Pathways at Guilford
Pathways are clusters of majors that we have grouped together based on the paths of study other students have followed (that is, students often switch to another major in the same cluster, like from History to Political Science, for example). But, of course, you are always welcome to switch to a major that isn’t in your original Pathway!
Although you can switch paths at any time, we ask you to select a Pathway upon admission to give you a place to begin and an image of where you could go. Your selection of a Pathway is not intended to be binding; you can switch at any time. We just want to have a starting place. Starting in a Pathway presents an opportunity to group you with other students who have similar interests. We will be able to introduce you to professors and staff members who are associated with your Pathway, which will help you transition more effectively into a specific major and department when you’re ready. If you already know exactly what you want to major in, just choose the Pathway that includes that major!
If you are unsure of what you want to study or major in during your time at Guilford, we ask that you choose the Pathway that sounds most interesting to you to get you going. You can work closely with your Guides Team in your first year to explore your interests and skills that might lead you towards the right major!
Each Pathway has a team of Guilford Guides who primarily work with students in that Pathway. The Guides are specialists for their particular Pathway, but are knowledgeable in all majors in order to assist all students. When you arrive at Guilford, you are asigned your Guide based on what Pathway your major is in. It is important to build relationships with your assigned Guides in order to begin exploration of your talents, interests, and skills that will lead you in the path of your choosing.
There are four different Pathways to choose from:
Pathway 1: Social and Linguistic Sciences
The study of languages and how national and global cultures and cultural norms are formed; how big ideas shape our actions; how literature and writing make meaning of the world; how lessons from our history impact us now; and/or how we govern ourselves.
Pathway 1 Majors:
- African American Studies
- English/Media Studies
- International Studies
- Creative Writing
- Japanese Studies
- Political Science
- Religious Studies
- Women’s Gender/Sexuality Studies
Pathway 1 Guilford Guides:
Pathway 2: Artistic and Human Studies
How we create art, music and theater; how our brains work; how we create societal rules and policies and how sometimes they produce conflict; and/or the roles and responsibilities of teaching in our school systems.
Pathway 2 Majors:
- Criminal Justice
- Experience Design
- Community and Justice Studies
- Education Studies
- Integrative Studies
- Peace and Conflict Studies
- Theater Studies
Pathway 2 Guilford Guides:
Pathway 3: Natural Science Studies
Understanding current scientific theory and expanding our knowledge through experimentation–how human and other animals’ bodies work; how we understand the physical universe and the world of living things; and/or how we can maintain and sustain our environment.
Pathway 3 Majors:
- Environmental Studies
- Forensic Biology
- Health Sciences
- Public Health
- Exercise and Sports Sciences
- Sustainable Food Systems
Pathway 3 Guilford Guides:
Pathway 4: Management, Math, and Technology
How numbers impact our ideas and help us make meaning; the possibilities and constraints of technology; how we structure our organizations; and/or the pure beauty of numbers.
Pathway 4 Majors:
- Sports Management
- Business Administration
- Computing Technology and Information Systems
- Cyber and Network Securities