School of Liberal Studies

Departments

Ancient History - The Ancient History Department is focused on world history through the Classical Period.  In conjunction with the Classical Languages Department and the Philosophy Department, Ancient history offers courses on Greek and Roman History.  In addition, the department offers courses on Ancient Chinese History and Early Middle-Eastern Studies. Classes Available: Expeditions:
Anthropology - The Anthropology Department is dedicated to the study of humanity, particularly to the study of the physical and cultural characteristics of man.  Anthropology is an ever-evolving field, as new discoveries of ancient human remains constantly add to our understanding of man’s beginnings.  Recent discoveries such as “Java Man” are having a profound impact on the […]
Archaeology - The Archaeology department maintains an accredited program for the study and discovery of the physical remains of ancient civilizations, and their documentation of cultural, historical, scientific and religious development. Unlike many university archaeology departments, Miskatonic’s Archeology Department provides students with hands-on field experience as early as their first year of study.  The department’s Archaeology Museum […]
Classical Languages - The Classical Languages Department, or “Classics,” provides a variety of courses in Latin and Greek language and literature.  The department serves many communities on campus.  In addition to offering a course of study specifically for those interested in pursuing advanced Latin or Greek, courses in the Classics department are also required for students pursuing the […]
Comparative Mythology - Comparative mythology is the comparison of myths from different cultures in an attempt to identify shared themes and characteristics. Comparative mythology has served a variety of academic purposes. For example, scholars have used the relationships between different myths to trace the development of religions and cultures, to propose common origins for myths from different cultures, […]
English - The English Department is divided into two subunits: Language and Literature.  The Language subunit focuses on expression in English, training students to write clearly and effectively.  Style and diction are emphasized and coursework involves the application of these elements in essays, debates, orations, fiction writing, and other work.  The Literature subunit aims to cultivate an […]
Fine Arts - The Fine Arts Department offers instruction in an array of visual art mediums.  The department has an impressive eight studios: two sculpture studios, one painting studio, one drawing studio, one printmaking studio, two ceramics studio, and a large metalworking studio.  These studios are used for classes Monday through Thursday during the day, and are open […]
Geography - The Geography Department focuses on the features and formation of the earth’s surface. Thus, geography is, at least in a sense, a specialization within Geology. Nevertheless, the Geography Department maintains its independence and offers a more in-depth study of the earth’s surface. Each fall geography students are encouraged to participate in a week-long field experience […]
Medieval Metaphysics - The Medieval Metaphysics Department originated as a single course in Philosophy department, but this area of study has become such a strength at Miskatonic University that creating a department devoted entirely to philosophical and scientific thought in the Medieval Period was the only logical progression.  This department combines the study of Philosophy, Alchemy and Mysticism. […]
Medieval Philosophy - Medieval philosophy of the period will be considered in relation to Hellenic and Hellenistic ideas.  In addition to considering how classical thought shaped medieval philosophy, students will study medieval permutations of these ideas and their bearing on modern ideas.
