GNST - General Studies


Effective 1 June 2023 through 31 May 2024

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Course Descriptions

Global Citizenship Program
Knowledge Areas
ARTS Arts Appreciation
GLBL Global Understanding
PNW Physical & Natural World
QL Quantitative Literacy
ROC Roots of Cultures
SSHB Social Systems & Human Behavior
Global Citizenship Program
Skill Areas
CRI Critical Thinking
ETH Ethical Reasoning
INTC Intercultural Competence
OCOM Oral Communication
WCOM Written Communication
** Course fulfills two skill areas


GNST 1101 Online and Interdisciplinary Learning (3)

This course provides students with a structure for discovering and developing the online learning strategies necessary for becoming self-directed online learners. The course content is focused on developing new ways of analyzing, integrating, and applying learning strategies to various online learning situations, and developing modes of communication and critical thinking that encourages lifelong learning.

GNST 1300/GNST 1308 Technology, Science, and Society (2-4)

Interdisciplinary study that focuses on contemporary problems that arise out of our increasingly complex technological and scientific environment. Subject matter will be timely and often controversial. A central goal is to acquaint students with the insights and methods of diverse disciplines and train them to think critically about universal challenges that confront humanity. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Offered in Europe only. 

GNST 1400 Civilization and the Arts (2-4)

An interdisciplinary study in history and the humanities. Each unit of this course focuses on a single city in a particular historical era and on its total cultural context (art, literature, philosophy, politics, music, and theatre). A major goal is to deepen the student's understanding of civilization, human values, and individual creativity. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Offered in Europe only.

GNST 2000/GNST 2004/GNST 2005/GNST 2006 Topics in the Liberal Arts (1-3)

Focuses on a great book, individual, idea, or interdisciplinary theme in the liberal arts. Content is balanced with critical inquiry, emphasizing a search for the interrelatedness of ideas, values, and consequences. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Offered in Europe only.

GNST 2101 Integrative Studies (3)

Introduces students to the foundations of the integrative process. Emphasizes interdisciplinary problem solving through critical, analytical, and integrative approaches to issues and trends in the globally interconnected contemporary world.

GNST 2200 Transfer Student Seminar (3)

These interdisciplinary seminars for transfer students combine academic inquiry with the development and improvement of fundamental academic skills, especially critical thinking and communications (the ability to write, read, listen, and speak effectively). Classes are small and require student participation. Topics vary from seminar to seminar and year to year. Offered in Europe only. Prerequisite: Transfer student status.

GNST 2500 Honors Seminar (3)

An interdisciplinary honors seminar designed for freshman and sophomore students. The course addresses significant issues and topics using a combination of great books and contemporary writings. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

GNST 3101 Methods of Inquiry (3)

Methods of Inquiry focuses on the process of interdisciplinary research, data collection, and decision-making. This course prepares students to develop an interdisciplinary research proposal.

GNST 3500 Liberal Arts Seminar (3)

An interdisciplinary seminar for upper-division students. Topics will be chosen at the discretion of the instructor and announced on a semester-to-semester basis. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Offered in Europe only. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

GNST 4000 Senior Overview (0-6)

The overview is a final project for a Self-Designed Interdisciplinary Major (SIM) candidate and demonstrates the student's mastery of the chosen area of study. This final project can take many forms: a thesis, a performance, a practicum, or another appropriate project. An overview which involves a performance, a practicum, or another kind of project must also include a written component. Offered in Europe only.

GNST 4701 Senior Capstone (3)

In this final course for the general studies degree, students will apply interdisciplinary research, data collection and decision-making to propose solutions for a complex global problem. Prerequisite: GNST 3101 and senior standing (senior students must have completed at least 90 credit hours).