Introduction to Graduate Liberal Studies (MALS601)
gateway experience for incoming MALS students. Students learn the
conventions and expectations of graduate-level reading, writing,
research, and critical analysis and explore the concept of
interdisciplinarity. Topics include documentation of sources,
formulation and development of independent research projects, research
methods, use of online databases. The content will be interdisciplinary
and/or intercultural, and the course methodology will include lecture,
discussion, independent research, and varied forms of academic writing.
Nature and Human Nature (MALS600)
the development, status, and understanding of humanity within a larger
context, e.g., how writers in various disciplines have defined humanity,
nature, and the relationship between the two, or the interaction
Force, Conflict and Change: World War II (MALS610)
- Instructor: Dr. Steven Sidebotham
seminar will provide an overview of the causes, course and outcome of
World War II and the general impact it had on world history until the
fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The seminar will use an extensive
collection of oral interviews of World War II veterans (American, other
Allied and Axis, both men and women from all theaters of the war)
personally conducted by the instructor to illustrate the conflict.
Interpreting the Past: The Dream of Empire (MALS622)
- Instructor: Dr. Raymond Callahan
have always been empires. Their number far exceeds the number of
democracies of any sort that have ever existed. Why is this so? How
are empires born? How to they grow and flourish? Why do they die?
Most important of all: what do they do to and for those they rule and
what do they leave behind when they vanish? All these questions will be
explored through history and literature. This course will be based and
reading and class discussion and a course essay will be required.
Imperial Sunset: The Decline and Fall of European Empires in the 20th Century (MALS667)
1914 Europeans--and their overseas offshoots--ruled the world. In less
than 50 years these empires had all vanished, often leaving wreckage
and ongoing conflict behind. This half century of dramatic
transformation largely shaped our world. How and why it all happened
will be the focus of this course.
Beyond Sight: Rhetoric and Race in Contemporary Times (MALS667)
- Instructor: Dr. Jessica Edwards
This course draws on approaches to rhetorical theory, critical race theory, visual culture, and new media technologies to explore relationships between words and images. Written discourse increasingly involves visual dimensions that are influenced (and sometime controlled) by writers, and this understanding is most concretely rendered in areas that depend on technology. In a real sense, technology has pushed us to see visual dimensions of meaning as falling under our influence as writers and scholars in the humanities. Visual rhetoric also places audience in the center of theories of the visual and the design process. We will be looking at images, magazine covers, pages and screens other people have designed, and figuring out why (or why not) they succeed in doing what they set out to do. Throughout the course, we will be working to answer questions like the following:
- What happens if we approach visual rhetoric only as reception (or interpretation) and not as production?
- How do we, as scholars, learn to see and come to understand ourselves as viewers?
- How are racialized subjects produced through practices of looking?
- How can writers, designers, and decision makers for businesses build responsible documents for specific and general audiences?
Outcomes for scholars in the course include:
- Identifying issues for visual rhetoric in writing studies and other disciplines
- Connecting theories of rhetoric, race, and visual culture
- Writing and producing a visual story by applying visual rhetoric and race in the service of the classroom or another community
Memory Speaks: The Craft of Contemporary Memoir (MALS667-010)
document, explore, commemorate, and ultimately to understand the
relationship of ones' life to history is no easy undertaking, but this
is the task of the memoirist. From the initial recollection of events
to the quest to bestow upon these events inward and outward meaning,
memoir is a public genre, and it requires the imagination of the
storyteller, the knowledge of the historian, and the discipline of the
editor: a delicate interplay of skill and talent that, with practice,
yields memorable literature. Creative, contemplative, and critical, Memory Speaks
is a disciplined exploration of the theory and practice of written
recollection, grounded in reading and discussion of influential
memoirists' work as well as workshop discussion of participant work.