General Course Information for BGS301: Intro. to General Studies

Course: BGS301 - Intro. to General Studies
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Course Description:

Focus on the integration of knowledge across various disciplines, essential to a critical and interdisciplinary approach. Emphasis on the interconnectedness of different fields of knowledge central to broad, critical, and holistic view of education.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the theory and practice of General Studies from a critical and interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Discuss some of the most important thinkers in selected disciplines.
  • Acquire the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes to function effectively as citizens and within a work or professional environment.
  • Identify major trends, traditions, themes, and issues that predominate within the contemporary world.
  • Interpret knowledge content from various disciplines.
  • Understand basic elements of creative and critical thinking.
  • Use information technology as a means of reliable and valid data collection in developing personal opinions.
  • Make informed decisions regarding future course offerings within the General Studies major.
Course Requirements:

Students are required to post on one-half page discussion essay per week. Students will be further required to post two interactive responses to two classmates' posts for each week (20 percent of grade). Students are required to post weekly comments in a journal reflecting on the course readings, discussions, and overall assessment of individual progress in the course (20 percent). Students must submit an essay, which is to be revised in response to instructor and classmates feedback (30 percent). Students must also participate in peer review, library orientation, complete three worksheets, and visit the online writing center (20 percent). Students must begin a portfolio that will be developed over the course of their academic program and submitted to BGS (the capstone course) as a requirement for completing the General Studies degree.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures