General Studies Program at Fisher College
The Associate in Science in General Studies Program is for the students whose career, transfer, or personal needs are not met by other programs of study at the College. While fulfilling the general education core required of all graduates, this program, through its elective choices, allows maximum flexibility for students to discover and pursue career, transfer, and personal goals. In completing the College's core curriculum, students in this program will acquire general background in communications, social sciences, humanities, and mathematics/science. Working with academic advisors, the General Studies major will determine a program of liberal arts and non-liberal arts courses that meets individual interests and aptitudes as well as attends to career and transfer potential. Graduates receive the degree of Associate of Science in General Studies.
|CS101||Computer Concepts and Applications|
|Liberal Arts Elective**||3|
|Social Science Electives||6|
|* A higher level of math (MA107, MA109, MA110 or MA121) may be substituted.|
|** The Liberal Arts courses consist of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Natural Sciences.
Minimum credits for graduation--60.
Potential Careers and Earnings
I joined the Fisher College community in fall 2005. Before that I combined work in the nonprofit sector and grassroots community development with teaching history and journalism at Suffolk University, the University of Rhode Island, Emerson College, Pine Manor College, Emmanuel College, and Lasell College. With a broad academic background and research focus, my professional development has always straddled two worlds-the academy and the community connecting the local and national with the global.
My academic studies included the fields of History, Developmental Anthropology, and Journalism with a concentration in the areas of Africa and African-American studies. Throughout my studies I developed a genuine appreciation for the geographic and thematic "connectedness" of world history, and the importance of an interdisciplinary approach. In addition to teaching general courses in American and world history, I have taught courses in my areas of specialization: African and African-American history, international development, the developing world, and women's and family history. Teaching at Fisher affords me the opportunity to teach a wide range of history classes from the History of Boston in the Atlantic World and the History of World Civilizations to the History of Hip Hop. In addition, Fisher is fertile ground for the successful integration of liberal arts and professional programs preparing all students to meet the growing challenge of complex local and global concerns. Turning students on to history while they develop the skills to practice historical thinking is rewarding and exciting.
Along with a dedication to teaching, I am actively engaged in research. I am under contract with the University Press of America to publish my dissertation, Rainfed Farming and Rural Development Policy in Cape Verde, 1950-1992, a study of rural development policy and farming strategies in 20th century Cape Verde. Current research-in-progress includes a paper on common themes in the Harlem Renaissance and Irish Literary Revival, and a history of African women immigrants in the United States. Reflecting a strong commitment to connected learning, I want to pursue historical research projects that connect to community development initiatives, establish partnerships and collaborations between different institutions, groups and communities, and help families and communities to learn more about each other. I have participated in many projects that exemplify the model of connected learning. My scholarly interests led me to found the Women's Institute for African Rural Development (WIARD). WIARD serves as a training ground for analyzing the historical forces that continue to influence and shape the conditions of contemporary African rural women's lives. It also supports collaborative interdisciplinary research that contributes in a practical way - through the development and implementation of micro-level projects - to helping African rural women improve their quality of life and build sustainable communities. WIARD connects the study of historical and contemporary issues, and trains students in leadership, social responsibility, and global citizenship.
My public and community service interests include work with the following: Member, Multicultural Development Committee at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Member, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Pearson Evaluation Systems, Bias Review Committee; Grant Proposal Reviewer, the U.S. Department of Education, Teaching American History Program; and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Boston Chapter.