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April 2011: Darryl Hanna

Name: Darryl Hanna
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Tomball, TX
Nominated by: Ashley Ransom, Academic Advisor: University CollegeDarryl Hanna

 1.  Why did you select BGS as your major?
I am a BGS student because I want a wide understanding of several different disciplines, and the freedom to make choices in my education plan. Also, some majors don't recognize minors outside of that department, and I value my minors greatly.
2.  What are your three minors?
Business, Psychology, Philosophy.

3.  How did you select your minors?
I selected my minors in a effort to better myself and get a well-rounded education. General studies has enabled me to draw on information from three diverse pools of knowledge.  I chose these fields of study because they interest me and I feel they make great complements to one another.

4.  How does this major fit with your career goals?
My goal is to understand my place in society, and contribute to the betterment of it. Through this educational experience I feel that I am a lot closer to fulfilling my purpose. I have aspirations to continue my education in a much more specialized way once my undergraduate degree is complete.

5.  What advice do you have for students considering majoring in BGS?
To anyone contemplating a BGS degree, first talk to someone in BGS with similar interests.  It is difficult to
see yourself in a future-tense, so find subjects that truly interest you. If you are like me you will see the freedom in a BGS major and I wish you the very best along your way!

The BGS Minor of the Month: Special Education

A minor in Special Education requires 21 hours in SPED courses. Special education teachers work with public school students who have disabilities such as learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, autism, or developmental disabilities. (This minor does NOT lead directly to teacher certification in Special Education.)

**For more information contact the Department of Curriculum and Instruction: 512-245-2157 or stop by the office in Education 2001.

An example of courses that may be taken for this minor include:

SPED 2360 - Survey of Exceptionality: Course provides for the examination of types, characteristics, and causes of various exceptionalities; identifies federal laws as they relate to various populations; and serves as an introduction to the education of exceptional students in the home, school, and community.

SPED 3390 - Assessing Students with Disabilities: The course provides information about formal and informal assessment for the identification of cognitive aptitude, academic achievement, social, emotional, and motor development, as well as the implications of these results for instruction or remediation. (Prerequisite: 2.50 overall GPA.)

SPED 4374 - Classroom Behavior Management Strategies for Students with Disabilities:
Effective strategies for classroom management. Topics include: common management problems, evaluation of classroom management approaches, strategies for preventing behavior problems, teaching new behaviors, increasing desired group and individual behaviors, and positive strategies for reducing inappropriate group and individual behaviors. (Prerequisite: 2.50 overall GPA.)