Mar 18, 2018  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies, M.A.L.S. (Archival Studies Concentration)

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General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:

Mary Duncan;; 423-439-4302

Marie Tedesco, Ph.D., Director

916 West Maple
Box 70659
(423) 439-4223


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.


Archival Studies Concentration

The concentration in archival studies within the MALS program offers students a cross-disciplinary program of study consistent with recommendations of the Society of American Archivists. Students take core courses in liberal studies, as well as core courses in archival studies. Electives come from three (3) categories: Library Science, Management, and Subject Field. A practicum at a local repository is an elective option.

Total MALS Core: 13 Credit Hours

Total Archival Studies Hours: 12 Credit Hours

Guided Electives (Library Science)

Students will choose one (1) of the following courses:

Total Media Hours: 3 Credit Hours

Guided Electives (Management)

 Students will choose one (1) of the following courses:

Total Management Hours: 3 Credit Hours

Guided Electives (Information Science and Data Management)

Students will choose two (2) of the following courses:

Total Information Science/Data Management Hours: 6 Credit Hours

Subject Field Electives

Students will choose two courses from the disciplines or one disciplinary course and AVST 5570  Archives Practicum. Courses must be approved by Archival Studies Coordinator.

Total Subject Field Hours: 6 Credit Hours

Total Program Credit Hours: 43 Credit Hours

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