Jul 19, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

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


General Program Information


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

Faculty: Chad Harris, Julie Fox-Horton; Jill LeRoy-Frazier.

The Interdisciplinary Studies, MALS is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to design an individualized program of study in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, and related fields. Interdisciplinary Studies students complete a common core and select graduate elective courses from disciplinary departments, then choose either a thesis or a culminating project to complete their programs of study. The Interdisciplinary Studies program emphasizes maximum flexibility; students may attend on-ground, online, or in either mode as needed.

Program Admission Requirements for Interdisciplinary Studies, MALS


A student applying to the Interdisciplinary 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 Interdisciplinary Studies - M.A.L.S, then scroll down to Additional Requirements).

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

Interdisciplinary 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 Interdisciplinary Studies 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 Interdisciplinary Studies graduate coordinator in one of two categories:

   1. Appalachian and Southern Studies

or

   2. Community Studies

Note:


Interdisciplinary Studies 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 Interdisciplinary Studies graduate coordinator. Students are responsible for meeting course prerequisites.