SPECIAL NOTE: Classes, dates, and times are subject to cancellation/change based on enrollment. Spring 2022 Course Schedule downloadable pdf.

Monday Classes 6:30 - 9:20 P.M.

Adolescent Psychology (HUM)

BHSC 7366, 701
Class# 6392
3 Credit Hours

Explores adolescent growth and development as a period of self-discovery. Students reflect back and develop a new understanding of their past and present selves. Fosters critical and incisive thinking about issues that have a significant impact on adolescent development in the 21st century. Provides perspectives on adolescents and what they think about the world around them by examining how different experiences shape adolescent growth across diverse cultures. Examines the modern transitional stage of emerging adulthood, where the end of adolescence and the preparation for adult roles are postponed. May be applied to the following curricular field concentration: humanities.

Instructor: Michael Lindsey  


Tuesday Classes 6:30 - 9:20 P.M.

Educational Coaching: Ensuring Success for All Learners (WI) OR (ORG), (CMT), (HUM)

BHSC 7368, 701
Class# 6396
3 Credit Hours

Enhances the leadership and coaching styles of educational professionals in management positions through self-reflection and interactive and experiential learning focused on educational effectiveness, innovation, and success. Explores concepts such as the mind and skill sets needed to facilitate transformation within individuals and systems to ensure high-quality teaching and learning for all students, including English language learners. May be used to fulfill the writing intensive requirement or applied to the following curricular field concentrations: organizational dynamics; communication, media, and technology; humanities.

Instructor: Jennifer Parvin


Creating the Memoir (CRW), (ACT), (HUM)

FNAR 6315, 701
Class# 6397
3 Credit Hours

The memoir, a subgenre of creative nonfiction, explores the methodologies for writing about the self. Through analysis of existing memoirs, suggested strategies for such writing, and a hands-on workshop setting, this seminar enables students to tell their stories. May be applied to the following curricular field concentrations: arts and cultural traditions; creative writing; humanities. Repeatable for credit.

Instructor: Lori Stephens


Education, Equity, and Human Rights: Issues of Gender, Race, Sexuality, Disability and Social Class (HRJ), (GEN), (GLO), (AMS), (HUM)

SOSC 7368, 701
Class# 6398
3 Credit Hours

Examines the intersection of race, gender, and class in U.S. education. Topics include the racial and gender stratification of the educational system and various issues of access and equity. Students study race-based epistemological, methodological, and pedagogical approaches to an understanding of everyday inequalities in P-20 education. May be applied to the following curricular field concentrations: human rights and social justice; American studies; gender studies; humanities; global studies. May be applied to the following curricular field concentrations: human rights and social justice, gender studies, American studies, and global studies; humanities.

Instructor: Candice Bledsoe


Wednesday Classes 6:30 - 9:20 P.M.


Organizational Communications (ORG), (CMT), (HUM)

HUMN 7381, 701
Class# 6390
3 Credit Hours

Provides an in-depth exploration of the theory and research underlying the discipline of organizational communication. Particular emphasis is given to the communicative approaches and processes that exist within many past and present organizational environments. The approaches and processes include classical management theory, human relations and human resources approaches, organizational systems, organizational culture, ethics and critical theory, organizational socialization, decision-making, conflict management, organizational change, leadership, emotion in the workplace, organizational diversity, and technology in the workplace. Students explore relevant communication theory, research, and practice through lecture, discussion, and application. May be applied to the following curricular field concentrations: communications; media and technology; organizational dynamics; humanities.

Instructor: Kate Montgomery 


Critical Thinking: Immigration, Race, and Human Rights (HRJ), (HUM), (AMS)

SOSC 7390, 701
Class# 6401
3 Credit Hours

This course provides a critical thinking overview of present-day issues facing today's immigrants vis-a-vis Human Rights in the United States (U.S.). Students will be introduced to the laws, regulations, practices and policies governing the ability of non-U.S. citizens to enter and remain in the US either temporarily (as non-immigrants) or permanently (as immigrants). We will examine the current debates within the U.S. Congress and under International Human Rights' conventions and treaties. We will take a look at the law and history of immigration and race in the U.S. and emerging issues created by the presidential election and its divisive impact on American society. In addition, we will explore what it means to be an American, historically, presently and what it means for the role of immigrants in the future of the U.S. May be applied to the following curricular field concentrations: human rights and social justice; humanities; American studies.

Instructor: John Vernon


Thursday Classes 6:30 - 9:20 P.M.


The Human Experience (INTRO), (REQ)

HUMN 6316, 701
Class# 6403
3 Credit Hours

Introductory course for the M.L.S. program that is required of all degree-seeking M.L.S. students. Examines issues of human existence using interdisciplinary perspectives, primary readings, large-group presentations, and discussion groups. Students learn the various disciplines of human thought and problems, and they contribute to the overall knowledge of the many ways in which humans try to understand themselves and the world around them. Also, what it means to be human, including a consideration of the nature of products of human activity and the world in which humans find themselves. Includes a close look at the human condition and human creations such as social institutions, art, literature, and science.

Instructor: Bruce Levy



SOSC 6397, 701
Class# 6409
3 Credit Hours

True to interdisciplinarity, this class will focus on the many ways and claims of knowing the phenomena of the American Civil Rights Movement (i.e. historical, sociocultural, and philosophical in addition to political). More specifically, this course will engage students in examining 1) the socioeconomic and political dimensions that helped to maintain the system of American apartheid known as Jim Crow, 2) the events that lead to its end, 3) the lasting legacies of said system and 4) grassroots organizing lessons garnered from The Movement. Each student, both graduate and undergraduate, is invited to participate in the Spring Break civil rights pilgrimage (leaving Friday morning, March 13, and returning Friday evening, March 20). May be applied to the following curricular field concentrations: human rights and social justice; humanities; gender studies; American studies.

Instructor: Ray Jordan


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