Course Schedule

The courses below are those offered for the term. (To view the course description, class dates & times, touch on accordion tab by the title.)

State-specific Information for Online Programs

Note: Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs. For more information, please contact an admissions representative.

  • Homewood Campus

    450.082.01 - MLA Portfolio

    $350

    Keith Sisson

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:00; 5/10 - 8/15

    The MLA Portfolio is a one-credit option within the MLA Capstone. Students who select the Portfolio option will take 10 courses in the program (one IC course and 9 electives), and register for one-credit portfolio in their final semester. The portfolio will be completed within the same semester as the 10th course, and for students not selecting a graduate project or thesis, the portfolio is a degree requirement. The associate chair serves as the portfolio adviser. The portfolio consists of a sampling of the best papers and projects written over the course of the student’s graduate career, and consists of is designed to highlight the intellectual point of convergence in each student’s course of study, presenting the student’s reflections on knowledge gained, on intellectual points of convergence, and and on future agenda’s now made possible.

    450.684.01 - Introduction to Buddhism

    $2513

    Bruce Robertson

    Wednesday 6:00 - 8:45; 5/10 - 8/9

    Buddhism has been and continues to be one of the major global philosophical-religious-cultural systems because it provides a complete alternative world-view to other major global world systems. Beginning with instructional videos by Alan Watts and other prominent Buddhists, a brief survey of the literature and history of Buddhism will introduce the fundamental presuppositions and doctrines that guide the seeker on how to live fully, enunciated in a popular Buddhist devotional text, the Dhammapada, “the Path of the Teaching of the Buddha” which will be analyzed in class. An anthology of Buddhist texts representing the Theravada and Mahayana schools, the two major sects within historic Buddhism, will introduce the rich discourse within global Buddhism on the meaning of the Dhammapada. Peter Harvey’s An Introduction to Buddhist Ethics will be a resource to supplement lectures. Students will be expected to respond to readings, videos and lectures in two short (3-4 pages) essays on topics of their choice, and a research project (12-15 pages) from a short list of topics. The last class will be reserved for brief (10 minute) presentations of the student research papers.

    450.790.01 - Six Degrees of Miles Davis

    $2513

    Matthew Belzer

    Tuesday 6:00 - 8:45; 5/16 - 7/4
    Thursday 6:00 - 8:45; 5/11 - 6/29

    Miles Davis is one of the most important and influential figures in modern music. His innovations as a bandleader, composer, and musician have made an enormous impact on our concept of jazz music as well as our perception of a jazz musician. Following his personal life leads to Picasso, Norman Mailer, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Cecily Tyson, and many more. This course will examine his contributions to jazz in particular and his impact on society in general through his autobiography, biographies, and documentaries with special emphasis on his recorded works. We will also use the popular ‘six degrees of separation’ theory as a starting point in discussing the nature of innovation. (Available online)

    450.830.01 - MLA Graduate Thesis

    $2513

    Keith Sisson

    Sunday 12:00 - 12:00; 5/10 - 8/15

    The graduate thesis a second option inis part of the MLA Capstone. Students who choose this option take one IC course, 8 electives, and register for the graduate thesis as their tenth elective. Most students enrolled in the Master of Liberal Arts program with a focus who have on a particular pursued a particular concentration or subject area conclude their degree requirements by writing an independent graduate thesis under the direction of a faculty sponsor. Before registering for the graduate thesis, a student must submit a proposal and receive approval from the faculty sponsor and the MLA program director.

  • Online Courses

    450.634.81 - Italian Renaissance Art and Thought

    $2513

    Kerr Houston

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    In what sorts of intellectual contexts was Italian Renaissance art produced and received? What, in other words, were the connections among Renaissance art, philosophy, theology, mathematics, rhetoric, and history? This seminar will investigate a number of answers to such questions through a consideration of primary evidence and recent scholarship. Among other things, we will consider Aristotle’s theory of magnificence as it was applied to Renaissance architecture, the development of perspectival systems, the notion of a Renaissance or golden age, and Vasari’s efforts to conceptualize art of the Renaissance in metaphorical terms. Several substantial writing assignments will allow students to develop critical positions of their own, and throughout the term there will be an emphasis upon close reading of both texts and artworks. (Available online)

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    450.634.82 - Italian Renaissance Art and Thought

    $2513

    Kerr Houston

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    In what sorts of intellectual contexts was Italian Renaissance art produced and received? What, in other words, were the connections among Renaissance art, philosophy, theology, mathematics, rhetoric, and history? This seminar will investigate a number of answers to such questions through a consideration of primary evidence and recent scholarship. Among other things, we will consider Aristotle’s theory of magnificence as it was applied to Renaissance architecture, the development of perspectival systems, the notion of a Renaissance or golden age, and Vasari’s efforts to conceptualize art of the Renaissance in metaphorical terms. Several substantial writing assignments will allow students to develop critical positions of their own, and throughout the term there will be an emphasis upon close reading of both texts and artworks. (Available online)

