General Studies

General Courses:
GENL 097 — New Student Seminar (Area 1.1) (1 credit)
The New Student Seminar Program, a required experience for new students entering the College with fewer than one full-time semester or college credit, is designed to facilitate a successful transition to college. Grading System: S/U only. Offered Every Semester.

GENL 100 — Career and Life Planning (3 credits)
Designed for students who are uncertain about their professional goals, this course includes an overview of theories and decision-making models that assist students with the exploration of careers and majors. Activities are designed to accommodate students with diverse degrees of clarity. Assignments include self-exploration, occupational research, and informational interviews. Lectures, small group activities, guest speakers/tours, multi-media, one-on-one consultation, and reading of current literature constitute some of the techniques used to deliver instruction in the course. The course concludes with an introduction to the job search process and the development of an action plan to achieve one’s goals. Offered Every Interim.

GENL 105 — Study Abroad (1-15 credits)
Students participating in an approved interim, summer or semester-long study abroad experience register for this course.

GENL 116 — Becoming a Master Student (1 credit)
An intensive opportunity for students to learn and adopt methods to promote their success in college. Participants will explore specific strategies for managing time commitments, improving memory, taking notes, reading textbooks and studying for tests. Offered Every Semester.

See for more information about all Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) programs (GENL 118, 119, 146, 147, 149, 157, 158, 159, 163, 169)

GENL 118 — Art for Social Change: Intersections of Art, Identity, and Advocacy (HECUA) (Area 1.2) (16 credits)
The role of art and the artist in working for social justice, and an exploration of the relationship between art, culture, and identity. Students meet Twin Cities artists, activists, private and public arts funders, and politicians. Offered Every Spring Semester.

GENL 119 — Inequality in America: Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment (HECUA)(Area 3.3) (16 credits)
The root causes of increasing levels of poverty and inequality in the United States; the economy, housing systems, education, welfare, government policies, urban sprawl, regional race and class segregation, and institutional discrimination. Nonprofits, policymakers, and leaders offer real-world solutions and strategies for change. Offered Every Fall and Spring Semester.

GENL 125 — The Distinguished Scholars International Travel Experience (1 credit)
This is an interdisciplinary course, which includes an international travel experience during spring break. This course is seen as a fundamental expression of what a liberal arts education is all about: moving beyond the immediate into the larger world, developing a resiliency and capacity to serve a changing world. Students are pushed to critically examine their own and other points of view. This course is by invitation only. No Audits. Grading system: S/U grade only. Offered Every Spring Semester.

GENL 146 — Democracy and Social Change in Northern Ireland (HECUA) (16 credits)
The historical, political, and religious roots of the conflict in Northern Ireland, the prospects for peace, and the progress being made. In a seven-week internship, students get hands-on experience with organizations working for social change. Field seminars focus on human rights, conflict transformation, and education for democracy. Based in Derry, Northern Ireland at the University of Ulster at Magee. Offered Every Fall and Spring Semester.

GENL 147 — The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging (HECUA) (16 credits)
In less than fifty years, Norway moved from being one of the poorest and most homogenous countries in Europe to one of the richest in the world with a  multicultural population. Coursework and an internship provide unique perspectives on how the Norwegian social democracy and Scandinavian welfare states are working to address the challenges posed by immigration and cultural and ethnic diversity. Students choose an independent study project or Norwegian language courses. Offered Every Fall Semester.

GENL 149 — Community Internships in Latin America (HECUA) (16 credits)
Based in Quito, Ecuador. Hands-on internship means deep involvement in a community-based organization and study of the community development process. A home-stay also develops Spanish and real-world skills. Topics include globalization, the environment, oil politics, and key local and international issues. Offered Every Fall and Spring Semester.

GENL 157 — Development and Community in Bangladesh (HECUA) (Area 3.6) (4 credits)
Compare the intentions of development agencies with the aspirations of local Bangladeshis. Students explore the policies, practices, and ideologies of socioeconomic development in rural and urban Bangladesh. Offered Most Interims.

GENL 158 — Social and Political Transformation in Ecuador (HECUA) (4 credits)
Conducted in English. Socioeconomic issues in Ecuador, especially the country’s growing inequality and the new social movements to address this crisis. Topics: indigenous rights, gender equality, the protection and management of natural resources, Ecuador’s new constitution, comparison with other parts of Latin America. Fieldwork and NGO site visits in capital city of Quito and rural communities. Spanish helpful but not necessary: homestay host families contain at least one English speaker, and translators provided in the field. Offered Every Interim.

GENL 159 — Civil Rights Movement: History and Consequences (HECUA) (4 credits)
Field experiences, readings, videos, and class discussions about the past and present of racial oppression and movements for racial equality in America. Based in Jackson MS, with trips to Tennessee, Alabama, and Louisiana. Offered Every Summer.

GENL 163 — Environmental sustainability: Science, Public Policy and Community Action (HECUA) (16 credits)
This HECUA program builds hands-on knowledge of key processes of ecosystem degradation and recovery, the social and economic underpinnings of conflict over environmental change, and public policy and community-based strategies that strive towards sustainability.  An integrated approach to environmental issues addresses the linkages between ecological, economic and social systems.  Professional internships provide access to the vibrant environmental movement in the Twin Cities. Offered Every Fall Semester.

GENL 169 — Writing for Social Change (HECUA) (16 credits)
This HECUA program includes seminars and field study addressing the social, cultural, and ideological contexts of creative writing and literary production, and the ways this work links to community building. The goal is the growth of students as writers, as readers, and as actors in our democracy by examining the role of literature and literary production in creating social transformation. The program combines critical reading seminars, creative writing workshops, field study, and a professional internship with a Twin Cities literary arts organization. Offered Every Fall Semester.

GENL 206 — Emergency Medical Technician (4 credits)
This class provides the first phase of training in the career of an Emergency Medical Technician. The class consists of 120 hours of instruction including didactic, practical labs, and hospital trauma center observation. The course work emphasizes the development of the student's skill in recognition of the signs and symptoms of illnesses and injuries, and the proper performance of emergency care procedures. CPR Healthcare Provider is a prerequisite or co-requisite (may be taken during class for a fee). Upon completion of the course, the student is eligible for the National Registry of EmergencyMedical Technician-Basic practical and written examinations conducted by the SD Department of Public Safety EMS Division. Additional Fees apply. Offered  Every Interim.

GENL 492 — Senior Capstone (Area 4.3) (3 credits)
A Capstone course in the senior year is designed to encourage students who are concluding their college experience to wrestle with issues of meaning and moral value. Capstone courses are taught by teams of faculty using various topics as a vehicle for interdisciplinary, thoughtful, and critical conversation with senior students. It is intended that this conversation will stimulate seniors to see the relationship of their college studies to central issues of human existence. Students enrolled in 3-1 or 3-2 programs are exempted from the Capstone General Education requirement. Offered Every Semester, Including Interim.