may be counted as coursework in the minor.

Substantive Change: Curricular changes involving the substantive redirection of an academic program which has been precipitated by national norms, disciplinary norms, accreditation requirements for continued good standing, and other factors attributable to strengthening degrees and majors. Note: the BOR and SACS definitions of substantive change differ moderately.

Termination of a Program: After a program has been deactivated for a period up to three years, it can be formally terminated. Terminated programs may not be reactivated without going through the defined process for approving a new academic program. Although not required, programs that have had no enrollment for several years may be terminated without the interim step of deactivation.