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Summer 2011: Karen Robare

Name: Karen Robare
Classification: Senior
Hometown: Cypress, TX
Nominated by: Amy Beck, Supervisor, Academic Advisor: University CollegeKaren Robare

 1.  Why did you select BGS as your major?
I selected BGS as my major because there were a number of things a number of thing I was interested in, and I wanted the opportunity to learn about them all. In the end, I got to take a bunch of different, amazing courses, and they all fit together nicely.
2.  What are your three minors?
Anthropology, Geography, and Art & Design.

3.  How did you select your minors?
First off, I would say that these are three of Texas State's best departments. I had taken classes in all three areas and wasn't ready to part with any of them. I love to travel, learn about different people and cultures, and make art. What better major than this?

4.  How does this major fit with your career goals?
In terms of career goals, this major fits in because I want to work with people internationally. I don't feel like one could adequately do that without knowing their cultures and lifestyles. However, in terms of life goals, this major was everything I wanted out of college. It set my bar higher, to have a broader area of interests and goals. It helped ignite a fire within me to travel and learn more about our world and what is going on.

5.  What advice do you have for students considering majoring in BGS?
I would advise students to pick three minors they can use together. Not only do they need that for their GNST 4350 course but also in terms of how they want to use their minors. It is a beautiful thing to learn about three things instead of one or two, so be wise about it.

The BGS Minor of the Month: Music

A minor in Music consist of 18 hours from selected Music courses. For more information on the Music minor, please review their website at:

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

MU 1312 - Essential Musicianship: Detailed instruction in fundamentals of music theory, including but not limited to notation, meters, scales, key signatures, intervals and chords. This course is designed primarily for non-Music majors and Music minors.

MU 3308 - History of Rock: A survey of the evolution of rock styles, contributions of important performers, and musical techniques involved in the creation and performance of rock music. The course focuses on the first three decades of rock history.

MU 3310 - Guitar Class II:
Primarily for the non-Music major, the course includes the opportunity for development of more advanced techniques in accompaniment, music reading and solo guitar techniques.