The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) is an interdisciplinary degree that allows students to enhance personal goals by connecting three Texas State minors, two General Studies courses and appropriate supporting courses.
Students who are challenged by choosing one major can find 69 minor options. The BGS degree may also be ideal for students who have invested a large number of hours in another degree but wish to change academic goals.
Spring 2017: Ryan Hall
Fall 2016: Victoria Loughary
Summer 2015: Eric Wolf
Spring 2015: Ryan Wiersma (Minor: Nature and Heritage Tourism)
Spring 2014: Kelly Gourluck (Minor: Studies in Popular Culture)
Spring 2012: Sara Mallett (Minor: Agriculture)
September 2011: Javier Resendez (Minor: English)
Summer 2011: Karen Robare (Minor: Music)
April 2011: Darryl Hanna (Minor: Special Education)
December 2010: Katie Chamness (Minor: Healthcare Administration)
November 2010: Abigail Dimick (Minor: Studies in Popular Culture)
October 2010: Eva Curry (Minor: Value Studies)
September 2010: Adam Venzor (Minor: Geography)
Summer 2010: Ambrais Nedd (Minor: Social Work)
May 2010: Blaze Bulla (Minor: Family and Consumer Science)
April 2010: Michelle Limon (Minor: Sociology)
March 2010: Anthony Generali (Minor: Art & Design)
February 2010: Christopher Edwards (Minor: Anthroplogy)
January 2010: Claire Parker (Minor: Photography)
December 2009: Chad Allen (Minor: Leadership Studies)
November 2009: Wakiko Nagae (Minor: French)
October 2009: Amir Qureshi (Minor: Diversity Studies)
September 2009: Tiffany Quiring (Minor: Religious Studies)
Winner of the Summer 2017 BGS GNST 4350 Poster Presentation Contest
His winning poster is titled, "Will Someone Respond When You Call 911?: A Recruitment Program to Minimize the Lack of Volunteers in the Fire Service."
"According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), volunteers comprise 69% of the nation's firefighters. Volunteers are a key component to the fire service, so recruitment and retention challenges have serious consequences for public safety," (Geis, 2015, P.12). There is a nationwide problem in today's fire service that the citizens do not think about. When a person calls 911 for a fire or medical emergency, they expect someone to show up fast. However, that is not always the case. Around the globe, volunteer fire departments are low staffed. Low staffing creates hazardous situations and slow response times to emergencies.
This problem is present in Hays County at the South Hays Fire Department, a combination department consisting of part-time staff and volunteers. The solution to the lack of volunteers is to create a recruiting program using public relation events for the citizens in Hays County districts 12 and 13 and students majoring in Criminal Justice at Texas State University. The format of the program will outline the necessary guidelines to follow to carry out events on an annual basis. Aspects of the solution will be drawn from minors in Criminal Justice, Business Administration, and Technology.
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