Graduate Catalog 2015-2016
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Program Coordinator: Associate Professor Ismael Garcia Colon
Building (4S), Room 237
The program is designed to provide students who have attained the bachelor’s degree the opportunity to study modern Western society, culture, and thought through an intensive interdisciplinary examination of their origins and through comparison with other societies and cultures. The curriculum provides students with an integrated, sequential exploration of central works and topics in the liberal arts. The major focus is on the social sciences and humanities with attention paid to the development and impact of scientific thought and technological developments. There are seven required courses, two electives, and a master’s essay.
All of the courses in the program focus on the study and analysis of key theoretical and artistic works created during the periods under study. Those works are studied in their own right as major intellectual statements, in their historic context as representative of major intellectual movements, and as potential sources of insight to an understanding of contemporary problems and issues.
The program is structured to facilitate the completion of all coursework in two years. Students are required to take two courses in the Liberal Studies sequence during each of four semesters. In addition they are encouraged to enroll in one elective course during a summer term and one during their fourth semester in the program.
The program holds full membership in and is accredited by the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.
A bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 is required for admission. Students with other bachelor’s degrees and/or with cumulative averages of less than 3.0 may be considered following an interview with the program coordinator of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.
Applicants are accepted for fall semester admission.
To receive the Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies students must complete the following requirements:
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