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Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies

http://www.montana.edu/lsdegree/

All students are required to choose one of two program options, either the Quaternity (option I), which offers the more traditional broad-based liberal arts education, or a cross-disciplinary cluster of thematically related courses (option II), which currently includes the Environmental Studies and the Global and Multicultural Studies options. Courses that are used to satisfy one degree requirement cannot be used to satisfy another. Students must complete a minimum of 45 credits in the program after declaring themselves to be Liberal Studies majors.

Students who have successfully completed the first two years of any MSU-Bozeman degree with a minimum of 60 credits (all degree requirements and completion of the university core) in many cases will be able to construct a program of study for completion of the Quaternity option, in consultation with a Liberal Studies Academic Advisor and the Program Director, requiring no more than 60 additional credits.

For details about the Liberal Studies degree, contact the College of Letters and Science by calling 406-994-4288, sending e-mail to liberalstudies@montana.edu or checking the liberal studies web site at www.montana.edu/lsdegree.

Liberal Studies Seminars
All students in Liberal Studies, regardless of option, are encouraged to take a series of integrative seminars (LS 101 and LS 301). These seminars are designed to provide a sense of academic community, improved critical thinking and communication skills, and a better understanding of the factual knowledge and theoretical foundations of the disciplines encompassed by the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

Integrative Studies Requirement
Students are required to take 4 courses (minimum of 12 credits) in addition to the university's Core curriculum, one course each in arts, humanities, natural science, and social sciences.

Foreign Language Requirement
Students in the Quaternity option are to complete the first two courses in a foreign language (8 credits) or to demonstrate equivalent competency. Students in the Global and Multicultural option are to complete the first three courses in a foreign language (11 credits) or to demonstrate equivalent competency.

Capstone Experience
All students in the major take a common 4-credit capstone course in their final year. Students work individually or in small groups to design solutions to contemporary public policy issues (e.g., overpopulation). Each project results in a scholarly product (typically a paper and a presentation) that serves as a tangible and measurable indication of the extent to which students have mastered the critical thinking, reading, writing, and oral communication skills that are the principal learning objectives of the program.


ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES OPTION

This option is designed for students interested in developing a broad understanding of environmental issues from scientific and public policy perspectives. In addition to some common foundations courses, students select 21 credits each from approved lists of science and public policy courses. Proposed substitutions must be submitted in writing to the Program Director.

Freshman Year F S
LS 101 3
WRIT 101W* 3
BIOB 170IN 4
GPHY 111 4
GPHY 121D 3
University Core 3
Electives 2 5
15 15
Sophomore Year F S
STAT 216Q 3
LS 301 1
Integrative Studies 3 6
Natural Science Electives** 6
Public Policy Electives*** 3
University Core 3 2
Electives 3
15 15
Junior Year F S
LS 301 1
PHIL 340 3
Natural Science Electives** 3 6
Public Policy Electives*** 3 6
University Core 3
Electives 2 3
15 15
Senior Year F S
LS 301 1
LS 401 4
Natural Science Electives** 6 3
Public Policy Electives*** 6 3
Electives 2 5
15 15

A minimum of 42 credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. In addition to LS 401, at least 9 credits must be in courses numbered 400 and above.

* Students have the option to take WRIT 101W in the spring semester and 3 additional university core electives in the fall semester.

