Master of Arts in Liberal Studies course descriptions

LAP-500: THE LIBERAL ARTS AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE (3 credits)
This course seeks to define the liberal arts and explore their relevance in today's world. Proceeding from the past to modern times, the course provides a broad overview of the liberal arts throughout the world, including history, the arts and sciences, literature, the social sciences and philosophy/religion. With graduate mentor guidance, students will conduct independent research and will relate their findings to workplace or community experiences. Throughout the course, students will relate learning to their professional lives through an interactive process such as a week by week portfolio or regular journal entries. (offered every term)
SAM-501: SENSE OF COMMUNITY I - ART AND MORALITY (3 credits)
This course examines art and morality through the unique perspective that "reading" artifacts can give to a true understanding of the development of communities in time. The course explores how art gives us access to commune with those here before us as well as those who exist with us, thus enhancing our senses of community and communications. Through this phenomenological approach, the course raises questions about the nature of what we create as both an expression of who we are and an influence that transforms us as new values (including morals and ethics) and realms of experience are created. The course defines "culture" as the interactive growth that brings out and develops uniquely human possibilities and develops sensitivity to the development of ideas and institutions as creative projects. Students will explore selected cultures that coexist with us in time as well as those that may have existed before us and are no more. The course emphasizes how this approach allows us to nurture our own possibilities out of the limitless depths of imagination and expressions as well as the magic power of art to produce understanding. Students will be prepared to incorporate their own imaginative abilities in the creation of individualized projects. (offered every term)
SAM-502: SENSE OF COMMUNITY II - FAITH AND REASON (3 credits)
This course explores the character and quality of human discourse as it tries to describe what it means to be human in the great dialogues between faith and reason. This course is designed to help overcome perceptual obstacles to cross-cultural understanding through comparing and contrasting philosophical, scientific and religious texts of Eastern, Western and Native American cultures. Thus, students will gain a greater sense of being part of a larger global community while attaining a better understanding of their own cultural influences. Students will identify examples and case studies in their professional lives that relate to issues arising from the discussions of the texts and will use the lessons of human discourse as a platform to broaden their vision and create practical applications in the workplace and community. During this process of exploration, students will be expected to articulate their own values and beliefs with an understanding of how these may be influenced by their own cultural biases and perceptions. (offered every term)
CCR-610: CHANGE, CONFLICT AND RESOLUTION (3 credits)
This course examines change, conflict and resolution in both historic and contemporary contexts and invites students to apply these concepts to their personal and professional lives while reflecting on their local, national and global significance. Through readings and online discussions in politics, literature and applied ethics, students will develop understandings of change, conflict and resolution as they relate to diverse cultures and eras, including the civil rights movement, women's rights, civil disobedience, working within the system and revolution. The course will provide students with practical insights culled from a deep understanding of global change and will empower them with tools to steer and manage change in the workplace and community. (offered every term)
SIC-520: THE SPECIES, THE INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY (3 credits)
In this interdisciplinary course, students explore "human nature" using theories and tools from biology and from many of the social sciences, including archeology, economics, political science, psychology and sociology. Students will learn the theories by reading both classic texts and recent scholarly works, including a novel about human evolution set in the Ice Age, and by watching videos, visiting Web sites and writing several short papers. Ultimately, students will be asked to formulate their own understanding of "human nature" and to apply their insights to social situations at home, school, work or the wider community. (offered every term)
THC-625: TECHNOLOGY AND THE HUMAN COMMUNITY: CHALLENGES AND RESPONSES (3 credits)
Students explore the role of technology as it relates to society, community and the individual, with particular emphasis on its impact on workplace issues. Students will explore humanity's love-hate relationship with technology over the millennia, will debate ethical issues such as cloning and irradiated food, and will anticipate technology's impact on cultures, communities and individual persons in the future. Students will use their own workplace or community to test theories and draw informed conclusions. (offered every term)
MLS-700; MLS-710: FINAL CAPSTONE PROJECT (6 credits)
The Capstone Project is a 6-credit course that is completed over two terms at the end of the MALS program. It requires the student to demonstrate the depth and breadth of knowledge acquired in the program and to apply this knowledge to the workplace or the community. The project is interdisciplinary in nature. It is a supervised, hands-on experience that displays the student’s ability to go beyond the mere collection of information and into a synthesis of accumulated knowledge and skills. The Capstone Project may be in the form of a research project, a creative project, or an applied project. A final grade will be issued when the requirements of the Capstone Project are fulfilled by the submission and approval of a final project and the satisfactory oral presentation of the project. Students must have completed the core requirements and 10 of 12 required elective credits for the MALS degree before enrolling in MLS 700. Students must successfully complete the requirements of MLS-700 before enrolling in MLS-710. (offered every term)