Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Graduate Courses

Sampling of Thesis Projects

"A Plausible Witness:" Helen of Troy and the Problem of Truth and Representation in Early Greek Literature

"A Voice and Nothing More": Technological Embodiment and the Artificial Female Voice"

American Frontiers: Historical and Literary Representations of Gauchos and Cowboys

An Examination of How and Why Divided Political Allegiances Destroyed the German Community in the Mohawk Valley of New York During the Revolutionary War

Anti-Immigration Legislation in Alabama: Comparing House Bill 56 to Jim Crow Segregation

Arendt's Empirical Theory of Judgment

Before, During, After Brown: A Default on Democracy

Bob Moses's Voter Registration Work and the Algegra Project: Organizing to Create Political and Economic Access for All Citizens

California's Healthy Soil Program: A Policy History of America's First Attempt at Carbon Sequestration Through Farming and Ranching

Corporeal Texts: Writing, Bodies, and Identities in Kafka's Short Fiction and Fin-de-Siecle Prague

Death and Wellbeing: a Reply to the Epicurean Puzzle

Early Modern Science as an Institutional Project: Insights from Thomas Sprat's History of the Royal Society (1667)

Engaging Music: The Ernste Gesänge of Hanns Eisler and How One Cycle Affects Another

Form of One’s Own: A Study of Playwright Maria Irene Fornes Accompanied by an Original Play

From Banned to Celebrated, yet Regulated and Segregated: The Struggles of the Female Footballer

Galileo: His 17th-Century Trials and 20th-Century Rehabilitation

Garcilaso de la Vega’s Incas as Civilizers of the Andes and Quasi-Christians: Defending the Incas through Reason and Natural Law

Homer is Where the Heart Is: Emergence of Character Through Intertextuality in the Similes of Apollonius Rhodius'Argonautica

How Can Feedback Increase Self-Determined Motivation to Keep Writing?

Images of Muteness: A reading of Anne Carson's "Nox"

"Irrigation Makes it Rain": GI Homesteads, Spuds, Sugar Beets, and the Making of the Post-War West

Magazine as World in Miniature: S.M.S. Makes Visible the Invisible Frames of Perception

Manche irene Langley (1883-1963): Early Oregon Woman Lawyer and Political Acrtivitst with a "Bachelor's Soul" Illuminates Conflicts within Gender Roles and Progressive Politics

Minsky, Behavioral Economics, and the Long Trend Toward the Great Recession

Moral Imagination and Compassionate, Just Attention in Iris Murdoch’s The Good Apprentice

Muslim Nationalism:  Allama Muhammad Iqbal and The Origins of an Ideal

Orphan of the Camus Storm: The Poetics of Bob Kaufman

Planet of the Apes and the Destruction of the Earth: Visions of Post-Apocalypse, Eden, Wasteland, and Wilderness

Plato's Lost Lecture "On the Good." Normative Ethics and Intellectual History

Redemption Songs, Rebel Music: Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, and a History of Reggae as Resistance

Reenvisioning the Marketplace: A Radical Redesign of the Modern Supermarket

Rethinking the Imperial Archive: The Colonial Office Visual Instruction Committee (COVIC) Digitalo Photographic Archive, Powered by Omeka and WordPress

Selfhood and the Problem of Authenticity: the Politics of the Personal in Rousseau's Second Discourse

Smelter Pollution, Environmental Health, and the Narrative of American Progress in Bute, Montana, 1880-1910

The Black and Blue Collar Blues: Examining Notions of Labor in Langston Hughes’ Poem Good Morning Revolution

The Domestic Roles of the "Flax Mother of Oregon": Juliette Montague Lord and the Politics of the Oregon Fiber Flax Industry

The Mormon Stories (creative writing)

The Southern Oregon Chautauqua Association:  Building the Foundation of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

The Strange Situation: Practice Babies, Home Economics, and Attachment Theory

Transgressing the Boundaries: South Seas Hybridity in the Work of Paul Gauguin and Robert Louis Stevenson

Utopia, Allegory, and Palimpsest: Trajectories of Intercultural Exchange in Ursula K. Le Guin's The Word for World is Forest

"Words? Music? No: it's what's behind": Communicative Affect in Joyce's Ulysses

"You've Got to be Carefully Taught": Messages of Tolerance in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1949 Broadway Musical South Pacific