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Liberal Studies



Charlie Hill, Director

Online Degree Programs, LLCE
Program Office: Lincoln Hall 219
Program Telephone: (920) 424-0688

Code 31 or LIB STDS

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BLS teaching staff are selected from diverse areas of the University (the College of Business, College of Letters and Science, College of Education and Human Services, and the College of Nursing). In addition, visiting lecturers are invited to join the BLS teaching staff.

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  • Undergraduate: The LLCE Division offers two degrees:

    • Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree program offers a major in Liberal Studies. Within the major the program offers a choice of two emphases: (1) Organizational Administration, and 2) Leadership Development.

    • The Bachelor of Applied Studies (BAS) degree program offers two majors: (1) Leadership and Organizational Studies, and (2) Fire and Emergency Response Management. Within the Leadership and Organizational Studies major, the program offers three emphases: (1) Organizational Studies, (2) Aviation Management, (3) Public Safety

  • Graduate: None

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Summary of Fields of Study

Summary of Fields of Study

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree program offers one major and two emphases. These are:

  • A major in Liberal Studies with classes meeting solely online. 

  • An emphasis in Leadership Development with classes meeting solely online. 

  • An emphasis in Organizational Administration with classes meeting solely online. 

Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree

Students may complete course work leading to the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree with a major in Liberal Studies. In addition to the major, students may also receive an emphasis in Organizational Administration or Leadership Development.

The BLS Degree includes three components: (1) the General Education required course work, (2) course work to satisfy the Liberal Studies major and emphasis coursework, and (3) elective courses to meet minimum graduation requirements.

Transfer of general education course work: The Bachelor of Liberal Studies Program recognizes the Associate of Arts and Science degree from University of Wisconsin System institutions as having satisfied the program’s General Education requirements. Associate degrees from other colleges and universities are evaluated on a course-by-course basis in accordance with UW Oshkosh transfer credit policies.

1. The Goal(s)

Administered by the LLCE Division, the BLS degree program is designed especially for the working adult. 

2. The Major(s)

The Liberal Studies major consists of interdisciplinary theme and contemporary issue courses, research seminars and a final capstone seminar, all of which emphasize verbal and written communication skills, problem-solving and critical analysis. See Section V and VI for required course work.

  • The Organizational Administration emphasis consists of cross-disciplinary studies in communications, organizational administration and management, industrial and organizational psychology, quantitative reasoning, business ethics and applied research. See Section V and VI for required course work.

  • The Leadership Development emphasis consists of an interdisciplinary course of study in contemporary issues, along with additional experiences in leadership skills, conflict resolution and public administration applicable in career and community settings.

  • Electives: Students are required to take elective credits to meet the 120-credit minimum for the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree. 
3. The Minor(s)
None offered. The BLS degree program does not require completion of a minor. Students may elect to minor in an area of interest outside of the BLS degree program (e.g., Business, English, Environmental Studies, Psychology, etc.). Availability of course work for completion of a minor outside of the BLS degree program is dependent upon departmental offerings for the minor selected.

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Admission/Graduation Requirements

Admission/Graduation Requirements

BLS Degree

Admission to the BLS degree program is governed by the general admission policies of the University as stipulated in this Undergraduate Bulletin. Applicants to the BLS program must have successfully completed a high school diploma or Graduation Equivalency Diploma (GED/HSED) and, in the case of reentry and transfer students, must enjoy good academic standing with a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative grade point average for all prior collegiate work.

  • Graduation requirements:

    • The BLS Degree requires the completion of a minimum of 120 earned semester credits, including required general education course work, the required courses for the Liberal Studies major, the Organizational Administration or Leadership Development emphases and a sufficient number of elective credits to meet the 120 credit requirement.

  • General Baccalaureate Degree requirements:

    • At least 30 credits of the 120 semester credits applied to the degree must be earned in UW Oshkosh courses.

