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2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies, M.A.L.S. (Regional and Community Studies Concentration)


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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.

 

Regional and Community Studies Concentration


Electives


Students will complete 9 (thesis option) or 12 (non-thesis option) elective credits of disciplinary department coursework as approved by the MALS Program Director in one of three categories:

  1. Appalachian and Southern Studies;

  2. Community Studies; or

  3. Hispanic Community Studies.

MALS will retain a list of approved electives for each area. Special topics courses or new courses not on the list may be taken with the approval of the MALS Program Director. Students are responsible for meeting course prerequisites.

Total Credits: 31-34 Credit Hours


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