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October 2009: Amir Qureshi

Name: Amir Qureshi
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Austin, Tx
Nominated by: Amy Beck, Academic Advisor: University College

    1. Why did you select BGS as your major?

While reading about the BGS program here at Texas State University, I knew I would be a perfect fit. I had interest in many different fields of study. The BGS program allowed me to maximize my potential in the areas I wanted to study most.

    2. What are your three minors?

Business, Mass Communication and Religious Studies.

    3. How did you select your minors?

I've always had a major interest in marketing, so I went the Business route when I first entered college. After completing a few marketing classes, I developed a love for advertising which is linked very closely to marketing, so I decided to get involved with Mass Communication. Finally, having a multi-cultural background, I wanted to learn more about my roots and my past so I decided to minor in Religious Studies to help me understand more about myself.

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

This major fits directly with my career goals. I want to be in marketing or advertising upon graduating and with the knowledge I have gained from these minors will help my future tremendously.

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

For the students who are seeking more information in regards to this BGS program, I highly recommend a visit with one of our great advisors who can really help you understand how this major can truly separate you from the rest, and help you succeed after graduation.

 The BGS Minor of the Month: Diversity Studies

This 18-hour minor provides for an interdisciplinary approach to Diversity Studies. It also provides conceptual frameworks for exploring new perspectives which recover the history and creative expressions previously excluded by the traditional approaches to higher education. The minor fosters students' development of self, voice, and moral vision to prepare them to live and work effectively in a pluralistic society. Although not required, the minor currently offers students the option of a concentration in African American, Native American or Latino American Studies. Students may also explore issues related to religion, age, sexual orientation, and physical ability and disability.

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

ETHS 3301 - Introduction to Diversity Studies: Students in this course will be given a multi-disciplinary survey of different contemporary and historical research methodologies currently used by the various academic disciplines analyzing the many diverse cultural facets of ethnic groups in the United States. Special attention will be given to current academic studies studying African-American, Native American/American Indian, and Mexican American ethnic groups and their cultures. Students should gain a working understanding of the current issues facing researchers of the various ethnic groups as well as of research techniques currently used by professional and academic researchers. Students will also identify their own ethnicity in the American experience through researching the oral history of their own family.

ANTH 3334 - Indians of the Southwest: This course is a survey of the life and cultural patterns of Indian groups in the greater Southwest before and after Spanish and American contact.

ENG 3344 (WI) - Chicano/a Narrative and Social History: A survey of narrative written by U.S. citizens of Mexican descent.