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

Spring 2023 Classes

ELA has 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.  NOTE: Students entering in fall 2021 will be limited to 12 non-College credits.
LASE classes are liberal arts seminars offered on a range of topics; see below.

Note: LASE classes count as College credit; ELA classes count as non-College credit (effective fall 2015).

Liberal Arts Seminars (LASE)

LASE 2510 Hoos Got This: Life Skills and Learning Strategies | Section 001 (Karlin Luedtke and Christy Rotman)
 
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Through this asynchronous, web-based course (in Collab) you will explore habits of mind and practical strategies that can immediately apply to other courses you are taking this semester, making it a strategic compliment to any course enrollment. Course topics include the science of learning, learning and time management strategies, procrastination, metacognition, and more. Additionally, this course will facilitate your utilization of strategic university resources that offer student support. Largely self-directed, students will have some opportunities to self-select topics and assignments relevant to their lives as well as interact with fellow classmates and instructors through assignment submissions, discussion forums and optional office hours meetings. This is a one-credit, asynchronous class offered for CR/NC only.

Please note: Students enrolling in LASE 2510 should not simultaneously enroll in LASE 3510 Academic Realities and Strategies for Success.

LASE 3510 Academic Success Strategies | Section 001 & 002 (Jennifer LaFleur)
Please note: Students enrolling in LASE 3510 “Academic Realities and Strategies for Success” should not simultaneously enroll in LASE 2510 “Hoos Got This”.

LASE 3559 Fundamentals of Academic Research | Section 002 (Jennifer LaFleur)
In this course, you will sharpen your primary and secondary research skills while exploring how the university contributes to our understanding of issues impacting a community you either already identify with or aspire to join. You will read challenging texts across a range of disciplines, propose and conduct a focused qualitative or quantitative study on a topic of your choice, and learn to contextualize your work within existing scholarship.

Catalyst LASE Courses

For information on the Catalyst program see the Catalyst Website.

LASE 2515 A&S Skills Accelerator-Catalyst: Emotional Intelligence & Effective Communication | Section 001 (Charlie Gleek)
This course develops students' writing abilities towards the demands of clear professional communication across a wide range of genres in workplace settings. It also provides an orientation to the widely used Microsoft Office suite. 

LASE 2515 A&S Skills Accelerator-Catalyst: Mine & Analyzing Data Using R | Section 002 (Hudson Golino)
In this course, students will learn how to use R to extract text data from Twitter, to implement text mining techniques, to estimate topics and emotions in the text data using a plethora of methods and techniques. This is a hands-on course, with one single pre-requisite: some previous experience and basic knowledge of R.

LASE 2515 A&S Skills Accelerator-Catalyst: Storytelling Across Multimedia | Section 003 (Anna Clay)
In this course, students will learn how to clearly and effectively share a story across platforms, whether audio/podcast, video/film, or written/digital. From articulating the narrative structure of a story to filming a powerful arc for social media, students will experientially learn how to be great storytellers. 

LASE 2515 A&S Skills Accelerator-Catalyst: Navigating Complex Decisions | Section 004 (Ross Blankenship)
This course draws on organizational psychology and complex-decision making models to help students develop a language and a framework for how to think systematically and pragmatically about different types of work.  The course will provide opportunities for students to talk about and write about their strengths and areas for development/growth.

LASE 3510 Leadership, Collaboration, Communication  | Section 003 (David Flood)
Substantive research shows that the complex skills it takes to work well in a team--as a leader and as a collaborator--are at the top of the list of skills employers want to see in Arts and Sciences graduates. They are also fundamental to civic engagement and leadership. This course uses group-focused and project-based learning as a natural laboratory through which students develop these complex skills. As students complete substantive real-world projects working throughout the semester in small teams, they'll cultivate and reflect on the relational, project-management, communication, and decision-making abilities required by group work.These abilities depend on a sophisticated understanding of difference, a reflexive understanding of the self, and the cultivated skills of emotional intelligence, empathy, persuasive communication, ethical reasoning, and more. Drawing on perspectives from the humanities and social sciences, this course develops students' abilities to work effectively with other people in a range of contexts, from work to civic leadership and beyond. 

LASE 3510 Leadership, Collaboration, Communication  | Section 004 (Charlie Gleek)
Substantive research shows that the complex skills it takes to work well in a team--as a leader and as a collaborator--are at the top of the list of skills employers want to see in Arts and Sciences graduates. They are also fundamental to civic engagement and leadership. This course uses group-focused and project-based learning as a natural laboratory through which students develop these complex skills. As students complete substantive real-world projects working throughout the semester in small teams, they'll cultivate and reflect on the relational, project-management, communication, and decision-making abilities required by group work.These abilities depend on a sophisticated understanding of difference, a reflexive understanding of the self, and the cultivated skills of emotional intelligence, empathy, persuasive communication, ethical reasoning, and more. Drawing on perspectives from the humanities and social sciences, this course develops students' abilities to work effectively with other people in a range of contexts, from work to civic leadership and beyond. 

LASE 3510 Arts and Sciences: From Theory to Practice   | Section 005 (David Flood)
'Critical Thinking' is one of the most commonly-cited outcomes of an Arts and Sciences education, and one with substantial real-world impact in employment and beyond. This course challenges students not just to develop and refine the broad range of conceptual abilities that make up this simple term, but also to communicate those abilities effectively outside the academy. In other words, we begin with the question: what, exactly, did you learn in college, and how does it matter after graduation? For the majority of students who will not enter jobs directly related to their major, this is a critical question to be able to answer clearly and succintly. Students will develop insight into their own thinking and learning processes and abilities. The course also puts A&S educational outcomes into practice through a consideration of the values, aspirations and goals that students bring to life after graduation, and the most effective ways to build on those ethical considerations in practice in the first job and beyond. 

LASE 3510 Arts and Sciences: From Theory to Practice   | Section 006 (Charlie Gleek)
'Critical Thinking' is one of the most commonly-cited outcomes of an Arts and Sciences education, and one with substantial real-world impact in employment and beyond. This course challenges students not just to develop and refine the broad range of conceptual abilities that make up this simple term, but also to communicate those abilities effectively outside the academy. In other words, we begin with the question: what, exactly, did you learn in college, and how does it matter after graduation? For the majority of students who will not enter jobs directly related to their major, this is a critical question to be able to answer clearly and succintly. Students will develop insight into their own thinking and learning processes and abilities. The course also puts A&S educational outcomes into practice through a consideration of the values, aspirations and goals that students bring to life after graduation, and the most effective ways to build on those ethical considerations in practice in the first job and beyond. 

LASE 3510 Catalyst Capstone | Section 007 (David Flood)