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Why Major in General Studies?

The General Studies major is both an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary program. This provides you the opportunity to explore your interests and is adoptable to your needs by discovering electives from any discipline that appeals to you. As a student of the program, you gain the fundamental skills in problem-solving and communication as well as critical reading, writing and speaking. The goal of this program is to introduce you to contextual framing of any discipline in the arts and sciences and achieve the broad knowledge and training that employers require.

Also available: Online B.S. in General Studies

Message from the Advisor

QuoteBecause the general studies program emphasizes transferable skills demanded by employers, the career possibilities for students in the interdisciplinary studies program are only limited by what they can imagine for themselves. The constantly evolving world these employers see is one which needs well-educated people who can adapt to changing ideas and situations quickly while thinking in different ways about a wide variety of concepts and communicating those ideas effectively. Such an education is accomplished by drawing on a broad knowledge base that covers the humanities (history, literature, fine arts, mathematics and philosophy), the life and physical sciences (biology and geology) and the social sciences (sociology, anthropology, geography and political science), all of which are the traditional core of higher education. Ultimately, the interdisciplinary studies program at Northwest is aimed at preparing students for fulfilling careers, rather than simply that first job. Furthermore, the same preparation aids the student in reflecting about the world and his or her place in it, which leads to a meaningful life.Quote

Dr. Dawn L. Gilley
Assistant Professor of Humanities
History Graduate Program Coordinator

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Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available, Faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

Each year, faculty-led study abroad is an option available to students who prefer to study abroad for two to four weeks with teaching by Northwest faculty members. In prior years, students have traveled to England, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Egypt.

The traditional program can be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.

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