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.

Textbooks and Materials

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Dr. Gesa Zinn

Dr. Gesa Zinn has a Ph.D. in German from the University of Minnesota and is a special assistant professor in languages, literatures and cultures at CSU. Zinn is also a member of CSU’s Honors Program. Additional credentials include: teacher and literacy specialist; Twin Cities German Immersion School; program director of German Studies Program from 2001 until 2014, University of Minnesota, Duluth; and visiting professor at Aalto University, Finland (summers). Zinn is a native speaker of German.