LBA 438

LBA 438 - Seminar in Liberal Arts

Each Liberal Arts major completes a multidisciplinary capstone project. The student works with three mentors on a topic of interest that stems from the student's self-defined fields of study. LBA 438 is the support class that accompanies the capstone project; in this class, students enhance their research and technology skills while drafting and revising the research and analysis sections of the final project. LBA 438 capstone projects are intended to be of superior quality, ready to be used as writing samples for career and graduate school searches. Exemplary LBA 438 projects are highlighted and linked below.

Guidelines for LBA 438 are available HERE.


Kaitlyn Ward, Major, Liberal Arts (Fields: Chemistry, Psychology, Philosophy); Minor, Biology
Abstract: the multitude of forensic science crime dramas on television today do influence the general public. The effectss of these television programs are significant and should not be pushed aside or disregarded.  The ways in which the forensic science system is misrepresented has detrimental effects, particularly to our judicial system. It is important for audiences to be aware of the discrepancies between the television shows and the real world. 
Amanda Callahan-Rodriguez, Major: Liberal Arts (Fields: Spanish, Sociology, Psychology); Minor: Journalism and Mass Communications

Zona Ascensio, Double Major, Liberal Arts (Fields: Anthropology and Social Philosophy) and Spanish
"Cross-Cultural Curing: The Role of Traditional Medicine in the Yucatan and What Western Medicine Can Learn"
Abstract: Research and observational data define the role and demonstrate the legitimacy of traditional medicine as it is practiced in the Yucatan. This project advocates for the integration of the Western and traditional medical models rather than viewing the two healthcare approaches as incompatible.

Allison Crawford, Double Major, Liberal Arts (Fields: Biology and Sustainability Studies) and Television Production; Minor, Spanish
"In Pursuit of an Informed Public: Good Environmental Video Media"
Abstract: This paper examines what makes good environmental video media by analyzing the process of planning a video, the use of media for social change, science in video media, and award winning environmental films. It includes a plan for a video that uses the Community Voice Method to support a green fee and the Sustainable Projects Fund at Murray State University.

Mariśca D. Martin Mozeleski, Major, Liberal Arts (Fields: Biology and Psychology/Linguistics); Double Minor, Art and German
"The Cognitive and Linguistic Benefits of Study Abroad for All Students"
Abstract: Study abroad or foreign study programs are widely promulgated throughout secondary and higher education, nevertheless there are few studies that concretely quantify the benefits always heralded. But there are undeniable benefits to the students who take part. Cognitive benefits include an elevation in creative thinking and intellectual development. Second language acquisition, if a student is studying abroad for that purpose, as well as enhanced intercultural and international communication skills are also clear benefits. All students, whether they are learning a second language or not, should study abroad, especially in this age of globalization and intense international bonds between countries.

Kaitlyn Krolikowski, Major, Liberal Arts (Fields: Chemistry and Evolutionary Anthropology and Archaeology); Minor, Agriculture
"Rheumatoid Arthritis: Put Down the Steak"
Abstract: A study of the differences of prevalence rates for rheumatoid arthritis in different countries which may reveal that there is an environmental factor that causes it. Data shows that there is a difference in prevalence rate from rural to urban populations. An urban population of a similar genetic background shows an increase in the prevalence rate of rheumatoid arthritis from its rural counterpart. Examples of this are shown among the Pakistanis, Spaniards, and Africans. Although many factors differ between rural and urban populations that could affect the prevalence rate of rheumatoid arthritis, diet may be a leading factor. A change in diet to a more westernized diet may be the environmental factor that increases an individual’s susceptibility to rheumatoid arthritis. This study seeks to suggest that there is correlation between diet and rheumatoid arthritis.

For more information on the multidisciplinary Liberal Arts major, contact Program Coordinator Dr. Barbara Cobb