Course List

All LIS majors MUST take the following:

At least 12 additional hours must be selected from the following electives:

LIS 315 – Individualism and Self-Reliance in America

LIS 319 – Philosophy of Business

LIS 325 – ECCE: Latina/o USA

LIS 342 – Conducting Liberal Studies Research

LIS 344 – ECCE: Serving up Art

LIS 362 – ECCE: Interdisciplinary Study of Work

LIS 366 – ECCE: European Cinema

LIS 411 – Liberty Struggles

LIS 417 – Free Market Philosophies

LIS 421 – Baseball: An Interdisciplinary Approach

LIS 424 – ECCE: Ancient Sport and Spectacle

LIS 431 – The Beatles: Popular Music and Society

LIS 432 – ECCE: Expatriate Paris

LIS 442 – ECCE: International Women Writers

LIS 447 – ECCE: Symbolist Movement in Europe: 1850 – 1920

LIS 458 – ECCE: Memoirs Across Cultures

LIS 471 – Honors Thesis

LIS 499 – Independent Study: Tutorial

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.)