All LIS majors MUST take the following:
At least 12 additional hours must be selected from the following electives:
LIS 360 and LIS 460 are special topic courses. You may enroll in LIS 360 or 460 mulitple times as long as the topic varies. Topic courses tend to be offered only once or twice so it may not be wise to consider past topic courses as you plan for your future semesters. Past topic courses include:
America 2000 – This interdisciplinary course focuses on the broad arena of American popular cultural products, especially material or consumer culture, audio/visual media, and games and play. Readings are expansive, covering such topics as advertising, games and sports, heroes and heroines, and the uses and dynamics of public and private space. Although the pedagogical objectives are to foster critical thinking and writing via the application of semiological methodology, the range of materials also explores constructions of gender, sexuality, race and class. Research projects and presentations involving popular genres of literature and popular culture news or critic shows (broadcast journalism) round out the textbook’s topics in order to foster understanding of the range and diversity of American popular culture.The course aims to improve knowledge and appreciation of themes in western culture. Readings are selected from a wide range of authors who are generally considered to be part of the cultural and literary heritance. The rationale is that a good education is a life long asset and enriches life and living.
Verbal Arts in the Community – Language makes us who we are. It structures the way we speak, read, and write but, more importantly, the way we thnk and, indeed, our social interactions as a whole. Thus, as the creative manifestations of human language, the verbal arts are important to how we understand ourselves and those around us. The verbal arts are particularly important to our local communities. They express a community’s values and desires and provide a thread that weaves together its social fabric. In this course, we will investigate exactly how that occurs, and you will go beyond the limits of the classroom to participate in the verbal arts in your local community. (While there are plans to offer this class as LIS 360, it is currently being offered as ENG 370. This class meets an ECCE Engagement Experience requirement.)