LAS – Liberal Arts Seminar

LAS 225 My Greek Odyssey: Discovering the Origins of Engaged Citizenship (4)

Prerequisites: CIV 110 and second year standing of 28 completed credits. This course offers students an opportunity to explore the birthplace of democracy and Western civilization, fostering their understanding of engaged citizenship. The course’s interdisciplinary focus will teach students the profound connections between history, philosophy, religion, gastronomy, sports, science, and current affairs. An introduction to the rich heritage of Greece will help students learn more about the world and themselves, thus enriching their individual journeys as engaged citizens. Through guided readings, lectures, discussions, self-reflections, and international travel, students will enhance their intercultural competency, reflect on global citizenship, and synthesize their newfound knowledge through creative cultural experiences. Students will be required to take the trip to Greece at the end of the semester. (GS, GPN, CTN)


LAS 410 Liberal Arts Seminar (3)

Prerequisite: senior standing or instructor’s permission.  Explores a question or problem of significance using interdisciplinary approaches.  Students will demonstrate their ability to engage in independent inquiry and persuasively communicate results.  The course will show how knowledge, integrated and alive, informs our professional, civic and personal lives.


Approved Liberal Arts Seminar topics include:


  • Americans in Paris (3)
  • Behind Bars: Revealing Chocolate’s Bitter Sweetness (3) (GS)
  • The Bowling League: An Inquiry into Disability in America (3)
  • Citizenry: The Evolution of the Vote and Memory (4)
  • Climate Change: North and South (4) (GS)
  • Community in the Age of Climate Change (3) (GS)
  • Communicating Participation: Political Engagement through Media (4)
  • Constructing and Pursuing Happiness: Lessons from Science & Art (3)
  • Critiquing Musicals (3)
  • Disability in America (3)
  • Disaster Movies: Hollywood and Science (3)
  • Disease and Health Through Space and Time (3)
  • The “Disney-fication” of Identities, Representations, and Development (4)
  • Education Policy and Politics (3)
  • Ethnobotany: How Plants Save the World (3) (GS, GPC)
  • Exploring Ecotones of Literature, Science, and History (3) (GS)
  • Exploring the Origins of Color (4) (GPN)
  • Faith and the Search for Meaning (4) (GPN)
  • Food for Thought (4) (GS)
  • The Future of the Past: Memory and Amnesia in Cultural Culture (3) (GPN)
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Inequality and Social Change (GS)
  • Modern Board Game Studies: Immersion & Design (4)
  • Natural Hazards and the Human Dimension (4) (GS)
  • Peace, Justice and Social Change (4) (GS)
  • Power and the Corrosion of the Moral Compass (3) (GPN)
  • Rap, Hip-Hop, and Decolonizing the Classroom (4) (GS)
  • Resilience: Sustaining Self and Community in the Age of Climate Change (3) (GS)
  • Theatre of Diversity (3) (GPC or GPN)
  • War and Society (3)
  • World History through a Glass (4)