UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

BACHELOR OF LIBERAL STUDIES PROGRAM


31-101 Adult Development in Contemporary Writings 3 cr.

Presents the foundations of human behavior and the opportunity for each student to discover and understand his or her own learning and behavior styles. The student then applies these learning characteristics to the concepts of adult development.
31-102 The Family in Contemporary Society 3 cr.
Acquaints students with research and data on the family so that they can recognize some of their biases, re-examine common generalizations, and develop a knowledge base for making choices and decisions about their own life styles. Conflict resolution and decision-making tools are presented so the student can apply them in personal and vocational settings..
31-103 Concepts of Work and Leisure: Developing Balance in Contemporary Society 3 cr.
This course examines the role of work and leisure in the lives of Americans today. It focuses on the complex issues involved in our freedom, or lack of it, to determine our careers, our use of leisure time and, hence, our own life styles.
31-104 Human Speech Communication 3 cr.
Designed to help each student develop conversation skills, learn to directly answer questions in job and class situations with appropriately phrased responses, deliver planned and organized messages, and increase an overall comfort level in communications situations. The student also identifies and remedies his or her own areas of communications weaknesses.
31-105 Development of the American Character 3 cr.
Identifies the origins and development of the basic national character traits of the American people. Students analyze these traits' influence upon succeeding generations, the impact upon today's society, and the influence upon the student as an individual.
31-106 Deviance and Delinquency in Contemporary Society 3 cr.
Examines deviance and its changing definitions; it provides students with a better understanding of the social order and behavior society considers "normal." The way deviant patterns and life styles are developed and organized also help the student understand how society and its agencies respond and attempt to control "deviancy."
31-107 Development of the American Political Process 3 cr.
Uses national traits identified in 31-105 to analyze the development, growth and maturity of America's political processes. Continuity and change in the political process will be examined in light of the contributions of the nation's outstanding leaders. Students identify future trends evolving from the past and evaluate the trends' significance upon American democracy.
31-108 America's Role in World Politics 3 cr.
This course explores the foreign policy of the United States since World War II. It investigates the goals the United States has sought, the values and ideals these goals have reflected, and the means used to realize foreign policy goals and ideals. The element of change and continuity from past to present will be traced, offering students an opportunity to analyze America's contemporary role in international affairs in light of past successes and failures.
31-109 Options and Strategies for Adult Learners 3 cr.
Introduces the student to the University and its services, and presents/reviews basic reading/study skills, writing skills, and math and computer skills necessary to pursue self-directed, life-long learning, as well as college level work.
31-150 The Child in History 1 cr.
This course surveys some aspects of child rearing practices from the ancients to the 20th century and focuses on how parental attitudes changed through the centuries. Self-paced elective.
31-151 Evolution of Adolescence 1 cr.
This course examines the rise, growth and decline of the concept "adolescence" in its historical setting. Self-paced elective.
31-152 Psychohistorical Biography 2 cr.
This course surveys some psychological aspects of three men-Woodrow Wilson, Adolf Hitler, and Richard Nixon-who have made significant contributions to history. Self-paced elective.
31-200 Humanities: Culture and Values 3 cr.
Introduces students to various important art forms and begins the interesting process of developing a workable definition of the humanities, especially through disciplines of philosophy, literature, music and art. Students see how the humanities are related to important social issues and to their own individual concerns.
31-201 The Humanities: The Return to Romanticism 3 cr.
Focuses on the strong reemergence of the romantic attitude in the 1960s and 1970s. After a grounding in the historical and philosophical implications of romanticism, students study artistic manifestations of this attitude, especially in the novel, short story, poetry, and architecture.
31-202 The Humanities Confront Violence and Aggression 3 cr.
Explores various forms of violence, including war, and considers the reaction of creative talent in the humanities to the problem of violence in American society. Students examine the ambivalent attitude Americans have toward violence. The course gives particular attention to two forms of mass media which have shown a preoccupation with violence, the motion picture and the novel, for an in-depth humanistic approach to this important social issue.
31-203 The Humanities Meet Science and Technology 3 cr.
Explores the historical and philosophical roots of mankind's hopes and fears concerning science and technology. Students see how such hopes and fears have been reflected in various art forms, especially drama and literature.
31-204 Science: Its Methods and Language 3 cr.
Introduces students to the scientific method, the role of mathematics (modeling and tools), the formulation of scientific laws, the process of revision of and/or revolution in scientific knowledge, and its growth and effect on human society.
31-205 Energy, Matter and the Universe 3 cr.
Addresses the elementary concepts of the basic physical forces in nature (mechanical forces, electromagnetic forces, special properties of light, etc.), as well as the relationship between energy and matter, the nature of matter, the nature of the atom, the structure of the universe, the birth and death of stars, the solar system and its planets, and extraterrestrial living matter.
31-206 From Atoms and Molecules to Living Matter 3 cr.
Concentrates on the elementary concepts of the chemistry of matter, the evolution of matter, the properties of living matter and its evolution from nonliving matter, the cell, and the replication of life. It also deals with the response of living matter to the evolution of the environment brought about by geological changes of the planet.
31-207 Evolution: Becoming and Being Human 3 cr.
Deals with the evolution of vertebrae, culminating on human evolution, first as a continuation of the biological and then the coming of cultural Evolution; the latter leading to the tremendous success of the species, but bringing in its wake all the problems of over-population, pollution, genetic tampering of life, war, and perhaps even the possibility of extinction of life.
31-221 American and European Drama in Contemporary Society 3 cr.
This course focuses on the major movements in modern and contemporary drama such as realism, existentialism, and absurdism. The major playwrights included in this course are Henrik Ibsen, Albert Camus, Eugene Ionesco, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and Edward Albee. Can be taken in place of 31-201 as a required General Education Courses or in addition to 31-201 as an elective.
31-300 Research and Report Writing in the Social Sciences 3 cr.
The student gathers and analyzes data and puts the data into a readable narrative, thus strengthening skills essential to the world of business. A family history or portrait is the vehicle for furthering the skills of research, analysis and writing. This vehicle is examined in terms of cultural, economic, political and religious environments. Among other items, it also includes social patterns and mores, migration, genealogy and ethnicity.
31-301 Contemporary Issues and Problems 3 cr.
Enables students to evaluate contemporary social problems through an exploration of historical trends and an increased facility with economic analysis. Special emphasis is placed on the issues of unemployment, inflation, energy, markets and planning, and economic growth from an international perspective. Because of the limited success of bureaucratic systems, several emerging economic alternatives are explored.
31-302 The Computer in Contemporary Society 3 cr.
Examines the history, operation, economics, and applications of computer technology and its significance in contemporary life. Consideration is given to a careful description of present technology and what some of the main decisions are that must be made if humanity is to utilize and control this technology.
31-303 Ethnicity and Demography in Wisconsin 3 cr.
This course examines the historical influence of varied ethnic settlements, cultural diversity, changing economic foundations, and population shifts upon the government and politics of Wisconsin with particular reference to the Fox Valley. Elective.
31-304 Research and Report Writing in the Humanities 3 cr.
This course enables the student to develop increased skills in using library resources for exploring a specific topic in the humanities, in taking notes on the data, and in evaluating such data. It also enables the student to refine writing skills, presenting the results of such research in a substantial paper written in a form suitable for publication.
31-305 Religious and Ethical Values in Contemporary Society 3 cr.
This course introduces students to the significance of religious convictions in the genesis, development, and modern transformation of American values. Through examination of various religious critiques of contemporary values, we isolate areas of moral concern, and suggest strategies for decision-making.
31-306 Popular Culture in the Mass Media 3 cr.
This course introduces the student to the disciplined study of popular culture as it appears in novels, films, and television. It explores the origins, the social and mythic implications, and the artistic value of three popular genres-the "western," the spy story, and science fiction.
31-307 Encountering the Arts 3 cr.

