GENERAL COURSE CATEGORIES
(Active Course Topics, Titles, and Descriptions)
56:606:501,502,503,504,505 Studies of the Ancient and Medieval Eras
The foundations of western thought in classical antiquity and the Middle Ages. Topics vary from term to term. Treatment of themes such as the individual and society in ancient Athens ; pagans and Christians before and after the fall of Rome ; cultures in conflict in the Near East.
56:606:511,512,513,514,515 Studies of the Early Modern Era
Cultural development between about 1500 and 1789. Topics vary from term to term. Focus on topics such as the Italian Renaissance, the world of William Shakespeare, the scientific revolution of the 17th century, and the French enlightenment of the 18th century.
56:606:521,522,523,524,525 Studies of the Age of Revolutions
Interrelationships between social and cultural development between the French Revolution and the First World War. Attention given to such phenomena as debates about industrialization, the social novel, and the depiction of urban society in the visual arts.
56:606:531,532,533,534,535 Studies of the 20th Century
Various aspects of the era that began with the outbreak of the First World War. Topics vary from term to term. Exploration of themes such as war and tyranny in literature, conflicting ideas about science and technology, and the rise of popular culture in Europe and America.
56:606:541,542,543,544,545 Studies of Cultural Diversity
Either in historical or contemporary perspective, treatment of issues pertaining to gender, race, or ethnicity within western societies or examination of various developments in one or more non-western societies.
56:606:601,602,603,604,605 Studies of Ideas
Examination of ideas about the natural world and the human conditions that are rooted in the past but still have enduring significance.
56:606:608,609,610,611,612, 613, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619 Studies of the Arts and Literature
Opportunity to explore a particular theme in the history of culture. Course may focus heavily on influential contemporary developments.
56:606:621,622,623,624,625 Studies of Politics and Society
Exploration of one or more problems rooted in the past that continue to cause controversy in the present, such as nationalism, dictatorship, freedom, poverty, and health and illness.
56:606:631,632 Studies of Culture and Criticism
Exploration of some aspect of modern culture or the arts and the varieties of criticism exercised upon it.
56:606:641,642,643,644,645, 646, 647, 648 Studies of Philosophy and Religion
Exploration of major philosophical and religious ideas from a variety of traditions, shedding light on different approaches to the meaning of human life and the ethical values that guide it. The social, cultural, and political roots and consequences of these ideas may also be considered.
56:606:651,652,653,654,655 Studies in Psychological Theories and Research
Exploration of current psychological theories and research about human emotion, behavior, thought, and perception.
56:606:661,662,663,664,665 Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
This course, drawn from a variety of disciplines, present the results of gender analysis applied to literature, history, psychology, religion, and other fields.
56:606:671,672,673,674,675 Studies in Historical Analysis
Courses in this category apply the historical method to different topics, places, and times.
56:606:681,682,683,684,685 Studies in Non-Western Cultures and Societies
Courses under this category explore the literature, culture, and overall world views of non-western societies.
56:606:687, 688 International Study Abroad
Short-term study trip abroad focusing on a literary figure or theme, some aspect of art or architecture, or a particular component of foreign language or culture.
56:606:689 Capstone Research in Liberal Studies
Capstone research and writing, under the supervision of an adviser chosen in consultation with the program director.
56:606:690 Independent Research in Liberal Studies
Independent study of a topic of special interest to the student, under the supervision of an adviser chosen in consultation with the program director. If this course is taken for one term, the project culminates in a paper about 20-25 pages in length. If the course is taken for two terms, a more substantial paper is required.
56:606:800 Matriculation Continued
Continuous registration may be accomplished by enrolling for at least 3 credits in standard course offerings, including research courses, or by enrolling in this course for 0 credits. Students actively engaged in study toward their degree who are using university facilities and faculty time are expected to enroll for the appropriate credits.