    • At least 15 of the final 30 semester credits applied to the degree must be earned in UW Oshkosh courses.

    • A minimum of 35 of the 120 semester credits must be earned in upper-level courses (courses recognized and numbered at the 300 and 400 level).

    • The BLS degree requires a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in the following categories:

      • Official grade point average

      • All upper-level credits attempted

      • All credits in the major

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Required Core Courses

Required Core Courses

See Majors section.

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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

Liberal Studies Major

    • Required Units (crs.): 30-33 minimum

    • Required Courses:

      • Liberal Studies 208 Ecology of Occupation 3 crs.

      • Liberal Studies 209 Introduction to Liberal Studies 3 crs.

      • Liberal Studies 301 Contemporary Global Issues & Problems OR Liberal Studies 305 Religious and Ethical Values in American Society 3 crs.

      • Liberal Studies 309 Development of Scientific Ideas 3 crs.

      • Liberal Studies 410 Capstone Course 3 crs.

      • Liberal Studies 436 Capstone Applied Learning Project 3 cr. OR  both of the following: Liberal Studies 411 Senior Research Seminar 3 crs., and Liberal Studies 412 Senior Research Project 3 crs.

      • Communication 303 Advanced Public Speaking OR Communication 304 Business and Professional Speaking 3 crs.

    • Electives: Nine units (crs.) from the following list:

      • Liberal Studies 230 Introduction to Leadership 3 crs.

      • Liberal Studies 302 The Web of the Future: Workplace and Communication Trends 3 crs.

      • Liberal Studies 306 Popular Culture in the Mass Media 3 crs.

      • Liberal Studies 307 Encountering the Arts 3 crs.

      • Liberal Studies 310 Laboratory Experiences in Science 3 crs.

      • Liberal Studies 311 Environmental Issues 3 crs.

      • Liberal Studies 320 Gendered Lives 3 crs.

      • Liberal Studies 335 Transformative Leadership 3 crs.

      • Liberal Studies 337 Conflict Resolution 3 crs.

      • Liberal Studies 338 Mentoring and Development 3 crs.

    AOrganizational Administration Emphasis
      • Required Units (crs.): 45 minimum
      • Required Courses:
          • General Pre-Core Requirements:
            • Liberal Studies 209, 270
            • Communication: Communication 214 or 215
            • Economics: Any Economics course
            • Philosophy: Philosophy 330 or Liberal Studies 318
            • Psychology: Psychology 101
            • One of the following: Liberal Studies 302 or Business 210 or Computer Science 115
        • Core Requirements:
          • Communication: Communication 304 or Liberal Studies 319, and Communication 380
          • Ethnic Studies: Liberal Studies 303 or Communication 318
          • Liberal Studies: Liberal Studies 315, 325, 405, 425, 463, 466
          • Psychology: Psychology 363

          B. Leadership Development Emphasis
            • Required Units (crs.): 45-48 Units (crs.)
            • Required Courses:
              • Liberal Studies:
                • Liberal Studies 208 3 crs.
                • Liberal Studies 209 3 crs.
                • Liberal Studies 301 or 305 3 crs.
                • Liberal Studies 309 3 crs.
                • Liberal Studies 410 3 crs.
                • Liberal Studies 436 Capstone Applied Learning Project 3 cr. OR  Liberal Studies 411 Senior Research Seminar and Liberal Studies 412 Senior Research Project 3 crs.
                • Communication 303 or 304 3 crs
            • Other Requirements:
                                      • Liberal Studies: Liberal Studies 230, 335, 336, 337, 338

                                      • Communication: Communication 380, 382

                                      • Public Administration: Public Administration 364

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                                    The Minor(s)

                                    The Minor(s)

                                    • None

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                                    Course Offering(s)

                                    Course Offering(s)

                                    Liberal Studies   101                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Adult Development in Contemporary Writings

                                    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.


                                    Liberal Studies   102                                           3 (crs.)

