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

Fall 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 2600 | Collect, Select, Reflect | Secion 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 | Secion 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 2559 | Living Your Best College Life | Section 100 (Rachel Most, Karlin Luedtke, Michael Palmer, Christy Rotman)
Your UVA years are a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So, how do you discover purpose in your academic and non-academic pursuits? How do you create habits to support your goals? How do you respond to setbacks both in and of your control? Through a variety of collaborative, large-group activities and smaller, intimate discussions, you’ll reflect on these types of questions in order to better understand what motivates you; renew your purpose for your remaining time at UVA; examine habits of mind and practical strategies to help you thrive; and explore what it means to connect and find a sense of belonging in a university that is sometimes isolating. Applicable to all students, but particularly useful for students beginning their second year.

LASE 3200 | Humans of Capitalism | Section 001 | (David Flood)
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, we will explore some of the deeper issues that arise from contemporary demands 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.