Metallurgy - Man has worked metal since pre-historic times.  Early man learned to combine copper and tin to form bronze, thus beginning both the Bronze Age and the technology of metallurgy.  An offshoot of chemistry, metallurgy today is the study or metallic elements and their applications.  Because metals have unique properties, they also have important practical uses, […]
Modern History - Although the Modern History Department is so-called to distinguish its focus from the Ancient History Department, the title is something of a misnomer, as the department is home not only to scholars of modern history, but also to scholars of medieval history, who grudgingly accept the title of “modern” because “ancient” clearly does not apply.  […]
Modern Languages - In the modern world, knowledge of at least two languages, and better yet three or four, is requisite for all individuals wishing to consider themselves educated and worldly.  The Modern Languages Department offers introductory through advanced study in each of the most important European languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian.  In addition to language […]
Music - The Music Department aims to develop an appreciation of music amongst the entire student body at Miskatonic University, as well as to offer conservatory level training to those pursuing careers as professional musicians.  To these ends, the department offers introductory courses in music history and music appreciation designed for even the most novice student of […]
Occult Studies - The Occult Studies program is unique to Miskatonic University, and therefore has attracted top scholars from around the world.    The term “occult,” from the Latin occultus, means hidden or secret.  Perhaps ironically, the Occult Studies department is devoted to uncovering the secret knowledge of societies around the globe.  Courses in the department focus on a […]
Old English Prose and Poetry - A focused study of Anglo-Saxon language and literature.  Students will begin with Sweet’s Anglo-Saxon Primer to gain an understanding of Old English vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. The second portion of the class will be devoted to translation and analysis of major works of Old English Prose and Poetry, including Beowulf, selections
Philosophy - Philosophy is the search for truth, the quest for answers to those questions that have gripped mankind since the dawn of intelligent thought: questions about our existence, morality, and the essence of reality.  Courses in the Philosophy Department consider the answers to these questions that have been provided by the greatest thinkers in the Western […]
Psychology - The inner workings of the human mind are complex and often mysterious.  The study of psychology seeks to explain the mysteries and understand the complexities of human thought and emotion.  Fundamentally, psychology asks why we think what we think, and why we do what we do.  In practice, of course, psychology is generally more concerned […]
Religion - The Religion Department offers a wide variety of courses on global and comparative religion, religious history, and religious philosophy.  From primitive Germanic religions to modern Christianity, students have the opportunity to discover and discuss the multitudinous ways that man has understood his relationship with the Divine.  Miskatonic’s Religion Department boasts an exceptionally strong emphasis in […]
Sociology - The Sociology Department is committed to forming students who are able to address social problems and institutions through critical thinking and scientific analysis.  What makes a society?  How do social influences affect the individual?  What are the sources of social problems and how can they be fought?  These are some of the questions sociology asks.  […]
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Class Listings

  • Abnormal Psychology - Lectures will cover a variety of psychological abnormalities and their relation to development, mental function, and criminality. Each lecture will focus on a specific case study of aberrant behavior as a starting point for discussion.
  • Alloy Composition and Production - Lectures and laboratories are focused on the composition of important alloys, means of producing various alloys, and their practical applications.  Physical properties of alloys will be studied at length, including weight, tensile strength, melting points, conductivity, anti-corrosive properties, and magnetic and non-magnetic properties.
  • American History - This course provides a foundational survey of the building of our nation, from colonization through today.  An historical perspective of American politics will form the basis of a significant portion of the lectures.
  • Ancient and Medieval Magics - A survey of the mystical and magical beliefs of early religious sects, including alchemical and divination techniques.
  • Ancient Greece and Rome - This course provides a historical survey of Classical Greece and Rome, with an emphasis on political history, succession of rulers, and military conquests.
  • Classical Philosophy: Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates - This course provides a survey of the three greatest Greek philosophers, whose works have shaped Western thought for over two millennia.
  • Climatology - This course provides a close study of world climates and the atmosphere.  The relationship between climate, crops, and industry will be of primary importance.
  • Composition - Students will study the fundamentals of musical composition through actual practice of composition.  Topics covered include modern counterpoint, canon and fugue, and free harmony.  Students must be proficient in at least one instrument in order to succeed in this course.  Any student who is uncertain of their level may audition with the instructor prior to […]
  • Composition and Rhetoric - An intensive writing course designed to prepare students for all types of writing, academic and otherwise.  This course is a requirement for all students at Miskatonic University.  
  • Egyptology - An intensive study of Egypt, her history, and her people, culminating in a week-long excursion to participate in on-going archeological digs in Egypt.
  • Ethics - A critical study of the fundamental concepts of ethics with the aim of understanding human conduct.  Lectures will cover the nature of ethics, the history of ethical systems, and the applications of ethical theory to the individual and the state.
  • Experimental Psychology - This course familiarizes students with modern psychological methods, including technological advances in the field. Experiments focus primarily on the senses and the results of isolation, sensory deprivation and sensory overload, and sleep deprivation. Note: all students enrolled in this course must participate as a subject in at least one experiment during the semester.
