Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) degree program offers a graduate level educational experience that provides opportunities for connecting and applying knowledge across the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. The degree program is designed to enrich students’ personal and professional lives and the quality of their service. The program seeks to cultivate an appreciation for the world of ideas while encouraging personal growth, professional enhancement for a variety of careers, and a deepening commitment to the service of others.
Students in the program progress from an initial year of interdisciplinary courses examining the development and methodologies of various disciplines within the liberal arts and sciences. In their second year of study, students will develop and apply their understanding of the disciplines by examining compelling perennial and contemporary issues and problems, through multidisciplinary approaches. Students develop a proposal for a capstone project or thesis that uses multidisciplinary knowledge, values, and methods of inquiry, and, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, they finish the program by completing the project or thesis for public presentation.