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LIST 501: Introduction to Liberal Studies

Area: N/A
Instructor: Dr. Amy Lewis

Course Schedule
Date: Tuesdays, Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Mulva 314

Course Description
This course is intended to serve as an introduction to liberal studies and fine arts through the study of significant works from a broad spectrum of areas and disciplines within the liberal arts tradition. Primary sources are selected from a variety of disciplines and time periods; secondary sources related to these primary sources are also considered. Courses in this area emphasize both the interdisciplinary nature of liberal studies and the fact that the most significant questions confronting humankind can be addressed from a variety of intellectual perspectives.

This courses is divided into three major sections. The first section examines key themes and ideas of the Western intellectual tradition. The second unit surveys the history of the liberal arts and discusses its significance for today's world. The final unit examines the different methodologies used to address fundamental questions of existence with particular attention to interdisciplinary research.

Required Book List
  • Cowan, Ruth Schwartz. More Work For Mother. New York: Basic Books, 1985 (ISBN 978-0465047321)
  • Hyde, Lewis. Trickster Makes This World: Mischief, Myths and Art. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2010. (ISBN 978-0374532550)  
  • Nussbaum, Martha C. Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997. (ISBN 0-674-17949-8)
  • Painter, Nell. History of White People. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2011. (ISBN: 978-0393339741)
  • Tarnas, Richard. The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View. New York: Ballantine Books, 1991. (ISBN 0-345-36809-6)