Upcoming Classes

Spring 2020 Course Descriptions

Registration for current students will open November 4 in OnePort. The RAN for all MLAS students is 202010.


ECS 520: Seminar in Sustainable Culture

Instructor: Alison Ormsby
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Karpen Hall 232

This course is an interdisciplinary seminar on the importance of diversity among the world’s cultures and the potential for homogenization resulting from the globalization of many human activities. The course focuses on the social and cultural aspects of sustainability and resilience. Literature from a variety of authors concerning international environmental themes will be read and discussed throughout the course. This MLAS seminar is one of the core courses for the Environmental and Cultural Sustainability Certificate.

ENG 520: Locating Our Stories: A Creative Prose Workshop

Instructor: Tommy Hays
Thursdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Karpen Hall 234

When we write about ourselves, whether childhood or adult experiences, we can’t simply say “I”and assume the reader conjures us and the world we know. We must look to craft to help us step back from “I” in order to write convincingly, to make our world accessible. We have to meet the reader on the common ground of the senses, embodying our memoirs or personal essays through fictional techniques such as narration, description, point of view, scene, dialogue and detail. In this workshop, we will study published creative nonfiction forms and we’ll write our own pieces. We’ll do exercises, in-class and out, to help access those recent moments or distant memories we want to mine.

MLAS 573: The World of Grants and Proposals

**Course Cancelled**

Instructor: Gerard Voos
Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Location TBA

Students will explore the grants world, from solicitation to award to post-award administration. We will learn how to: identify appropriate funding sources, read a solicitation, and write a successful proposal. Through hands-on skills practice and
discussions, the class will develop project ideas and create letters of intent, needs statements, project descriptions, evaluation plans, and budgets. Throughout the course, we will discuss the high level of competition that exists, and the need to succinctly and explicitly present our ideas to grant funders.


Independent Study Course Options

The following course listings are available by request as independent study. Students should contact their faculty advisors for guidance and required paperwork.

MLAS 610: Tutorial – 1-3 credit hours

Students may take up to 6 credit hours of 610 tutorials for elective credit.

Individual study supervised by a faculty member. Topics are chosen after consultation between student, graduate advisor and faculty member. Course may be repeated as subject matter changes for a total of 6 hours of credit. Requires permission of program director – please submit a Tutorial Request Form. Tutorials may only be used for elective credit and will appear on the academic transcript as MLAS 610.

MLAS/CCS/ENG 571-3, 671-3: Special Topics – 1-3 credit hours

Courses not otherwise included in the catalog listing but for which there may be special needs. May be repeated for credit as subject matter changes. Elective credit only. See program director.

MLAS/ENG/CCS 599: Directed Research – 1-3 credit hours

Independent research under the supervision of a faculty mentor or with an interdisciplinary team of faculty. An IP grade may be awarded at the discretion of the instructor. Students may take Directed Research twice for a total of 6 hours of credit, in any combination of MLAS 599, ENG 599 and CCS 599.

MLAS 681 Capstone Project (6 credit hours- may be taken over two semesters)

Most students enrolled in the Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences program conclude their degree requirements by writing an independent project under the direction of a faculty supervisor. The graduate project is interdisciplinary in scope and reflects an emphasis or interest that the student has discovered in the MLAS program.  The Final Project, which includes but is not limited to a work of written analysis, may involve academic research, applied research or creative work. Often, students choose to amplify a paper or topic from a previous class.  The Capstone Project is a formal process that requires the development and submission of a proposal, structured study with a faculty supervisor, and exit interview with faculty supervisor and the MLAS advisor (who serves as the second reader of the project).  The completed project is retained in the MLAS archive in Ramsey Library.  (Grading S/U/IP). Students who receive an IP grade for MLAS 690 will have two (2) additional semesters in which to complete and defend their projects.