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The General Studies major is a multidisciplinary degree program that allows students to maximize their educational experience by customizing their study around their individual areas of interest. The major affords students the opportunity to engage in substantial study in different curricular domains. The major is comprised of two concentrations, at least one of which must be offered by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

Learning Outcomes

A successful General Studies graduate is expected to:

  1. Articulate the rationale behind the choice of concentrations comprising the major;
  2. Analyze and articulate relevant theories and principles underlying disciplines in the two areas of concentration in the major;
  3. Synthesize the theories and principles from disciplines in the two areas of concentration in the major into a unified, coherent project.

Curriculum Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 credits)

Students are required to complete 30 credit hours as part of the General Education Program.

General Studies Major Requirements (34 credits)

GNST 2901 - Workshop in General Studies (1 credit)

This course is designed to introduce students to the multidisciplinary, general studies major. In this course students are introduced to the concept of multidisciplinary studies. The course assists students in identifying the concentrations that will comprise their major and will help them develop the rationale that links these concentrations into a coherent major. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H and completion of 30 undergraduate credits.

GNST 4901 - Capstone in General Studies (3 credits)

This course serves as the capstone for the General Studies major. Students will be required to complete a research project drawing on the two concentrations they have chosen for their program under the guidance of the instructor, employing appropriate methodologies for the disciplines selected. Students will select a faculty member with expertise in the relevant disciplines as a reader for their capstone project. The reader will provide guidance in the development of the capstone project. Students will also read and discuss scholarship relating to disciplines from a variety of disciplinary areas. Prerequisites: COMP 2000 or COMP 2000H or COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 and GNST 2901 and 90 or more earned credits.

Concentration Areas (30 credits)

Select two areas of concentration.

Select one of the following areas of concentration. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000/4000 level.

Select one of the following areas of concentration, or select a second area of concentration from the list above. At least 15 credits must be at the 3000/4000 level.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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