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    Liberal Studies

    Course Descriptions

     

    LST 501 Philosophical Foundations of Theology  

    3 credits
    An inquiry into the fundamental concepts of substance, form, person, identity, truth and goodness. Emphasis will be on the Aristotelian and Platonic background for Aquinas and his followers.


    LST 512B Exploring the Liberal Arts  

    3 credits
    An interdisciplinary investigation of two moments in Western civilization: the discovery of the rationality of the universe and the human mind by the Greeks of the classical period, and the understanding of the individual and world as sacramental in 13th century Europe.


    LST 514 Graduate Writing and Research  

    3 credits
    A required seminar focusing on strategies of successful writing and research at the graduate level, as well as an introduction to a variety of critical methodologies. This seminar must be taken the first semester it is offered once a student has been admitted to the program.

     

    LST 520 The Book of Art  

    3 credits
    An examination of the Western intellectual heritage from Classical times through modernity. Emphasis will be on the role of art as a record of historical change and the relationship between the ideas of an era, its art, and the social, political and cultural forces that shaped them.


    LST 521 Art and Our World  

    3 credits
    The study of art‘s connection to society: an analysis of production and Western art using historical case studies that reveal art as a window onto the contexts and times of various cultures.


    LST 525 Contemporary Art and Society  

    3 credits
    What are the questions of our time and how are artists addressing these concerns? This course will examine current and contemporary artists, new media art (including the recent trend towards digital video), and artwork concepts that reflect current social issues. We will explore these topics through lecture, discussion, readings, writings, interpretations, and local gallery and exhibition visits.


    LST 530 Love and Society  

    3 credits
    An analysis of factors motivating human behavior with special focus on the role of acquisitiveness and the role of love. This analysis of human habits of acquisition will be examined in light of human habits of altruism, especially as the latter reveals various manifestations of love.


    LST 531 History, Ideas, Values  

    3 credits
    An examination of the Western intellectual heritage from Classical times through modernity. Emphasis will be on the role of ideas in historical change and the relationship between the ideas of an era and the social, political and cultural forces that shaped them.


    LST 532 Human Rights  

    3 credits
    A study tracing the Dominican contribution to the human rights tradition, with special emphasis on the School of Salamanca in the 15th and 16th centuries, Las Casas, Vitoria and Suarez.


    LST 538 Socio-Cultural Theory  

    3 credits
    A study of major social theorists in the western tradition, including but not limited to Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, Sigmund Freud, George Herbert Mead, and Margaret Mead. Two major themes that are captured by these theorists are the nature of human nature and the intricacies of the relationship between the individual and the social group.


    LST 541 The Search for Happiness  

    3 credits
    A study of the notion of happiness from its classical conception to contemporary debates about its possibility.


    LST 542 Magnificent Manifestos  

    3 credits
    An examination of historically significant documents in terms of their content and their historical, social, and intellectual context. Political, theological and philosophical perspectives will be considered.


    LST 565 Cinema  

    3 credits
    A study in the forms, techniques, and historical evolution of cinema through the discussion of a particular theme, author, group of authors, literary movement, geography, or nationality. A particular course's focus will be reflected in its title when it is offered. May be repeated up to six credits on different topics.


    LST 568 The Novel  

    3 credits
    A study in the forms, techniques, and historical evolution of the novel through the discussion of a particular theme, author, group of authors, literary movement, geography, or nationality. A particular course's focus will be reflected in its title when it is offered. May be repeated up to six credits on different topics.


    LST 570 Democracy: The History of the Idea  

    3 credits
    Consideration of the development of the concept of democracy from its Greek origins, through its Roman embodiment, to its realization in the city states of Medieval and Renaissance Italy, the Dutch Republic, and its manifestation from 1776-1900. Emphasis upon the varied meanings of this term as developed in the classics of political philosophy.


    LST 580 Poetry  

    3 credits
    A study in the forms, techniques, and historical evolution of poetry through the discussion of a particular theme, author, group of authors, literary movement, geography, or nationality. A particular course's focus will be reflected in its title when it is offered. May be repeated up to six credits on different topics.


    LST 585 Special Topics in Liberal Studies  

    3 credits
    Study of topics not offered in MALS offerings. Proposals for a Special Topics course in Liberal Studies must be approved by the program director, the Dean of Academic Programs and the Registrar. Students are encouraged to propose special topics.


    LST 586 Independent Study  

    1-3 credits
    Guided, independent research on the topic of interest to the graduate student. Students normally must complete 15 credits before taking an independent study. This course may be repeated up to six credits.


    LST 590 Drama  

    3 credits
    A study in the forms, techniques, and historical evolution of drama through the discussion of a particular theme, author, group of authors, literary movement, geography, or nationality. A particular course's focus will be reflected in its title when it is offered. May be repeated up to six credits on different topics.


    LST 592 Music and Culture  

    3 credits
    Music both reflects and stimulates the culture that produces it. This course will explore the ambiguous, significant, yet often underplayed role that music has within society as a whole as well as within specific and diverse cultures. In order to do this, the student will explore significant musical works as expressions of art that have validity in the context of the society that produced them as well as having their own intrinsic value.


    LST 605 Studies in World Literature  

    3 credits
    This course examines classic texts of world literature in translation. Through the analysis of literature, the course will not only discuss the characteristics of superb literature, it will also examine the culture from which the literature has come. Each course will have a particular focus, perhaps on a theme, country or author. Please check the schedule of courses to discover the course‘s particular focus at the time of registration. This course may be repeated for up to six credits on different topics.


    LST 625 Graduate Thesis  

    3 credits
    Research and written thesis on topics determined by the research agenda of the student. The thesis takes the place of written and oral comprehensive examinations.