Curriculum

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Hallmarks of the Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) curriculum include uniquely conceived, genuine interdisciplinary courses; distinguished faculty; convenient, late afternoon or evening meeting times; individualized advising and flexible timetable for meeting graduation requirements; and special lectures, conferences, and other events in conjunction with the Center for 21st Century Studies.

The degree requires thirty credits:

  • two introductory core seminars designed to establish a common base of knowledge from an interdisciplinary standpoint and to create a sense of intellectual community among each entering class of students – 8 credits
  • a minimum of two special topics courses, including a study-abroad option – 6-18 credits
  • a maximum of four elective graduate-level courses taken in departments that hold a particular interest for individual students – 0-12 credits
  • a culminating independent study project guided by a faculty member – 4 credits
  • Guidelines for the Culminating Project (pdf)

Although no specific schedule for graduation is prescribed, the program is designed so that a student can earn the degree in 4-5 semesters. Course offerings in recent years include:

  • Media Transformations: Storytelling, Industry, Audience
  • Killing Time: Immortality and the Arts of Tomorrow
  • After Writing
  • Border Crossing: 20th Century American Im/Migrant Art, Literature, and Thought
  • Political Ecology of the Imagination