                                    The Family in Contemporary Society

                                    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.


                                    Liberal Studies   104                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Human Speech Communication

                                    Designed to help each student develop verbal communication skills, learn to respond directly and appropriately in job and class situations, deliver planned and organized presentations, and gain confidence in speech communications situations. The student identifies and remedies his or her own areas of communications weaknesses.


                                    Liberal Studies   105                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Development of the American Character (SS)

                                    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.


                                    Liberal Studies   106                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Deviance and Delinquency in Contemporary Society

                                    Examines deviance and its changing definitions; provides students with a better understanding of the social order and behavior society considers 'normal.'  Analyzes the way deviant patterns and life styles are developed and organized. Students will research how society and its agencies have traditionally responded to and attempted to control 'deviancy.'


                                    Liberal Studies   107                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Development of the American Political Process (SS)

                                    Uses national traits identified in Liberal Studies 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.


                                    Liberal Studies   108                                           3 (crs.)

                                    America's Role in World Politics (SS)

                                    Explores the foreign policy of the United States since World War II. 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.


                                    Liberal Studies   115                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Understanding Human Differences

                                    This course is an introductory course within the University Studies Program   (USP) that will address the Signature Question: How do people understand and bridge cultural differences? Through the study of various groups within our society, students will gain an understanding of the issues faced by these groups in today's world and gain an appreciation for diversity. As a student in this course, you will be asked to engage in critical reflection of your own views, biases, and attitudes relating top intercultural knowledge. This course is restricted to students in the Adult Degree programs of the Division of Lifelong Learning & Community engagement (and to students in other UWO adult degree programs as appropriate).


                                    Liberal Studies   144                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Cultural Diversity in Natural Resource Management

                                    Indigenous ecological knowledge (IEK) is potentially valuable for maintaining biodiversity within linked social-ecological systems. There is widespread recognition that IEK can be used to develop strategies for maintaining biodiversity and for implementing natural resource management in a rapidly changing global environment. Traditional Indigenous land use has, over thousands of years, contributed to the maintenance of natural biodiversity. But how have Indigenous Peoples avoided over-exploitation of their resources, or have they? Do they have unique perspectives regarding their resources? In this course, we will explore the globe in search of sustainable lifeways.


                                    Liberal Studies   200                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Humanities: Culture & Values (HU)

                                    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.


                                    Liberal Studies   201                                           3 (crs.)

                                    The Humanities: The Return to Romanticism (HU)

                                    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.


                                    Liberal Studies   202                                           3 (crs.)

                                    The Humanities Confront Violence and Aggression (HU)(XC)

                                    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. The course gives particular attention to two forms of mass media that have shown a preoccupation with violence, the motion picture and the novel, for an in-depth humanistic approach to this important social issue.


                                    Liberal Studies   203                                           3 (crs.)

                                    The Humanities Meet Science and Technology (HU)

                                    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.


                                    Liberal Studies   204                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Science: Its Methods and Language

                                    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.


                                    Liberal Studies   205                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Energy, Matter and the Universe

                                    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.


                                    Liberal Studies   206                                           3 (crs.)

                                    From Atoms and Molecules to Living Matter

                                    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.


                                    Liberal Studies   207                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Evolution: Becoming and Being Human

                                    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, war, and perhaps even the possibility of extinction of life.


                                    Liberal Studies   208                                           3 (crs.)

                                    The Ecology of Occupation (SS)(XS)

                                    Examines the relationships between occupation (both work and discretionary) and values, identity and health/wellness in contemporary society. Focuses on the complex variables (economic, psychological, sociological, genetic) which affect occupational choice, and hence our freedom (or lack thereof) to engage in meaningful, rewarding occupation.  Prerequisites: WBIS 188, English 101, or department consent; also open only to students enrolled in one of the following majors: Liberal Studies, Leadership & Organizational Studies, or Fire & Emergency Response Management or (department consent).


