Liberal Studies

*500 and 600 level courses are for the M.A.L.S. program.

COR 500 (3 credits)

Communications and Information Literacy

This course is designed to improve the ease and efficiency with which the leaders of nonprofit organizations, churches, schools and businesses communicate with various stakeholders. Particular attention is focused on the generation of reports, summaries, memoranda and letters that translate technical data and research into usable information. The course will explore the use of technology to acquire, disseminate and analyze information in cross-cultural settings.

COR 510 (3 credits)


Moral Leadership

Moral Leadership introduces students to a philosophy of education that will provide the skills necessary to assume a prominent place in shaping the vision, mission and activities of their employers and professions. This course also is designed to help students study the importance of systematic reform of political, economic and social services, in remedying the problems that plague urban school systems, social services and society generally. It will also help them understand the importance of openness to new analyses and strategies for change in addressing social problems.

COR 600 (3 credits)


Organizational and Professional Ethics

This course explores specific questions relative to the behavior of systems, organizations and their members. The idea of a profession and its claim to special ethical expertise are examined. Methods to accomplish responsible social action, promote social justice and value the human dignity of each individual will be emphasized. Particular attention is paid to ethical issues surrounding the not-for-profit and educational sectors of American society.

LAS 500 (3 credits)


The Evolution of Scientific Thought and Perceptions

This course will examine the many ways in which our perceptions of the natural world have evolved, including current and future implications. Students will read classic texts in scientific thought and discuss the readings in light of current thinking.

LAS 501 (3 credits)


Strategic Management in Criminal Justice

This course will help the student to formulate a definition of Strategic Law Enforcement Management that will encompass the major academic, philosophical, law enforcement, and practitioner’s perspectives. Various theories from classical management theories to modern applications in the law enforcement setting will be discussed and analyzed. Students will be exposed to crisis management issues as they relate to terrorism and other nontraditional criminal issues. Community policing and other law enforcement management techniques will also be discussed. Students will apply this body of knowledge through a seminar-type format that will include case studies and presentations by professionals who are currently active in the field.

LAS 505 (3 credits)


Case Management and Clinical Supervision

This course integrates case and care management theory and practice as it is applied to individuals, agencies and communities. Students will learn about core case management components and will gain valuable knowledge in the areas of assessing, planning, linking, monitoring, recording and evaluating client care. Issues of diversity, community resources and the various arenas of case management will be explored. Actual case examples will be discussed and reviewed using a “best practice” model. Focus will be placed on the role of case management in mental health, child welfare and addiction treatment programs in Pennsylvania.

LAS 510 (3 credits)

The Biology of Behavior

This course examines theory and empirical research on the physiological and neurological concomitants of behavior. Included in the course will be a discussion of basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, physiological bases of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and current developments in cognitive neuroscience. The course will also address methodological and ethical issues in biopsychology.

LAS 515 (3 credits)


Research Methods in Behavioral Health

This course enables students to understand the research process in the helping professions. Students will gain a general understanding of both qualitative and quantitative methods used in applied research settings such as social service agencies. They will also learn how to read research articles and conduct a review of the literature. As part of the course, each student will be involved in a research project. Students taking this course will be expected to have Internet access to complete assignments.

LAS 520 (3 credits)


Major Artists and Writers in their Milieus

This course provides criticism of major works of art and literature that situates them within the ideas and activities of the historical periods in which the artists and authors flourished.

LAS 530 (3 credits)


The Mathematics of Behavior

In this course, a mathematical approach to everyday interaction and behavior between different species will be studied. Mathematics applied to (a) behavior, (b) predator/prey interaction, (c) conflict analysis, (d) optimal form and (e) biology will be presented. Technological and statistical tools will be required.

LAS 535 (3 credits)


Criminological Theory

This course will require students to research and disseminate criminal behavior through analysis of existing classical and contemporary theories. Students will study the major research methods utilized in criminal justice including: survey, experimental, and field research. Through the application of theories, emphasis will be placed on the application of these theories on the various subsystems of the criminal justice system and contemporary issues which challenge its functional efficiency and effectiveness.

