2014-15 Catalogs

BA in Liberal Studies

There are 2 tracks within this degree (see below for details):

  • Classics
  • Humanities

Classics Track

The Liberal Studies - Classics track is an interdisciplinary major for students who value classics and its liberal arts approach to education and who wish to explore the ancient world and the classical tradition from the perspectives of a variety of disciplines. 

Liberal Studies-Classics is available in traditional face-to-face format, blended, or fully online with some synchronous requirements.  Students are asked to consult their student success or faculty advisor to determine which format best suits their needs and then to meet with the classics/liberal studies faculty major advisor/coordinator to design a pathway through the major.


 

Humanities Track

Explore history, philosophy, art, literature, language and more with the distinguished Humanities faculty at USM. This major provides the opportunity to combine existing liberal arts credits from other institutions with USM Humanities courses to create an efficient and coherent path to degree completion.

The humanities is the study of the human condition and its relationship to human cultures, social and political formations, and the natural world.  The humanities comprise a variety of disciplines such as history, philosophy, religion, the arts, language, and literature.  Methodologically, humanists are eclectic, drawing upon multiple approaches ranging from critical theory and cultural studies to empiricism, hermeneutics, historicism, philology, narrative, and exegesis.  The humanities also includes scholarly, professional, technical, and creative writing. 

The Humanities offer the framework and skills for meeting the challenges of our complex and constantly changing world:

  • knowledge of cultural, intellectual, artistic, and literary traditions
  • appreciation of the cultural and historical contours of diversity
  • skills of close reading, analysis, synthesis, persuasion/rhetoric, and communication
  • intellectual curiosity
  • global, historical, and ethical awareness

LSH - 15-week and 7-week Online and Traditional Live Format:

This major has been developed to be offered in both a traditional live format as well as in an online format.  LSH-prefixed courses are offered online only.

Finishing a degree is challenging. Work and family commitments often make it difficult to maintain steady progress toward a degree. Courses may be offered in the traditional 15-week fall and spring semesters in addition to some course availability in 7-week sessions. USM's 7-week online format offers students both the convenience of taking classes online and the opportunity to focus on one course at a time.  Students can make steady progress while taking one course per session. If life interrupts a session, the next session is right around the corner. In addition, USM offers a 4-week online winter session, and two 7-week sessions each summer. Graduation is a step closer every seven weeks.

The Liberal Studies, Humanities Council consists of the following faculty: Libby Bischof (History) Meghan Brodie (Theatre) Gary Johnson (History) Bud McGrath (English) Julien Murphy (Philosophy) Gerald Peters (English) Eve Raimon (English) Adam Tuchinsky (History) Jeanine Uzzi (Classics) Kate Wininger (Philosophy)

There are 2 tracks within the Liberal Studies degree (see below for details):

  • Classics
  • Humanities

Classics Track Requirements

Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree

All students are reminded that, in addition to meeting Departmental requirements for a major leading to a baccalaureate degree, they must also meet the requirements of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and the University's Core curriculum.

Major Credit and Grade Policy

Courses to be taken for major credit at other institutions must be approved in advance. Grades of C or better must be achieved in all courses for major or minor credit. Courses taken pass/fail are not acceptable.

 Recommended Pre-Major Courses

 CLA 171, “Etymology for Everyone” and/or LIN 185, “Language, Mind, and Society”

 Recommended Entry Year Experiences

 HON 101 (0001), “Myth, Monsters, and Metamorphoses” or HON 101 (0002), “Power, Corruption, and Foundings in the Ancient World”

Required Courses* (41 total credits)

Introductory Course* (3 cr)

  • LSH 240, “Introducing the Humanities”

Foundational Courses* (17 cr)

1.  One course on the history of ancient Greece or Rome: CLA 291 or 292, HTY 101, 303, 304, 306, 308 or equivalent

2.  Two semesters introductory Latin:  LAT 1011 and 102 or equivalent

[1] If available, students may elect GRE 101, 102, and 251 for the major in lieu of LAT 101, 102, and 251.  Students transferring into the major with preparation in ancient language may be required to take a placement test or reading exam.

