Using an inquiry methodology, students will explore the practical applications of an interdisciplinary degree through interaction with, and mentorship from, graduates of the Arts & Science Program. Emphasis will be on problem-based learning, with the professional experiences of alumni informing the exploration of complex and multifaceted issues.
Three hours; one term
The theme of the course this year is Idealism and Pragmatism in Life and the Workplace. Students will be encouraged to move beyond the dichotomization of idealism and pragmatism to assess the complex ways in which these philosophies play out in everyday life, particularly within the world of work. They will both gain exposure to the wide career possibilities open to Artsci graduates and develop an understanding of how an interdisciplinary education might shape responses to the demands of pragmatism and idealism.
Alumni Mentors: Eleanor Alexander, Caitlin Allan, Melissa Appleton, Neila Bazaracai, Vasiliki Bednar, Timothy Bourns, Robert Brookfield, Merrilee Brown, David Campbell, Janice Chan, Heather Cohen, Laura Collinson, Julie Compton, Laura Diachun, Sandra Duffey, Tasneem Essaj, Jon Farrow, Cary Ferguson, Zsuzsi Fodor, Emily Groot, Amy Hondronicols, Michelle Hudson, Aaron Jacobs, Caitlin Jago, Leanna Katz, Jill Kooymans, Alenia Kysela, Michael Law, Yang Lei, David Mackenzie, Erin Marchington, Tushar Mehta, Deirdre Mulcahy, Carita Ng, Carolyn Pecoskie, Kara O’Brien, Praven Pillay, Heather Read, Lyndall Schumann, Kerry Scott, Karen Shin, Nadia Stuewer, Jordan Thomson, Chioma Ume, Adira Winegust, Mat Wohlgemut, Peter Wyngaarden, Melissa Yuan-Innes
Students were offered an opportunity to explore the practical applications of an interdisciplinary degree through interactions with Arts & Science alumni. The course covered a variety of themes including social justice, diversity and intersectionality, social capital, and education and social mobility.
Alumni mentors fulfilled one of three roles: class facilitators, job shadow supervisors, or informational interview participants.
Alumni Mentors: Caitlin Allan, Melissa Appleton, Amanda Avila, Cindy Chen, Dimitra Chronopoulos, Sarah Colman, Liz Darling, Laura Diachun, Farhana Dossa, Jeanette Eby, Shawn Fazel, Cary Ferguson, Zsuzsi Fodor, Suzan Fraser, Carly Gaylor, Krista Graham, Becky Heinmiller, Timothy Ho, Amy Hondronicols, Michelle Hudson, Nadine Ijaz, Kristin Janson, Evan Jones, Jocelyn Kennedy, Mary Koziol, Rosalee Lahaie, Alanna Magder, Clara Matheson, Bruce Miyashita, Alexis Motuz, Angela Nardozi, Wendy Nguyen, Hilary Noad, Erin O’Neil, Tej Seth, Hiral Shah, Brianna Smrke, Bridget Steele, Nadia Stuewer, Jordan Thomson, Mat Wohlgemut, Peter Wyngaarden, Leslie Zamojc
Alumni Mentors: Eleanor Alexander, Caitlin Allan, Melissa Appleton, Justin Bothwell, Britt Braaten, Sarah Colman, Liz Darling, Sarah Dobson, Sarah Doyle, Monika Dutt, Jeanette Eby, Tasneem Essaji, Cary Ferguson, Suzan Fraser, Carly Gaylor, Rob Gillezeau, Dylan Jones, Evan Jones, Katherine Kitching, Dan Lawlor, Alanna Magder, Shoshana Magnet, Stephanie McLarty, Chiara Meneguzzi, Diane Meronyk, Alexis Motuz, David Ng, Hilary Noad, Kate Parizeau, Pravin Pillay, Nitasha Puri, Lyanne Quirt, Jill Rice, Sarah Roger, Kerry Scott, Nadia Stuewer, Peter Wyngaarden
Term I of the 2012-13 fall/winter session brought to life the inaugural year of ARTSSCI 3CU3 / Alumni Experience Inquiry, co-facilitated by Dr. Stephanie Howells and Arts & Science Alum Mary Koziol. The 23 students enrolled in the course were encouraged to explore the topics of social change and leadership through the lens of the Arts & Science Alumni experience, and to reflect critically on their own academic and personal journeys.
Each student was assigned both a Mentor and a Job Shadow Supervisor (who were often, but not always, the same Artsci alum), and the class featured 21 presentations from visiting Alumni throughout the term. Alumni Mentors came from a diverse array of professional backgrounds, including law, health care, journalism, urban planning, academia, government and public policy, business and entrepreneurship, international aid work, and fine art and film design. The geographical location of the Alumni Mentors was similarly widespread, ranging from the Greater Toronto/Hamilton Area to New York City, Goose Bay, Labrador, and Juba, South Sudan (needless to say, not all of the Alumni Mentor presenters were able to attend class in person). Students’ job shadow placements mostly took place in the GTHA, though there were exceptions, such as the two students who travelled to New York City for a weekend.
Students were intrigued to discover the unorthodox and often unexpected trajectories that Alumni career paths had followed, and to see how Alumni continue to enact the values of the Arts & Science Program, as they find unique ways to blend and apply their diverse interests, overcome disciplinary (and other) boundaries, and think critically and ethically within their personal and their professional spheres. It became increasingly evident that even some of our most seasoned Alumni still struggle to answer the elusive question, “What do you want to do with your life?”, thus furthering the conviction that whether student, alum, or faculty member, we will all remain “Artsci, ’til we die!”
The course enjoyed a second highly successful year in 2013-14 under the co-facilitation of Stephanie Howells and Mary Koziol, both of whom are pursuing career opportunities elsewhere, but maintain their ties to McMaster’s Arts & Science Program.
Alumni Mentors: Caitlin Allan, Vasiliki Bednar, Heidi Carrubba, Ann Dahmer, Sarah Doyle, Jeanette Eby, Laura Fenwick-Sehl, Suzan Fraser, Carly Gaylor, Nicole Kallmeyer, Helen Kang, Raymond Lawlor, Michael Livingston, David Matyas, Stephanie McLarty, Alexis Motuz, Erin O’Neil, Kate Parizeau, Daniel Penn, Lyanne Quirt, Cynthia Soulliere, Eric Tam, Michon Williams, Mat Wohlgemut
Alumni Mentors: Vass Bednar, Mark Busser, Heidi Carrubba, Jeanette Eby, Suzan Fraser, Carly Gaylor, Larry Innes, Nicole Kallmeyer, Caroline King, Stephanie McLarty, Bruce Miyashita, Alexis Motuz, Tara Muzumdar, Lily Panamsky, Kate Parizeau, Jillian Smith, Cynthia Soulliere, Eric Tam, Allison Thornton, Daniel Wilson, Mat Wohlgemut, Peter Wyngaarden