logo

logo

Admissions Information
Application and any transcripts are to be submitted directly to:
The Graduate School Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
(734) 432-5667 or (800) 852-4951, ext. 5667
Fax (734) 432-5862
Email: grad@madonna.edu

MS Humane Studies:
Print logo
MS Humane Studies:    
   Required Courses    
      Humane Studies Core (17 cr. to be chosen)    
         LS 5300   Humane Studies 2 cr.  An exploration of the interface between social justice, animal welfare and environmental protection through the lenses of the major theorists in humane studies. Current issues are analyzed and possible solutions are sought within the leadership framework reflecting the Franciscan tradition. 
         HUM 5110   Do Animals Matter? (HUM*/LS/SSC) 3 cr.  Examination of religious, philosophical, cultural, aesthetic, and societal conceptualizations of animals and their impact on human-animal relations as well as on uses, treatment, and legal standing of animals. Emphasis is on proposing solutions regarding human-animal co-existence and interdependence through the lenses of humanities, and social sciences within the framework of the Franciscan tradition. Includes an academic service-learning experience. 
         HUS 5010   Applied Research Methods 3 cr.  An examination of various research methods in social sciences in the light of course work and professional experiences. Students design community organization-based action research projects. 
         HUS 5120   Diversity, Discrimination & Social Justice 3 cr.  Issues of diversity, discrimination, and social justice with particular attention given to institutions that provide human services (sociology, criminal justice, nursing, gerontology, social work, psychology, education): how marginalized populations (e.g. race/ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, social class, medical/mental disability) are socially constructed; how these groups have been affected in the contexts of social stratification; institutional and structural discrimination; how economic, political, and cultural systems pose challenges to these marginalized groups; exploration of possible solutions. 
         HUS 5130   Environmental Ethics 3 cr.  A study of moral/ethical dilemmas of equitable and responsible stewardship over creation. Judeo Christian/Franciscan and non-Western perspectives of contemporary issues of war and peace, abundance and want, stewardship and domination, excess and poverty, etc., are explored. 
         HUS 6010   Pedagogical Strategies in Humane Studies 3 cr.  Exploration of principles underpinning humane education and its pedagogical strategies. The interface between humane education, the Franciscan values, and critical pedagogy is analyzed. An emphasis on the application of instructional and communicative strategies to various professional settings and evaluating their effectiveness. 
      Choose Required Core    
      Electives (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         EDU 5710   Change in Educational Organizations 3 cr.  Important components of educational change and collaborative leadership are explored. The course emphasizes methods for fostering analysis and communication necessary for changing standards of practice. A field component encouraging participating as an educational change agent is a vital part of this experience, enabling students to make connections to holistic evaluation, program improvement, and community involvement. Recommended to be taken early in the master’s program. 
         HUM 5080   The Nature and Scope of Inquiry 3 cr.  Theme-based, highly interactive interdisciplinary course designed to enable students to explore the different approaches and ways of knowing that contribute to understanding and resolving complex issues, problems, or dilemmas of contemporary life. Utilizing the different modes of inquiry which characterize the various disciples, the course involves students in readings, discussions, works of art, lectures by expert informants, team collaboration and independent research focused on a compelling theme and designed to develop the commitment to intellectural inquiry, humanistic values, and service to others embodied in the mission of the University. 
         NSC 5080   The Nature and Scope of Inquiry 3 cr.  Theme-based, highly interactive, interdisciplinary course designed to enable students to explore the different approaches and ways of knowing that contribute to understanding and resolving complex issues, problems, or dilemmas of contemporary life. Utilizing the different modes of inquiry which characterize the various disciplines, the course involves students in readings, discussions, works of art, lectures by expert informants, team collaboration, and independent research focused on a compelling theme and designed to develop the commitment to intellectual inquiry, humanistic values, and service to others embodied in the mission of the University. 
         SSC 5080   The Nature and Scope of Inquiry 3 cr.  Theme-based, highly interactive interdisciplinary course designed to enable students to explore the different approaches and ways of knowing that contribute to understanding and resolving complex issues, problems, or dilemmas of contemporary life. Utilizing the different modes of inquiry which characterize the various disciplines, the course involves students in readings, discussions, works of art, lectures by expert informants, team collaboration, and independent research focused on a compelling theme and designed to develop the commitment to intellectual inquiry, humanistic values, and service to others embodied in the mission of the University. 
         HUM 5090   Holocaust: Issues and Themes in the Genocide of European Jewry 3 cr.  Examination of the social and political forces and actions that enabled the Nazi regime to plan and carry out the systematic extermination of European Jewry. Analysis of the Nazi genocidal agenda, utilizing materials from history, literature, film, music, and the fine arts. An overview of the roots of anti-Semitism and of how a modern authoritarian regime employed historic stereotypes and prejudices in effectively enlisting a majority of its citizens in active or passive criminal complicity. Examination of the institutions of mass murder, the silence of church and state, and, despite this silence, the forces of resistance. Prerequisite: graduate standing. 
         LS  5410   Sustainability: Vision and Values 3 cr.  Interdisciplinary overview of the concepts of sustainability, including its origins in spiritual traditions and its environmental, social, and economics dimensions. Allows for individualized exploration of topics such as food systems, climate, public policy, renewable energy, and green building. 
         WRT 5050   Writing for Graduate School and the Professions 3 cr.  An overview of genres, purposes, and approaches for successful writing in graduate school, the professions, and in business. The role of research in scholarship, business, and the professions. Students individualize course content on research and writing to their own programs by creating their own course packs and projects within course guidelines. Development of electronic portfolios is a key element of the course. 
      Capstone Experience (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         HUS 6930   Internship in Humane Studies 3 cr.  An instructor-supervised internship in a professional setting compatible with humane studies and tailored to the student’s interests. The focus is on applying the principles of humane studies in practice and developing professional skills relevant to the setting. Prerequisites: completion of Humane Studies core. 
         HUS 6960   Research in Humane Studies 3 cr.  An analysis of existing literature on an instructor’s approved topic in humane studies, resulting in a comprehensive literature review. An emphasis is given to creative conceptual developments in the field. Prerequisites: completion of Humane Studies core. 
Print logo