Courses

Note: MPC = Miami Plan Capstone

WST 201 - Self and Place (3)

Investigates various disciplinary models for how place and identity interact in American culture, and, specifically, how the local environment, including geographical location, ethnic traditions, and family traditions, impact our lives. Students draw upon their own life experiences to begin to formulate their intellectual interests.
IIB, CAS-B-Humanities OR CAS-C-Social Science.

WST 231 - Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)

Introduction to the relevance of interdisciplinary approaches to learning in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Explores the process of inquiry-based discovery through instructor-generated inquiries, student-generated inquiries, and discipline-specific methods and techniques. Particular theme or topic will differ each semester.
CAS-B OR CAS-C.

WST 251 - Individualized Studies Seminar (1)

Provides students with the tools to chart their personal plan of study.

WST 301 - Interdisciplinary Problems and Questions (3)

Considers a complex topic from multiple perspectives. Identifies the distinct vantage points offered by different fields of inquiry, including philosophical, aesthetic, scientific and historical discourse, with an emphasis on achieving an integrative understanding of the topic. Team-taught by two or more faculty members with different disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary expertise.
CAS-B OR CAS-C.

WST 322 - Developing Interdisciplinary Projects: Art and Politics of Representation (3)

Investigates a complex topic with specific attention to developing competence in the analytical and rhetorical tools for interdisciplinary inquiry in the arts, humanities, sciences, and/or social sciences. Based on course topic, students identify and analyze representational practices (e.g., written texts, performances, new media, statistical surveys, scientific studies) to promote the development of creative strategies for representing and addressing complex problems and questions.
CAS-B OR CAS-C.

WST 341 - Interdisciplinary Synthesis and Action (3)

Integrates diverse methods of inquiry to assist the development of student outreach projects that synthesize learning about a complex topic. Working on their own or in teams, students develop action-based approaches with a strong aspect of public performance and/or engagement.
CAS-B OR CAS-C.

WST 421 - Senior Project Proposal Workshop (3)

Supports student planning of senior project by focusing on proposal formulation, action plan, literature analysis, methodology, and project evaluation/assessment; culminates in public defense of full proposal with program faculty and students.

WST 444/445 - Senior Workshop and Project (3, 2) MPC

Provides a forum in which students share with peers the process of writing, revising, researching, or otherwise executing the planned project. Work with direction of a faculty adviser. Students work individually or in teams to develop means of senior project delivery, e.g., by submission of research paper suitable for conference presentation or journal publication; theatrical or multimedia performance; gallery showing.
Prerequisites: senior standing and completion of preceding WST requirements.