We are not currently enrolling students. This program has been suspended.
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