    Technology Fees" $175.00

    450.689.81 - Introduction to Digital Humanities in the Liberal Arts

    $2513

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    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    This introductory course in the MLA program’s digital humanities concentration is designed to familiarize students with digital encoding tools, web platforms, assorted search engines and other methodologies directly relevant to a wide range of research agendas in the liberal arts. In the course of the semester, students will receive a comprehensive introduction to selected tools and methodologies, such as the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) and text mining software (e.g. Voyant and Collatex). Assigned text encoding projects will guide students in identifying appropriate textual markup strategies, resolving issues generated through digital research, and finally in selecting appropriate tools for edition making. The semester will conclude with group critiques of these assigned projects from the standpoint of both content and user experience. (Available online)

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    450.695.81 - American Political Theory and Practice

    $2513

    Michael Harding

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    Our purpose in this course is not to provide an account of the mechanics of American government, but to examine the principles that underlie those mechanics, and the way in which those principles change over time. In other words, we are going to examine the political philosophy that serves as a basis for the American regime (or regimes, if one is so inclined). This means that in addition to questions of justice and right we will examine how the thinkers of the Founding era understood the human being, and the sort of governmental structures that are built on this understanding. We will also consider the revolution in American politics that occurs in the 20th century. The progressive movement of the 20th century builds on a different view of human nature and metaphysics (originating in, but ultimately transcending, Hegelian Idealism), and therefore finds itself in tension with the principles of the Founding. This tension is one of the animating forces of American political partisanship today, so an understanding of the development of American political theory will help us to better understand political disagreements in our own day. (Available online)

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    450.697.81 - The Rise and Fall of Empires: From Rome to Brexit

    $2513

    Keith Sisson

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    This course will examine what correlation can be traced between the rise and fall of empires, ranging from the ancient Roman to the modern British, and their relative effects upon other societies. It aims to acquaint students with the events, traditions, ideas, and values that have shaped the modern world. Students will gain a perspective on the position of these empires among the nations of the world, and on the controversies and agreements concerning the desired attributes of government, culture, and ideals. It will focus on central themes and issues in the development of political, economic, and religious institutions, and will raise questions about human values, economic growth, institutional change, cultural development, and political democracy. (Available online)

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    450.697.82 - The Rise and Fall of Empires: From Rome to Brexit

    $2513

    Keith Sisson

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    This course will examine what correlation can be traced between the rise and fall of empires, ranging from the ancient Roman to the modern British, and their relative effects upon other societies. It aims to acquaint students with the events, traditions, ideas, and values that have shaped the modern world. Students will gain a perspective on the position of these empires among the nations of the world, and on the controversies and agreements concerning the desired attributes of government, culture, and ideals. It will focus on central themes and issues in the development of political, economic, and religious institutions, and will raise questions about human values, economic growth, institutional change, cultural development, and political democracy. (Available online)

    Technology Fees: $175.00

    450.736.81 - Medieval England: From Beowulf to the Battle of Bosworth

    $2513

    Keith Sisson

    Online 5/10 - 8/15

    This course traces this history of England from the Anglo-Saxon invasions of the fifth and sixth centuries to the political unrest and economic crises of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. This course will focus on the trends and developments that help explain the distinctive liberalism and individualism of English culture, e.g. the breakdown of feudalism, life in the medieval town and on the manor, the origins and evolution of the common law, and the rise of Parliament. (Available online)

    Technology Fees: $175.00

  • Off-Site or International (Cross-Listed)

    490.784.91 - Reading and Writing New England

    $2918

    Karen Houppert

    Monday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Tuesday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Wednesday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Thursday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15
    Friday 9:00 - 4:00; 5/10 - 8/15

    From Emerson, Frost, Melville and Wharton, through such contemporary writers as John Updike, Marilynne Robinson, Tracy Kidder and Elizabeth Strout, New England is rich in literary heritage. This cross-concentration reading and craft course for the Hopkins Conference on Craft in Bar Harbor, Maine, focuses on a writer’s analysis of essays, poems, stories or books set in or written by writers from this region. We’ll cast a particular eye toward a sense of place, and we’ll look at how works grow out of the New England literary tradition. Participants write creative and reflective responses to the readings and discussions. This condensed course counts as an elective for students in any concentration.

    Special onsite Residency course in Bar Harbor, ME, from July 2 – 9, 2017. Costs = Graduate Credit Tuition: $2918 (with a possible additional increase of as much as 5 percent, or $146) + Seminar Fee: $275 + Field Trip Fee (includes dorm lodging, plus events, some meals, etc.): $605. Total: $3798 (plus possible additional $146 tuition increase). Special refund policy applies; see website for details. Website: tba. Special Refund Policy for 490.784 Reading and Writing New England: The Field Trip/Seminar Fees are charged with tuition at the time of registration. After February 7, the Field Trip/Seminar Fees are nonrefundable; only tuition will be refunded according to the usual AAP refund policy.