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Spring 2024

Spring 2024 MLAS courses begin Tuesday, January 16 and end Monday, April 22.

For a preview of these courses and to meet MLAS faculty and students, attend the Open House on January 10, 6:00 pm, Cohen Memorial Hall


MLAS 6300: Seminar in History:  The War in Iraq
Prof. Katherine Blue Carroll   , Program in Public Policy Studies and Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Science
Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30 pm
Course Description:
The subject matter of this course is diverse, covering Iraqi history, U.S. foreign policy, the U.S. military, counterinsurgency, Iraqi politics, international relations, Iraqi society and culture, and U.S. military policies and culture. However, the course primarily addresses puzzles of democracy building after military intervention and of U.S. military tactics and strategy in the Iraqi environment.
(History, Social Science)


MLAS 6500: Seminar in Natural Science:  The Science of French Cuisine and Wine
Prof. Susan Verberne-Sutton   , Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Science
Mondays, 6:00-8:30 pm
Course Description
From sauce emulsions to wine aromas, discover the science behind those unique products that make French culture famous. In the land where the first European humans were founded, we begin with the art and diet of the cave-painting and foraging Cro-Magnon man and transition through the Roman influence of cultivating wine grapes and pottery art, ending with modern greats like Louis Pasteur, Claude Monet, and Alain Passard. The grandeur of French heritage will prompt this journey of cultural evolution through the lens of science. 
(History, Social Science)


MLAS 6600: Seminar in Social Science:  Unity, Democracy, and American Culture
Prof. Mario Rewers   , Programs in American Studies and Public Policy Studies, College of Arts and Science
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:30 pm
Course Description: 
Offered in cooperation with the Vanderbilt Project on Unity and American Democracy, this course explores the narratives and metaphors that have shaped American political culture, from the "city on a hill" in the seventeenth century to "American carnage" today. 
(History, Social Science)


MLAS 7340: Interdisciplinary Selected Topics - Capstone Workshop 
Prof. Kate Daniels   , Department of English, Prof. Emerita, College of Arts and Science
Mondays, 6:00-8:30 pm