Sep 30, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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General Program Information

Jill LeRoy-Frazier, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator
317 Nell Dossett Hall
Box 70659
(423) 439-4223

Faculty: Julie Fox-Horton; Jill LeRoy-Frazier.

The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to design an individualized program of study in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, and related fields. MALS students complete a common core and then select graduate elective courses from disciplinary departments. MALS students choose either a thesis or a special project to complete their programs of study.  Students who complete the Archival Studies concentration achieve professional education in alignment with the Society of American Archivists best practices.

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, or international equivalent.
  2. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (domestic applicants) or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (international applicants).
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A successful admissions interview.
  5. A writing sample of four to five pages in response to the prompt provided at (click on Liberal Studies - M.A.L.S, then scroll down to Additional Requirements).

Students may be admitted into the MALS degree program fall, spring, or summer.

Articulation Agreements

Students who have completed the Archival Studies Graduate Certificate may have up to 18 of the certificate credits applied toward the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Archival Studies Concentration, as long as the courses fall within matriculation limits. Please note that the certificate may be completed online.

A student who completes the graduate certificate in Heritage Interpretation and Museum Studies and later wishes to pursue the MA in Liberal Studies may transfer up to 12 certificate credits into the master’s degree with the approval of the degree graduate coordinator and the School of Graduate Studies. All transfer credit, however, must meet GPA requirements and must be within the six-year matriculation limits.

Archival Studies Concentration

The concentration in archival studies within the MALS program offers students an interdisciplinary program of study consistent with recommendations of the Society of American Archivists. 

Liberal Studies, M.A.L.S. Degree Requirements: 46-49 credits

Core Requirements 10 credits
Concentration 18 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 15 credits
     Library and Information Science    (3 credits)
     Management and Communication    (3 credits)
     Information Technology    (3 credits)
     Grant Writing    (3 credits)
     Art & Sciences and Allied Professions    (3 credits)
Thesis/Non-Thesis Option 3-6 credits
TOTAL 46-49 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 15 credits

Library and Information Science

Choose 3 credits from the following:

Information Technology

Choose 3 credits from the following:

Grant Writing

Choose 3 credits from the following:

Arts & Sciences and Allied Professions

Choose 3 credits from the following or a course approved by the MALS Director:

Thesis/Non-thesis Option: 3-6 credits

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