                                    Liberal Studies   209                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Introduction to Liberal Studies

                                    Introduces the concepts related to self-directed, life-long learning with a focus on various types of thinking and writing skills through exposure to a broad range of academic subjects. Students will be introduced to the principles and processes involved in developing a learning portfolio, which will be required in their Capstone course. Prerequisites: WBIS 188, English 101, or department consent; also open only to students enrolled in one of the following majors: Liberal Studies, Leadership & Organizational Studies, or Fire & Emergency Response Management or (department consent).


                                    Liberal Studies   221                                           3 (crs.)

                                    American and European Drama in Contemporary Society

                                    Focuses on the major movements in modern and contemporary drama such as realism, existentialism, and absurdism.  Playwrights studied include Henrik Ibsen, Albert Camus, Eugene Ionesco, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, and Edward Albee.


                                    Liberal Studies   230                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Introduction to Leadership

                                    This course will introduce students to a variety of theories and issues involved with leadership, including power and influence; vision, values and ethics; effecting change through teams and coalition; and the importance of embracing diversity. Examples will be drawn from a broad range of contexts, including organizations, education, politics, and communities. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   239                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Understanding Culture Through Humor

                                    Humor is a form of communication that is central to social and cultural background of a society, and is often molded according to specific cultures, historical periods and contexts. Humor has been shown to help diverse ethnic populations overcome misconceptions regarding one another, especially when two ethnic groups share a painful and tragic past. Humor not only represents imprint dimensions of social life, but it also allows those of us who are outsiders better understand diverse cultures. Joint laughter can thus offer an opportunity to overcome the burden of being tied to a troublesome past and provide insight to both groups into a common history. In this course, we will explore American Indian humor, in order to understand our complex history together.


                                    Liberal Studies   240                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Dynamics of Leadership and Civic Participation

                                    This course will explore the connections between self-directed lifelong learning, the development of leadership skills, and engagement with community. Students will learn by reflecting on their roles and experiences as students and community members and by drawing connections with principles related to a variety of academic disciplines. Particular focus will be on learning related to direct participation in community-based organizations. Ethical principles related to civic responsibility and democratic citizenship will also be addressed.


                                    Liberal Studies   270                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Writing with Purpose

                                    This course offers intensive instruction in (1) writing clear, coherent, correct, persuasive prose, (2) reading and thinking critically, and (3) conducting library research and/or interviews and integrating primary and secondary sources into your own texts. The focus will be on writing clearly and purposefully, developing individuals' writing skills necessary for academic and professional success.  Taught exclusively on-line, learners will be engaged in reading analyzing, researching, thinking, writing, and re-writing to learn that everything written holds power to persuade, inform, or confuse by writing memos, reports, and essays. Prerequisites: WBIS 188, English 101 or department consent; also concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   300                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Research and Report Writing in the Social Sciences

                                    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.


                                    Liberal Studies   301                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Contemporary Global Issues and Problems

                                    This course explores the ethical and religious dimensions of several global challenges in contemporary international society: (1) the expanding role of religion as a motivation for violence as well as a force for justice and peace; (2) the increasing deterioration of the global environment; (3) international efforts to protect human rights in countries where there is systematic oppression or genocide; and (4) the chronic gap in wealth between rich and poor nations. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   302                                           3 (crs.)

                                    The Web of the Future: Workplace Communication and Trends

                                    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. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   303                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Ethnicity and Demography in Wisconsin (ES) (SS)

                                    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. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent. Elective.


                                    Liberal Studies   304                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Research and Report Writing in the Humanities

                                    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. Students are expected to refine writing skills, and present the results of their research in a substantial paper written in a form suitable for publication.