3.  One theory course:  CLA 285, ENG 245, HUM 300, PHI 215 or equivalent

4.  One history of philosophy course:  PHI 105, 107, 109, 310 or equivalent

Topics Course* (3 cr)

LSH 340 or any CLA (or classics-related) course at the 3xx or 4xx level or equivalent

(Students are encouraged to fulfill this requirement via study abroad.)

Sequence* (15 cr)

1.  One Latin literature (reading) course:  LAT 251, “Introduction to Latin Literature I” or equivalent

2.  Four of the following courses or equivalents; students are encouraged to propose other courses on topics relevant to classics to fulfill this requirement; students outside USM are encouraged to fulfill this requirement with face-to-face courses on their home campuses whenever possible; courses in this category must be 2xx or higher.

  • ARH/CLA 321
  • CLA 285, 291, 292, 383, 384
  • ENG 305 or 315
  • HTY 303, 304, 306, 308
  • PHI 310
  • POS 390

Capstone Experience* (3 cr)

  • CLA 410, “Antiquity and Modernity: Capstone Experience in Classics” or
  • LSH 440, “Capstone Experience in the Humanities” or equivalent capstone experience

 


 

Humanities Track Requirements

Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree

All students are reminded that, in addition to meeting Departmental requirements for a major leading to a baccalaureate degree, they must also meet the requirements of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and the University's Core curriculum.

Major Credit and Grade Policy

Courses to be taken for major credit at other institutions must be approved in advance. Grades of C or better must be achieved in all courses for major or minor credit. Courses taken pass/fail are not acceptable.

Honors Status

Honors status in the major is granted if the student's GPA in Liberal Studies, Humanities Track is at least 3.5 or higher upon completion of all requirements for the major.

Required Courses* (36 total credits)

Please note prerequisites.

  • LSH 240 Introducing the Humanities* (3 credits)
  • Foundation Courses* (12 credits)
    • Western Civilization: HTY 101 or HTY 102
    • Language, Literature, and the Arts
      • One of the following: ENG 245, PHI 220, PHI 230 and MUS 100
        AND
      • One of the following: GRE 101, 102, or 251; LAT 101, 102, or 251; CLA 171, ENG 330, ENG 305, LIN 185, PHI 205
    • Philosophy: PHI 102, 103, 105, 106, 107, 109, 110, or 112
  • LSH 340: Topics in the Humanities (3 credits)
  • Sequence* (15 credits)
    In consultation with the humanities track coordinator, students will complete one of the following sequences.
    1. Media, Art, Literature
    2. Religion and Ethics
    3. Gender, Race, and Identity
    4. Students may also complete a period, region, or theme-based sequence in consultation with the coordinator.
  • LSH 440: Capstone in the Humanities* (3 credits)

Below are the course options to complete the required upper-level sequences. With the permission of the program coordinator, students may substitute relevant courses. At least three courses must be at the 300-level or above.

