Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Dale Willman

Second Advisor

J. Baird Callicott


We are currently faced with compelling scientific evidence that humans are impacting the earth in many negative manners at rates previously unheard of. In an effort to understand the cultural origin of this degradation and find hope in a bleak situation, the prominent worldview of the citizens of the United States is examined as well as worldviews that might better serve both humanity and the planet. The ultimate goal is to help high school students understand and develop their own worldview; to this end a possible unit plan based on current pedagogy is presented with s ample lesson plans.