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Program Details


Academic Requirements (31 - 37 credit hours)



There are three areas of study within the M.S.L.S. program:
  • Humanities (includes courses in English, history, humanities, and philosophy)
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics (includes courses in biology, chemistry, geology, mathematics, and physics)
  • Social Sciences (includes courses in
    anthropology, economics, and sociology
    )

All students must take:

  • LST 604 (Graduate Liberal Studies Seminar) during the first 15 credit hours.
  • LST 601 (Research and Writing in the Sciences) or LST 602 (Research in the Humanities) or LST 603 (Research Methods in the Social Sciences) during the first 15 credit hours.
  • A minimum of four courses (12 credits) in one of the three areas of study. Students develop an interdisciplinary program of study that must be approved by the major professor in consultation with the thesis committee. Write a thesis or research project or complete a set of comprehensive exams. Students opting to write a thesis or research project must take LST 691 and LST 692 (Research I and II) which will help students complete their thesis or research project. Students are encouraged to determine a thesis or research project topic as early as possible in their program. Projects must be approved by the student’s thesis committee.
  • (Students wishing to take) comprehensive exams must submit a request that details why a comprehensive exam is more appropriate to their program of study than a thesis or project. This request must also include the fields of study the student believes are most appropriate to this exam and how the fields interrelate.

    If the exam option is approved by both the thesis committee and the M.S.L.S. committee, the thesis adviser will write two of the four questions for the exam. Two additional questions will be written by other members of the thesis committee. Once the written portion of the comprehensive exams is passed, students will then undergo an oral examination with their committee members. Students taking comprehensive exams will take LST 691 (Research I) and one additional course.

Foundational Methods Courses

(4 credits)


LST 604 – Graduate Liberal Studies Seminar (1)

and select one of the following:

LST 601 – Research and Writing in the Sciences (3)
LST 602 – Research in the Humanities (3)
LST 603 – Research Methods in the Social Sciences (3)

Area of Study Courses (12 credits)


Select four from a single Area of Study.

Humanities:
ENG 567 - Approaches to Shakespeare (3)
ENG 596 - Ethnic American Fiction (3)
HIS 515 - The African-American Experience (3)
HIS 516 - Public History (3)
HIS 517 - Nationalism and Ethnic Identity in Europe (3)
HIS 518 - Historiography (3)
HIS 619 - Readings in African-American History (3)
HUM 600 - Humanities Seminar (3)
PHI 503 - Environmental Ethics (3)
PHI 504 - Evolution and its Discontents (3)
PHI 505 - Ethical Issues in Contemporary Science and Technology (3)


Natural Sciences and Mathematics:
BIO 528 - Science and Fiction (3)
BIO 538 – Animal Behavior (3)
BIO 538L – Animal Behavior Laboratory (1)
BIO 543 - Neuroscience (3)
BIO 600 - Special Topics in Biology (3)
BIO 654 – “The Coming Plague”: Emerging Infectious Diseases,
Biological Weapons and Public Health (3)
CHE 505 - Environmental Chemistry (3)
CHE 514 – History of Chemistry (3)
GOL 505 - Earth System Science (3)
LST 540 - Contemporary Issues in Science (3)
MAT 503 - History of Mathematics (3)
MAT 505 - Problem Solving in Mathematics (3)
MAT 535 - Contemporary Mathematics (3)
MAT 551 - Classical and Modern Geometry (3)
PHY 503 - The History of Physics (3)
PHY 517 - Principles of Physical Science (3)

Social Sciences:
ANT 535 - Forensic Anthropology (3)
ANT 545 - Historical Archaeology (3)
ANT 547 - Archaeological Field School (6)
ANT 551 - Contemporary Issues in Native American Life and Culture (3)
ECN 511 - Economic Analysis of Policy Issues (3)
ECN 565 - The Economics of Global Economy (3)
PSY 607 – Psychology and the Visual Arts (3)
SOC 537 - Science and Social Power (3)
SOC 552 - Minority Experience in American Society (3)

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Select three courses from the list above, preferably from other areas of study, or other graduate courses with approval of major professor.

Thesis Research (6 credits)


LST 691 - Research I (3 or 6)
LST 692 - Research II (3 or 6)


(For complete course descriptions, see the graduate catalog.)


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