Undergraduate Pathway in Humanities and Social Sciences

Do you want to study for an undergraduate degree in the United States but need to improve English language skills or test scores? A Pathway program provides academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed at a US university. Students are guaranteed progression to an undergraduate degree program through curriculum consisting of credit-earning courses. We provide full integration with domestic and international students on campus from highly trained university instructors and tutors while giving you academic support throughout the program.

2-SEMESTER PATHWAY
DEGREE CREDIT BREAKDOWN
  • 120 credit hour program
  • 30-32 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 88-90 credit hours remaining toward degree
Semester 1
  • Enhanced English Composition I
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • American Cultures
  • Language Support for American Cultures
  • Public Speaking
  • Language Support for Public Speaking
  • Transition INTO College I
  • Applied Music Instruction**
Semester 2
  • Enhanced English Composition II
  • Introduction to Research Methods for International Students
  • General education course selected with advisor approval
  • College Reading Skills
  • Transition INTO College II
  • World History
  • Language Support for World History
  • Applied Music Instruction (Music majors only)**
  • Linguistics Capstone
1-SEMESTER PATHWAY
DEGREE CREDIT BREAKDOWN
  • 120 credit hour program
  • 15-16 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 104-105 credit hours remaining toward degree 
Semester 1
  • Composition for Non-native Speakers of English
  • Quantitative Reasoning*
  • American Cultures
  • Transition INTO College III
  • General education course selected with advisor approval
  • College Reading Skills
  • Applied Music Instruction (Music majors only)**

* Depending on intended major and math placement, students may take a more advanced math class.
** For students pursuing a degree within the School of Music, a portfolio or audition is required prior to registration. These students may choose to take MUSI 221 (for music minors), MUSI 485: Small Ensemble or MUSI 38X: Large Ensemble for 1 credit. Students majoring in music may instead choose to take MUSI 241: Applied Music Instruction (for music majors) for 2 credits.

3-Semester Pathway

Our new 3-Semester Pathway program is designed specially for international students who want to start earning credits toward their bachelor's degree at a US university. This program offers more focus on English language preparation than our other Pathway programs. The chart below is a sample course schedule for the first term of the 3-Semester Pathway program.

3-SEMESTER PATHWAY
DEGREE CREDIT BREAKDOWN
  • 4 credit hours apply from Pathway
Semester 1
  • AE Level 4 Core (or higher)
  • AE Level 4 Oral Communications Skills (or higher)
  • Linear MATH Modeling
  • Support for Linear Modeling

Career Paths

As a graduate of a undergraduate degree program in Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University, you might find work as a:

  • Anthropologist
  • Corrections officer
  • Environmental analyst
  • Technical writer
  • Human resources manager

 

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Undergraduate Pathway in Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry Paths and Requirements

Program Entry TOEFL
IBT
IELTS
Academic
PTE
Academic
 Password
Knowledge/Writing
 AE Level
Completed
Direct Admission 80 overall
(18 subscores)

6.5 overall
(6.0 subscores)

59 N/A AE Level 6
1-Semester
Pathway 
80 overall 
(17 subscores)
6.5 overall
(6.0 subscores)
53
N/A AE Level 5
2-Semester
Pathway
60 overall 
(13 subscores)
5.5 overall
(5.5 subscores)
 45 6.0 (Knowledge)
5.0 (Writing)
AE Level 4
3-Semester
Pathway
50 overall 
(10 subscores)
50 overall
(4.5 subscores)
 38 5.0 (Knowledge)
4.0 (Writing)
AE Level 3

Undergraduate Pathway in Humanities and Social Sciences

2017-18 Dates and Prices

Pathway Start Dates Tuition
3-Semester Pathway Spring: January 16, 2018 $44,730
2-Semester Pathway Spring: January 16, 2018 $35,650
1-Semester Pathway Spring: January 16, 2018 $20,500

2018-19 Dates and Prices

Pathway Start Dates Tuition
3-Semester Pathway Fall: August 20, 2018
Spring: January 14, 2019
$46,150
2-Semester Pathway Fall: August 20, 2018
Spring: January 14, 2019
$36,800
1-Semester Pathway Fall: August 20, 2018
Spring: January 14, 2019
$21,150
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Undergraduate Pathway in Humanities and Social Sciences

What are the progression requirements? 

Upon successful completion of an INTO Mason Pathway program and meeting university requirements for graduate admission, you may enter your next semester of undergraduate study at George Mason University. This transition from an INTO Mason Pathway program to a university degree program is called progression. You must meet the following George Mason University Pathway progression criteria in order to progress:

  • 2.85 cumulative Mason GPA
  • C or better in all courses
  • No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted

You are fully admitted to George Mason University provided successful completion of conditional admission criteria at the end of the Pathway and submission of all required admission credentials.

Does this program lead to further study?

Leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Art History, Communication, English, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Foreign Languages, Global Affairs, Government and International Politics, History, Latin American Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Russian and Eurasian Studies, Sociology; Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law, and Society; Economics; Integrative Studies; Psychology; Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience; Bachelor of Music; Bachelor of Science in Public Administration at George Mason University.

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