Liberal Arts


MLS 605 Humanities I – History and Literature
MLS 610 Natural Sciences
MLS 615 Humanities II – Theology and Philosophy
MLS 620 Social Sciences
MLS 625 Humanities III – Art and Music
MLS 630 Humanities Topics
MLS 635 Science Topics
MLS 640 Interdisciplinary Seminar I
MLS 645 Interdisciplinary Seminar II
MLS 650 Capstone/Thesis Proposal Seminar
MLS 698 Capstone/Thesis Seminar
MLS 699* Capstone/Thesis Seminar Continuation

*Students who do not finish their capstone or thesis within the semester of original enrollment for MLS 698 are required to enroll in MLS 699 Capstone/Thesis Seminar Continuation for 0 credit hours for each semester until they finish.

Program Learning Goals and Objectives

Students will acquire an integrated knowledge of the contemporary world rooted in an understanding of the humanities, sciences, and arts.

  • They will be able to trace the development of the major schools of thought and theories shaping current issues in the humanities, social sciences, and
    natural sciences.
  • They will be able to use interdisciplinary thinking and knowledge in addressing contemporary issues.

Students will develop critical, creative, analytical, and research skills through work in a variety of liberal studies disciplines.

  • They will be able to analyze complex issues and problems systematically and thoroughly.
  • They will be able to evaluate alternative and competing explanations of an issue and/or solutions to a problem rationally and ethically and propose their own feasible explanations or solutions.
  • They will be able to synthesize information and ideas from scholarly sources with their own educated opinions to develop cogent arguments.

Students will communicate effectively in oral and written form commensurate with the discourse of liberal disciplines.

  • They will be able to write thorough, organized, competent analyses of complex issues and problems.
  • They will be able to write thorough, organized, cogent, scholarly arguments.
  • They will be able to write scholarly papers using the discourse of the liberal disciplines.
  • They will be able to create engaging presentations suitable for an academic audience that synthesize current learning on an interdisciplinary topic and present cogent arguments based on graduate level research.

Students will evidence a deepened appreciation for culture and values.

  • They will be able to explain cultural phenomena from multidisciplinary perspectives.
  • They will be able to discuss human values from multidisciplinary perspectives.
  • They will be able to apply multidisciplinary knowledge and values in analyzing complex issues and problems.

Students will enhance their capacity to solve problems to serve the common good.

  • They will be able to examine and evaluate solutions to significant issues and problems in the contemporary world from a multidisciplinary, values based perspective.
  • They will be able to propose solutions to significant issues and problems in the contemporary world from a multidisciplinary, values-based perspective.