- 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
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
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
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 Fall 2013
LST 535: The Spanish Civil War in History and the Arts
Dr. Alec Sutherland
Wednesdays, 6–8:40 p.m.
The Spanish Civil War of the 1930s was a watershed in both world history and the history of the arts. We will examine the struggle as the great rehearsal for World War II, as the Last Great Cause of the political Thirties, and as a major testing for committed artists, among them Hemingway, H. W. Auden, Langston Hughes, Andre Malraux, Jean Paul Sartre, Martha Graham, and Pablo Picasso.
Elective for Spring 2014
LST 532: Memory and Denial in the Italian Holocaust
Drs. Vitti-Alexander, Nowak, Morris
Wednesdays, 6–8:40 p.m.
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.
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.