                                    Liberal Studies   305                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Religious and Ethical Values in American Society

                                    This course examines the role of religion in American public life historically and in recent times. It provides a perspective on the meaning of the separation of church and state as understood by the Founding Fathers, as interpreted by Supreme Court over time, and in current political debates. The course also analyzes a variety of ethical and religious perspectives that underlie contemporary cultural conflicts over the proper direction of some of our most important social institutions-the family, schools, and the legal system. Finally the course explores the moral and religious arguments surrounding four critical issues-abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and affirmative action-and what public policies should result from these positions. Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   306                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Popular Culture in Mass Media

                                    This course will examine key issues related to popular culture and its representation in different media. In an attempt to focus and organize our consideration of this rather nebulous phenomenon, we will approach the course theme in three ways. First, we will discuss some narratives about popular culture. Second, we will then study the role of narrative in popular culture (and its importance in how we make sense of the world in general). Third, we will explore a couple of the most prevalent "pop culture" genres such as a gangster film, a mystery novel and others.  Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   307                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Encountering the Arts

                                    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. Significant cultural patterns that have influenced the arts in the Western and non-Western world are explored. Elective.  Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   309                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Development of Scientific Ideas

                                    Encourages analysis and understanding of the ideas that have effected scientific developments over the last two thousand years. Examines the growing ability of scientists to understand the phenomenon of nature; specifically, it peruses seminal ideas in astronomy, biology, physics and other sciences. Addresses broad scientific ideas and notes their practical significance for man.  Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   310                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Laboratory Experiences in Science

                                    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.  Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   311                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Environmental Issues

                                    Introduces students to the complexities of environmental problems confronting today's global citizens. 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.  Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   315                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Managing People at Work

                                    Examines 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. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent. Elective.


                                    Liberal Studies   318                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Ethics and Decision Making in Organizations

                                    Analysis of the influences on decision making in a variety of organizational contexts and the impact on individuals and society. Students will investigate how culture, science and technology, religion, politics and the economy affect the decisions made at a variety of levels in organizations, and the effects of those decisions. Particular focus will be on the resolving ethical dilemmas which might result from value conflicts, such as between social and responsibility and financial interests. Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 325 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   319                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Creating Presentations in the Virtual Workplace

                                    This course offers guidance and examples on how to create effective online mediated presentations in a workplace, which is increasingly dependent upon computer technology as a means to communicate globally. The course provides students with an understanding of effective presentation creation strategies utilizing storytelling techniques. In addition students will learn the use of new media techniques to optimize organizational, networked and web presentations. Students will create web-based new media web presentations utilizing graphics, animation, and integrated recorded speech. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   320                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Gendered Lives (SS)(XS)

                                    Analysis of how gender affects human experiences throughout the lifespan, from infancy through old age. Using insights from social science theories of human development and of gender, explores how males and females are expected to behave, how they actually define themselves, and how they act out or challenge gender prescriptions, at each stage of the life cycle.  Cross-listed: Liberal Studies 320/ Women's and Gender Studies 320.  Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.  Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   325                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Introduction Organizational Administration

                                    The course provides the student an introduction to some recent and successful theories and practices of organizational administration, including communication basics, persuasion, critical and empathetic listening, leadership development, systems and strategic thinking, planning, programming and budgeting, cognitive complexity, leadership styles and development, total quality management, the improvement of human performance, and learning organizations. The student will also have an introduction to ethics, external affairs, and crisis planning and management. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   331                                           1-3 (crs.)

                                    Study Tour

                                    Study tours to various world regions 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. Tours include 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. Prerequisite: 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.


                                    Liberal Studies   335                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Transformative Leadership

                                    Transformative leadership is a creative, passionate and authentic expression of service inspired by the leadership wisdom of Bennis, Drucker, Greanleaf, Hesselbein, Hooks, and Quinn. In this course learners will have the opportunity to identify and develop individually unique and effective leadership styles and approaches.  Through a combination of inventories, reflection and experiential activities learners will explore their passion and what constrains their leadership as well as how they impact and influence others.  Learners also will observe and analyze the leadership styles of leaders with whom they associate.  Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 230 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   336                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Collaborative Leadership Dynamics

