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December 2010: Katie Chamness

Name: Katie Chamness
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Nominated by: Dr. David Nelson, Professor: General Studies Katie Chamness

 1.  Why did you select BGS as your major?

I chose BGS as my major partly because it worked best with the courses that I transferred in. I also could never decide on one clear major and this allowed me to branch out and study in a few areas that I was interested in and I appreciate what this degree has afforded me.
2.  What are your three minors?

Business Administration, Psychology, and Social Work.

3.  How did you select your minors?

I selected my minors because they interested me the most and I also felt they would be the most beneficial for my career goals.

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

I am very interested in serving others in whatever way I can. This major gives me a broader understanding of the individuals I would like to serve and also provides some insight into how I could someday reach my ultimate career goal of starting my own non-profit organization.

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

I would say if you are unsure of the career path you want to take and there are multiple areas that you are interested in pursuing, this is a great way to explore in depth the specifics that interest you.

The BGS Minor of the Month: Healthcare Administration

The Healthcare Administration minor is designed to complement the student's major with the objective of providing an introductory curriculum, which can assist the student in gaining employment in healthcare and healthcare related career fields. This objective can be achieved by: building on general education core foundations; offering scheduling flexibility for non-traditional students; introducing students to health services management functions through the mastery of certain skills including communication, decision-making, and coordination, unique to healthcare administration; and preparing students for graduate study.

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

HA 3308 - Healthcare Organization:  Overview of the healthcare system and the role hospitals have played and continue to play in the future. Analysis of organizational structure of a hospital and other healthcare agencies, administrative and management elements necessary for policy determination, decision making, and control to achieve institutional goals and objectives.

HA 3329 - Human Resources in Healthcare Management:  Human resource management as applicable to the healthcare field. Human resource planning, staffing, job requirements, job descriptions, sources of labor supply, training and education programs, salary administration, employee communications, legal considerations, union-management relations. Prerequisite: HA 3324.

HA 3324 - Supervisory Management for Healthcare Managers (WI):
Introduction to the following functions of supervisory management: planning, organizing, staffing, influencing, and controlling; as well as the connective processes of decision-making, coordinating, and communicating in healthcare organizations.