LB 200 - Liberal Arts Research Methods

  • 1 credit

This 16-week one-credit course is designed as a foundations course for all liberal arts majors. Its purpose is to introduce the standard research methods, tools, strategies, and citation formats appropriate for the liberal arts disciplines. Equally we shall examine in brief the philosophical and disciplinary reasons/needs for research in an academic environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • 1. Students learn the value of (and the reasons/needs for) scholarly research.
  • 2. Students learn how to choose, explore and refine research topics.
  • 3. Students learn to develop strong research frameworks and sound strategies for organizing and mastering their research.
  • 4. Students learn what sources are (both print and digital) and how they might employ them successfully as support for argumentation.
  • 5. Students learn what a citation style is and how to employ one in a research article.
  • 6. Students learn how to use library resources (e.g., scholarly journals and periodicals, primary and secondary sources, electronic sources).
  • 7. Students learn how to utilize an annotated bibliography as both a knowledge generating tool and a documentation resource.

Important Information

Course texts are subject to change. Please contact the professor (via email) before purchasing texts--or wait until the first day of class.

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • The Craft of Research, 3rd Ed.
    Booth, Wayne C., Colomb, Gregory G., and Williams, Joseph M.
    ISBN: 978-0226065663


Brian Hull

Brian Hull earned his M.A. in English literature here at Colorado State University in 2010. He specialized in African American literature and wrote his master's thesis on the playwright August Wilson. While earning the degree, he taught two sections of CO 150 College Composition. Hull then went on to teach American Civilization at Universite le Mirail in Toulouse, France from 2010-2011. He has lived over three years in France on two separate occasions, teaching English at the university level while working as a professional musician.

As a professor of world literature, Hull brings his fluency in both French and Spanish languages and cultures into class discussions to enrich the texts in translation. As a musician, Hull also incorporates musical tradition as yet another thread in the complex tapestry that can help enrich our understanding of the classics of world literature.