Media, Art, and Literature
  • ARH 310 Art History: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • ARH 311 Gender Identity and Modern Art
  • ARH 318 History of Photography
  • ARH 321 Classical Art
  • ARH 322 Medieval Art
  • ARH 323 Renaissance Art
  • ARH 324 Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Art
  • ARH 325 American Art
  • ARH 326 Nineteenth-Century European Art
  • CLA 283 The Epic Hero in Ancient Literature
  • CLA 285 Classical Mythology
  • CLA 384 What Would Antigone Do?
  • CLA 410 Capstone
  • CMS 374 Media Criticism and Aesthetics
  • CMS 380 Film Genres
  • CMS 384 Film and Cultural Studies
  • CMS 394 Theories of Film
  • ENG 315 Ancient Literature
  • ENG 316 The Bible
  • ENG 317 Studies in Ancient and Biblical Literature and Culture
  • ENG 318 Autobiography
  • ENG 319 Studies in Genre and Form
  • ENG 320 Continental Literature
  • ENG 321 Modernisms
  • ENG 322 Modern Autobiography
  • ENG 324 Studies in Canadian Literature and Culture
  • ENG 325 Epic and Romance
  • ENG 326 Studies in International Literature Since 1900
  • ENG 327 Modern Short Story
  • ENG 328 Modern Novel
  • ENG 329 Modern Drama
  • ENG 330 History of the English Language
  • ENG 336 Old English Language and Literature
  • ENG 337 Studies in Rhetoric
  • ENG 340 History of Literary Criticism and Theory
  • ENG 341 Contemporary Critical Theories
  • ENG 344 Sex/Gender and Sexuality
  • ENG 345 Racial Formations
  • ENG 346 Language, Literature and the Politics of Identity in Contemporary Ireland
  • ENG 350 Medieval English Literature
  • ENG 351 Chaucer and the Medieval World
  • ENG 352 Medieval Drama
  • ENG 353 Medieval Women Writers
  • ENG 354 Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture
  • ENG 355 English Renaissance Literature and Culture
  • ENG 357 Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
  • ENG 360, 361 Shakespeare
  • ENG 362 Studies in Shakespeare
  • ENG 363 Studies in the Renaissance
  • ENG 365 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture
  • ENG 366 Studies in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century
  • ENG 367 Literature and Culture of the Early Republic
  • ENG 368 Studies in Eighteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 369 Emergence of the Novel
  • ENG 370 Literature of Discovery, Exploration, and Colonialism
  • ENG 371 Romantic Writing
  • ENG 373 Studies in Romantic Literature and Culture
  • ENG 375 Nineteenth-Century British Novel
  • ENG 376 Victorian Literature and Culture
  • ENG 377 Studies in Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture
  • ENG 378 The Novel of Self Development
  • ENG 379 Earlier Women Writers
  • ENG 380 Early Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 382 The Earlier American Novel
  • ENG 383 Studies in African-American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 384 Late Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 385 Studies in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 387 Women Writers Since 1900
  • ENG 390 British Poetry Since 1900
  • ENG 391 American Poetry Since 1900
  • ENG 392 British Novel Since 1900
  • ENG 393 The American Novel Since 1900
  • ENG 394 Studies in American Literature and Culture Since 1900
  • ENG 395 Irish Literature and Culture
  • ENG 396 James Joyce
  • ENG 397 Studies in Irish Literature and Culture
  • ENG 398 Studies in British Literature and Culture Since 1900
  • FRE 293 French Cinema
  • FRE 331 Workshop in French Literary Analysis
  • FRE 367 Genres and Periods in French Literature
  • FRE 369 Topics and Themes in French Literature
  • FRE 467 Genres and Periods in French Literature
  • FRE 469 Topics and Themes in French Literature
  • HTY 311 Medieval Civilization
  • HTY 312 Renaissance and Reformation
  • HTY 355 The Age of Jackson
  • HTY 374 Photographing American History
  • HTY 377 Chinese Thought
  • MUS 206 Jazz History
  • MUS 220 20th Century Music
  • MUS 225 World Music
  • PHI 211 Media Ethics
  • PHI 215 Philosophy of Literature
  • PHI 220 Philosophy of Art
  • PHI 221 Philosophy of Film
  • PHI 235 Philosophy and Social Media
  • PHI 275 Nature of Compassion
  • PHI 310 History of Ancient Philosophy
  • PHI 380 Postmodernism
  • PHI 390 Hermeneutics
  • RUS 281 Russian Literature in English
  • RUS 293 Russian Cinema
  • RUS 351 Seminar in Russian Literature
  • THE 351-3 Dramatic Literature and Theatre I-III
  • THE 360 Butches, Bitches, and Buggers
  • THE 480: Adaptation, Text, Theatricality
