College of Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Summer 2014 Courses and Workshops for Graduate Students

Wed, Feb 5, 2014

This summer, the College of Liberal Arts Office of Research and Graduate Studies will offer a series of courses and workshops designed to help graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts achieve their research goals, develop professional and academic skills, and participate in engaged and cutting edge research. The program is suitable for graduate students working towards a specific research or writing goal over the summer and for students interested in developing new professional skills or exploring new research directions. The classes and workshops also offer an unparalleled opportunity to interact and collaborate with an interdisciplinary group of faculty and graduate students from across the College. The series provides enrollment options to graduate students who are required to register during the summer* and to others who want to use the summer to advance their professional goals.

In Summer 2014, we are offering the following courses:

Title: Dissertation Boot Camp (Professional Development in Middle Eastern Languages)

Instructor: Esther Raizen 

Dept./Course Number: Middle Eastern Studies, MEL S394 (86285)

Meetings: July 14 – August 1, 2014, 9:00 am -12:00 pm, CLA 2.606

Prerequisites: Application required; contact your department's Graduate Coordinator for deadline and additional information. Open to doctoral students in the College of Liberal Arts who have successfully defended a dissertation prospectus or completed their comprehensive exams. Students who have completed some or all of their dissertation research will benefit the most from the course. Dissertation advisor approval is required. Maximum enrollment is 20.

Description:  The goal of this intensive writing course is to provide graduate students at the dissertation-writing phase with the logistic framework and tools they need for high productivity and successful completion of their dissertation projects. Course meetings will include structured writing time, editing and peer review, discussions of writing techniques, and presentations on time management and wellness/work-life balance. Students will write roughly 2-3 pages per day, completing one 20-30 page dissertation chapter by the end of the boot camp.

Note: This course is a for-credit version of last summer’s workshop-style dissertation boot camp. The workshop format will not be offered in summer 2014.


Title: Doing Public Scholarship

Instructor: Randolph Lewis

Dept./Course Number: American Studies, AMS F391 (81490)

Meets: June 5 – June 25, M-F, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, SAC 5.102

Prerequisites: Open to all graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts. Maximum enrollment is 17. 

Description: This interdisciplinary graduate seminar will explore the quickly evolving landscape of public scholarship. Focusing on the creative, intellectual, and professional possibilities now emerging in the field, this course will be open to all graduate students willing to work in a fast-paced, collaborative context. Using a praxis-based approach that emphasizes doing as much as discussing, the course will culminate in a joint project that enables students to appreciate the transformative potential of public scholarship in the digital age.


Title: The Writing Process

Instructor: Patricia Roberts-Miller

Dept./Course Number: Rhetoric and Writing, NA

Meetings: August 14-20, TH-W (except weekend), 8:00 am - 12:00 pm, FAC 211

Prerequisites: Application required; application deadline is April 25. Open to all graduate students in the College of Liberal Arts. This workshop is not for credit, and no tuition will be charged. It does not fulfill summer enrollment requirements. Maximum enrollment is 25.

Description: This five-day workshop will present a strategic approach to starting and completing academic writing projects. Topics will include genres of scholarly writing, writing processes, time management, addressing procrastination, creating arguments, identifying gaps in the literature, developing strategies for researching and drafting, connecting research questions to research methods, and more.


Interested in enrolling? Register for regular summer courses through the regular summer enrollment process April 14 – 25th. All regular courses are offered on a credit/no credit basis. Information on workshop will be posted here at a later date.

*Students who receive a tuition reduction benefit during the summer may apply it toward course tuition.



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