**Natural science electives to be selected from: A: AGEC 315, Follow the Grain; BIOB 110CS, Introduction to Plant Biology; BIOE 103, Environmental Science & Society; BIOE 370, General Ecology; BIOE 405, Behavioral & Evolutionary Ecology; BIOE 416, Alpine Ecology; BIOE 420, Field Orinthology; BIOE 421, Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology; BIOE 424, Ecology of Fungi; BIOE 439, Stream Ecology; BIOE 440, Conservation Ecology; BIOM 210, Principles of Environmental Health Science; BIOO 162, Insects & Human Society; BIOO 220, General Botany; CHMY 123, Intro to Organic & Biochem; CHMY 102, Applying Chemistry to Society or CHMY 121, Intro to General Chemistry or CHMY 141/151, College/Honors Chemistry I; CHMY 143/153, College/HonorsChemistry II; ENSC 110, Land Resources & Environmental Sciences; ENSC 245, Soils; ENSC 272, Water Resources; ENSC 370, Water Quality; ENSC 351, Nutrient Cycling; ENSC 345, Soil & Environmental Chemistry; GPHY 426, Remote Sensing; ENSC 444, Watershed Hydrology; ENSC 453, Soil & Environmental Physics; ENSC 454, Landscape Pedology; ENSC 460, Soil Remediation; ENSC 461, Restoration Ecology; ERTH 212, Yellowstone Scientific Lab; ERTH 303, Weather & Climate; ERTH 307, Principles of Geomorphology; ERTH 432, Surface Water Resources; ERTH 440, Hydrogeology; F&WL 301, Principles of Fish & Wildlife Management; GEO 103, Intro to Envrmntl Geology; GEO 211, Early History and Evolution ; GPHY 411, Biogeography; GPHY 441, Mountain Geography; HORT 105, Miracle Growing; HORT 345, Organic Market Gardening; NRSM 101, Natural Resource Conservation; NRSM 102, Montana Range Plants Lab; NRSM 240, Natural Resource Ecology; NRSM 455, Riparian Ecology & Management; NRSM 353, Grazing Ecology & Management; NRSM 330, Fire Ecology & Management; UNIV 125, Microbes & the Environment; WILD 438, Wildlife Habitat Ecology.

***Public policy electives to be selected from: AGSC 465R, Health, Agriculture, Poverty; AGEC 210, Economics of Agricultural Business; AGEC 337, Agricultural Law; AOT 425, Water Management; ARCH 231CS, Issues in Sustainability; BREN 330, Water Resources Law; ECHM 205CS, Energy and Sustainability; ECNS 101, Economic Way of Thinking; ECNS 132, Econ & the Environment; ECNS 317, Economic Development; ECNS 332, Econ of Natural Resources; LIT 414, Lit of Place; GPHY 141, Geography of World Regions; GPHY 284,Intro to GIS Science & Cartog; GPHY 365, Geographical Planning; GPHY 321, Urban Geography; GPHY 322, Economic Geography; GPHY 461, Tourism Planning; HSTA 468, History of Yellowstone; HSTA 470, American Environmental History; HSTR 484, World Environmental History; LRES 421, Holistic Thought & Management; MGMT 406, Negotiation & Dispute Resolution; MGMT 473, Modern Management of Western Resources; NRSM 430, Natural Resource Law; PSCI 210, Intro to American Government; PSCI 260, Intro to State and Local Govt; PSCI 306, Legislative Process; PSCI 365, Pub Policy Issues and Analysis; PSCI 441, Montana Local Politics; PSCI 436, Politics of Food and Hunger; RLST 223, Nature & Culture; SFBS 445R, Culinary Marketing: Farm to Table; SOCI 355, Population & Society; SOCI 470, Environmental Sociology; SOCI 352, Society & Consumption. Up to 12 credits required in a minor or in a second degree program may be applied toward the Natural Science and Public Policy electives.

 



GLOBAL AND MULTICULTURAL STUDIES OPTION

In addition to selecting 27 credits from an approved list of global/multicultural courses spanning a wide range of disciplines, students in this option select a specific area studies focus in which they take 12 additional credits to provide deeper understanding of that region or field of study. In addition, students are required to achieve competence, at an intermediate level, in a foreign language appropriate to their field of area studies. Students in this option are encouraged to study abroad in a region appropriate to their field of area studies. Credits earned abroad may, with the approval of the Program Director, be substituted for global/multicultural or area studies courses as appropriate.

Freshman Year F S
LS 101 3
WRIT 101W* 3
Modern Language 4 4
University Core 3 6
Electives 2 5
15 15
Sophomore Year F S
Modern Language 3
Integrative Studies 6 6
University Core 3 6
Electives 3 3
15 15
Junior Year F S
LS 301 1
Global & Multicultural Electives** 6 9
Area Studies Electives*** 6 3
Electives 2 3
15 15
Senior Year F S
LS 301 1
LS 401 4
Global & Multicultural Electives** 6 6
Area Studies Electives*** 3
Electives 5 5
15 15

A minimum of 42 credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. In addition to LS 401, at least 9 credits must be in courses numbered 400 and above.

* Students have the option to take WRIT 101W in the spring semester and 3 additional university core electives in the fall semester.

