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    East Tennessee State University
   
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies, M.A.L.S.


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General Program Information


Graduate School Contact:

Mary Duncan; duncanm@etsu.edu; 423-439-4302

Marie Tedesco, Ph.D., Director

916 West Maple
Box 70659
(423) 439-4223
e-mail: tedescom@etsu.edu

Faculty:

Jill LeRoy-Frazier; Marie Tedesco.

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers students from a variety of backgrounds an alternative graduate education. Firmly grounded in the values of interdisciplinary  learning, the MALS degree allows students to design an individualized program of study in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, and related fields. Students may thus pursue study in such areas as Women’s Studies, Appalachian Studies, and African American Studies, fields where graduate courses exist, but not graduate degrees. MALS students, except those who choose the Archives Concentration —complete a common core, then combine graduate courses from other academic departments with either a thesis or a special project to complete their programs of study.

Program Admission Requirements for Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

A student applying to the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program needs the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A successful admissions interview.
  5. A writing sample of four-five pages. In the writing sample, the applicant will elaborate on reasons for applying to the MALS program, on comprehension of liberal arts, and interdisciplinary, on relevant intellectual interests, and if an Archival Studies Concentration applicant, on the work of the archivist and the nature of the archive.

 

Degree Requirements


Students must complete thirteen (13) credits in a common core and 18-21 credit hours in related graduate courses. The thesis option requires 31 total credit hours while the project option requires 34 total credit hours. The MALS core consists of the following courses:

Note:


*May be repeated when topic changes.

Beyond the MALS core, the program of study will come from offerings of various departments at East Tennessee State University, with the following limitations: Elective courses must come from at least two (2) different academic departments, and except in special circumstances, no more than one (1) course may be taken from colleges other than Arts and Sciences and Education. Only six (6) credit hours of coursework may be taken from any one (1) deparment in Arts and Sciences and Education without the approval of the M.A.L.S. director. Please note that a student may not take all elective courses from the College of Education. Students must meet all prerequisites for all courses.  Students who do not earn a grade of B in MALS 5400 may repeat the course once. If the student does not then earn a grade of B, she/he will be dismissed from the program for failure to make academic progress. 

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