LAS 540 (3 credits)


Organizational Behavior in Criminal Justice

The focus of this course will include the community-based aspect as well as state and federal strategies and evaluative methods in the field of corrections. Theories underlying these factors and the assessment of their impact will be highlighted. Examination of community issues and the role of government and private sector influence through public policy and resource allocation will also be addressed.

LAS 550 (3 credits)


Advanced Clinical Practice in Behavioral Health Counseling

This course focuses on the intentional (subjective), behavioral (objective), cultural, spiritual, and social aspects of counseling and psychotherapy. The subjective phenomena of individual consciousness, as well as the objective scientific structure of counseling will be related to culture, spirituality, and the broader social systems in society. This comprehensive system of therapy will allow counselors to create treatment plans that reflect a systematic approach to helping clients manage all aspects of consciousness.

LAS 600 (3 credits)


Topics in Christian Ethics

This course outlines the basic principles of Christian ethics through focused discussion on particular moral problems as well as reflection on foundational moral issues such as conscience, sin and grace.

LAS 601 (3 credits)


Christian Origins

Students will study selected documents from the beginning of Christianity, including scriptural and extrabiblical texts. Sample topics include the canonical gospels and Paul’s letters, the Apostolic Fathers, and early Christian apocalyptic thought.

LAS 602 (3 credits)


Hebrew Scriptures

This course examines contemporary approaches to interpreting the biblical texts (historical criticism, literary and sociological approaches). Issues to be treated include faith and its relationship to interpretation, instruction, revelation and the relationship of the interpreter’s social location to interpretation.

LAS 610 (3 credits)


Science, Literature and Philosophy in the Age of Pope and Swift

This course examines major writings in England and the close interrelations between forms of intellectual inquiry and literature during the first half of the eighteenth century.

LAS 620 (3 credits)


Cross-Cultural Conflicts in our Communities

This course examines the cultural, social, economic, and political forces that underlie conflicts in our communities. Exploring the impact of gender, racial, ethnic and linguistic diversity serves as a starting point for mediating these conflicts. Topics such as violence, substance abuse, teen pregnancy and discrimination are discussed. Strategies for improving relationships and developing partnerships with parents, citizens, and business and community leaders are explored.

LAS 621 (3 credits)


Gender, Family and Social Change

This course focuses on the family, as a gendered institution, taking into consideration macro level socioeconomic and cultural changes. By reading historical accounts of family change, both within the family and in the family’s greater setting of the family, and in relation to social change within societies, sociological issues will be discussed and evaluated. Cross-cultural similarities and differences will be explored.

LAS 630 (3 credits)


Abnormality and Society

This course provides an analysis of the historical changes in views of abnormality in societies across the world. Emphasis will be on how theories of etiology and treatment of psychological disorders have varied over time and across cultures, and some of the historical, social, and political antecedents and concomitants to such views. The subjective experience of being labeled as abnormal and the impact of such a sigma on the individual, the family and society will be explored. The ethical complexity of diagnosing and treating psychological disorders will also be addressed.

LAS 631 (3 credits)


Psychological Measurement

This course examines basic psychometric concepts, the origins and logic of testing, criteria for judging tests and measurement techniques, standardization and reliability, validity and principles of test development and construction, and the use of quantitative methods in such procedures. Discussion will focus on the limits of measurement, the impact of testing and measurement on individuals and society, and the historical abuses and misuses of such techniques on individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.

LAS 640 (3 credits)


Welfare Politics

This course evaluates the impact of the political environment on formulation and implementation of social welfare policy.

LAS 670 (3 credits)


Seminar with Supervised Field Experience in Community Service

A supervised placement in a church, religious organization, nonprofit organization or business will require students to engage in theological reflection that links course experiences with ministry and social action. Written analysis of activities will enrich the learning experiences during this capstone activity.

LAS 679 (3 credits)


Independent Research

Students will coordinate with their advisor to choose a topic, research and complete a culminating paper.
 




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