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Spotlight on the Liberal Arts


Spotlight on the Liberal Arts

New Internship Component to History Major

As part of the History Department's concentrated focus on career planning, beginning with the Class of 2017 all history majors will complete an internship. Depending on student circumstances, internships will be 1-, 2- or 3-credit experiences. Students can complete an internship during the regular semester or over the summer, from the spring of their sophomore year up to graduation. History majors can also complete more than one internship (up to 12-credit hours are allowed) during their time at the Mount.

Faculty advisors in the History Department will encourage students to look for internships early in their undergraduate years. All history majors will learn about internship opportunities in HIST 202 Making History; the university's Career Center, along with Samantha Rife, the department's Administrative Assistant, will also serve as valuable resources as students seek relevant internships. The new component of the major is based on a commitment to importance of practical experience in developing students' skills and preparing for the post-college job market.

Congratulations to Brian Houdek, C'14, this year's recipient of the Patrick J. Goles Prize for Leadership. The Goles Prize is awarded to an outstanding junior who exemplifies the Mount's pillars of Faith, Discovery, Leadership and Community. Brian is a double-major in theology and history, a member of the track and field team, and is an active member of Campus Ministry, serving as a FOCUS Bible study leader, Kairos retreat leader and Mountward Bound retreat team member. Brian also volunteered for the past two years on several community-based service projects and believes there is a leader in all of us: read more about his perspective on leadership.

Lighted Corners, the Mount's student literary magazine, earned the Gold Medal in this year's Columbia Scholastic Press Association competition. It is the Mount's first gold since 2008. A special thanks goes to Mount students Karolina Gajdeczka, C'13, editor, and Teresa Fredericks, C'13, art editor, for their commitment to the success of this publication. Karolina, who received the William Heath Award for outstanding achievement last spring, recently had a short story accepted by a major literary magazine. Look for her story in the Susquehanna Review next spring.

The Mount's Pre-Law program continues to grow, with more students participating and more activities planned this year than ever. Every member of the class of 2012 who applied to law schools was accepted, marking the third year in a row with 100 percent acceptances. This year, nearly 150 students are involved in the program-the largest number in program history. Meet program participant Tranise Garland, C'13, who presented a policy paper to Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley as part of her internship in the highly competitive Governor's Summer Internship Program this year.

The Mount's Pre-Law program continues to grow, with more students participating and more activities planned this year than ever. Every member of the class of 2012 who applied to law schools was accepted, marking the third year in a row with 100 percent acceptances. This year, nearly 150 students are involved in the program-the largest number in program history. Meet program participant Tranise Garland, C'13, who presented a policy paper to Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley as part of her internship in the highly competitive Governor's Summer Internship Program this year.

The Mount's Class of 2016 is following an exciting new common curriculum, the Veritas Program. Veritas represents the first major core curriculum change in 20 years. The program retains the Mount's distinctive focus on Western culture and thought, while increasing common experiences and intergration to better build intellectual community. Read what first year students are saying about the program, and learn more about its components.

Nous Cover imageMount St. Mary's University College of Liberal Arts announces the premier philosophy journal, Noûs has selected a paper written by Mount Assistant Professor of Philosophy John Schwenkler Ph.D. for publication in its most recent volume.

In his piece, Vision, Self-Location and the Phenomenology of the 'Point of View' Dr. Schwenkler argues that in visually perceiving the world around us, we are also visually aware of our own location in space. To show this, he analyzes a phenomenon studied by psychologists known as vection, in which an illusion of self-motion in one direction is induced by making the entire visible world appear to move the opposite way, as for example when you are sitting in a stationary train car and the car next to yours begins to move, giving you a sense that your own car is moving the opposite way.

Dr. Schwenkler argues that this illusion is genuinely visual, and involves the apparent motion of one's own body. It is possible to experience this visually even when one's body is entirely out of view.

Noûs is a philosophy journal which publishes articles that address topics at the center of philosophical debate.

 
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