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.
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.
- INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY
- INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN ART
- INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE ART
- LITERARY GENRES
- INTRO TO THE PERFORMING ARTS
- INTROD TO JAPANESE LITERATURE
- INTRODUCTION TO PHILOSOPHY
- FUNDAMENTALS OF RELIGION
- 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.
- INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL & SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY
- ANTHROPOLOGY OF JAPAN
- CULTURE & IDENTITY
- PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
- PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
- THEORIES AND THEMES OF CONTEMPORARY POLITICS
- INTRO TO INT'L RELATIONS
- INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
- INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
- INTRO TO CONTEMP.CHINESE SOC.
- GLOBALIZATION AND SOCIETY