Liberal Arts Seminars (LASE) & Exploring the Liberal Arts (ELA) Classes

Spring 2020 Classes

ELA is a new subject area. In this area you will find courses on study skills, leadership, College resources and making the most of your liberal arts degree. These classes count as part of the 18 non-College credits you are allowed.
LASE classes are liberal arts seminars offered on a range of topics. Expect to see more classes offered under this subject area each semester.

Note: Effective fall 2015, all LASE classes count as College credit.

Engaging the Liberal Arts (ELA) Classes

All ELA classes count as non-College credit

ELA 2500 | Engaging the Liberal Arts: The Second Year | Section 001 (Anda Webb)
Courses designed for second-year students that will help them adjust and adapt to college and learn about the many resources and opportunities available to them as they pursue their liberal arts degree.

ELA 2600 | Collect, Select, Reflect | Section 001 (Yitna Firdyiwek)
Transcripts and resumes in the 21st century have to be more than documentation on paper. This is not only because computers have become ubiquitous, but also because digital technology allows us to represent who we are to others and to ourselves in more multi-dimensional ways than print can. In this class you will assemble three e-portfolios. Together students will view, critique, and give feedback to each other's work.

Liberal Arts Seminar (LASE) Classes

Effective fall 2015, LASE classes count as inside the College credit

LASE 3200 | Humans of Capitalism | Section 001 (David Flood)
Humans in capitalism do a lot of funny things, and work is one of them. This course explores what it means to work as a human in our contemporary economy. On our way to understanding the job market as a liberal arts major (including job searches, interviewing, and more), we will explore some of the deeper issues that arise from contemporary demands (like thinking of the self as a brand) that result in predictable dilemmas for humans. The goal of the course is to think both pragmatically and theoretically about what it means to be a worker: how to find good work, how to balance work and the rest of life, and other dilemmas resulting from the collision of an animal (homo sapiens) with a political-economic-cultural system (capitalism).

LASE 3200 | Humans of Capitalism | Section 002 (David Flood)
Humans in capitalism do a lot of funny things, and work is one of them. This course explores what it means to work as a human in our contemporary economy. On our way to understanding the job market as a liberal arts major (including job searches, interviewing, and more), we will explore some of the deeper issues that arise from contemporary demands (like thinking of the self as a brand) that result in predictable dilemmas for humans. The goal of the course is to think both pragmatically and theoretically about what it means to be a worker: how to find good work, how to balance work and the rest of life, and other dilemmas resulting from the collision of an animal (homo sapiens) with a political-economic-cultural system (capitalism).

LASE 3400 | Writing and the World of Work | Section 001 (Matthew Davis)
This course is for third- and fourth-years who enjoy writing, have had some success as writers (in classes or in extracurricular activities), and think they might like to pursue a career in which writing features prominently. Students will learn marketable skills, including fact-checking, copyediting, abridging, and adapting; they will create job-seeking written materials, including a résumé, and write in a wide range of real-world genres.

LASE 3559/RUTR 3340 | Books Behind Bars | Section 001 (Andrew Kaufman)
Students will grapple in a profound and personal way with timeless human questions: Who am I? Why am I here? How should I live? They will do this, in part, by facilitating discussions about short masterpieces of Russian literature with residents at a juvenile correctional center. This course offers an integrated academic-community engagement curriculum, and provides a unique opportunity for service learning, leadership, and youth mentoring. Books Behind Bars