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MA in Liberal Studies Courses

Course offerings vary widely each semester. In general, each Fall semester MALS 600 (Intro to Interdisiplinary Studies) and MALS 650 (Graduate Research Methods) are offered, and each Spring semester MALS 700 (Graduate Writing, Documentation, and Presentation) is offered. Elective options include courses from across humanities and arts disciplines, and can also come from outside the Edwards College.

Fall 2017

MALS 600 Core Seminar T 6:00 pm—8:45 pm, BRTH 108, Dr. Katie Clary This introduction to the concept of interdisciplinary graduate study explores a broad topic through various disciplinary lenses.
MALS 650 Graduate Research Methods TH 6:00 pm—8:45 pm, BRTH 108, Dr. Kyle Holody
This course introduces students to the skills necessary to explore a range of topics suitable for study in the program. In addition to providing practice in locating and synthesizing information from a variety of academic resources, the course will also introduce students to other research methodologies (field research, ethnographic studies, and statistical analysis) and to theoretical and conceptual issues associated with humanities research.
ANTH 591 Special Topics in Anthropology TTH 11:20 am—12:35 pm, BCMW 201, D. Palmer This special topics in anthropology course is focused on the archaeology of plantations. It is an archaeological analysis of antebellum plantations with an emphasis given to the significance of settlement patterns, spatial organization, architecture, lifeways, crop production, cemeteries, social and economic conditions, and how grops of artifacts speak to these varied topics and the complex relationships that existed between planters, overseers, and slaves.
COMM 510 Special Topics in Communication TTH 5:55-7:10pm, BRTH 244, S. Karatza This special topics in communication course is called "Our Stories, Our Cultures." It examines strategies for effective storytelling, both in traditional and multimedia forms. Through immersive engagement with various communication technologies, students work toward their professional/social ambitions while considering issues such as self-presentation, targeted audiences, societal/cultural contexts and identity, and human agency.
COMM 510 (Fall 2) Special Topics in Communication MW 4:30-7:20, EHFA 248, S. Karatza This special topics in communication course is called "Communication in Ethnographic Film." It introduces ethnographic film within different cultural contexts. Explores ethnographic processes and approaches by filmmakers, and addresses challenging issues, such as ethics of representation, self-reflexivity, and the relation of time and space to culture.
COMM 611 Health Communication & the Media MWF 11:00-11:50am, BRTH 241, C. Anderson This course emphasizes media-based health messages, focuses specifically on messages depicted in television dramas, films/movies, news, and the Internet. The course focuses on health communication campaigns, as well as the application of health communication theory and strategy to campaign messages in order to maximize message effectiveness. This course is intended for a future health care professional, health communication professional or health care consumer.
ENGL TBA Graduate-level courses in the Master of Arts in Writing (MAW) program may be available to MALS students. You must provide a writing sample and receive the permission of the director of the MAW program and the course instructor. See the M.A. in Writing website.
GEOG 610 Geographic Information Science M 6:00 pm—8:45 pm, EHFA 106, S. Bergeron This course will entail both readings and discussions of the concepts of GIS and hands-on work. Graduate students without previous GIS background could do well in this course but will need to put in effort.
HIST 593.E1 Race and Modernism M 6:00 pm—8:45 pm, BRTH 107, M. Morehouse The migration of peoples of African descent in the first half of the twentieth century created dramatic transformations within the societies where they relocated. The movement of peoples and ideas brought about new and modern creative forms that clashed with established or traditional ideas of culture. This course will analyze these modern creations looking at the texts in context, especially referencing the philosophical ideas of modernism and the intersection of race. 
