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Stacey Sheppard '13

Mindfully Artistic - Finding My Way Through an Artistic Legacy”

In addition to being a productive artist, Stacey Sheppard successfully completed her MALS degree in May 2013 with a creative and well-researched three-generation genealogy to ascertain the genetic and cultural influence of growing up in a family of artists. 

Well done, Stacey!


Core Courses Fall

Core courses - alternate fall semesters

LST 501 - Being Human
3 Credits

Using perspectives from science, arts, and humanities, we will investigate some of humanity’s oldest and most profound questions. “Who am I as an individual?” “Who am I as a member of society?” Students will read, reflect upon, and discuss some of the great ideas, texts, and modes of creative expression developed by human beings from ancient to present times.

LST 502 - Knowledge and Culture
3 Credits

What is knowledge? What is culture? How does culture affect how we know and what we accept as knowledge? What, if any, is the relationship between knowledge and power? We will explore these and other absorbing questions from a variety of perspectives.

Core Courses - Every Spring

Core course - offered every spring semester

LST 503 - Values and Action
3 credits

How does our personal value system develop? What are its sources? How do the great humanistic and religious thinkers of the past impact our value systems? What happens when different respected moral ways of thinking suggest courses of action that contradict each other? What is the relationship between our personal value system and the social and professional organizations of which we are members? We will explore these questions and the relationship between values and daily life.

Elective for Spring 2014

LST 532: Memory and Denial in the Italian Holocaust
Drs. Vitti-Alexander, Nowak, Morris
Wednesdays, 6–8:40 p.m. 
3 Credits

Faculty members from the fields of history, literature, religious studies, and Italian studies explore the experience of Jews in Italy during WWII. How was this experience shaped by the culture of Italy? What part did other factors, such as the involvement of the Catholic Church and the Mussolini-Hitler relationship play in the drama that unfolded during the late 30’s and early 40’s? Special emphasis will be placed on the writings of author Primo Levi.

Elective for Fall 2014 

LST 538 - Reading the Roaring Twenties: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Dr. Anne Coon
Mondays, 6-8:40 p.m.
3 Credits

From the Harlem Renaissance, to The Lost Generation, the Algonquin Roundtable and the Provincetown Players, writers were prolific and on the move in the 1920s. Using a broadly interdisciplinary approach, this course will examine how the literature of the 1920s addressed artistic, social, historical, and political concerns while life “roared on” between two World Wars and before the Great Depression. How were the issues such as the growth of urbanization, concern over immigration, and the rise of consumerism reflected in literature? What were the personal and aesthetic connections that brought together literature, music, art, and dance? The primary focus of the course will be on fiction, poetry, and personal narratives, with critical readings, selected outside media, and guest lectures from a variety of scholarly perspectives. In addition to weekly writing assignments, an independent interdisciplinary research project will be one of the major course requirements.

Capstone Course

LST 600 - Capstone Course
The capstone course allows a student to pursue a substantial project of his or her own design which synthesizes the knowledge and utilizes the skills learned in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. The final project can take one of many forms, including but not limited to an original work, an extensive research project, an exhibition or performance. In the design and construction phase of their project, students work closely with one chosen faculty mentor and with the director of the MALS program. All students involved in the semester's capstone course will meet periodically as a community of learners to discuss their work and the issues surrounding its design and completion.

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