**Global and multicultural electives to be selected from: ANTY 101, Anthropology & the Human Experience; ANTY 225, Culture, Language & Society; ANTY 326, Language & Culture; ANTY 336, Myth, Magic & Religion; ARCH 221, World Architecture: Modern-Contemporary; ARCH 322, World Architecture: Ancient; ARCH 323, World Architecture: Medieval-Baroque; ARTH 462, Islamic Art & Architecture; ECNS 314, International Economics; ECNS 317, Economic Development; EDU 211D, Multicultural Education; LIT 285, Mythologies; LIT 214, Regional Lit; LIT 308, Multicultural Lit; LIT 440, Studies in World Lit; GPHY 141,Geography of World Regions ; GPHY 121, Human Geography; GPHY 325, Cultural Geography; HDPE 410, International Perspective of History & Philosophy in Health, Sport & Physical Education; DANC 206, Dance as Cultural Expression; HSTR 160, Modern World History; HSTR 366, Middle East/20th Century; HSTA 416, Race & Class in America; HSTR 484, World Environmental History; MGMT 245, Cultural Dimensions of International Business; BMGT 464, International Management; MKTG 242, Introduction to Global Markets; BMKT 441, International Marketing; MUSI 307, World Music; PHL 110, Intro to Ethics:Good & Evil; PHL 255, Philosophy & Culture; PHL 354, Philosophy of Race; PHL 308, Language & the World; PSCI 230, Introduction to International Rel; PSCI 331, International Relations Theory; PSCI 434, International Law; PSCI 436, Politics of Food & Hunger; PSCI 439, International Human Rights; PSCI 437, International Political Econ; PSCI 435, Globalization & Politics; RLST 100, Introduction to the Study of Religion; RLST 110, Religion, Conflict & Politics; RLST 402, Natural, Unnatural/Supernatural; RLST 410, Psyche & the Sacred World; SOCI 344, Sociology of Race & Ethnicity; SOCI 436, Law and Inequality; SOCI 358, Crime and Inequality; SOCI 352, Society & Consumption; SOCI 370, Sociology of Globalization.

 

With consent of the program director, courses from the Area Studies categories below, excluding Europe, may be applied as Global and Multicultural Electives.

***Area studies electives to be selected from courses on one of the following areas.

Asia: ANTY 242, Contemporary Japan; ANTY 338, Contemporary Pacific Societies; ANTY 337, Sex, Gender & Sexuality in Japan; ANTY 343, Popular Culture-Japan; ARTH 360, Hist of Asian Art & Arch; GPHY 446, East Asia in the Global System; HSTR 140, Modern Asia; HSTR 145, History of Japan; HSTR 340, Age of the Shoguns; HSTR 342, Japan's Long 19th Century, HSTR 345, Modern China; HSTR 346, Modern India, Pakistan & Bangladesh; HSTR 444, Japanese Women's History; HSTR 446, Science & Medicine in China; HSTR 480, Creatures: Art and Biology from Early Modernity to Now; HSTR 485, Cab of Cur: Travels of Exotica ;  HSTR 445, Sci, Tech & Environment in Japan; HSTR 443, Gender in Asia; JPNS 350, Japanese Cult & Civiliz; JPNS 352, Japanese Portrayals of WWII; JPNS 315, Introduction to Japanese Literature; JPNS 320, Classical Japanese Literature; JPNS 321, Modern Japanese Literature; JPNS 325IH, Women in Japanese Literature & Culture; JPNS 361IH, Text & Cinema; JPNS 371, Japanese Film & Anime; PHL 270, Philosophies of Asia; RLST 202, Asian Religions-Hinduism & Buddhism; RLST 203, Asian Religions: From Taoism to Zen.

Europe: ARTH 201, Art of World Civilization II ; LIT 223, British Lit I; LIT 224, British Lit II; LIT 323, Brit/Old/Middle English; LIT 324,16th/17th Cntry Brit Lit; LIT 325, Rest/18th Cntry Brit Lit; LIT 326, 19th Century British Lit; LIT 473, Studies in Shakespeare; HSTR 101, Origins of Western Civilization; HSTR 102, Western Civilization II; HSTR 359, Russia to 1917; HSTR 322,19th Century Europe; HSTR 324, 20th Century Europe; HSTR 350, Modern Britain; HSTR 353, Modern France; HSTR 362, Modern Germany; HSTR 372, The World at War: WWI; HSTR 423, European Intellectual History; FRCH 306, From Reflection to Revolution; GRMN 330, Adv Gram,Conv, Comp I; GRMN 303, Issues in German Cinema; GRMN 360, The Faust Myth; MUSI 211, Masterworks in Music; PHL 361, History of Philosophy: Ancient & Medieval; PHL 362, History of Philosophy: Modern; PHL 383, Reason & Revolution; PSCI 451, Ancient & Medieval Pol Phil.

