May 16, 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., Director
217 Nell Dossett Hall
Box 70659
(423) 439-4223
e-mail: leroyfra@etsu.edu

Faculty: Julie Fox-Horton; 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. 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.
  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 interdisciplinarity, on relevant intellectual interests, and if an Archival Studies Concentration applicant, on the work of the archivist and the nature of the archive. 

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 Program Director 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 Program Director 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 Program Director. Students are responsible for meeting course prerequisites.