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January 2010: Claire Parker

Name: Claire Parker
Senior '09
Kyle, TX
Nominated by: Ms. Lisa Chrans, Senior Lecturer: General Studies

     1.  Why did you select BGS as your major?

The BGS degree appealed to me because it allowed me to take control of my education and focus on the areas of study that would be most pertinent to my career choice.

     2.  What are your three minors?

Business, Economics and Mass Comm.

     3.  How did you select your minors?

I put a lot of thought in to choosing three minors that blended together to form a well-rounded interdisciplinary degree.

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

I am currently working toward obtaining a license to sell real estate, and I aspire to own a brokerage in the future. My coursework included much of the necessary information needed to be a successful entrepreneur.

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

Don't come into this program thinking that you are taking the easy route to getting your Bachelors Degree. The General Studies courses are effectively capstone courses, and you will be held to the same high standards that any other academic department would expect from their students. Be prepared to work hard to earn the grade that you want, but most importantly, be passionate about what it is that you want to achieve.

The BGS Minor of the Month: Photography

A minor in Photography requires 24 hours as listed below. All prerequisites must be met for any course chosen to satisfy requirements for the Photography Minor.

   1. Required: ARTF 1301, 1302, and 1304.
   2. Required: One course (three hours) ARTS 2361
   3. Required: Four courses (12 hours) selected from ARTS 3361, 3363, 3364, 3365, 4363, 4364, 4369, or ARTH 4305.

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

ARTS 2361 - Introduction of Traditional Photography: This course introduces the aesthetics and techniques of basic black and white digital and photographic imaging. Prerequisites: ARTF 1301 and 1302.

ARTH 4305 (WI) - History of Photography: A survey of the history of photography. The work of leading photographers will be studied in terms of aesthetics, stylistic development, and technical innovations.

ARTS 3364 - Introduction to Digital Photography:
This course introduces students to the aesthetics of current digital imaging technology, including new digital cameras, scanning equipment, Macintosh computers, image-manipulation programs and printing devices. Prerequisite: ARTS 2361.