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: Kelly Gourluck
Hometown: Lewiston, Idaho
Nominated by: Cheri Shuffain, BGS Academic Advisor: University College
1. Why did you select BGS as your major?
I’ve been really passionate about mental health since high school, but was having a hard time figuring out a way to make a college education out of it. The BGS allows me to study mental health in a more general way so that I can apply it to society and communities, rather than individuals. The ability to take courses in a wide range of departments really sold the major for me, and I love it.
2. What are your three minors?
Psychology, Sociology, and Health Communication
3. How did you select your minors?
I chose my minors based on what courses are offered in their departments, so that I can take as many courses as possible that relate to different facets of the mental health field
4. How does this major fit with your career goals?
It allows me to be very specific about what I learn, so I can be very specific about my career goals. I want to have thorough knowledge of all the fields I am studying so that I can bring them in to a very unique career working with mental health outreach.
5. What advice do you have for students considering majoring in BGS?
Go through the course catalogs so you know what courses are offered, and chose minors that give you the most courses that match knowledge you’ll need for your career. Don’t choose a minor just because you think it sounds good; choose one that will serve you best. Don’t think BGS as an easy way out – this major is a lot of work, and you have to keep up with a lot of different subjects at once! Talk to everyone in the BGS department. They are all really awesome and helpful and want you to succeed, especially because this is such a unique program.
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)
If you’re interested in the how trends in American Popular Culture are influenced by society, media and history, then consider a minor in Studies in Popular Culture.
SOCI 3317: Popular Culture and Society: The content of popular culture, including movies, television, genre novels, popular music, fads and fashion, sports, contemporary folklore, festivals and celebrations, clothing and body decoration and related cultural material, is examined and analyzed for social significance.
HIST 3368M: Popular Music and Social Movements in the 20th Century: The examination of music as both a reflection of historical trends and a tool of social change will illuminate the relationship between music, culture, politics, and protest movements in 20th-century American history.
ENG 3326: American Drama On Film: Masterpieces of American drama and the films which have been made from them.
Jaime A. Baker
Brandon M. Ewers
Kelly E. Gourluck
Thomas R. Whitlock
University College Advising Center
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