BGS Themes

You choose a focus theme allowing you to develop your major interest, whether it is in arts and media or social questions involving politics, economics, or history. Taking classes outside of your focus area provides a fully rounded education and experience in multiple disciplines. Additionally, your coursework will expand your worldview by addressing both global issues and the American experience. The General Studies degree prepares you to think critically and analytically across a wide range of disciplines or fields of study. 


Arts, Media, and Entertainment

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.

Focus theme requirements stipulate students take three 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

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.

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

Theme will be offered beginning Spring 2016.


Global and Intercultural Understanding

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.

Focus theme requirements stipulate students take at least one course out of the three required 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.


Social Behavior and Human Understanding

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.

Focus theme requirements stipulate students take three 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.


Study of the U.S. and the American Experience  [This theme is only available as a concentration]

Study of the US 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.

Theme requirements stipulate that students take three courses focusing on the cultures and histories of at least two different groups or counties.