Liberal Arts Courses at Ashford University

Become a well-rounded student with knowledge and skills in multiple disciplines with these undergraduate liberal arts courses – the core of Ashford University’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts program. These classes will enhance your research and analytical skills, as you participate in weekly discussions, complete peer reviews of your classmates’ work, and apply critical thinking to philosophical, scientific and religious questions of our time.


Liberal Arts Class Descriptions and Credit Information

LIB 101 The Art of Being Human

Credits
3 Credits
Description

An interdisciplinary introduction to the humanities, focusing especially on classic texts of the ancient and medieval period as a way to understand our lives today. The course will explore various ways human beings have expressed their understanding of the human condition through such cultural forms as mythology, religion, philosophy, and the arts.

LIB 102 Human Questions

Credits
3 Credits
Description

An interdisciplinary introduction to the humanities, focusing especially on the period from the Renaissance through the present. The course will explore the various ways human beings have attempted to answer questions about the meaning of our world and existence through philosophy, art, and science.

LIB 125 Contemporary Issues in Organizational Leadership

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course provides an introduction to the multi-faceted concept of leadership studies by presenting the student with the vocabulary, concepts, theories, and applicable research that are fundamental to the basic understanding of leadership. The course will examine contemporary and historical leadership issues unique to women and minority leaders, the moral and ethical responsibility of leadership, and leadership in a variety of contexts. Leadership as a social and political influence process will be examined.

LIB 202 Women, Culture, & Society

Credits
3 Credits
Description

Women, Culture, and Society” examines the images, roles, and contributions of women in historical and artistic contexts from the Renaissance to the present. The course is designed to give students an understanding of the role women have played in the development of culture in Western Civilization as well as the ways western societies have shaped women’s lives and creative expression. With conversations on the arts and theory, the course analyzes the complex ways gender, intersecting with race, class, and ethnicity, influences our experience and culture.

LIB 301 Liberal Arts Seminar

Credits
3 Credits
Description

Students examine a selected topic from the perspectives of the various disciplines within one of the broad fields of liberal arts: fine arts, humanities, science, or social science. Students develop a working knowledge of the methodologies, perspectives, and limitations of each discipline, as well as an appreciation of the insights that may be derived from interdisciplinary inquiry. May be repeated for additional credit only with change of field. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.

LIB 315 The Environment & the Human Spirit (INTD)

Credits
3 Credits
Description

An interdisciplinary examination of humanity’s spiritual relationship with the natural world. The course will explore contemporary environmental issues in the context of theology, philosophy, literature, film, music, visual art, and other representations of the human imagination.

LIB 316 Historical Contexts & Literature

Credits
3 Credits
Description

In Historical Contexts in Literature, students will explore the ways in which literary works represent particular people, places, situations, and ideas through fiction. Further, by using a range of literary, political, and historical texts, the course will examine both the ways in which political and historical contexts shape literary production, and the ways in which fictional texts affect political, social, and moral discourse.

LIB 318 Peacemaking: A Study of Conflict Resolution (INTD)

Credits
3 Credits
Description

An interdisciplinary study of peacemaking with a focus on conflict resolution. Highlighting this course are guest presentations and discussions led by Ashford University faculty from diverse subject areas. Students examine thinking and behavior in response to social conflict such as aggression, threats, prejudice, avoidance, withdrawal, conformity, and obedience. Students study various strategies of peacemaking and negotiation and then apply these methods in class role-playing activities.

LIB 320 Global Socioeconomic Perspectives (INTD)

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course is an examination of major socioeconomic developments in different countries including Japan, Germany, Sweden, the United States, and the developing nations. Topics include population, natural resources, energy, sustainable growth, and policies such as privatization and free trade agreements. Social and economic justice in the global economy is considered.

LIB 323 Revolution & Terrorism in the Modern World (INTD)

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course examines the ways revolution and terrorism has shaped the twenty-first century from an interdisciplinary perspective drawing on history, philosophy, and sociology. Emphasis is on the ideas and socio-historical forces that have produced revolutions.

LIB 332 Science & Culture (INTD)

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course explores Western science as a cultural artifact and its impact on other aspects of culture: art, literature, film, music, philosophy, and theology. In addition, the affects of these “other aspects of culture” on the development of science will also be investigated with emphasis on the need to make connections. The course will examine the ways in which scientific developments are articulated in other cultural artifacts.

LIB 356 Research Methods for the Humanities

Credits
3 Credits
Description

Students in this course will develop a working knowledge of the major methodologies and perspectives of disciplines in the humanities. Topics include the role of theory, identification of appropriate sources, the influence of values, and the role of the humanities in interdisciplinary inquiry.

LIB 495 Capstone – Advanced Research Project

Credits
3 Credits
Description

This course will culminate with a comprehensive and summative final project that demonstrates the student’s ability to conduct research into an approved topic and to develop an original research paper using an interdisciplinary approach.