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2021 Major Matchup: Week 2

By University Staff

2021 Major Matchup: Week 2

Week 1 of UAGC’s 2021 Major Matchup was a nail-biter. After a full week of voting, only eight majors and the faculty who represent them have moved on to the next round of voting. Who made it through? Read on to find out. Then vote for the faculty member who makes the most convincing argument in all four brackets below.

2021 UAGC Major Matchup Week 2

2021 UAGC Major Matchup Contestants: Week 2

After a triumphant win in 2020, we sadly bid farewell to Education and Dr. Allison Rief's pitch for Early Childhood Education, one of eight faculty and majors to be eliminated in Week 1 of the 2021 Major Matchup. However, the game must go on! Now’s your chance to help decide who will advance to the next bracket. 

As a reminder, this year, you are voting for the faculty members who make the best “case” for the major. Some pitches are in video, some are in the form of text, but all include a personalized faculty perspective on what they think makes their major the best (one even is in the form of slam poetry!).

What’s more, for the final bracket round, you will have an opportunity to hear from the faculty representing the last two majors in a Facebook Live event, where they will reply to questions from a moderator and questions from the viewers. After the event, you will be invited to cast one final vote to help determine the 2021 UAGC Major Matchup champion! 

Check out the remaining eight faculty pitches representing the programs from the Forbes School of Business and Technology® and the College of Arts and Sciences that have advanced to this next round. Then cast your vote in all four brackets to help us take this contest to Round 3 next week. Voting is open until April 11. Who will make it into the next round of voting? You decide! Vote for the faculty member who makes the most convincing argument in all four brackets below.

Game 1: Psychology vs. Criminal Justice

psychology vs. criminal justics

First up is Psychology vs. Criminal Justice, both programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at UAGC. Representing Psychology is Dr. Michelle Rosser-Majors. Dr. Marty McAuliffe takes a swing at Criminal Justice. Read and watch their pitches, then cast your vote.


Dr. Rosser-Majors: “Psychology is unique and one of the most popular majors because the understanding of human behavior can be applied to practically any career, or to one’s personal development, or even to one’s life journey. It can even help someone understand why their new mother-in-law must serve every holiday meal at her house. 
It also encompasses leadership, motivation, personality, human development, abnormal, learning, and organizational behaviors. In addition, Psychology majors can gain the knowledge to support their children, or grandchildren, with making friends, developing more confidence, or even improving school outcomes. In business, having this knowledge can support them in applying strategies to support employee improvement, increase performance motivation, and lend a perspective to understanding why their boss thinks they must stay until 5:05 every day to be a good employee. What good does that do? Having psychology knowledge can help you understand this not-so-helpful belief/behavior.
In the community, psychology knowledge supports us as volunteers at the local homeless shelter, church, or mosque, or when working in an after-school youth program. Psychology provides the knowledge to support any area where human behavior is at play, even in the world of working with animals. In a nutshell, psychology, the understanding of human behavior, helps us to be more self-aware and ready to take on our goals. This is exactly why Psychology should win the 2021 UAGC Major Matchup.” 


Criminal Justice

Dr. McAuliffe: “Hello, University of Arizona Global Campus. My name is Marty McAuliffe. I’m an associate professor, and I teach in both the undergraduate and graduate Criminal Justice* programs. Spring has sprung, and March Madness is here. We have March Madness at the school as well. We want you to vote for the Criminal Justice programs and advance us through the brackets. Just like a point guard in the final second to win the game for his team, we’re going to drive this thing home and send us to the final four in victory.” 

*Successful completion of this program by itself may not qualify a student for employment with a federal, state, or local law enforcement agency.


Who said it better? Did Dr. Rosser-Majors win you over with her pitch for Psychology? Or has Dr. McAuliffe proven criminal justice is where it’s at in 2021? Let us know. Cast your vote now! 

Week 2 Game 1: Psychology vs. Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice


Game 2: Organizational Management vs. Business Leadership

organizational management vs. business leadership

Next up are two Forbes School of Business and Technology® fan faves: Organizational Management and Business Leadership. Two past Faculty of the Month honorees go head-to-head in this round. Dr. William Woods is representing Organizational Management, while Dr. Jennie Walker joins us to share her leadership expertise. Who has the most convincing program pitch? Read more about each one, watch the videos, and then cast your vote below. Who makes the best case? Vote and let us know who should move on to the next round!

Organizational Management

Dr. Woods: “Greetings and thank you for considering the Organizational Management major. You will enjoy learning in programs that focus on management, leadership, organizational change, marketing, finance, teamwork, legal environments, human resources, international operations, and ethics. This program is going to help you to build much-needed skills for your career.”


Business Leadership

Dr. Walker: “Leadership is a field that touches all organizations and people. Our Business Leadership degree students are diverse, but they have a shared goal to be positive, impactful leaders in their organizations and communities. They are superheroes in daily life, engaging people to work together, resolving problems, and leading change. Choosing to pursue a leadership-focused degree sends a clear message to others that this person values others in organizations and desires to be a positive and active force for change in the world.”


Did Dr. Wood’s rhyme seal the deal? Or did Dr. Walker make the most convincing case for business leadership? Vote now!

