Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Susan Bruxvoort Lipscomb, Director of Humanities | Paul D. Young, Australia-New Zealand Faculty contact

Susan Bruxvoort Lipscomb

HUM 306 Varieties of Postmodernism


Interdisciplinary analysis of the many-faceted cultural phenomenon known as “postmodernism.” Moves from an initial starting point considering postmodernism as a reaction to various philosophical claims associated with modernity to the meaning and significance of postmodern ideas as they have been transposed into a variety of other contexts in the analytic humanities, literature, arts and sciences. Liberal Arts.

HUM 395 Special Topics

1, 2, 3, or 4-WSP

Liberal Arts.

HUM 401 Pagans and Christians: Ancient and Medieval Texts


Close analysis of some primary texts from ancient medieval times: Plato, Aristotle, Thucydides, Cicero, Augustine, Dante, et al. Develops scholarly skills of research, interpretation, writing; foster awareness of influence of such works on modern thought. Major/minor credit in history. Liberal Arts.

HUM 481 Senior Capstone: Humanities Project


The student undertakes a directed studies project in which he or she produces a paper that synthesizes the historical, literary, and philosophical developments relevant to a selected theme or person. Liberal Arts.

INDS 482 Senior Capstone: Interdisciplinary Studies

1 - 4-WSP

MSL 101/101L Foundations of Officership (Course and Lab)


The purpose of this semester is to introduce cadets to fundamental components of service as an officer in the United States Army. These initial lessons form the building blocks of progressive lessons in values, fitness, leadership, and officership. Additionally, the semester addresses "life skills" including fitness, communications theory and practice (written and oral), and interpersonal relationships. Upon completion of this semester, the cadets should be prepared to receive more complex leadership instruction.

MSL 102/102L Basic Leadership (Course and Lab)


This semester builds upon the fundamentals introduced in the previous semester by focusing on leadership theory and decision-making. "Life skills" lessons in this semester include: problem solving, critical thinking, leadership theory, followership, group interaction, goal setting, and feedback mechanisms. Upon completion of this semester, cadets should be prepared to advance to more complex leadership instruction concerning the dynamics of organizations.

MSL 201/201L Individual Leadership Studies (Course and Lab)


Building upon the fundamentals introduced in the MS-1 year, this instruction delves into several aspects of communication and leadership theory. The use of practical exercise is significantly increased over previous semesters, as cadets are required to apply communications and leadership concepts. Virtually the entire semester teaches critical "life skills". The relevance of these life skills to future success in the Army is emphasized throughout the course.

MSL 202/202L Leadership and Teamwork (Course and Lab)


The final semester of the Basic Course focuses principally on officership, providing an extensive examination of the unique purpose, roles, and obligations of commissioned officers. It includes a detailed look at the origin of our institutional values and their practical application in decision-making and leadership to focus on a career as a commissioned officer. Upon completion of this semester, cadets should possess a fundamental understanding of both leadership and officership, demonstrate the ability to apply this understanding in real world situations, and be excited about the aspect of shouldering the responsibility of a commissioned officer in the United States Army.