Religion and Ethics
  • ARH 321 Classical Art
  • ARH 322 Medieval Art
  • ARH 323 Renaissance Art
  • ARH 324 Seventeenth and Eighteenth-Century Art
  • BIO 602 Ethical Issues in Biology
  • CLA 285 Classical Mythology
  • CLA 292 Rome, from Republic to Empire
  • CLA 384 What Would Antigone Do?
  • ENG 316 The Bible
  • ENG 317 Studies in Ancient and Biblical Literature and Culture
  • HTY 303 History of the Ancient Near East and Greece
  • HTY 304 History of Rome
  • HTY 305 The Historical Jesus
  • HTY 306 Roman Sexuality and Early Christianity
  • HTY 307 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • HTY 308 Polytheists, Jews, and Christians in the Roman Empire
  • HTY 309 Religious Violence and Persecution in Early Western History
  • HTY 311 Medieval Civilization
  • HTY 312 Renaissance and Reformation
  • HTY 326 History of England
  • HTY 351 Colonial America
  • HTY 366 History of Religion in America
  • HTY 372 American Social and Intellectual History I
  • HTY 373 American Social and Intellectual History II
  • HTY 377 Chinese Thought
  • PHI 211 Media Ethics
  • PHI 212 Environmental Ethics
  • PHI 230 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHI 235 Philosophy and Social Media
  • PHI 240 Political Philosophy
  • PHI 260 Philosophy of Law
  • PHI 285 Genetics and Society
  • PHI 295 Medicine Madness and Disease
  • PHI 310 History of Ancient Philosophy
  • PHI 315 Eastern Philosophy
  • PHI 320 History of Medieval Philosophy
  • PHI 330 History of Early Modern Philosophy
  • PHI 340 History of Late Modern Philosophy
  • PHI 350 American Philosophy
  • PHI 360 Existentialism
  • PHI 370 Analytic Philosophy
  • PHI 380 Postmodernism
  • PHI 390 Hermeneutics
  • POS 390 Ancient and Medieval Political Theory
  • POS 391 Modern Political Theory
  • POS 392 American Political Thought
Gender, Race, and Identity
  • ARH 310 Art History: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • ARH 311 Gender Identity and Modern Art
  • ARH 325 American Art
  • ARH 326 Nineteenth-Century European Art
  • CLA 283 The Epic Hero in Ancient Literature
  • CLA 285 Classical Mythology
  • CLA 292 Rome, from Republic to Empire
  • CLA 321 Art, Architecture, and Archeology of the Ancient World
  • CLA 384 What Would Antigone Do?
  • CLA 410 Capstone
  • ENG 318 Autobiography
  • ENG 321 Modernisms
  • ENG 322 Modern Autobiography
  • ENG 326 Studies in International Literature Since 1900
  • ENG 344 Sex/Gender and Sexuality
  • ENG 345 Racial Formations
  • ENG 346 Language, Literature and the Politics of Identity in Contemporary Ireland
  • ENG 353 Medieval Women Writers
  • ENG 367 Literature and Culture of the Early Republic
  • ENG 370 Literature of Discovery, Exploration, and Colonialism
  • ENG 371 Romantic Writing
  • ENG 373 Studies in Romantic Literature and Culture
  • ENG 375 Nineteenth-Century British Novel
  • ENG 376 Victorian Literature and Culture
  • ENG 377 Studies in Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Culture
  • ENG 378 The Novel of Self Development
  • ENG 379 Earlier Women Writers
  • ENG 380 Early Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 382 The Earlier American Novel
  • ENG 383 Studies in African-American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 384 Late Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 387 Women Writers Since 1900
  • ENG 391 American Poetry Since 1900
  • ENG 393 The American Novel Since 1900
  • ENG 394 Studies in American Literature and Culture Since 1900
  • ENG 395 Irish Literature and Culture
  • ENG 396 James Joyce
  • ENG 397 Studies in Irish Literature and Culture
  • HTY 306 Roman Sexuality and Early Christianity
  • HTY 307 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • HTY 308 Polytheists, Jews, and Christians in the Roman Empire
  • HTY 309 Religious Violence and Persecution in Early Western History
  • HTY 311 Medieval Civilization
  • HTY 312 Renaissance and Reformation
  • HTY 316 French Revolution and Napoleon
  • HTY 326 History of England
  • HTY 341 Black Women in the Americas
  • HTY 351 Colonial America
  • HTY 355 The Age of Jackson
  • HTY 377 Chinese Thought
  • MUS 206 Jazz History
  • MUS 225 World Music
  • PHI 225 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHI 235 Philosophy and Social Media
  • PHI 312 Gender in African Film and Literature
  • PHI 360 Existentialism
  • POS 392 American Political Thought
  • THE 360 Butches, Bitches and Buggers
  • THE 480: Adaptation, Text, Theatricality