Latin America: HSTR 130, Latin American History; HSTR/RELS 232 Religion in Latin America; HSTR 330, History of Mexico; HSTR 432, Colonial Latin America; HSTR 430, Latin Amer Soc History; HSTR 431, Race in Latin America; HSTR 434, Gender, Sexuality & Social Change in Latin American; SPNS 330, Latin Amer Cult & Civ; SPNS 332, Contemporary Latin American Literature; SPNS 335, Travel in Latin American Lit & Film; SPNS 362, Hispanic Poetry; SPNS 416, Culture & Revolution; SOCI 368, Latino Immigration: Latinos in the US. 

Native American Studies: ANTY 332, Native North America; ART 316, Indigenous Ceramics; HSTA 450, History of American Indians; NASX 105, Introduction to Native American Studies; NASX 232, Montana Indians:Cult,Hist,Current Issues; NASX 239, Survey of American Indian Art; NASX 280, NAS Research Theories & Methods; NASX 205, Native Americans in Contemporary Society; NASX 360, Native American Indians & the Cinema; NASX 304, Native Amerian Beliefs & Philosophy ; NASX 310, Native Cultures of North America; NASX 476, American Indian Policy & Law; NASX 340, Native American Literature; NASX 405, Gender Issues in Native American Studies; NASX 415, Native Food Systems; NAS 425X, Pan-Indianism in American Society; NASX 430, American Indian Education.

Women's Studies: ANTY 337, Sex, Gender & Sexuality in Japan; ART 421, Women Artists; ENGL 330 Women & Literature; HDHL 240, Human Sexuality; HSTA 407, Gender in US & Canadian West; HSTA 408, Gender in America; HSTR 444, Japanese Women's History; HSTR 410, Fam,Gen & Law in Anct Grc/Rome; HSTR 434, Gen & Sex & Soc Chge in Lat Am; HSTR 415, Gender & Technology; HSTR 443, Gender in Asia; HUM 204, Gender & Sexuality; JPNS 325IH, Women in Japanese Lit & Cult; NASX 405, Gender Issues in Native American Studies; PHIL 363, Philosophy & Feminism; PSYX 235, Contemp Issues in Human Sexual; PSYX 335, Psychology of Gender; RLST 321, Gender & Religion; SOCI 326, Sociology of Gender; WS 201, Introduction to Feminist Theories & Methodologies; WS 301, Integrative Seminar in Women's Studies.

Up to 12 credits required in a minor or in a second degree program may be applied toward the Global & Multicultural and Area Studies electives.


QUATERNITY OPTION

The Quaternity option is a student-centered option that aims at exploring four different but interconnected concepts of knowledge-thinking, feeling, intuition, and sensation-which are derived from the complex interaction of mythos (story, fable, imagination) and logos (truth, fact, reality). Students in the Quaternity are expected to approach and to interrogate all of their courses through this epistemological lens, and to demonstrate that they have done so through writing assignments in the Liberal Studies seminars and other course assignments.

In addition to the integrative seminars, university core, and liberal studies requirements described above, students in the Quaternity require a foreign language (8 cr.) and an additional 4 courses (12 cr.) in each area of the quaternity - arts, humanities, natural science or Mathematics, and social sciences.

Freshman Year F S
LS 101 3
WRIT 101W* 3
Modern Language 4 4
University Core 3 6
Electives 2 5
15 15
Sophomore Year F S
LS 301 1
Integrative Studies 6 3
Quaternity Electives 6
University Core 6 3
Electives 3 2
15 15
Junior Year F S
LS 301 1
Integrative Studies 3
Quaternity Electives** 9 12
Electives 3 2
15 15
Senior Year F S
LS 301 1
LS 401 4
Quaternity Elective** 12 9
Electives 2 2
15 15

* Students have the option to take WRIT 101W in the spring semester and 3 additional university core electives in the fall semester.

** A minimum of 42 credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. In addition to LS 401, at least 9 credits must be in courses numbered 400 and above. Up to 6 credits required in a minor or in a second degree program may be applied toward the 12 credit elective requirement in arts, humanities, natural science or Mathematics, or social sciences.


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