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.
Name: Ryan Wiersma
Hometown: (Military brat) San Antonio, TX
Nominated by: Amy Beck, Supervisor of Academic Advising: University College Advising Center
Why did you select General Studies as your major?
I started as an ESS major and soon realized that I wanted to understand my soldiers more than just physically. I desired a degree that was tailored to Ryan, not a group of people, and General Studies would allow me to do just that. Having a BGS degree would also allow me to broaden my fields of study, which will help me be a better military officer.
What are your three minors?
Exercise and Sports Science, Psychology, and Military Science
How did you select your minors?
I chose ESS because we (military) are expected to be physically fit to train in all environments. To provide physical training to my soldiers, I wanted to have first-hand experience for credibility as well as to be an effective trainer. I chose psychology to understand how to be an effective leader by knowing and comprehending what my soldiers are thinking and why they are thinking it. Lastly, I chose military science to study the history of our military. To be a good leader, you have to study the past good and bad leaders.
What advice do you have for students considering the General Studies major?
Do not be deterred by the word “general;" this degree is everything but that. Do research on all the different minors that may interest you to make sure you choose the best three that are tailored to your needs.
If you’re interested in a career in "the most rapidly growing segment of the overall tourism industry" planning activities for entities like public parks and historic sights, consider a minor in Nature and Heritage Tourism.
NHT 4301: Planning and Development of Nature and Heritage Tourism. This course applies basic planning and development principles to the special issues of nature and heritage tourism. Particular emphasis is placed on locational analysis, site analysis, and planning for sustainable use.
GEO 4326: Parks and Protected Places. This course serves as an in-depth introduction to the philosophy, establishment, and operation of Public Parks, Wildlife Refuges, Protected Areas, Non-Governmental Preserves and Historic Sites. Students will be introduced to the scientific and policy rationale for the creation of such areas as well as methods of classification and acquisition.
NHT 4302: Internship in Nature and Heritage Tourism. Students will work in private or public sector settings to gain practical experience in the planning, development and management of nature and/or heritage tourism. Internships must be approved by the director of the Center for Nature and Heritage Tourism. Students will be expected to perform at high professional standards and will interpret the internship experience within the context of current literature.
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)
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