Week 2 Game 2: Organizational Management vs. Business Leadership
Organizational Management
Business Leadership


Game 3: Nursing vs. Health Informatics and Analytics

nursing vs. health informatics and analytics

Next up is Nursing vs. Health Informatics and Analytics, two critical but different degree programs at the College of Arts and Sciences. Here, Dr. LaTonya Santo discusses the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree for registered nurses, while Damarie Grunauer-Nix makes the case for Health Informatics and Analytics. Which argument is more convincing? You decide. Read or watch the arguments below and then determine their fate with your vote!


Dr. Santo: “Here are the top five reasons why I believe Nursing is unique and should be crowned the 2021 Major Matchup winner: 

  1. Nurses serve others during the most important moments of their lives (childbirth, illness, surgeries, end-of-life). 
  2. Nurses were voted as the most trusted profession for 19 of the past 20 years. 
  3. Nursing is a recession-proof profession. Nurses with a BSN degree or higher have better job prospects. 
  4. The BSN program at UAGC prepares students to meet the nation’s increasing need for BSN-prepared nurses**. 
  5. The lives of nurses make the most entertaining TV shows, movies, and books (in my professional opinion!). 

Vote for Nursing in this year’s Major Matchup!”

**Applicants to this program must have earned a nursing (hospital) diploma or Associate’s degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited or approved nationally accredited college or university including the following coursework or equivalent: Microbiology (with lab). Applicants must possess an active, unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse or its equivalent in at least one U.S. state. All students must maintain this licensure throughout the program of study.

Health Informatics and Analytics

Damarie Grunauer-Nix: “Hello, everyone. My name is Damarie Grunauer-Nix, and I am a core faculty with the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Analytics program at the University of Arizona Global Campus, and here is my pitch as to why my program is the most unique and special at our university. Health Informatics and Analytics is sometimes a mystery to people, and I can understand that because the real stars are absolutely the people who are the clinicians, the ones out there doing the work and literally breathing life into people. Especially in this past year; we have all learned that. But you know what? It is so important to have that health information in a useable, meaningful way so that clinicians can do that work. There is nothing that a clinician will need more than information in real-time that is relevant, reliable, and accurate. And we do this through data design, through designing databases to ensure that these processes that are in place for the clinician work and are meaningful and useful. And that is why it should be crowned the program for 2021.” 


Which of these two majors should advance to the next round? Vote now!

Week 2 Game 3: Nursing vs. Health Informatics and Analytics
Health Informatics and Analytics


Game 4: Cyber & Data Security Technology vs. Business Administration


In this final game of Week 2, we have two popular Forbes School of Business and Technology® majors, Cyber and Data Security Technology and Business Adminstration, go up against each other. First, Dr. Pete Limon shares some brief but strong words on why Cyber and Data Security Technology is the major to win the top prize. Then, Dr. Gail Hoskyns-Long weighs in on the value of a project management degree. Who said it best? Read the written pitches, watch the video, and then cast your vote for the most convincing argument below.

Cyber and Data Security Technology

Dr. Limon: “Do you ever find your computer connecting to the internet slower than usual? (Yes.) How long does it usually take you to connect? (Yes, a long time.) It was discovered that many computers were infected with malware when attempting to connect to the internet. The Forbes School of Business and Technology® Cyber and Data Security and Technology program will allow you to learn many tools to mitigate these computer attacks that slow your computer down. Why should it be crowned the 2021 Major Matchup winner? Because we have what it takes! If you’re ready to take your education to the next level — for yourself, family, and community — we want to help. Take a bite out of cybercrime one bit at a time!” 

Business Administration

Dr. Minnick: “MBA! MBA! MBA! Has a great ring to it as it rolls off your tongue, doesn’t it! The Bachelor of Arts and MBA programs at the Forbes School of Business and Technology® give you the opportunity to become an MBA MVP! How cool would it be to be a Forbes School of Business and Technology® MBA MVP? Now that I have your attention, you’re probably asking yourself, “Charlie, how do I become an MBA MVP?” First, you can complete the BA in Business Administration degree, or earn any bachelor’s degree as an admission requirement for your graduate degree. Then, the MBA program becomes your ticket to enhance your career and move into MVP status. So, how do we partner with you to become an MBA MVP? Let me share a couple ways. Once you set your sights on business administration, and you know you’ll want to move into earning a master’s degree, you’ll discover that our MBA program features Steve Forbes in our Global Economics and Political Influence course. Talk about having a true MVP in our program. What’s more, the courses in both our bachelor’s degree and master’s degree programs feature interactive business simulations and gamification, and the MBA even has live RSS feeds that incorporate blogs from industry experts. In short, the Forbes School of Business and Technology® business administration programs are your front row tickets to MVP status!”

So, who’s it going to be? Which of these business degree gurus has your vote to progress to Round 3? Cast your vote now!

Week 2 Game 4: Cyber and Data Security Technology vs. Business Administration
Cyber and Data Security Technology
Business Administration


It’s Time to Vote

It’s time to vote in Week 2 of the 2021 Major Matchup. Which faculty members presented the best pitches? Who will advance to the third bracket next week? It’s all in your hands. Vote wisely!

Don’t forget to come back next week to see which faculty members and majors progress to the third round of brackets, which will help us to decide the finalists! Be sure to rally your peers to vote for their favorite faculty pitch by posting on social media using the hashtag #VoteMyUAGC.

Happy voting!


*As selected by the UAGC leadership.

Certain degree programs may not be available in all states. 

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