                                    This course is designed to introduce a theoretical framework for collaborative leadership and the elements of group dynamics that support and maintain its success.  Opportunities to integrate theory and practice will be provided to assist learners in understanding how groups function and how they, as leaders, impact the ability/behaviors of the group for solving personal, interpersonal, group, and organizational problems. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 230 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   337                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Conflict Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration

                                    Designed to introduce learners to the study of ADR, or Alternative dispute resolution, this course explores the resolution of conflict through negotiation, mediation and arbitration.  A variety of approaches for resolving conflict are examined, from the adjudicative (arbitration, private or special judging, neutral fact-finding) to the evaluative (peer, lay, judicial, and expert evaluation) to the meditative.  Emphasis is given to the meditative process and its usefulness in a wide range of venues.  Learners will be given multiple opportunities to integrate theory and practice in the development of conflict resolution skills. Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 230 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   338                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Mentoring and Development

                                    This course will examine the principles and techniques of effective mentoring, the mentor as change agent within the organizational entity and the impact mentoring programs have in organizational settings overall. Students will examine and critically analyze their mentoring experiences as well as the content of existing programs, and propose recommendations on how to develop or enhance a mentoring culture in a given organization. Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 230 or department consent; and Communication 111.


                                    Liberal Studies   340                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Aviation Law

                                    Introduction to the major aspects of aviation law, including government regulation of airlines, airports, and airline personnel. Students will study the history and origins of aviation laws and regulations in order to understand the need for and intentions of today's regulatory environment. Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 209 and Liberal Studies 230.


                                    Liberal Studies   341                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Management of Airline Production and Operations

                                    This course explores key principles within the areas of production and operations in the airline industry. Students will learn the theory and practice of fleet scheduling, maintenance, safety, forecasting, and management. Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 209 and Liberal Studies 230.


                                    Liberal Studies   342                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Aviation Labor Relations

                                    This course will explore the history and current status of airline labor laws, collective bargaining, settlement of disputes, contractual negotiations, and unfair labor practices. Students will also explore current and potential future trends in aviation labor law. Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 209 and Liberal Studies 230.


                                    Liberal Studies   343                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Airline Management

                                    This course will introduce students to the administrative aspects of airline operations and management. Students will develop a partial business plan for a new airline utilizing key concepts. Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 209 and Liberal Studies 230.


                                    Liberal Studies   380                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Learning Systems in the Workplace

                                    This course studies the theory, development, and implementation of training and its relationship to Human Resources Development and business goals and objectives.  Focus is on entire systems from analysis to delivery including needs assessment, program design, training methodologies, and evaluation. Team development and presentation of a comprehensive training module required.


                                    Liberal Studies   400                                           1-3 (crs.)

                                    Topics in Organizational Administration: Optional Content

                                    This course presents a study of selected current, relevant organizational administration topics.  Students may repeat the course once provided the topics presented are different.  Topics will stress the continuing development of learning organizations, continuing changes in organizational leadership and process, and/or continuing application of critical thinking to organizational problems. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.


                                    Liberal Studies   405                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Project Planning and Implementation

                                    This course includes the "science" of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing projects, following the proven structure developed by the internationally-recognized Project Management Institute.  Topics also cover the "art" of time management, conflict resolution and effective communication and partnerships-methods and behaviors associated with successful projects.  This course uses a series of case studies, problems and papers designed to help learners demonstrate their ability to apply course topics to workplace settings. Prerequisite: Liberal Studies 325 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   410                                           1-3 (crs.)

