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Spring 2014: Kelly Gourluck

BGS Student Spotlight

Classification: Senior

Hometown: Lewiston, Idaho

Nominated by: Cheri Shuffain, BGS Academic Advisor: University College


1.Why did you select BGS as your major?

I’ve been really passionate about mental health since high school, but was having a hard time figuring out a way to make a college education out of it. The BGS allows me to study mental health in a more general way so that I can apply it to society and communities, rather than individuals. The ability to take courses in a wide range of departments really sold the major for me, and I love it. 

2.What are your three minors?

Psychology, Sociology, and Health Communication 

3.How did you select your minors?

I chose my minors based on what courses are offered in their departments, so that I can take as many courses as possible that relate to different facets of the mental health field 

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

It allows me to be very specific about what I learn, so I can be very specific about my career goals. I want to have thorough knowledge of all the fields I am studying so that I can bring them in to a very unique career working with mental health outreach.

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

Go through the course catalogs so you know what courses are offered, and chose minors that give you the most courses that match knowledge you’ll need for your career. Don’t choose a minor just because you think it sounds good; choose one that will serve you best. Don’t think BGS as an easy way out – this major is a lot of work, and you have to keep up with a lot of different subjects at once! Talk to everyone in the BGS department. They are all really awesome and helpful and want you to succeed, especially because this is such a unique program.

Studies in Popular Culture

If you’re interested in the how trends in American Popular Culture are influenced by society, media and history, then consider a minor in Studies in Popular Culture.

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

SOCI 3317: Popular Culture and Society: The content of popular culture, including movies, television, genre novels, popular music, fads and fashion, sports, contemporary folklore, festivals and celebrations, clothing and body decoration and related cultural material, is examined and analyzed for social significance. 

HIST 3368M: Popular Music and Social Movements in the 20th Century: The examination of music as both a reflection of historical trends and a tool of social change will illuminate the relationship between music, culture, politics, and protest movements in 20th-century American history. 

ENG 3326: American Drama On Film: Masterpieces of American drama and the films which have been made from them.