Oct 23, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

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


General Program Information


Jill LeRoy-Frazier, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator
317 Nell Dossett Hall
Box 70659
(423) 439-4223
e-mail: leroyfra@etsu.edu

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.

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 https://www.etsu.edu/gradschool/masters-degrees.php (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.

Liberal Studies, M.A.L.S. Degree Requirements: 31-37 credits


Core Requirements 10 credits
Concentration 9 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 9-12 credits
Thesis/Non-Thesis Option 3-6 credits
TOTAL 31-37 credits

Thesis: The thesis option requires 31-34 credits.

Non-Thesis: The project option requires 34-37 credits.

Thesis Option: 12-15 credits


9 credits of disciplinary department coursework as approved by the MALS graduate coordinator in one of two categories:

   1. Appalachian and Southern Studies

or

   2. Community Studies

Non-Thesis Option: 15-18 credits


12 credits of disciplinary department coursework as approved by the MALS graduate coordinator in one of two categories:

   1. Appalachian and Southern Studies

or

   2. Community Studies

Note:


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 graduate coordinator. Students are responsible for meeting course prerequisites.