M.A. in Liberal Studies - Program Requirements
The Master’s degree in Liberal Studies requires 33 credits (11 three-credit courses). These include:
- One team-taught interdisciplinary foundational course
- Nine electives
- One capstone course (completion of a master’s thesis or project)
Students choose from a range of courses that reflect current theory and provide a broad interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum.
Two core courses are required for all students in the MLS Program:
- Self, Society, World - This three credit course is a team-taught foundational course and is required of all MLS students. This course will explore the self, society, and the world through an interdisciplinary range of historical and contemporary sources and methodologies.
- Capstone in Liberal Studies - This three credit course, to be taken in the final semester of study, is designed as a seminar to bring all MLS students together at the end of their academic experience. Students in consultation with the instructor will design and complete a final project. The out of class work will focus on the project’s development and completion. In-class work will be divided between student presentations at each stage of their final project; student critique; and seminar discussion of the relevant readings.
- Students will be required to take nine three credit elective courses selected from those designed specifically for the MLS program and those that are cross-listed from other College of Arts and Sciences graduate programs. Up to two of these, may, with approval of the Director and Dean, be 300 level courses, or independent studies courses not taught from the same discipline or by the same instructor.