MALS Concentration Courses

The following is a list of suggested courses for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Concentrations for the Fall 2008 Semester.  For course descriptions of other graduate level courses, see the Graduate Catalog.

Program Listing

  • English
  • Ethics & Values
  • Gerontology
  • History
  • Human Behavior & Society
  • Theology (& Ministry)

Note: EV stands for Evening Course

English
ENGL 508   Methods of Literary Criticism and Research
ENGL 509   Literature of Medieval Period
ENGL 524
EV
Poetry Writing
ENGL 531   Advanced Composition
ENGL 543
EV
Introduction to Linguistics
ENGL 568
EV
TESOL Theories & Methods I
ENGL 575   Twentieth Century Poetry
ENGL 590   The Worlds of Shakespeare
ENGL 596   Traditions of Giving and Serving in America
ENGL 601
EV
New Lit, Tech & Culture of Writing
ENGL 690
EV
Cultural History of Electronic Dance

Ethics & Values
COMM 590
EV
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
LS 555   Ethics in Business
LS 610
EV
Reel Ethics: Phil Eye on Film
LS 691
EV
Issues at the End of Life
LS 691
EV
Religion in Contemporary Society
THEO 537   Black Theology & Black Church
THEO 560   Muslim/Christian Relations
THEO 643
EV
Marriage & Sexuality
POLS 580
EV
Problems in International Relations: Peace & Justice
SOC 591
A
Issues: Crime & Inequality

Gerontology
LS 590
EV
Topic: Global Health Issues
LS 685   Practicum in Gerontology
LS 691
EV
Issues at the End of Life

History
HIST 511   Roman Civilization
HIST 510   Contemporary Europe: Century of Violence
HIST 524   Depression & War: US 1929-1945
HIST 527   History of Chicago
HIST 541
EV
Rev & Roots: Making of Modern China
HIST 555   Modern Middle Eastern History
HIST 590   Blood & Iron: German 19th Century
HIST 590
EV
US History Through Sports
HIST 593
EV
History Through Film: Asia
HIST 594   Beats & Hippies
HIST 690
EV
Cultural History of Electronic Dance Music
HIST 690
EV
Personality & Politics

Human Behavior & Society
COUN 590
EV
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
COUN 530   Child and Adolescent Development
COUN 620
EV
Human Development:Bio/Learned Bases of Behavior
LS 590
EV
Study Circle on Race Relations
LS 590
EV
Topic: Global Health Issues
LS 620
EV
Personality & Politics
LS 620
EV
Marriage & Sexuality
LS 630
EV
Of Apes and Humans: Darwin & Deities
PSY 565
EV
Psychology and the Law
SOC 525
EV
Urban Sociology
SOC 545   Sociology of Law
SOC 590
EV
School, Society & Hollywood
SOC 591   Issues: Crime & Inequality

Theology (and Ministry)
THEO 510   Creation in Context
THEO 510   Women in the Bible
THEO 511   Understanding the Old Testament
THEO 517   New Testament in Cultural Environment
THEO 518
EV
Jesus and the Gospels
THEO 537   Black Theology & Black Church
THEO 550   Church Leadership
THEO 560
EV
Muslim/Christian Relations
THEO 560   Topic: Readings Quran
THEO 569   Perspectives on Religious Quest
THEO 640
EV
Religion in Contemporary Society
THEO 643
EV
Marriage & Sexuality



Liberal Studies Seminar Course Descriptions
LS 610 Reel Ethics: A Philosophical Eye on Film
Cr. 3. Film is a form of literature that has the power to reflect and impact society and culture. Many films deal with the subject of morality, depicting ethics and values in varied contexts, which may prompt the viewer to recognize social flaws, and to learn moral lessons. In this course, the student will first develop a foundational understanding of ethical theory and concepts. Equipped with this knowledge, selected films will then be examined from a philosophical perspective, to see what they have to say about ethics.
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LS 620 Marriage & Sexuality (x-list: THEO 643)
Cr. 3. An interdisciplinary approach including psychology, sociology, biology, philosophy, and literature used to explore how religion, culture and value shape contemporary issues associated with sexuality, gender, and marriage.
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LS 630 Of Apes and Humans: Darwin and the Deities
Cr. 3. An examination of explanatory power of Darwinian thinking on human and non-human behavioral strategies. Primary topics include sex, power, aggression, and social behavior, with comparisons across genders and species. A final portion of the course addresses the relationship between evolutionary theory and religious belief, with an attempt to help students find acceptable ways to resolve conflict and disparity in systems that may appear incompatible.
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LS 691 Religion in Contemporary Society (x-list: THEO 640)
Cr. 3. Religion has shaped society from its very beginning.  To reconcile the challenges faced by any church or any genuine believer in today's society, it is important to identify the contemporary societal forces acting upon and giving context to the religion. Understanding religion using a sociological systems approach helps deal with the lack of common convictions among believers in a pluralistic society.
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LS 691 Issues at the End of Life
Cr. 3. A course focusing on the issues surrounding death and dying. Physical, psychosocial, emotional, spiritual, and vocational factors at end of life are discussed. Field trip required. Includes analysis of key concerns in end of life care, discussion of the impact of culture, ethics, politics, and technology on the dying process, interventions for compassionate care of persons and their families, and examination of the personal feelings surrounding death and dying.
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ENGL 601 New Lit, Tech, Cultures of Writing
Cr. 3. A course in theory and practice that examines how media of expression shape texts and their interpretations. Course readings include literature and theories of textual studies in print and electronic formats. Readings emphasize the history of the book and evolving electronic new media. The course requires written papers and projects in electronic format.
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ENGL 690 Cultural History of Electronic Dance Music (x-list: HIST 690)
Cr. 3. This course explores the origins, evolution and cultural underpinnings of electronic dance music over the past four decades. Starting with the social upheavals that created disco in the 1970s as an alternative and antithesis to rock-and-roll, the course will look at how electronic music and dance cultures evolved, diversified and fragmented into genres such as: new wave, house, Detroit and European techno, rave, DJ culture, synthpop, and hip-hop. Besides the music itself, course texts will include cultural theory, cultural history, fiction and film.
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