MLS601 1U

Professor Eugene Clasby
Tuesdays | 6:25-9:05pm | MB 309

Aspects of Creative and Reflective Thought

Selected aspects of creative and reflective thought, based on materials from the arts, the humanities, the sciences, the social sciences, and history. The focus is on themes and issues represented in a variety of cultural traditions.

*This is a MALS required core course

 



MLS602 3K

Professor John Kirby
Wednesdays | 6:25-9:05pm | MB 214F

Perspectives on Human Nature

Basic theories of human nature proposed by the humanities, the sciences and the social sciences.  The course deals with insights, provided by different perspectives into human nature and related issues, such as the nature of the self and its relation to society, the impact of culture on self-perception, and the relation of thought to human action.  Special attention will be given to the historical development of theories of human nature and their implications for social and political policy.  

*This is a MALS required core course

 


 

MLS603 3U

Professor Manuel Huerta
Thursdays | 6:25-9:05pm | Knight Physics Building 109

Theories of the Physical Universe

This course will examine a variety of theories and models of the physical universe including perspectives from various physical sciences and disciplines such as philosophy, religion, and history.

*This is a MALS required core course

 


 

MLS612 2K

Professor George Wilson
Mondays | 6:25-9:05pm | MB 309

Wealth and Poverty in Contemporary America

This course examines evolving trends in the incidence, causes, and consequences of the distribution of socio-economic resources (e.g. income, wealth, occupational prospects) in America. Its major focus is at the extremes of the American class structure, namely, the wealthy/elite and impoverished economic status. Considerations of the role that important statuses such as race/ethnicity, gender and age grading as well as spatial dynamics such as region, residential segregation, and neighborhood play in determining these positions in the American class structure are highlighted.


 
 
MLS621 4U

Professor Tom Lopez
Thursdays | 6:25-9:05pm | MB 309

Modernism, Photography and a ‘Mechanical Universe’

The term “Modernism”, especially when applied to Art is generally accepted to have its beginning in the mid-nineteenth century. The transition from the “Romantic” to the “Modern” is the starting point of this seminar. The invention of photography, the end of monarchies, the rise of a bourgeois class and the concept, “a mechanical universe” is one of the great paradigm shifts in how we view the world. This class will consider the changes to the world of art over two centuries and attempt to articulate how those changes have led to the post-modern esthetic currently at play in the world of esthetics.


 
 
MLS631 1K

Professor Tom Goodmann
Mondays | 6:25-9:05pm | MB 214F

Sails and Tales: Viking Story and History

In this course we’ll survey Old Icelandic/Old Norse mythology and saga literature, one of the largest surviving bodies of premodern European vernacular literature.  We’ll take an overview of Scandinavian peoples and cultures from about 800 to 1500, including Viking exploration, predation, migration, and settlement in Iceland, Ireland, Greenland, Labrador, Iberia, Rus, Constantinople, and Baghdad, among other places.  Our focus will be the study in translation of mainly Icelandic sources, as Iceland was (and is) one of the most intensely literate cultures in history. 
We’ll study the Eddas, the body of mythological poetry and prose offering stories of Yggdrasil (the World-Tree), one-eyed Odin, Freyja and her chariot drawn by two cats, Thor and Mjölnir (his hammer), the trouble-making Loki, the tragic figure of Baldur, and the other supernaturals of Norse/Icelandic mythos, including elves, dwarves, and the world-changing events of Ragnarök.



MLS 696 01

Professor Daniel Pals
Hours Arranged

Directed Readings

A Directed Readings course allows you to work independently with a MALS professor, researching a topic of your choice. The Director may be the advisor for all Directed Readings in Religious Studies. For any other topic, you must find a professor in that field that is willing to act as your advisor.

Only students with a 3.0 GPA or higher will be able to enroll in a Directed Readings course. In order to register for the course, you will need to submit a 2-page proposal along with a bibliography of 10 academic sources by May 10th.

The final paper must be a minimum of 15 pages, and be submitted to both the professor and the MALS office on the first day of final exams. Hard copies only will be accepted.


 
 
MLS 697 01

Professor Daniel Pals
Hours arranged

Directed Readings

A Directed Readings course allows you to work independently with a MALS professor, researching a topic of your choice. The Director may be the advisor for all Directed Readings in Religious Studies. For any other topic, you must find a professor in that field that is willing to act as your advisor.

Only students with a 3.0 GPA or higher will be able to enroll in a Directed Readings course. In order to register for the course, you will need to submit a 2-page proposal along with a bibliography of 10 academic sources by May 10th.

The final paper must be a minimum of 15 pages, and be submitted to both the professor and the MALS office on the first day of final exams. Hard copies only will be accepted.


 
 
MLS 710 01

Thesis Committee
Hours arranged

MALS Thesis

Before registering for a MALS Thesis students must submit a proposal and meet with the MALS Director to discuss the project. Students are advised to also check the guidelines for writing a thesis on the Graduate School website: www.miami.edu/gs


 
 
MLS 715 01

Project Committee
Hours arranged

MALS Project

Before registering for a MALS Project students must submit a proposal and meet with the MALS Director to discuss the project.


 

MLS 720 01

MALS Director 
Hours arranged

Research in Residence

Students needing extra time to complete their thesis may register for a Research in Residence course for 0 credit hours.