Interdisciplinary Studies Undergraduate Courses

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MET IS 360 Literature, Film, and the American Dream

This course will examine the nature of the American Dream as seen through fiction, essays, poetry, autobiography, historical documents, and art. It will follow a chronological pattern with the Dream evolving from the Puritan fathers? desire for religious freedom to the Revolution's emphasis on political liberty, the 19th century's focus on self reliance, and the quest for the good life characteristic of the 20th century. At the same time, such characteristic thematic elements as the desire for equality, individual expansion and achievement, and the maturation of the soul will be examined in terms of their impact on all the different permutations of the Dream.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET IS 423 The Experience of Forgiveness: Psychological, Sociological and Spiritual Perspectives

This seminar explores the psycho/social/spiritual dimensions of the individual?s experience of forgiveness. The forgiveness process is investigated through the theoretical work of psychologists such as Carl Jung and Robert Enright and spiritual/political leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Individual narratives by forgivers are considered and analyzed in relation to the frames provided by these researchers and political activists. Through readings, journals and group presentations, students will explore both the beneficial and problematic aspects of forgiving. Students will develop a warranted, personal position on forgiveness and its limitations in personal and social life.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET IS 491 Directed Study

Independent study under faculty guidance. Prior approval of program director required.  [ Var cr. ]

MET IS 492 Directed Study

Independent study under faculty guidance. Prior approval of program director required.  [ Var cr. ]