Exploring the Liberal Arts (LASE and ELA Classes)

Fall 2019 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 2600 Collect, Select, Reflect  | Section 001 (Gail Hunger)
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.

ELA 2610 Liberal Arts and the Health Professions | Section 001 (Kimberly Sauerwein)
Students explore how insights from various disciplines inform their understanding of healthcare.  Guest lectures and informational interviews connect students with healthcare professionals to gain a better understanding of the various health professions and to assess their own career goals.  Students develop skills in interdisciplinary research and problem solving, in oral and written communication, and the integration of diverse perspectives.

Liberal Arts Seminar (LASE) Classes

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

LASE 3200 Liberal Arts and Professional Engagement | Section 001 (David Flood)
The course aims to give students a greater awareness of the connection between a liberal arts education and professional opportunities. It will make opportunities available to students to learn about emerging and growing career fields and provide practical skills development to prepare students for entry into the world of professional life.

Civic and Community Engagement Classes

LASE 3500/SPAN 3020 Grammar and Composition II: Writing for Social Justice and Change | Section 001 (Esther Poveda)
In this course, students will have the opportunity to grapple with advanced grammatical and writing skills while reading and discussing selected works by representative authors that have used writing as a tool for social justice and change, and by participating in a community engagement project. In addition to completing 18-20 hours of volunteer work with a local organization in the fields of immigration and education, law, health, or social work, students will deliberately use advanced grammatical forms to construct meaning and will produce texts in which grammar and meaning interact to lead to effective writing in Spanish.

LASE 3500/MUSI 3372 Writing Rap: Hip-Hop Histories & Engaged Community Storytelling Practice | Section 002 (A.D. Carson)
This course focuses on the hip-hop cultural practice of writing rap. Though this practice is rarely devoid of a local context to which a lyricist is responding while crafting lyrics, this course will place significant emphasis on responding to the local environments to which University of Virginia students might respond, particularly the UVA campus, the city of Charlottesville, the state of Virginia, and their respective home towns and states as they explore the craft of writing raps. It is not necessary that students have previous experience writing raps to take this course. Students will listen to, attempt to deconstruct, and evaluate a broad range of rap music while learning the basics of composing lyrics. Along with writing raps, students will learn songwriting techniques and some theoretical approaches to composing larger works such as a “mixtape” or “album” through examinations of music, criticism, and literature.

LASE 3500/MUSI 3070 Musical Ethnography I | Section 003 (Nomi Davé)
Why and how does music matter to human beings? What does musical experience look / sound / feel like to particular people and communities? And how can these stories be told ethically and creatively? This course introduces students to the study of music as a fundamentally social practice, through the research method of ethnography. In music, this approach looks beyond notes and musical structures to think of music as part of everyday human life. Our discussions will address key debates in anthropology and ethnomusicology surrounding the ethics and politics of doing research with and representing the experiences of people and communities. The ethics of listening – to sound and to each other – is at the heart of these discussions. As a class, we will develop a year-long ethnographic project, working collectively and collaboratively with a small number of musicians in Charlottesville. Together with the artists, we will design a project that creatively represents the stories of their musical lives. We will also work with WTJU radio to learn recording and production techniques for creative and ethical story-telling.