General Studies

Themes for the Bachelor of General Studies

Arts, Media, & Entertainment is designed to develop skills in criticism and evaluation of art forms, an understanding of the processes by which art and creativity are communicated, and an academic knowledge of promotion and marketing in the performing arts. Selected courses should focus on the ability to analyze the effects of the social, network, technical, and entertainment arts and media, and to develop the academic preparation necessary to pursue careers in arts, media, entertainment, and associated fields.

Emphasis theme requirements stipulate students take courses in at least two different art forms or media in order to gain exposure to the impacts of arts and media in contemporary culture.

Economy and Industry develops an understanding of the role of economy and industry in society. Selected courses should focus on both practical and theoretical approaches to understanding various industries, labor relations, organizational culture, and human resources, either through a multidisciplinary approach or through concentration in one area such as the environment, the arts or marketing.

Emphasis theme requirements stipulate students take courses from at least two different business disciplines in order to gain a working knowledge of basic business principles and structures.

Global and Intercultural Understanding provides students with an understanding of the customs, cultures, mores, practices, contributions, and struggles of peoples around the globe. Through ethnographic accounts, students are exposed to various ways of life across the world, and gain the academic preparation needed to succeed in an increasingly global workforce. Selected courses should emphasize the increased study and application of a cultural and global perspective to historical and contemporary issues and concerns and an understanding of  how the nations of the world are economically, politically, socially, and culturally interdependent.

Emphasis theme requirements stipulate students take at least one course outside their own ethnic or cultural framework and that focuses on a culture, society, literature, or language of a nation or region that, as a general principle, is located outside the United States, Canada, or Europe. Courses that focus on Native American history or culture may also fulfill the requirement.

Science, Technology, Health and Society develops critical awareness of the methods and limits of scientific inquiry, while fostering observational and analytical skills and skills in quantitative analysis and deductive reasoning. Selected courses should focus, either through a multidisciplinary approach or a more in-depth study, academic preparation in both the technical and non-technical skills required for professional success, including the importance of both logic and creative problem-solving.

Emphasis theme requirements stipulate students take courses from at least two different disciplines in order to examine and evaluate the world around them from a scientific perspective.

Social Behavior and Human Understanding provides students with a basis for understanding social systems and the interactions of individuals and societies. Selected courses should emphasize the ability to understand and analyze multiple perspectives on social and cultural change, and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of conflicting points of view.

Emphasis theme requirements stipulate students take courses in at least two different disciplines that emphasize the development of an appreciation of and sensitivity to differences between and among individuals in different economic, political, religious, cultural, ethnic, and social groups.

Sports and Society provides students a basis for understanding the sports industry and the broader economic, political, religious, cultural, ethnic, and social systems that apply to the world of sports. Selected courses should emphasize the development of a fundamental skill set in economics, accounting, and general management theory as well as an increased understanding and ability to evaluate multiple perspectives on social and cultural change, and to assess the strengths and weaknesses of conflicting points of view.  

Emphasis theme requirements stipulate that students take courses in at least two different disciplines that emphasize development of and appreciation of the economic, political, religious, cultural, ethnic, and social systems that apply to the world of sports.

Please note this theme area is only available as a Concentration and not as an Emphasis.

Study of the U.S. and the American Experience provides students with the opportunity to explore the diversity of experiences and perspectives in the United States. Students will learn about the cultures, traditions, politics, domestic and international relations, and histories that have contributed to the shaping of the American experience. Selected courses should emphasize developing skills in effective writing, critical analysis, research, and the ability to think about problems in multiple ways using multiple theories and methods as they apply to study of the American experience.

Concentration theme requirements stipulate that students take courses focusing on the cultures and histories from at least two different disciplines.