The major focus of this course is directed toward an interdisciplinary study of the arts in which relationships are drawn among music, visual arts, literature and drama. Students gain insights into the various artistic expressions of human feeling--their distinctive relationships and individual qualities. Cultural patterns which have influenced the arts in the Western and non-Western world are explored. Elective.

31-309 Development of Scientific Ideas 3 cr.

This course deals with the ideas that have had the most profound effect on the development of science over the last two thousand years. The course examines the growing ability of scientists to understand the phenomenon of nature; specifically, it peruses seminal ideas in astronomy, biology, physics and other sciences. The course also addresses basic general ideas and note their practical significance for man.
31-310 Laboratory Experiences in Science 3 cr.
This course provides students with the opportunity to perform interdisciplinary independent experiments in the physical sciences. Purposes of such activity will be to recreate the methodology and processes of the scientific method and explore its relevance in today's society.
31-311 Environmental Issues 3 cr.
This course introduces students to the complexities of environmental problems confronting today's citizens. It focuses on a series of environmental issues that are, and have been, difficult to resolve. Readings, audiovisual materials, and discussions on three or more environmental controversies are employed to illustrate the many aspects of each issue that should be explored. Students investigate a problem of their choice for presentation to the class in written or oral form. A field trip extends ecological background and provides additional information on a major issue addressed in the course.
31-312 Senior Research Project 6 cr.
With guidance of a mentor or adjunct faculty member and an instructor, the student selects a topic for a research project, conducts the appropriate research and presents the conclusions in an acceptable format and style. The successful completion of the research project is contingent upon the utilization of the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. Upper-level thought processes-analysis, synthesis, summarization and drawing conclusions-are basic. A Project Review and Approval Schedule identifies evaluation from topic selection to completion of the research project. It is required that 31-300 and 31-304 be completed before enrolling in this course.
31-313 Capstone Seminar 3 cr.
This course focuses upon the integration of concepts and ideas from previous Bachelor of Liberal Studies courses, and their application to policy positions. Strategies for rational analysis of problematic issues in society are explored. Groups of students choose issues for analysis and attempt to develop national policies for their resolution.
31-315 Managing People at Work 3 cr.
This course focuses on the human resource management component of the management process. The course includes both theory and application related to effectively managing individuals in their work roles. Elective.
31-331 Study Tour 1-3 cr.

Study tours to various world regions (including U.S.) Directed and led by faculty members of the Liberal Studies Program. Tours are designed to provide undergraduate students with direct contact with other cultures and societies. It includes background reading and classes, field lectures, presentations, a trip log and reporting by students as specified by the instructor. Information on specific tours, fees, transportation, and expenses will be announced each time the course is scheduled. Prerequisites: permission of the instructor and program director. Course is offered jointly by the Liberal Studies Program and the Division of Continuing Education. Course may be repeated with different content.

31-446 Independent Study 1-3 cr.

See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
31-456 Related Readings 1-3 cr.
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.
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