                                    Capstone Seminar

                                    Designed as a culminating or 'capstone' learning experience, this course focuses on the integration of concepts and ideas from previous Liberal Studies courses. Prerequisite: Department consent


                                    Liberal Studies   411                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Senior Research Seminar

                                    The Senior Research Seminar provides an overview of approaches to research and the assumptions that underlie each. Particular emphasis is given to the correspondence between research methods and epistemological orientation. Students develop a research questions and perform a preliminary literature review around a topic of their choice. This course is the prerequisite companion course to Liberal Studies 412, the Senior Research Project. Prerequisite: Department consent


                                    Liberal Studies   412                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Senior Research Project

                                    The Senior Research Project guides the student through the completion of a research project. Working with a mentor or adjunct faculty member and the instructor, the student conducts the appropriate research and presents the conclusions in an acceptable format and style. The successful completion of this project is contingent upon upper level thought processes - analysis, synthesis, summarization and drawing conclusions - as well as competence in reading, writing and speaking. This course is the companion course to Liberal Studies 411, Senior Research Seminar. Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 411.


                                    Liberal Studies   415                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Aviation/Aerospace Systems Analysis Methods

                                    This is a capstone course designed to synthesize the various components of airline management covered in previous coursework. Through a computer simulation, students will work through the process of starting a commercial airline and evaluating their options, critically thinking and ultimately making the necessary decisions needed to start a new aviation-related enterprise. This course should be taken in the student's final semester. Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 209, Liberal Studies 230 and department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   425                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Senior Seminar in Organizational Administration

                                    Focuses the student's prior work, both on and off campus, on the applied and the theoretical basis of the organization, of leadership, and on the efforts of people within an organization. This seminar will, through reading, class lectures and discussions, applied research and presentations, in written and oral reports, seek understanding of the theories and operational definitions of organizations and leadership. The student will be able to analyze existing organizations for problems or opportunities in organizational operation, leadership, and team efforts. The student will be able to design plans, programs, strategies, tactics, and resource requirements to accomplish predetermined goals and objectives.  The student will be required to convince his/her classmates of the validity of the findings and proposals. They will be evaluating each other's work and that evaluation will likewise be evaluated. Prerequisite: Department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   436                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Senior Project

                                    This course is designed as a culminating or "capstone" learning experience for adults nearing the completion of the baccalaureate degree through the Center of New Learning. The fundamental aim of the course is to equip participants with the learning capacities and competencies necessary for continued personal, civic and career growth. This course is an individually planned learning project that combines the concepts and ideas mastered through coursework with actual workplace environments. The student, the instructor and a workplace mentor will agree on an applied learning project. Goals, objectives, and a preliminary plan will be approved in writing by all three parties before the project is begun. The project will be supervised by the University instructor and the workplace mentor and will include a literature review and commentary, original work and a final report and presentation. Prerequisite: Department consent


                                    Liberal Studies   446                                           1-3 (crs.)

                                    Independent Study

                                    See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. Prerequisite: Satisfaction of USP Math requirements.


                                    Liberal Studies   456                                           1-3 (crs.)

                                    Related Readings

                                    See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.


                                    Liberal Studies   463                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Budgeting & Bookkeeping for Program Managers

                                    This course provides the students an opportunity to learn the basics of budgeting and bookkeeping.   The course of study will help prepare program and profit center managers to develop and manage their budgets and expenditures. They will also have the opportunity to learn to use accounting information and make monetary and financial decisions.  The relationship between organizations and the national economy and monetary decisions will also be discussed. Prerequisites: Satisfaction of USP math requirements; also, Lib Stds 315 or Lib Stds 325 or Pub Admin 362 or department consent.


                                    Liberal Studies   466                                           3 (crs.)

                                    Applied Data Gathering and Analysis

                                    Using data effectively in the workplace: the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data for decision-making and problem solving within organizations. Topics include question posing, qualitative data gathering and analysis, quantitative data gathering and analysis, descriptive statistics, beginning inferential statistics, feasibility techniques, and process analysis. This course will use an extensive series of cases and problems and conclude with student projects that demonstrate an ability to take a problem from inquiry and data gathering, through analysis and solution identification, to formal presentation. Prerequisites: PBIS 187, 188 or 189 or Math 109; also, Lib Stds 315 or Lib Stds 325 or Pub Admin 362 or department consent.

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