  • Extractive Metallurgy - Lectures and laboratories are focused on processes relating to the extraction and purification of metals. Students will complete small scale extractions and purifications during laboratory and will have the opportunity to participate in a field excursion to a mining operation.
  • General Psychology - This introductory course covers the fundamental laws of psychology and aspects of normal mental development.  This course is a pre-requisite for all other psychology courses.
  • Geography and War - In this course, students will consider the effects of various geographical features on the outcomes of major battles throughout history.  Students will study historical accounts of battles alongside topographical maps of regions.  In addition, students will examine the causal relationships between natural boundaries, available natural resources, and conflict.
  • Global Philosophy of Religion - An introductory survey of major world religions and their comparative philosophical groundings.  Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism will form the primary subjects of this course, although certain minor religious sects may be discussed as well.  
  • Introduction to Anthropology - This course provides an introduction to the natural history of man.  Physical evolution and theories of man’s origin, its time, and its place will be discussed at length.  In addition, students will study man’s relationship to nature and other animal species throughout history and pre-history.
  • Introduction to Archaeological Fieldwork - This course, designed for students in their first semester of archaeological studies, introduces students to practices in the field through a series of short excursions to local sites.  Students must successfully complete this course before enrolling in higher level archeology courses, as this course provides foundational training required to ensure that students do not damage […]
  • Introduction to Archaeology - The first course required of all students interested in pursuing archaeological studies.  This course provides a survey of major civilizations as well as practical training in the classification and handling or artifacts.  Introduction to Archaeological Fieldwork is a co-requisite for this course.
  • Introduction to Sociology - A general course designed to introduce the students to key concepts and prominent issues in sociological studies today.  This course will the development of social institutions, including the family, education, religion, and governments, and the development of the individual within society, including biological factors, instincts, control and organization.
  • Logic - In this course students will study the two branches of logical reasoning: deductive and inductive logic.  In studying deductive logic, students will learn to interpret arguments and test their validity.  In studying inductive logic, students will learn proper methods of investigation, especially pertaining to scientific inquiry.
  • Mesopotamian History - A focused course on the history of Mesopotamia, from the Bronze Age (Sumer, Akkadia, Babylonia, and Assyria), through the Iron Age (Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian Empires), Achaemenid Empire, Seleucid Empire, Parthian rule, Persian rule, and ending with the Islamic conquest in the 7th century.
  • Modern Occult Practices - A survey course in occult practices that remain relatively common today, including astrology, divination, and reported psychic abilities.  This course engages students in a scientific study of occult practices in an effort to determine the potential validity of occult claims.  
  • Occult History and Practical Application - Occult in History as it pertains to religion and science, and the modern practical application of some rudimentary occult practices of magic. This course is offered to further the knowledge of magic; metaphysical and paranormal activities. The study of some magical organizations such as hermetic orders, Wiccan covens or circles, esoteric societies, arcane colleges, and […]
  • Old English Prose and Poetry - A focused study of Anglo-Saxon language and literature.  Students will begin with Sweet’s Anglo-Saxon Primer to gain an understanding of Old English vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. The second portion of the class will be devoted to translation and analysis of major works of Old English Prose and Poetry, including Beowulf, selections
  • Physiography - The study of the atmosphere, water, and resulting geographic changes of the earth’s surface.  The development of present day features will be examined at length.
  • Primitive Religions of Early Europe - A survey of religious beliefs and practices of early European tribes.  Particular attention will be paid to Germanic tribes of Northern Europe, their conversion to Christianity, and subsequent effects on Christian religious practices.
  • Social Control - What social and political institutions regulate behavior, and how?  How do humans internalize the rules set forth by mechanisms of social control?  What causes social conformity and, perhaps more interestingly, what occurs both internally and externally when individuals begin to deviate from social norms?  This course will address these questions and more.
  • Social Problems - An in-depth look at social problems and their causes, particularly aspects of social maladjustment.  This course will focus on issues of crime, immorality, feeble-mindedness, and insanity and their relation to social institutions.
  • Survey of European History - This course is devoted to the major events that have shaped Europe over the past millennium, from the Norman Invasion of England in 1066 through the Great War.