GENERAL STUDIES

What is General Studies?

General Studies (GS) courses allow students to study beyond a specialized area, facilitating interdisciplinary understanding of academic fields and reflection upon fundamental human and social issues. The scope of courses is broad, and, in addition to Studies in Christian Humanism, Language, Health and Physical Education, offers GS distribution courses in three categories: The Legacy of the Past, Cultural Traditions, and The Contemporary World. Furthermore, the various Elective Courses allow students to acquire a solid foundation in Computer Studies, Environmental Issues, Geography, Mathematics and Statistics.

 

General Studies Distribution Courses

The Legacy of the Past

The courses in this category introduce students to the experiences of different human societies, from ancient times to more recent periods. They look at the development of institutional, intellectual, and social patterns that continue to influence our ways of thinking and acting today.

HST201
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVIL 1
HST202
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVIL 2
HST251
DEVELOPMENT OF JAPN CIVIL 1
HST252
DEVELOPMENT OF JAPN CIVIL 2
HST261
HISTORY OF CHINESE CIVIL 1
HST262
HISTORY OF CHINESE CIVIL 2

Cultural Traditions

From the very beginning humans have sought to communicate their ideas about themselves, their societies, and the world. The courses in this category introduce written and artistic expressions of human creativity. They provide students with experience in the analysis and interpretation of particular literary texts, philosophic concepts, works of art, systems of belief, and symbolic structures.

ART201
INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY
ART230
INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN ART
ART250
INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE ART
LIT201
LITERARY GENRES
LIT202
INTRO TO THE PERFORMING ARTS
LIT231
INTROD TO JAPANESE LITERATURE
RPH201
INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
RPH202
FUNDAMENTALS OF RELIGION
RPH203
RELIGION, CULTURE AND SOCIETY

The Contemporary World

Social, political, and economic factors play a major role in shaping the world in which we live. The courses in this category introduce students to some of the major approaches for investigating the nature and impact of such factors.

ANT202
INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL & SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANT220
ANTHROPOLOGY OF JAPAN
ANT230
CULTURE & IDENTITY
IBE200
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
IBE201
PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
POL201
THEORIES AND THEMES OF CONTEMPORARY POLITICS
POL205
INTRO TO INT'L RELATIONS
POL210
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
SOC201
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
SOC222
INTRO TO CONTEMP.CHINESE SOC.
SOC223
GLOBALIZATION AND SOCIETY