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December 2009: Chad Allen

Name: Chad Allen
Classification: Senior
Hitchcock, TX
Nominated by: Ashley Borniger, Academic Advisor: University College

     1.  Why did you select BGS as your major?

I selected BGS because it gave me the opportunity to continue my education even though I have changed my major so many times. It looked perfect for what the work force calls for these days; a mixture of education among different subjects. Many jobs ask their employees to take on various duties that call for a mixture of knowledge.

     2.  What are your three minors?

Healthcare Administration, Business Administration, and Mass Communication.

     3.  How did you select your minors?

As I went through college, I evaluated different careers that led me to each of these minors. Finally, I decided I wanted to be in healthcare and my previous majors made a perfect mixture with Healthcare Administration.

     4.  How does this major fit with your career goals?

It fits perfect. I have already received a job offer as Head of Marketing for a small home health firm. I hope to someday be in administration for the same firm.

     5.  What advice do you have for students considering majoring in BGS?

As long as you know how to market this degree, employers will be impressed.

The BGS Minor of the Month: Leadership Studies

A minor in Leadership Studies is interdisciplinary and requires 21 hours, including courses from the following departments: Communication Studies, Management, Agriculture, Philosophy, Aerospace Studies, Psychology, and Health Administration. The three required core courses are COMM 2315, 4347, and PHIL 3322. In addition, students select two courses (6 hours) which emphasize leadership skill development and two courses (6 hours) which provide a theoretical or conceptual approach to leadership.

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

COMM 4347 - Leadership and Communication: An advanced course in communication designed to examine in detail the phenomenon of leadership in groups and organizations. Various theories and approaches to leadership will be surveyed with an emphasis on applying leadership principles. Prerequisites: COMM 2330; Full major or minor status.

MGT 3353 (WI) - Business Communication: An introduction to the uses of communication in modern organizations. Provides students the opportunity to gain practice in making decisions involving selection and organization of communication content, in choosing an appropriate medium for presentation of information, and developing an effective writing style. Includes the study of the theory of business communication, including communication models, general semantics, and causes of miscommunication. Prerequisites: ENG 1310, 1320; COMM 1310.

COMM 4331 - Persuasion: An investigation of rhetorical and behavioral theories of persuasion, the devising of persuasive campaigns, as well as the consumption and generation of persuasive messages in a variety of communication settings. Applicable for careers in business, law, and human relations. Prerequisites: COMM 2315 or 2338; Full major or minor status.