Approaches to Liberal Studies
About LBS 200: LBS 200 is an exciting course where
students learn the practices, skills, and methods of interdisciplinary
research. This course draws upon methods
of inquiry within the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and fine
arts to prepare students for advanced work in liberal studies.
Community Service Learning: This term, LBS200 will feature a theme of
“local sustainability.” As part of this
theme, we will spend part of our course farm learning about the Campus Student
Organic Farm as a site of interdisciplinary study, creative problem solving,
and collaborative learning outside of the classroom. Students will have the
opportunity to learn about farm operations and take part in the CSOF Farm
Stand. Students will be exposed to many disciplines in the
process—biology, business, marketing, writing and rhetoric, interpersonal
relations, ecology, sustainable thinking, and systems theory. As part of our
course theme, we’ll also visit several other sites around campus where
sustainable activities are taking place and examine them in relationship to
Classroom activity: In addition to our service learning work,
LBS200 features a variety of engaging classroom activities such as learning
through games, student-led discussions, multimedia, and collaborative learning.
Students will work on a self-selected semester-long interdisciplinary research
project throughout the course.