Jul 18, 2024  
ARCHIVED 2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies

Mission Statement

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program produces thoughtful citizens and professionals sensitive to both the lessons of history and the pressing needs of today. The degree equips students to work productively in diverse communities and communicate effectively with precision, accuracy and grace. 

The MALS degree provides students with an opportunity to engage with great ideas across a broad range of fields. Students explore how humans relate to their communities and the natural world and how they understand themselves through small discussion-based and Socratic classrooms. Students also learn how to consider these great ideas in the context of ongoing societal issues and the pressing concerns of our own times.

The blended format (a mix of online and in-person classes) and hyflex option (choosing online for an in-person class) for the liberal studies degree provides the flexibility of completing the degree while ensuring that students will be closely connected with faculty and classmates through in-person discussions.

The program not only provides students with the research and communication skills that lead to career advancement but also allows students the freedom to create a program of study that best serves their professional or personal needs. Students have 15 elective hours to pursue their interests and scholarly curiosity. 


Master of Arts in Liberal Studies