More on general education concentrations
General Education concentrations are among the most exciting features of the new General Education program at Bates. Each student takes two concentrations, a group of four linked courses. A concentration may focus on one topic or area of inquiry, with courses coming from different disciplines, or a concentration may focus on a topic within a single department, program, or major.
Anatomy of a General Education Concentration
Groups of faculty have worked together to develop concentrations, which often include courses from multiple disciplines around a theme or set of ideas. To design the concentration, Considering Africa, for example, professors developed a menu of interrelated courses drawn from African American studies, anthropology, art and visual culture, education, French, history, music, and politics. Study abroad in an African country for a semester, a museum project on African art and culture, or community service in Lewiston’s African migrant community can also count toward the concentration. A student electing this concentration would therefore select four courses from among a list of sixteen courses, or complete three courses and one co-curricular experience.