HIST 594.E1 Women and Power in the Americas TTH 4:30 pm—5:45 pm, EHFA 257, S. Orisich This course is a broad, historical survey of women in the Americas from the 16th through the 20th centuries. We use the term, the “Americas,” to include Central and South America, Mexico, the US, Canada, and the Caribbean as a way to think about women and their shared experiences across cultures and national boundaries. Students will examine the central role of women in the traditional narratives of conquest, colonization, nation-building, and revolution. We will also study the historical significance of women in alternative spaces of power such as religious life, science and medicine, student movements, literature and the arts, and the informal economy. In addition to studying the meaning of power for women, we pay attention to ways that class, race/ethnicity, and sexuality intersected with gender identities over time. In this class students will have the opportunity to evaluate and analyze an array of primary sources—memoirs, photographs, comics, music, speeches, film, official records, diaries—to deepen their understanding of women, power, and history.
LIS 502 Gender & Sexuality in German and Austrian Culture TTH 10:50 am—12:05 pm, BRTH 246, G. Schmidt German and Austrian artists, intellectuals, and scientists have exercised enormous influence on attitudes about gender and sexuality over the course of the twentieth century and up to the present day. This class traces the development of discourses of gender and sexuality by analyzing works of fiction, non-fiction, and film in the cultural, social, and political context in which they were created. Topics to be addressed include psychoanalysis, sexology, homosexual emancipation, the women's movement and feminism, the sexual politics of Nazi Germany, and contemporary debates surrounding multiculturalism. The course is taught in English and open to students with no prior knowledge of German. 
PHIL 523 Philosophy of Law  TTH 1:40-2:55pm, WALL 308, J. Oxley This course is an introduction to philosophical problems in the law. Topics may include the nature of law (including legal positivism, natural law theory, and legal realism), the relationship between law and morality, the aims and limits of law, jusicial reasoning, and issues in constitutional law, criminal law, and tort law. Readings include Supreme Court cases, as well as a variey of classical and contemporary texts.
PHIL 540 Philosophy of Science TTH 10:50am-12:05pm, New 210, C. Sosis A critical examination of methods and concepts of the sciences. Topics include scientific revolutions, the unity of science, experimentation explanation, and evidence. 
PHIL 560 Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art MWF 1:00-1:50pm, New 210, D. Earl  This course addresses questions concerning the nature of art, aesthetic value, aesthetic experience, and the ontology of art, along with aesthetic questions specific to art forms such as music, theatre, painting, architecture, and poetry. Topics may also include the aesthetics of the natural world and of everyday objects.
POLI 621 Sustainable Development TBA, P. Martin This class examines important questions surrounding the term "sustainable development" and its history through an analysis of the political economy, institutions, and cultural/social impacts of living in a sustainable manner and/or living unsustainably. 
RELG 515 Archaeology and the Bible MW 4:00-5:15pm, EHFA 257, A. Todd  This course introduces students to field of archaeology as it relates to the socio-scientific study of the Bible (the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and New Testament). Students in this course learn how archaeological evidence is used to reconstruct the ancient realities of Near Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean societies, and how this evidence helps historians better understand the world, concerns, and motivations of the biblical writers. In the process, students will become familiar with the developments of the diverse beliefs and practices of ancient Judaism and early Christianity. Additionally, the history of “biblical archaeology” will be traced until the present, including portrayals in popular media.  
WGST 592 Gender, Sexuality, Race, & Class in Popular Culture TTH 4:30-5:45pm, WALL 318, I. Seethaler  This class gives insight into the historical foundations, theoretical concepts, political manifestations, and social issues concerning feminist interpretations of popular culture. Students explore how popular culture generates and articulates understandings of gender and sexuality and their intersections with other identity markers such as race, class, and ability. Popular culture is never simply entertainment. It provides us with the stories, images, and scripts that enable us to imagine and practice femininities, masculinities, and sexualities. These, in turn, are imbued with class and racial values and characteristics. We absorb these norms in the ads we see, the movies/television we watch, and the music we listen to. The class focuses especially on how feminist concepts and theory provide the tools to become aware of issues of discrimination and oppression in pop culture, to discuss them effectively, and to promote social justice.
Independent Studies & Internships  TBA  See MALS Advisor/Assistant Director Kristi McIntyre: