Recommended Cross-Listed Classes

WRD 371/MLS 490, Special Topics: Mentoring Youth in Community Writing Groups

WRD Major Elective; PW Minor Elective

Liberal Studies Junior Experiential Learning 

Jennifer Finstrom, LPC, TTH 11:20-12:50

This course is for any student who is interested in both mentoring young writers and understanding how writing in community functions as an identity-building process. In this class, you will not only have the opportunity to provide extensive online feedback for young writers engaged in imaginative work, but also to occasionally meet them. Course readings will address the value found in writing groups and communities, as well as how to best provide effective feedback. You will also reflect extensively on the intersection of identity, community, and mentoring through writing. This course fulfills the Experiential Learning domain requirement in the Liberal Studies Program and provides an active learning experience as a productive member of a writing community.


WRD 390/MLS 490, Special Topics: Rhetoric and Public Writing

WRD Major Requirement; PW Minor Elective

Liberal Studies Senior Capstone

Professor Jason Kalin, LPC, MW 1:00-2:30

In this section of WRD’s LSP Capstone, we will explore current scholarship that seeks to define *the public* or *publics* and the possibilities for using rhetorical action to explore, understand, and engage in the co-construction of public life with others. We will assume that writing instruction grounded in a conventional understanding of argumentation may not be well suited to changed and changing conditions–those brought about by digital technologies as well as the increasing privatization of interests and institutions once understood to make up the public domain. We will assume as well that public life will increasingly be dominated by questions of power, difference, and representation. The course will function initially like a seminar and later as a practicum: we will expect an initial study of how we might engage meaningfully in public deliberation to inspire a blueprint for individual or collective rhetorical action.

Interdisciplinary Studies: Creating New Possibilities

The majority of MALS/IDS students now gravitate toward a more individualized Interdisciplinary Studies model; our students seek specific combinations of subject areas that enhance their current expertise or lead them to create new intellectual and work-related possibilities. Most importantly, we see growing valuation of Interdisciplinary Studies in the professions and in further post-graduate studies programs. Our students can often demonstrate to employers that customized studies add value to the workplace (ie. worthy of tuition reimbursement). Others use their MALS/IDS degree to earn admission to P.h.D. programs, more of which recognize Interdisciplinary Studies as a viable academic step towards advanced degrees. Our students often share their exciting discoveries in local, national, and international professional and academic conferences and publications.

As many programs throughout DePaul reach across the disciplines, more interdisciplinary activities have become available. Our students and faculty participate actively in the “Crossing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference.”  They might attend a Humanities Center interdisciplinary improv comedy event, or a seminar in Liberal Arts and Sciences that includes discussion of environmentalism, public policy, and the economics of green architecture, and so on.

By the time MALS/IDS students reach their culminating projects, whether they choose to complete a thesis/dissertation, a practicum, an exit course or extended portfolio, we expect them to feel the strength of new expertise, confidence in presenting their findings, and the true intellectual thrill of having constructed and completed advanced studies. And because their academic network extends throughout the university, they take ownership of exciting new possibilities.